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Nov 20, 2014

Serbia clinches one billion euro loan deal with IMF

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia agreed a three-year precautionary loan deal with the International Monetary Fund on Thursday worth around 1 billion euros (0.79 billion pounds), ending months of uncertainty that had weighed on the dinar currency.

The government hopes the deal will reassure markets concerned over the Balkan country’s budget deficit and public debt, which have spiralled since the onset of the global crisis six years ago.

Nov 15, 2014

Serbian nationalist, released from war crimes court, rallies thousands

BELGRADE (Reuters) – A Serbian nationalist leader rallied thousands of supporters on Saturday in scenes that threaten to embarrass a U.N. war crimes court that released him on grounds of ill-health before reaching a verdict in his trial.

Vojislav Seselj’s barn-storming return to Serbia has angered victims of the hardline nationalism he propagated during Yugoslavia’s bloody breakup in the 1990s.

Nov 12, 2014

Ailing Serb nationalist returns from war crimes court, vows revenge

BELGRADE (Reuters) – An ailing Serbian nationalist, released before a verdict in his lengthy war crimes trial in The Hague, returned home on Wednesday vowing revenge on former friends and “traitors” who seek integration with the West.

Vojislav Seselj, whom doctors say is suffering from cancer of the colon which has spread to his liver, was given a raucous welcome by hundreds of supporters who packed Belgrade airport.

Oct 29, 2014

European Union lifts freeze on Milosevic family assets

BELGRADE (Reuters) – The European Union has lifted a freeze on the assets of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic and his close family, saying the people targeted no longer posed a threat to democracy.

Ousted from power in 2000, Milosevic died in 2006 while on trial in The Hague for war crimes including genocide during the violent break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. His wife and children fled to Russia.

Oct 23, 2014

Kosovo foreign minister visits Serbia, says ‘I’m symbol of sovereignty’

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Enver Hoxhaj paid the first visit by a foreign minister of independent Kosovo to old master Serbia on Thursday and declared himself a “symbol of Kosovo sovereignty”, showing how relations have evolved from open hostility to tacit co-existence.

The trip, within the framework of an European Union-sponsored gathering of Western Balkans government ministers, followed a decision on Wednesday by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to set Kosovo on the path to membership and a place in the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016.

Aug 20, 2014

Zloty stable before industrial output data

BELGRADE (Reuters) – The zloty was stable on Wednesday before a release of Polish industrial output data that should provide a clearer picture of the region’s biggest economy and the chances Poland’s central bank will cut interest rates.

Conflict between neighbouring Ukraine and Russia has slowed economic recovery in Central Europe, contributing to expectations the Polish central bank will resume rate cuts, which appeared to have ended last year.

Aug 19, 2014

Serbia picks commerce chief to run economy ministry

BELGRADE, Aug 19 (Reuters) – The head of Serbia’s Chamber of
Commerce was nominated on Tuesday to take on the restructuring
and selling of hundreds of state enterprises as economy minister
in a government under pressure to rein in borrowing.

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Zeljko Sertic, a member
of his own Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), would take on the
post pending parliamentary endorsement.

Aug 19, 2014

Serbian commerce chief set to take over economy ministry

BELGRADE, Aug 19 (Reuters) – The head of Serbia’s Chamber of
Commerce looked set on Tuesday to take on the restructuring and
selling of hundreds of state enterprises as economy minister in
a government under pressure to rein in borrowing.

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic would nominate Zeljko
Sertic, a member of Vucic’s Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), to
the post on Tuesday, national radio station Radio B92 said.

Aug 12, 2014

Serbia to investigate privatisation of state oil firm NIS

BELGRADE, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Serbia is to launch an
investigation into the 2008 privatisation of state oil company
NIS, now majority-owned by Russia’s Gazprom Neft
, the country’s interior ministry said.

Gazprom Neft, which bought a 51 percent stake in the NIS
monopoly for 400 million euros ($534 million) in 2008, said it
was surprised that the Serbian authorities would bring “our
fruitful work into question”.

Aug 12, 2014

Serbian police to probe privatisation of state oil firm NIS

BELGRADE, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Serbian police are to
investigate the 2008 privatisation of state oil company NIS
, now majority-owned by Russia’s Gazprom Neft
, the interior ministry said.

Gazprom Neft bought a 51 percent stake in the NIS monopoly
for 400 million euros ($534 million) in 2008, under a Serbian
government led by the current opposition Democratic Party.