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Apr 13, 2013

Rights row in northern Serbian province sparks protest

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Thousands of supporters of Serbia’s ruling parties rallied against the leadership of the country’s autonomous Vojvodina province on Friday, against a backdrop of rising political tension over the northern region.

An area of flat fertile plains, Vojvodina is the agricultural bread basket of Serbia and home to a large minority of some 300,000 Hungarians. Its level of autonomy has seesawed over the past several decades, and has come under renewed scrutiny since power changed hands in Serbia in mid-2012.

Apr 10, 2013

Doubt over Serbia’s EU bid weighs on central bank decision – Reuters poll

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s central bank will consider its first rate cut in more than a year when it meets on Thursday but may be held back by doubts over the country’s EU membership bid, traders and analysts polled by Reuters said.

Serbia rejected an EU-brokered plan for its former Kosovo province on Monday, hurting Belgrade’s chances of securing talks this year on joining the European Union, and the pressure that has put on the dinar currency could outweigh arguments for a rate cut to help the economy.

Apr 8, 2013

Serbia to reject Kosovo deal, begs EU for more time

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia said on Monday it would reject a European Union-brokered proposal to tackle the ethnic partition in its former province Kosovo and pleaded for time to reach a deal that would keep the country’s EU membership bid on track.

It was unclear whether the EU might agree to one last push to negotiate a deal, after EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton set a Tuesday deadline for Serbia and Kosovo to accept the principles on the table after talks broke down last week.

Apr 8, 2013

Serbia will not sign Kosovo deal – deputy PM

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia will reject a European Union-brokered plan for Kosovo as it fails to give broad autonomy to minority Serbs in its former province, an official said on Monday, in a decision that may delay EU accession talks.

Serbia has been under intense Western pressure to reach a deal with Kosovo, which seceded in 2008, before the EU rules on whether to open membership talks with the Balkan country. The bloc is expected to take a preliminary decision this month.

Apr 3, 2013

Serbia has days to decide on Kosovo: minister

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia has days to decide whether to accept a “catastrophic” plan to end the ethnic partition of its former Kosovo province or risk losing out on talks on joining the European Union, the country’s powerful deputy prime minister said on Wednesday.

The warning followed marathon talks between the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo, their eighth encounter in almost as many months as the EU pushes to stabilize relations between the two and set Serbia on the path to membership of the bloc.

Apr 3, 2013

Serbia faces tough decisions on Kosovo to save EU bid

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia said on Wednesday it faced tough decisions in the days ahead as the Balkan country weighs how far to give ground on its former Kosovo province in return for coveted talks on membership of the European Union.

The warning followed marathon but inconclusive talks in Brussels between the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo, their eighth encounter in almost as many months as the EU pushes to end the ethnic partition of Kosovo and set Serbia on the path to membership of the bloc.

Mar 29, 2013

Ruling Serb Progressive Party stays popular: opinion poll

BELGRADE (Reuters) – The Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), the strongest in Serbia’s coalition government, kept its popularity in March, indicating it could win any snap election, an opinion poll published on Friday said.

The poll conducted this month put support for the SNS, led by Vice-Premier Aleksandar Vucic, at 38.6 percent, well ahead of the 14.8 percent scored by its closest rival, the opposition Democratic Party, which lost power in an election in May.

Mar 29, 2013

Serbian economy dips in 2012, clouds may lift in 2013

BELGRADE, March 29 (Reuters) – Serbia’s economy shrank 1.7
percent last year, statistics office data showed on Friday, hit
by a drought that slashed its agricultural exports and by the
debt crisis in the euro zone, its main trade partner.

The European Union candidate state is targeting growth of 2
percent this year after slipping into recession in 2012. The
economy grew 1.6 percent in 2011.

Mar 27, 2013

UAE approves $400 mln loan to Serbia, eyes airline deal

BELGRADE, March 27 (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates
(UAE) has approved a $400 million loan to Serbia, boosting the
Balkan country’s drive to find investors from outside the
crisis-hit euro zone to help pull it out of recession.

Serbian finance minister Mladjan Dinkic, visiting Abu Dhabi,
said on Wednesday the emirate’s Etihad airline could also become
a strategic partner of Belgrade’s loss-making JAT Airways.

Mar 25, 2013

Serbia, Fiat agree on subsidies for cheaper 500L model – report

BELGRADE, March 25 (Reuters) – Serbia and Italian carmaker
Fiat have agreed on a subsidy deal to produce a cheaper
version of the 500L compact car for the domestic market, a
newspaper reported on Monday.

Under the deal, the Serbian unit of Fiat, based in the
central city of Kragujevac, will produce a version of 500L for
10,900 euro ($14,200) or about 3,000 euro less than its regular
price, the Blic newspaper said, citing Finance Minister Mladjan