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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
KOPAONIK, Serbia, March 13 (Reuters) – The Serbian unit of
Fiat plans to produce between 110,000 and 160,000 of
its new 500L family of compact cars for the Italian firm’s
markets in Europe and the United States this year, a key boost
for Serbian exports, the head of the factory said on Wednesday.
Serbia expects a 25 percent rise in the value of its exports
this year to around 11 billion euros ($14 billion) with the
automotive industry accounting for about 20 percent of the total
including production from the Fiat plant in the central city of
KOPAONIK, Serbia, March 13 (Reuters) – Serbia expects a 25
percent rise in exports this year that will help it reduce its
current account and trade gap, Finance Minister Mladjan Dinkic
told a business forum on Wednesday.
The European Union candidate country aims to return to
economic growth this year of about 2 percent. It is pinning its
hopes on a joint venture with Italy’s carmaker Fiat as
well as on agriculture and its oil and gas industry.