BOR, Serbia/LONDON, June 13 (Reuters) – Serbia’s mining
sector, stagnant since the wars that tore Yugoslavia apart in
the early 1990s, looks set for a revival as volatile commodity
prices increase the allure of countries in Europe with
established infrastructure and skilled labour.
Once home to a core copper and gold mining facility for the
former Yugoslavia, the town of Bor in the north-eastern corner
of Serbia has a history of mining dating back to Roman times.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Canada’s Valeant (VRX.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has pulled out of a possible bid for a Serbian drug company in the wake of its $8.7 billion purchase of contact lenses maker Bausch & Lomb.
Citing last month’s acquisition deal, as well as the hostility of local unions towards the purchase of Galenika Pharmaceuticals, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc said it had decided not to follow up its letter of intent relating to the company’s privatization.
BELGRADE, May 7 (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund
will not discuss a fresh loan deal on a mission to Serbia
starting this week, it said on Tuesday, describing the visit as
a “health check” of the Balkan country’s economy.
Serbia’s government says it wants a precautionary loan deal
with the Fund, to restore relations after the collapse of a
previous 1 billion euro ($1.3 billion) arrangement last year and
a row over the independence of the central bank.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia raised the possibility of a referendum on Thursday on an accord to end the ethnic partition of its former Kosovo province, a high-stakes gamble that could cost Belgrade talks on joining the European Union.
The April 19 deal between Serbia and its majority-Albanian former province won Belgrade a preliminary green light for accession talks this year, but the bloc wants progress on the ground before taking a final decision on the talks in late June.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s accord with Kosovo and the prospect it could start European Union accession talks this year have raised expectations the central bank will cut interest rates to boost growth, analysts said on Tuesday.
The Serbian dinar has been bolstered by the April 19 deal to settle fraught relations between Serbia and its former province, which earned Belgrade a tentative green light on Monday for the start of talks on joining the EU this year.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s Orthodox Church accused the government on Monday of surrendering the country’s former province of Kosovo in exchange for talks on joining the European Union.
Serb nationalist protesters also vowed “no surrender” in the first signs of a backlash that could, if it gains ground, test the government’s resolve to carry out an historic accord struck last week with Kosovo.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Serbia agreed to cede its last remaining foothold in the country’s former province of Kosovo on Friday, striking an historic accord to settle relations in exchange for talks on joining the European Union.
The deal, brokered by the EU, capped six months of delicate negotiations and marks a milestone for the region’s recovery from the collapse of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union pressed on Friday for a historic accord to settle relations between Serbia and Kosovo that could open the door to membership talks with Belgrade, a potential milestone in the region’s recovery from the collapse of Yugoslavia.
With the 27 EU members due to decide on Monday whether to back the start of accession talks, the prime ministers of Serbia and its former province met in Brussels for a 10th round of negotiations in six months.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – The European Union summoned Serbia and Kosovo back to Brussels on Thursday, pressing for an historic accord to settle relations between the Balkan foes and open the door to membership talks with Belgrade.
On the table is an agreement to end the ethnic partition of Kosovo five years since it seceded from Serbia, and potentially clear a path to a seat at the United Nations for the last state to emerge from the ashes of federal Yugoslavia.
BRUSSELS/PRISTINA (Reuters) – Serbia’s hopes of starting talks this year on joining the European Union hung in the balance on Thursday after the Balkan country balked at demands from its former Kosovo province for a seat at the United Nations.
Serbia said it would never accept the U.N. condition that Kosovo described as non-negotiable – although the Kosovo government said talks would continue on Friday, suggesting there might be room for a compromise.