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Nikolic, Vucic to attend Brussels talks on relaxing Serbia-Kosovo ties

The Serbia-Kosovo negotiations on the normalisation of the relations between those two neighbouring countries will resume in Brussels on Tuesday under the mediation of the European Union and Serbia's top officials President Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic are expected to come in Brussels, after a recent Serbian provocation with a train carrying a message "Kosovo is Serbia".

HDZ official says Bridge remains HDZ's key strategic partner

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) secretary-general Gordan Jandrokovic has expressed satisfaction with the support of the Croatian Peasant Party (HSS) to HDZ leader Andrej Plenkovic as prime minister-designate, but has noted that the Bridge party is and will remain the HDZ's key strategic partner.

Bridge chief says talks with HDZ more constructive than before

The Bridge party leader Bozo Petrov said on Wednesday that the ongoing negotiations between his party and the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), the relative winner of the 11 September early elections, on Croatia's new government were more positive and constructive than the talks between the two parties after the 8 November 2015 elections.

PM, war veterans talks Croatia's positions for Serbia's EU talks

Oreskovic, Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miro Kovac and Veterans' Minister Tomo Medved are talking to representatives of veterans' associations about Croatia's positions which will be presented at the EU-Serbia intergovernmental conference in Brussels later today.

Serb entity accedes to customs-free imports from Croatia

Authorities in the "Republika Srpska" Serb entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday agreed to the amending of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the European Union, whereby removing obstacles on that country's journey the European Union (EU).

Still no agreement in EU on opening negotiation two chapters with Serbia

Serbia did not open negotiations on two policy chapters on Thursday as had been planned by the Dutch presidency of the European Union by the end of its term and that matter will now be referred to Slovakia which is to take over chairing the European Union on Friday.

Oreskovic: Croatia's position on Serbia's EU entry talks hasn't changed

Croatia's caretaker Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said in Brussels on Tuesday evening that Croatia's position on the opening of the policy chapter No. 23 in Serbia's EU entry talks had not changed and that what Croatia insisted on was also insisted on by other member-countries.

Almost no chance for Serbia to open chapters 23, 24 this week

There is almost no chance that Serbia will open negotiations with the European Union in policy chapters 23 and 24 by the end of the Dutch EU presidency, which ends on June 30, a source at the Council of the EU told Hina on Monday.

EU-Serbia: Croatia incorporates its benchmarks for chapter 23

Croatia read the report and withdrew its reservations on the condition that in its negotiating position on Chapter 23 the EU resolves the issues that Croatia had objected to, the EU Council told Hina.

Petrov pleased with continuation of dialogue with unions

Following a meeting on Tuesday with public sector unions over a 6% base pay rise, Deputy Prime Minister Bozo Petrov expressed his satisfaction that social dialogue had continued, but he regretted that leaders of six unions did not turn up at the meeting.

Serbian officials comment on blockade of Chapter 23

"It's highly unusual that a state is blocking a candidate in the technical part and during the opening of a chapter," she told Belgrade's Politika daily,

Croatia won't block Serbia's EU entry, says Karamarko

He said Croatia also wanted the EU borders to be pushed eastwards, including the EU accession of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, but that in doing so the standards imposed by the EU must be met.

EU task forces haven't discussed opening of Chapter 23 with Serbia

The enlargement task force was scheduled to discuss the preparations for the opening of Chapter 23 with Serbia on Monday, but according to the same source, the issue has been removed from the agenda after Croatia made several objections.

Public sector union negotiations for pay increase to continue April 1

Public sector unions are demanding a six percent pay increase, following GDP growth of 2% for two consecutive quarters, as provided for under a 2009 agreement that took effect on January 1.

Syrian government: Direct talks hinge on opposition's apology

Hopes for Syria’s imminent direct talks sank Wednesday when the government ruled out face-to-face negotiations, unless the opposition chief negotiator apologizes for demanding the execution of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Negotiations on trade between Bosnia and EU start

Bosnian Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Minister Mirko Sarovic said on Monday that Bosnia would insist on the EU market to open up to customs-free imports from Bosnia for products such as sugar, wine, fish and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Kacin says Montenegro's NATO entry talks to last 1-3 months

Slovenian Ambassador to NATO Jelko Kacin has said that Montenegro's NATO accession talks could last between one and three months, after which the ratification of the Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty on the Accession of Montenegro could be launched as the next and final stage of integration.

Vucic: Serbia absolutely ready to open chapters

"It won't be easy, but we are not afraid of work. There are no easy solutions, and our citizens will have to understand that," Vucic said.

Serbia to open 1st chapters in talks with EU in coming weeks

The British diplomat was quoted by the Serbian national broadcaster (RTS) as saying that the opening of the first chapters would be a significan moment on Serbia's path