Serbia

Serbian President pulls out of presidential race

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic on Monday decided not to rerun for the presidency and he and his former party colleague Aleksandar Vucic, who is the incumbent Prime Minister, patched up their conflict, according to local media.

Izetbegovic hopes ICJ will confirm Serbia's responsibility for genocide

The Bosniak member of the tripartite presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegovic, on Monday rejected criticism stirred up by the announcement that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) would be requested to review its judgement made after Bosnia sued Serbia for genocide.

Vojvodina institutions hold conference on Bunjevci's non-Croat ethnic background

There are around 16,000 members of the Bunjevci community in Vojvodina who deny their Croat ethnic background. They are represented by the Bunjevci National Council which enjoys the support of state authorities, and, since the change of government in Vojvodina, of the provincial authorities as well.

Serbians wouldn't go to war for Kosovo - poll

A majority of citizens in Serbia wouldn't go to war to claim back Kosovo, shows a survey conducted by the Serbian nongovernmental organisation "Belgrade Centre for Security Policy".

Bosnian Serb officials slam request for review of ICJ's decision against Serbia

The Chairman of the Bosnia and Herzegovina collective Presidency, Mladen Ivanic, said on Saturday there was no chance for the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to accept the request to review the 2007 ruling against Serbia for aggression and genocide, warning however that the decision to submit such a request had resulted in a dangerous situations and a crisis with immeasurable consequences.

Bosnian Serb politicians slam review of ICJ ruling against Serbia

Bosnian Serb politicians on Friday strongly responded to the announcement by Bosnian Presidency Bosniak member Bakir Izetbegovic that proceedings would be launched before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to review a ruling against Serbia, accusing him of undermining the Dayton peace agreement and unlawful behaviour.

Croatia and Albania ask NATO to revise Kosovo peacekeeping plan

Albania and Croatia have asked NATO to revise plans for its peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, arguing that nationalist rhetoric by Serb politicians threatens to destabilise the region scarred by the 1990s wars, Reuters news agency said on Thursday, quoting the Office of the Albanian Defence Minister.

Bosnia parliament blocked over possible review of ICJ ruling against Serbia

Serb deputies at the House of Representatives of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Parliament on Thursday failed to show up for a previously scheduled session in line with their previous announcement that they would block decision-making in the state parliament until the issue of a request for a review of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling in Bosnia and Herzegovina's genocide and aggression lawsuit against Serbia was resolved.

Vucic without comment on Nikolic's decision to rerun for presidency

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic's announcement that he would run again for presidency elicited numerous reactions on the Serbian political scene on Thursday, but Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, whom the leadership of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) on Tuesday nominated as a presidential candidate, refused to comment on Nikolic's decision.

Grabar-Kitarovic expects Croatia-Serbia relations to improve after Serbian elections

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Wednesday expressed hope that after the election of a new Serbian president there would be an improvement in relations between Croatia and Serbia and an exchange of visits by the presidents in order to discuss outstanding issues.

Jeremic: Vucic's candidacy for president "total personalisation of authorities"

A former Serbian Foreign Minister and candidate for the country's President, Vuk Jeremic, said on Wednesday that the presidential candidacy of the current Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic "represents an accelerated and total personalisation of the authorities and the state".

Aleksandar Vucic to run in Serbia's presidential election

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic will be the ruling Serbian Progressive Party's (SNS) candidate in the country's presidential election, scheduled for April.

FM: Croatians won't fall for provocation from Belgrade

The Croatians will not fall for provocation and must stay calm, Croatia's Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier said on Sunday, adding that a channel for communication with Serbia must stay open, but dialogue cannot obviously be conducted with Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic who accuses Croatia of reviving fascism.

Serbia wants dialogue with Croatia, but can't tolerate rehabilitation of Ustasha ideology

Serbia is open to dialogue with Croatia, but will not applaud the installation of monuments to Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac and rehabilitation of the Ustasha ideology in Croatia, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Sunday.

Stier criticises Dacic over Stepinac, refuses bilateral meeting

Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier on Saturday strongly criticised his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic's statement that the Blessed Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac was a war criminal, and rejected Dacic's proposal for a bilateral meeting.

Bosnian Serb jailed for life for Srebrenica atrocities dies in Germany

Bosnian Serb Ljubisa Beara, who was serving a life sentence for atrocities against Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica, died in a prison in Berlin on Friday, media outlets in Bosnia and Herzegovina reported.

Bosnia to decide next week on possible motion for review of ICJ ruling against Serbia

Bosnia and Herzegovina will decide next week on whether it will file a motion with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for review of the ruling on its suit against Serbia for military aggression and genocide.

Serbian minister says unveiling of monument to Stepinac "regrettable", calls him war criminal

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Thursday that the unveiling of a monument to the Blessed Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac in the eastern Croatian city of Osijek was "regrettable", describing Stepinac as a war criminal and noting that the act was a clear message to Serbs that crimes against them were allowed and were not punished.

Exhibition on int. community's failure to prevent Srebrenica atrocities staged

A new museum with artefacts and material about the conduct and the role of the UN-led Protection Force (UNPROFOR) in the summer of 1995 when the Srebrenica enclave fell into the hands of Serb forces was opened on Thursday within the Potocari Memorial Centre, which is dedicated to 8,000 Bosnian Muslim victims killed by troops led by Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic.

Hungary setting up military camps on border with Serbia

Hungary has set up a new military camp near the Kelebia border crossing with Serbia and has announced that it would set up another three camps in Bacsalmas, Madaras and Hercegszanto, with authorities announcing that a second line of fences will be erected, Vojvodina media reported on Thursday.

47 pct of Serbian citizens in favour of EU entry, 29 pct against

Euro-optimism is on a descending line in Serbia, show the latest opinion polls according to which 47% of Serbian citizens are in favour of the country's EU entry, 29% are against.

Trial for Srebrenica war crimes starts in Belgrade

A trial of eight members of the Special Brigade of the Bosnian Serb entity Interior Ministry, indicted for war crimes against Bosniak civilians in Srebrenica, started before the Special War Crimes Court in Belgrade on Monday.

Agreement reached on Kosovska Mitrovica bridge wall

North Mitrovica mayor Goran Rakic and Kosovo Physical Planning Minister Ferat Salja reached agreement early on Saturday on a wall symbolically dividing the Serb-populated north part of Kosovska Mitrovica from the Albanian-populated south part of the city.

Djokovic recovers from slow start to put Serbia 2-0 over Russia

The lone household name in this weekend's Davis Cup World Group first round, Novak Djokovic, had to shake off the rust Friday before posting a singles victory, with the win putting the 2010 champion Serbia into a 2-0 command of Russia.

Serbian, Montenegrin PMs hold talks

Serbia and Montenegro have good and friendly relations which will continue to improve and today's talks on that were substantial, open and mutually beneficial, the two countries' prime ministers said in Belgrade on Friday.

EU calls on Belgrade, Pristina to avoid inflammatory rhetoric

The European Union has called on Belgrade and Pristina to defuse tensions and stick to their agreement on avoiding inflammatory rhetoric as well as to focus on the job that lies ahead, the Belgrade electronic media reported on Thursday evening, quoting a statement from Brussels.

Djokovic carries hopes for Serbia into Davis Cup start

Novak Djokovic returns to battle three weeks after his last match when he leads Serbia against young-gun Russia in the first round of the Davis Cup World Group from Friday.

Serbia's top officials convening urgent meetings after Kosovo talks

Serbia's top officials have convened a series of urgent meetings for Thursday after a second round of Serbia-Kosovo talks in Brussels which, according to the media, yielded no results.

NATO secretary general: Strong institutions best protection from Russia's influence in Balkans

NATO is aware of Russia's attempts to spread its strategic influence to the Balkans and the best protection from meddling in interior affairs of countries in the region is to advance their democratic institutions and capacities for coping with security challenges, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Sarajevo on Thursday.

EU encouraged by Belgrade-Pristina dialogue

Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina is important for the region and the European Union, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, said late on Wednesday after a new round of talks between Serbian and Kosovo delegations in Brussels.

Greek, Serbian PMs talk cooperation, bilateral relations

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic told a joint news conference in Belgrade on Tuesday that a new "road map" has been drawn up with the help of which the two countries will strengthen their bilateral relations.

Three migrants injured in knife brawl in Serbia

Three migrants were injured in a knife brawl in the northwestern Serbian town of Sid on Monday evening, while around the same time groups of migrants hiding in truck trailers failed in their attempts to cross the Croatian border illegally, the Serbian broadcaster RTV said on Tuesday.

New round of Serbia-Kosovo talks set for Feb 1

Serbia and Kosovo will hold a new round of talks on the relaxation of bilateral relations in Brussels on Wednesday under the European Union's mediation, and Serbia's top officials -- President Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic -- are expected to attend the talks, according to the RTS public broadcaster.

NGOs say more than 100 migrants returned from Croatia to Serbia

More than 100 migrants were forcibly returned from Croatia to Serbia in the last six months and the human rights of migrants and refugees are systematically violated, non-governmental organisations from Serbia and Croatia told the TV B92 broadcaster on Friday.

Serbian citizens admit involvement in terrorism attack in Montenegro

Three Serbian citizens, suspected of having taken part in an attempted coup d'etat in Montenegro on 16 October 2016 and arrested on a Montenegrin warrant, have been released after striking a deal with the prosecution, pleading guilty and agreeing to a five-month prison sentence, the media in Podgorica reported Friday.

Croatian MEPs submit amendments to EP report on Serbia

Croatian members of the European Parliament (MEP) have submitted a number of amendments to a draft report on Serbia, of which most refer to Serbia's law on universal jurisdiction in the prosecution of war crimes, the treatment of the Croat minority in that country, Serbia's relations with neighbouring countries, the media situation, and the country's relations with Russia.

Nikolic says any Serb would go to war for his country

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said in Brussels on Tuesday that he did not know if there was any Serb who would not go to war for his country if necessary, thus repeating his belligerent statements directed at Kosovo Albanians some ten days ago.

Belgrade and Pristina agree to continue high-level dialogue

Belgrade and Pristina will continue dialogue on the highest level with the support of the European Union, but officials on both sides should tone down their rhetoric, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told media in Belgrade late on Tuesday after high-level talks with a Kosovo delegation in Brussels.

CAS dismisses Serbia's appeal

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne has dismissed the appeal filed by the Football Association of Serbia against the admission of Kosovo to the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the governing body of football in Europe.  

EP Foreign Affairs Committee warns of rising tensions in W. Balkans

Members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs on Tuesday expressed concern over rising tensions and incendiary rhetoric in southeast Europe and appealed for measures to prevent the situation from turning into something worse.

Media: Bosnia, Serbia mending regional relations by restoring cooperation

The meeting and official talks between Bosnia and Herzegovina Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic and Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, held in Belgrade on Tuesday, are the first positive event in relations between the two countries after a long period of tension and stagnation, media in Bosnia and Herzegovina said on Wednesday, an assessment shared by State Presidency Chairman Mladen Ivanic.

Vucic, Zvizdic say Serbia, Bosnia committed to dialogue

Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are committed to dialogue and cooperation, and they can enhance their relations and improve economic and political cooperation, which will be conducive to peace and stability in the region, Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and his visiting counterpart from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denis Zvizdic, said at a joint news conference in Belgrade on Monday.

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".

Serbia to receive additional EUR 4mn from EU for migrants

Serbia will receive an additional EUR 4 million in aid for migrants, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides announced in Belgrade on Saturday.

Bank of China opens Belgrade branch

The Bank of China formally opened its branch in Belgrade on Saturday, which is expected to provide an additional boost to Chinese investments in Serbia.

Human Rights Watch: Croatian police forcing asylum seekers back to Serbia

Croatian police are forcing asylum seekers back to Serbia, in some cases using violence, without giving them an opportunity to lodge claims for protection, Human Rights Watch said on Friday.

Serbs plunge into icy waters for Orthodox holiday

Serbian Christian Orthodox believers - and maybe a few adventurers - celebrated the holiday of the Epiphany on Thursday by plunging into icy rivers and lakes and racing for the Epiphany cross.

Croatian, Serbian ministers of interior discuss migrants

Croatian Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic said on Thursday that he had agreed with his Serbian counterpart Nebojsa Stefanovic for the police chiefs of the two countries to meet and determine procedures to deal with new security challenges.

Serbians launch petition against war mongering

Prompted by recent inflammatory statements by Serbian politicians regarding an incident involving a Kosovo-bound train from Belgrade, Serbian citizens have launched a petition called "Serbian Citizens Against War Mongering", the Novi Sad-based portal 021.rs reported on Wednesday.

Serbian president dismisses accusations of sabre rattling, but says is ready to go to war

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said on Tuesday that he was ready to resign if Serbia kept silent in the event of an attack by Albanians on Serbs in Kosovo, dismissing accusations of sabre rattling.

Serbia struggles with river ice; Croatia hit by snowstorms

Two Hungarian icebreakers tasked to clear the Danube between Croatia and Serbia may be unable to continue downstream and the Croatian army could be asked to use explosives, according to news reports Tuesday.

Bosnian PM to meet his Serbian counterpart in Belgrade next week

Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Zvizdic is to travel to Belgrade next week for talks with Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, government sources in Sarajevo confirmed on Monday.

Serbian president threatens Kosovo with military intervention

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic on Sunday threatened Kosovo with military intervention to defend local Serbs after Kosovo deployed special forces to prevent a train painted with Serbia's national colors and the words "Kosovo is Serbia" from entering its territory.

Two men suspected of terrorism activities in Montenegro arrested in Serbia

ZAGREB, Jan 14 (Hina) - Two Serbian citizens suspected of having taken part in an attempted coup d'etat in Montenegro have been arrested on a Montenegrin warrant, the media in Belgrade reported on Friday.

Migrants shivering in Serbia find no warmth in Hungary, minister says

Hungary will not open its border to refugees and migrants facing bitterly cold conditions in neighbouring Serbia, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told a German newspaper.

ICTY prosecution appeal seeks life imprisonment for Karadzic

The Office of the Prosecutor of the war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague has requested life imprisonment for Bosnian Serb wartime president Radovan Karadzic, who was sentenced to 40 years for genocide and war crimes pending appeal, Belgrade's electronic media reported on Friday.

Serbia requests Haradinaj's urgent extradition

Serbia on Friday announced that it will not withdraw its request for the extradition of former Kosovo prime minister and commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army Ramush Haradinaj, who was released on Thursday from extradition detention in France, and called for his urgent extradition.

State of emergency in effect in 13 municipalities as cold snap grips Serbia

After six days of heavy snowdrift and sub-zero temperatures, snow has stopped falling and temperatures are rising in Serbia but a state of emergency is still in force in 13 municipalities and navigation along the Sava, the Tisza and the Danube has been suspended due to ice.

Croatian President: Serbia needs to change rhetoric

Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Wednesday warned that there were 21 lawmakers in Serbia's parliament who made claims on Croatia's territory by stating that Serbia's western frontier should go through the Croatian cities of Virovitica, Karlovac and Karlobag.

Croatian Albanian MP addresses Croatian MEPs over Haradinaj arrest

Ermina Lekaj Prljaskaj, a member of the Croatian Parliament who represents five ethnic minorities, including the Albanian minority, on Wednesday asked Croatian members of the European Parliament to use their political influence to make their colleagues aware of the repeated arrest of Kosovo politician and former prime minister Ramush Haradinaj, who is wanted by Serbia on charges of war crimes.

Report: UEFA suspends Partizan Belgrade over debts

European football's governing body UEFA has banned Serbia's multiple champions Partizan Belgrade from European competition over unpaid debts, the B92 news portal reported Wednesday.

Extreme cold claims six lives in Serbia

Extremely low temperatures have claimed six lives in Serbia, prompting local authorities to declare a state of emergency in 11 municipalities in the country's south where temperatures of minus 27 degrees Celsius have been reported lately.

Serbia officially requests Haradinaj's extradition from France

Serbia on Tuesday sent an official request to France to hand over Kosovo politician Ramush Haradinaj, arrested by French border police on 4 January on his arrival at Basel-Mulhouse on a flight from Pristina, as Belgrade finds him responsible for war crimes against civilians in Kosovo in 1998.

EP rapporteur favours bilateral resolution of Serbia-Croatia issues

The European Parliament's rapporteur for Serbia, David McAllister, said on Monday that Serbia was making generally good headway on its journey towards the European Union and that it was recommended that Serbia-Croatia outstanding issues should be solved bilaterally and not at the European Union's level.

Serb Orthodox Church Patriarch says isn't happy about what is happening in Croatia

Serb Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej has said he is not at all happy about what is happening in Croatia because he has the impression that a defeated ideology is again finding refuge and soil there.

Serbia-Croatia should solve disputes bilaterally, says EU Delegation head in Serbia

The head of the European Union Delegation to Serbia said on Friday that Serbia could present negotiating positions for 13 more policy chapters in the accession negotiations with the EU this year, and recommended that Serbia and Croatia solve their disputes bilaterally.

Serbian PM envoy's message was friendly, says Croatian Serb official

The president of the Serb Cultural Society Prosvjeta has said that Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic's envoy Vladimir Bozovic, speaking at an Orthodox Christmas reception in Zagreb on Thursday, sent a friendly and open message which elicited unnecessarily sensationalist responses from Croatian media and Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier.

Kosovo urges EU to exert pressure on Serbia over Haradinaj

Kosovo asked the European Union on Thursday to press the candidate country Serbia to drop arrest warrants against former Kosovo fighters, including a warrant for the arrest of former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj, arrested in France this week, says Reuters.

Austrian MEP calls on EU to exert pressure on Serbia to withdraw outdated arrest warrants

An Austrian member of the European Parliament, Ulrike Lunacek, called on the European Union on Thursday to exert pressure on Serbia to withdraw outdated arrest warrants.

Three including child die in migrant smuggler crash in Serbia

Three migrants, including a child, were killed and 10 were injured when the vehicle smuggling them through Serbia overturned early Thursday, state television RTS reported.

Serbia admitted problems with Croatian textbooks, says Vojvodina Croat politician

Croat minority representatives in Serbia have welcomed Croatia's lifting its blockade of Chapter 26 (Education and Culture) in Serbia's EU entry talks, saying that they expect the Serbian government to pay more heed to resolving outstanding issues concerning the Croat minority in Serbia.

Vucic offers Serbs in Croatia help to improve their status

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Friday that he had "nothing against" Serbs in Croatia getting the same rights as Croats in Serbia, adding that the Serbian government would help them improve their status and institutions in Croatia.

Stier says Croatia lifting blockade of Chapter 26 in Serbia-EU entry talks

Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said on Friday that conditions had been created for lifting Croatia's reservation to the opening of Chapter 26 in Serbia's EU accession negotiations, but that Croatia would continue to watch Serbia's compliance with obligations to the Croatian minority as part of Chapter 23.

Agreement signed with Croat minority in Serbia, Croatia to lift its blockade of EU negotiations

Croatia is prepared to withdraw its reservations with regard to the opening of Chapter No. 26 (Education and Culture) in Serbia's EU membership talks after a solution has been found for textbooks for the Croat minority in that country, Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier told an extraordinary press conference on Friday.

Russia donates MiGs, tanks, reconnaissance vehicles to Serbia

Russia is donating six used MiG-29 fighter jets to Serbia, whose modernisation will cost between 180 million and 230 million euros, Serbian media reported from Moscow on Wednesday.

Serbia PM for unconditional dialogue with Plenkovic

Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Monday that there are "occurrences in Croatia about which Serbia cannot be satisfied," and added that he accepted an apology by his Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenkovic regarding a plaque with the Ustasha salute in Jasenovac and that he was prepared to resolve problems through dialogue and unconditionally.

Plenkovic says Serbia needs to meet its obligations to Croat minority

Serbia needs to meet the obligations it has undertaken with regard to the Croat minority and once it does it, the policy chapter No. 26, regarding education and culture, in Serbia's EU accession talks, will again be discussed, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Sunday, noting that Croatia's blockade of the said policy area was justified and that the issue should not be dramatised.

Croat minority in Serbia marks one of its holidays, points to progress as well as problems

The Croat minority in Serbia celebrated one of its four national holidays at a ceremony held in Subotica on Friday, with its representatives pointing to the progress made with regard to the community's rights as well as to problems it was faced with due to worsened relations between Serbia and Croatia.

Serbia expects six MIG 29 jets from Russia

Serbia could get six MIG 29 fighter planes from Russian in March 2017 already and expects to obtain 13 helicopters in the near future for the army and police, Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday.

Croatian PM: Greater Serbian aggression not empty phrase but tragedy

The Greater Serbia aggression is not an empty phrase but a tragedy that befell Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in a comment on Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic's recent statement that Croatian statements about the Greater Serbia aggression were empty phrases.

Report: No charge for child who set homeless man on fire in Serbia

A 12-year-old boy suspected of killing a homeless man in Serbia by setting him on fire was questioned by police but later released, the daily Blic reported Thursday.

Vojvodina Croat official says Serbia should publish 186 textbooks in Croatian language

The leader of the Democratic Alliance of the Vojvodina Croats (DSHV), Tomislav Zigmanov, said on Wednesday that Serbian authorities would have to publish 186 textbooks for all levels of education in the Croatian language, and that this was the best way to open the policy area 26 in the country's EU accession talks, which concerns education and culture, and for Croatia to unblock the opening of that policy area.

Serbia's Deputy PM says blockade of policy area 26 could have three consequences

Croatia's blocking the opening of talks on the policy area No. 26, concerning education and culture, in Serbia's EU accession talks will have at least three harmful consequences, Serbia's Deputy Prime Minister Rasim Ljajic said on Wednesday.

Plenkovic says no need to dramatise blockade of Serbia's EU negotiations

There is nothing dramatic about the fact that Croatia did not greenlight the opening of Chapter 26 (Education and Culture) in Serbia's EU accession negotiations and it is in the interest of both countries for Belgrade to approach that issue constructively, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said at the start of a government session on Wednesday.

Activists reinstall Vukovar exhibition in Novi Sad

Serbia's Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR) held a protest action in Novi Sad on Tuesday evening, reinstalling an exhibition of photographs of the war-ravaged Croatian town of Vukovar.

Plenkovic says has talked with Biden in general on Serbia's EU negotiations

Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Tuesday that he had talked with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden about Serbia's EU membership negotiations in general and that the talks actually referred to how Croatia could assist southeastern European countries on their journey towards the EU and NATO.

Serbia opens two more chapters in EU entry talks

Serbia opened two negotiation chapters at an intergovernmental accession conference in Brussels on Tuesday, "Public Procurement" and "Science and Research", and now has six policy chapters open in its European Union entry talks.

Croatia still has reservations about Chapter 26, seeks additional explanations from EC

Serbia will open two chapters in EU accession negotiations on Tuesday, and Croatia is among the countries that have not yet lifted their reservations about the opening of Chapter 26, Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said in Brussels on Tuesday.

Croatian PM: Progress in EU-Serbia talks can be expected at start of 2017

Croatia expects progress in Serbia's accession negotiations with the European Union to happen at the beginning of 2017, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Tuesday in his comment on Belgrade's anger at Croatia over the non-opening of Chapter 26 on education and culture in the negotiating process.

Petrov: Serbia's reaction inappropriate

Croatian Parliament Speaker Bozo Petrov said on Tuesday that Serbia's reaction, after it became obvious that Chapter 26 in its EU negotiations would not be opened, was "completely inappropriate."

Croatian President: Serbia can easily meet the required criterion

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said in Varazdin on Tuesday that the required criterion for the opening of Chapter 26 on education and culture was not a political problem and that Serbia could easily meet that criterion.

Free Route Airspace introduced over Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Croatia Control (HKZP), Serbia-Montenegro's SMATSA and Bosnia and Herzegovina's BHANSA, as of 8 December have introduced the concept of Free Route Airspace (FRA) facilitating 24-hour free planning and flights in their airspace regardless of the countries' borders and the area under their responsibility, HKZP reported on Tuesday.

Serbian PM boycotts conference, demonstratively leaves Brussels

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic confirmed in Brussels on Monday evening that he would not take part in an intergovernmental conference with the European Union on Tuesday, announcing his early return to Belgrade as he is dissatisfied with the fact that one of the three negotiations chapters that were expected to open will not be opened at the conference.

Lavrov rules out Russia's interference in Serbia's internal affairs

The visiting Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said in Belgrade on Monday that Moscow would not interfere in Serbia's internal affairs and pledged Moscow's commitment to balance in bilateral relations

Serbia to open two chapters Tuesday, no consent on Chapter 26

The EU will open two more chapters (5 and 25) in Serbia's accession negotiations at an intergovernmental conference on Tuesday, while there is still no consent among the EU member states about the third chapter that was supposed to be opened at the conference (Chaper 26 Education and Culutre), diplomatic sources in Brussels said on Monday.

Vucic threatens to boycott conference if Croatia continues to block Chapter 26

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has threatened to boycott an intergovernmental conference with the European Union unless Croatia withdraws the blockade of Chapter 26, Serbian public broadcaster RTS said on Monday evening.

Stier expects accession conferences for Serbia and Montenegro to be successful

Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier said on Monday he expected inter-governmental conferences on the accession of Serbia and Montenegro to the European Union to be successful, underlining that on its path to the bloc Belgrade must meet a number of criteria, including the protection of ethnic minorities.

Slovenia's PM against conditioning Serbia's EU talks

Slovenia's Prime Minister Miro Cerar on Monday said that his government would not condition Serbia's EU negotiations with outstanding bilateral issues concerning archival materials from the period of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) that were destroyed in Slovenia, however, copies are still kept in Belgrade.

Russian FM Lavrov to visit Serbia 12-13 Dec.

The Russian Federation's Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov will arrive in Belgrade on Monday for a two-day official visit, and Belgrade describes this visit as an exceptionally important step in the development of bilateral relations.

Serbia's president says Captain Dragan has right to Serbian legal aid

Serbia's President Tomislav Nikolic on Wednesday said that Dragan Vasiljkovic, aka Captain Dragan, has the right to legal aid from Serbia in the war crimes case against him in Croatia, Nikolic's office said in a press release.