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.
BELGRADE, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Serbia’s finance minister will
announce a “Plan B” for the country’s sole steel mill, he was
quoted saying on Thursday after the latest deadline for its sale
passed with no offers.
The Serbian state bought the loss-making Zelezara Smederevo
mill back 45 km east of Belgrade from U.S. Steel in late
2011 for $1 to avert its closure and the loss of 5,500 jobs.
PRISTINA/BELGRADE (Reuters) – Kosovo’s president said on Tuesday that Serbia has agreed to disband a security operation in the north of its former province that Belgrade – racing to clinch EU accession talks – denies exists.
Serbia said no such deal had been done and has denied Western accusations for years that it maintains clandestine security forces in a northern, Serb pocket of neighboring Kosovo, the majority-Albanian territory that broke away in a 1998-99 war and declared independence in 2008.
BELGRADE, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Serbia’s agriculture minister
accused the opposition on Wednesday of preying on public health
fears over contaminated milk to try to topple a government
already under pressure over allegations of links between
politicians and the mafia.
The authorities have ordered an unspecified number of
dairies to withdraw their milk from shops pending tests for
aflatoxin, a potentially carcinogenic product of the Aspergillus
fungi species, often found in grains.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbian authorities said they had uncovered a plot by “criminal clans” to bring down a government plane carrying a national leader, in the latest twist to a murky row over the links between mafia and politicians.
In a statement, the Interior Ministry said Prime Minister Ivica Dacic, who is also interior minister, had nevertheless decided to board one of the government’s two planes for his return to Belgrade from Dublin on Thursday evening.
BELGRADE, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Serbia’s finance minister told
state-run power monopoly EPS on Thursday to restructure or face
bankruptcy, refusing it any financial help and offering only
EPS is owed 120 billion dinars ($1.46 bln) by customers and
losses last year were 33 billion dinars, mainly because the
company is forced to absorb the cost of subsidised tariffs,
Acting General Manager Aleksandar Obradovic said on Thursday.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s prime minister said on Monday he was the victim of a “cunning and dirty” plot to topple him following a flurry of leaks linking the Socialist leader to a suspected drug trafficker.
Prime Minister Ivica Dacic has denied there was anything untoward in his meetings in 2008 and 2009 with Rodoljub Radulovic, known as Misha Banana.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – A close aide to Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic accused Dacic’s SNS coalition partners on Saturday of staging a smear campaign after media reports linked Dacic to an alleged drug trafficker.
The row rocked the coalition just as speculation grows that SNS, the biggest party in parliament and riding high in the polls, will quit the government and try to force an early election.
BELGRADE/PRISTINA (Reuters) – The presidents of Serbia and Kosovo will hold talks next week in Brussels for the first time since Serbia’s former province seceded in 2008, officials said, in the latest sign of progress in EU-mediated talks to reconcile the neighbors.
The February 6 meeting will be the first between Serbia’s Tomislav Nikolic, once a firebrand advocate of the Greater Serbia policy that fomented the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s, and Atifete Jahjaga of majority-Albanian Kosovo.