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Air Serbia says it achieved third-best result since 1927

December 13, 2023

Serbia's flag carrier Air Serbia said that on Wednesday it carried its 4-millionth passenger since the start of 2023, which is a record-high since its re-branding, and the third-best result of the national carrier since its establishment in 1927.

The milestone passenger, Viktorija L., was welcomed at Belgrade airport’s check-in desk by Air Serbia CEO Jiri Marek and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Goran Vesic, the company said in a press release.

On that occasion, the passenger received a gift voucher for two free return tickets in business class to any of the 80 destinations in the Serbian national carrier’s network.

“Despite the numerous challenges we faced, we managed to achieve very high growth and carry over 4 million passengers in one year for the first time since 2013. This number will be even higher by the end of the year, which is something we are very proud of. Looking at the national carrier’s entire 97-year-long history, passenger traffic was highest in 1987 and 1988. In both cases, over 4 million passengers were carried,” said Jiri Marek, CEO of Air Serbia.

Air Serbia said in a press release that its success is the result of a carefully devised business strategy, which entailed expanding the destination network, upgrading and expanding the fleet, as well as reinforcing cabin and flight crew.
It noted that, in 2023, it launched 23 new destinations, among which Chicago, the third long-haul destination and the second one in the US, especially stands out.

The Serbian national carrier operated close to 43,000 scheduled and charter flights in 2023. Next year, Air Serbia plans to develop its fleet and the destination network even further, said the press release.

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/air-serbia-says-it-achieved-third-best-result-since-1927/

Petkovic-Kosovo’s Kurti continues to trample on Serbs’ rights

December 13, 2023

Head of the Serbian Government Office for Kosovo Petar Petkovic said the refusal of the fake mayors in northern Kosovo municipalities and their municipal council heads to accept requests for their dismissal and to begin setting up initiative committees for their dismissal shows that Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti is continuing to trample on the Serbs’ rights.

The Office for Kosovo quoted Petkovic as saying that Kurti has no intention of replacing his illegitimate and illegal mayors and that, from the moment the Serbs in the north of Kosovo launched this initiative, Kurti has been using all possible obstacles and tricks in order to thwart and prevent this process because he wants to continue with his policy of terror and institutional violence against the Serbs.

To this end, Kurti is even brutally violating his own regulations and sending inarticulate notices and rejections through his appointees in order to keep them in power for as long as possible so they could continue to pass anti-Serb decisions although they were backed by 3.5 percent of the electorate, said Petkovic.

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/petkovic-kosovo-s-kurti-continues-to-trample-on-serbs-rights/

Council of EU requests Serbia’s Ohrid obligations be added to Chapter 35 benchmarks

December 13, 2023

The Council of the European Union (EU) requests the European Commission and High Representative Josep Borrell to urgently propose to the Council, before the end of January 2024, the amendments to the benchmarks of Chapter 35 of Serbia’s accession negotiations to reflect Serbia’s obligations stemming from the Agreement on the Path to Normalization between Kosovo and Serbia and its Implementation Annex, read the conclusions of the Council of the EU adopted Tuesday.

The Council of the EU further said that it welcomes the Agreement on the Path to Normalization between Kosovo and Serbia, reached on February 27 in Brussels, and its Implementation Annex agreed on on March 18 in Ohrid, and regrets the lack of implementation by both parties, as well as other pending commitments reached in the EU-facilitated Dialogue.

The conclusions read that the Council “calls on Serbia and Kosovo to fully respect and implement them, without further delay and preconditions. This includes the establishment of the Association/Community of Serb Majority Municipalities.

The Council welcomes Serbia’s and Kosovo’s readiness to accept the draft statute presented to the parties by the EU Facilitator, on the understanding that further work needs to be done on this basis.”

The Council said that normalization of relations and implementing their Dialogue commitments are essential conditions on the European path of both Serbia and Kosovo and both risk losing important opportunities in absence of progress.

“The Council recalls that Serbia’s progress on the rule of law and the normalization of relations with Kosovo will continue to determine the overall pace of accession negotiations,” read the conclusions, in which the Council reiterated its concern over the situation in the media and the handling of war crimes in Serbia.

The Council said that it expects both Serbia and Kosovo to find a sustainable solution to the situation in the north of Kosovo that guarantees safety, security and participatory democracy for all citizens.

Serbia is expected to engage in the EU-facilitated Dialogue in good faith and in the spirit of compromise to achieve a comprehensive legally binding agreement with Kosovo on normalization of relations in accordance with international law and EU acquis with no further delay.

This agreement should address all key outstanding issues and thus contribute to regional stability, the Council added.

The Council reiterated that there is no justification for violence and said it strongly condemns the “violent acts by Kosovo Serbs protesters against citizens, KFOR troops, law enforcement, and media on 29 May 2023 and the violent attack against Kosovo Police on 24 September 2023 in the north of Kosovo.”

The Council expects Serbia to fully cooperate and take all the necessary measures to apprehend and swiftly bring to justice the perpetrators of the attacks, regrets that Serbia has taken insufficient actions in this respect and expresses concern about the repeated military build-ups by Serbia in the vicinity of Kosovo, and says that it has taken note of the subsequent reduction of troops and equipment.

Serbia and Kosovo must pursue sustained de-escalation efforts, refrain from unilateral and provocative actions that could lead to tensions and violence and stop divisive rhetoric, said the Council, adding that it welcomes that Serbia has taken some steps in the right direction, including by publicly encouraging Kosovo Serbs to participate in the local elections in the north of Kosovo.

Serbia is asked to encourage the Kosovo Serbs to return to institutions that they left.

The Council reiterated that failure by the parties to de-escalate tensions will have consequences.

The Council reiterated its strong expectation of Serbia to step up its efforts towards full alignment with EU Common Foreign and Security Policy positions and restrictive measures, including on Russia and Belarus, as a matter of utmost priority.

The Council also called on Serbian authorities to refrain from actions and statements against the EU positions on foreign policy and other strategic matters.

It said it takes good note of Serbia´s humanitarian and other assistance to Ukraine, welcomes Serbia’s improved cooperation with the EU on preventing the circumvention of EU restrictive measures and welcomes Serbia’s continued active participation in and important contribution to EU missions and operations under the EU Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP).

It particularly stressed the need for Serbia to fully meet its commitment to align with EU visa policy.

The Council welcomed that Serbia has maintained its commitment in a number of regional cooperation initiatives and said it encourages Serbia to further strengthen good neighborly relations and contribute to stability and reconciliation with all partners in the region.

In its conclusions, the Council asks Serbia to continue to focus on the fulfillment of the interim benchmarks of the rule of law chapters 23 and 24. It welcomes the timely adoption of five laws implementing the 2022 constitutional amendments, but says that further work and political commitment are needed to implement reforms in fundamental areas, including on judiciary.

The Council underlined the need for Serbia to step up its efforts in the fight against corruption and organized crime and to achieve tangible results and a convincing track record with effective investigations, prosecutions, final convictions, freezing and confiscation of criminal assets.

It also reiterated its concern about the situation in the media and handling of war crimes in Serbia. Belgrade is asked to step up efforts on the effective implementation of its media strategy action plan. Underscored in the conclusions is the importance of meaningful regional cooperation in the domestic handling of war crimes, resolving the remaining cases of missing persons and full cooperation with the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals.

The Council reiterated the call on Serbian authorities to communicate objectively and unambiguously on the EU, and to actively engage in preventing and tackling all forms of disinformation and foreign information manipulation in all media channels.

In order to improve the conditions for the proper functioning of democratic institutions, the Council strongly encourages Serbia to address the long-standing OSCE/ODIHR and Council of Europe bodies’ recommendations, including those pertaining to key aspects of the electoral process.

In its conclusions, the Council acknowledges the Commission’s assessment that Serbia maintains its level of preparedness on the opening benchmarks in cluster 3 (Competitiveness and inclusive growth) and welcomes Serbia’s good level of preparation on the economic criteria.

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/council-of-eu-requests-serbias-ohrid-obligations-be-added-to-chapter-35-benchmarks/

OHR-Instead of public insight into their work, RS politicians want immunity

December 12, 2023

In a country with endemic corruption and a weak judiciary, where politicians rarely face accountability for their actions, the Draft Law on Immunity in Republika Srpska (RS) will only worsen the situation - the Office of the High Representative (OHR) stated regarding the said Draft, which is on the agenda of the RS parliament session. The Draft proposes that officials of the legislative and executive authorities in RS cannot be held accountable for their actions within the scope of their duties.

The OHR told Fena news agency that the intent demonstrated by the ruling coalition in RS is to grant immunity to politicians instead of enabling public scrutiny of their work.

If adopted, this law expands the circle of officials in the RS entity who, during criminal and misdemeanour proceedings for not respecting the decisions of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, can invoke immunity.

“Cooperation with the OHR is an obligation under the Dayton Peace Agreement,” the OHR stated in this regard.

The US Embassy in BiH also previously assessed that the RS immunity law is not in line with international standards, it undermines the rule of law, and will “enable greater corruption and abuse of power by RS officials.”

The Speaker of the RS National Assembly, Nenad Stevandic, said that, according to the current Law on Immunity in RS, members of parliament are in a privileged position compared to other officials, and this is not acceptable.

The Draft Law on Immunity in RS also provides for its retroactive application from August 1, 2021, the date when the High Representative Christian Schmidt took office.

If adopted this week, a public debate will follow, after which the proposal for this law will be submitted to the parliamentary procedure.

Source:  https://n1info.ba/english/news/ohr-instead-of-public-insight-into-their-work-rs-politicians-want-immunity/

Telekom Serbia-owned companies trade antenna arrays in Bosnia, prepare for British investor

December 12, 2023

The Telekom Serbia-owned M:tel Banja Luka company sold its company in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sky Towers Infrastructure, the eKapija portal said on Tuesday.

It said that shareholders and investors were informed of the sale which a press release said was in line with a strategic decision. The company was sold to a company of the same name based in Serbia which was set up by the state-controlled Telekom Serbia along with companies of the same name in Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Sky Towers Infrastructure company owns antenna arrays and other telecommunications infrastructure. The eKapija portal said that the transfer of ownership is part of preparations to sell the antenna arrays to the British Actis GP LLP investment firm. The purchase will be financed with loans from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the World Bank.

The sale of the 1,827 antenna arrays to the British company was confirmed by Telekom Serbia CEO Vladimir Lucic who said that the sale was for the antenna array towers, not the base stations with Telekom leasing the towers.

Source:  https://n1info.ba/english/news/telekom-serbia-owned-companies-trade-antenna-arrays-in-bosnia-prepare-for-british-investor/

Hungary's Szijjarto in favour of EU integration of Bosnia, Georgia Moldova

December 12, 2023

Hungary's Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto expressed support to the integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and Moldova into the European Union during the General Affairs Council meeting on Tuesday, according to his spokesperson Zoltan Kovacs.

“FM Szijjarto highlighted Hungary’s minority status of pro-expansion countries in the EU and reiterated the importance of advancing negotiations with the Western Balkans, while supporting the integration of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, and Moldova,” Kovacs posted on X following the session in Brussels.

RFE: EU ministers fail to give recommendations on enlargement, leave the decision to European Council

He also said that the Hungary FM “ mentioned Hungary's role in removing propositions against Serbia and the Republika Srpska, and in preventing measures that would have impeded North Macedonia's negotiation process.”

“Despite initial intentions and pressure from most member states, the council only acknowledged the European Commission's evaluation, leaving the final decision to the upcoming EU summit,” Kovacs wrote.

“We managed to prevent the decision on starting EU accession talks with Ukraine,” Szijjarto said following an EU ministers’ council meeting.

Source:  https://n1info.ba/english/news/hungarys-szijjarto-in-favour-of-eu-integration-of-bosnia-georgia-moldova/

RFE-EU ministers fail to give recommendations on enlargement, leave the decision to European Council

December 12, 2023

European Union ministers adopted conclusions on the enlargement in a session on Tuesday but without recommendation for the opening of the accession talks with Ukraine, Moldova and Bosnia and Herzegovina, or granting candidate status for Georgia, according to Radio Free Europe.

Discussion and potential decision on this matter is left to the European Council, which is meeting later this week, on December 14-15.

This week is marked as the most crucial in last 20 years when it comes to EU enlargement.

According to procedures, the ministers harmonise their stances on a matter and decisions are passed formally by the heads of governments i.e. European Council.

RFE reports that Bosnia and Herzegovina and the wording of the decision on this country remains the biggest “unknown.”

Namely, the European Commission recommended the opening of the accession talks back in November but once the country meets membership criteria.

Unlike Bosnia, Ukraine and Moldova received a clear positive recommendation.

Reportedly, in the first drafts of the conclusions, the decision on Bosnia was also conditional, where the country was expected to meet all the conditions. On the other hand, the sentences referring to Ukraine and Moldova contained a clear recommendation for the leaders to approve the opening of the accession talks.

According to RFE, two latest drafts, one of which was agreed on the night between December 11 and 12, removed the recommendations for all three countries and stated that these issues would be on agenda of the upcoming EU summit.

A poll that was recently conducted in six EU member states showed that the EU citizens are generally open to the idea of Ukraine joining the EU but had a rather cool response to the prospect of the Western Balkans joining the bloc, The Guardian reported.

The survey showed strong opposition to Turkey joining the EU, while les than 30% support the accession of the Western Balkan countries, Moldova and Georgia.

Reportedly, the support was weakest for Kosovo (20% for, 37% against), followed by Albania (24%for, 35% against), Serbia (25% for, 35% against) and Georgia (25% for, 31% against), while the opinions were more evenly divided on North Macedonia (26% for, 27% against) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (28% for, 29% against).

The polling was conducted for the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) in six member states – Austria, France, Germany, Denmark, Poland and Romania.

Source:  https://n1info.ba/english/news/rfe-eu-ministers-fail-to-give-recommendations-on-enlargement-leave-the-decision-to-european-council/

BiH govt reached a consensus on agreement with Frontex, official states

December 12, 2023

Bosnia’s Council of Ministers (CoM) reached a consensus on the text of the agreement with Frontex so that police officers from the European Union could finally come to BiH and help control illegal migration, Deputy Chair of the CoM, Stasa Kosarac said Tuesday.

The agreement with Frontex is one of the key preconditions set by the European Commission so that BiH could open accession negotiations with the Union in March, and the agreement on this has so far been slowed down by internal political conflicts in BiH reduced to disputes over the powers of the state and what entities.

The incumbent BiH Security Minister Nenad Nesic claimed earlier that, due to its complex structure, BiH cannot accept a standard agreement such as Frontex concludes with other countries, so the document must be adapted to Bosnia and Herzegovina's “specificities”.

In practice, this meant that, for all its activities on the protection of the part of the border with the territory of Republika Srpska (RS) entity, which it would carry out with members of Frontex, the BiH Border Police would have to seek and obtain the consent of the entity Interior Ministry.

This is contrary to the practice according to which Frontex cooperates with states, that is, with state law enforcement agencies. Thus Bosniak ministers in the Council of Ministers blocked Nesic's proposal.

Asserting that the problem was finally solved, Kosarac said that the basis for negotiations with Frontex and the structure of the negotiation team have now been adopted.

According to the local media, Bosnia and Herzegovina proposed to Frotex a wording according to which approvals for the actions of European police officers will be given “per the powers of different levels of government.”

BiH is the only country in the region that has not yet concluded an agreement with Frontex, even though it is exposed to an increasingly strong wave of migration and it cannot effectively monitor its borders.

Source:  https://n1info.ba/english/news/bih-govt-reached-a-consensus-on-agreement-with-frontex-official-states/

Croatian FM-Pro-European politicians in BiH should be encouraged

December 12, 2023

Leaving Bosnia and Herzegovina aside in European integration would discourage pro-European leaders in that country and encourage those from third countries who want BiH to fall under the influence of those who do not have the same agenda as Europe, said Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic Radman.

“Pro-European politicians should be encouraged to continue with reforms, and leaving Bosnia and Herzegovina aside would certainly discourage them and encourage those from third countries who believe that BiH should fall under the influence of those who do not have the same agenda as Europe,” Grlic Radman said after a meeting of Eu foreign ministers on Monday.

The EU foreign ministers convened in Brussels on Monday to discuss the Russian aggression against Ukraine, the situation in Israel, the Gaza Strip and the region, and exchanged opinions on the situation in the Sahel and the external dimension of economic security.

Although EU enlargement, which the ministers for European affairs will discuss on Tuesday, was not on the agenda on Monday, Minister Grlic Radman said that when he spoke about aid to Ukraine, he strongly supported Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“In the context of the discussion on Ukraine, when we talked about supporting that country's opening of accession negotiations, I said that Croatia is strongly advocating the start of negotiations with Ukraine, Moldova, but also with Bosnia and Herzegovina, because it should be rewarded for its pro-European politicians,” Grlic Radman said.

He added that the mere opening of accession negotiations with those three countries would not mean that they would become members very quickly, but that they would meet the necessary criteria during the process.

“If they are left out of the accession process, some third countries may perceive this as a weakness of the EU,” says Grlic Radman.

The General Affairs Council, made up of the ministers for European affairs of the member states, will discuss the issue of enlargement on Tuesday. Ukraine and Moldova have the support of most countries, but Hungary opposes the opening of negotiations with Ukraine. As for Bosnia and Herzegovina, it also has the support of some member states, but does not have the consent required for a decision.

It is expected that the Council for General Affairs will “take note” of the recommendations of the European Commission to open accession negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova, while BiH received a conditional recommendation. This “taking note” means that the decision will be left to the leaders of the member states who meet on Thursday and Friday at a summit in Brussels.

The outcome of that summit on the issue of enlargement is extremely uncertain and depends a lot on the position of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has repeatedly threatened to veto the start of negotiations with Ukraine as well as the package of financial aid to that country.

Source:  https://n1info.ba/english/news/croatian-fm-pro-european-politicians-in-bih-should-be-encouraged/

Rock band breaks up over support for Vucic amid denials

December 12, 2023

A rock band fell apart and several public figures denied that they support Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s election ticket following the publication of a list of 2,000 people who are claimed to have pledged their support.

The Kolja i Grobovlasnici band’s concert in Belgrade was canceled after its frontman Nikola Pejakovic signed the list supporting the Vucic election ticket. Initial reports said the concert was canceled due to technical reasons but then the band’s keyboard player spoke out to say that Pejakovic can support whoever he wants but that the rest of the band does not agree.

Among the public figures who denied signing what Vucic called the book of decent and good people are a poet, the coach of the national kayak team and a theater director.

Poet Ivan Novcic said that he did not sign anything nor was he called to do so by the ruling party, adding that he does not have an electronic signature. “I would not have signed this just as I wouldn’t sign the ProGlas initiative,” he said.

Kayak team coach Uros Mitjev said that he signed nothing. “My view is that as a sports official and the coach of the national team I should be in the service of all the people which means absolutely politically neutral,” he said.

Theater director Darijan Mihajlovic simply said “I only signed ProGlas”.

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/rock-band-breaks-up-over-support-for-vucic-amid-denials/

Serbia Against Violence rallies thousands in Belgrade

December 12, 2023

The Serbia Against Violence coalition rallied thousands in Belgrade’s central Republic Square, calling the public to turn out to vote on December 17.

Republic Square has been a traditional rallying point for opposition gatherings since March 9, 1991 when the first major protests against the Milosevic regime.

Officials of the parties in the Serbia Against Violence coalition told the crowd that changes for the better had begun and called them to turn out to vote without fear. All 11 speakers encouraged voters to turn out and vote against the ruling parties.

Party of Freedom and Justice (SSP) official Marinika Tepic (who heads the Serbia Against Violence election ticket for the parliamentary elections) said that the choice on Sunday is between injustice everywhere or quick justice. “No fear and without agreeing to the propaganda claims that they can’t be replaced. They can and that is why they are angy and increasingly aggressive. It’s possible and it has to be because there is no other solution. Five days from now we are chosing between this evil ruling another four years or just a few more days,” she said.

The Serbia Against Violence coalition are the SSP, Democratic Party (DS), Ecological Uprising, Zajedno, Popular Movement Serbia, Movement of Free Citizens (PSG), Green-Left Front, Serbia Center, Movement for Turnaround, United Unions Sloga and New Face of Serbia.

The crowd marched to the headquarters of the Republic Election Commission (RIK).

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/serbia-against-violence-rallies-thousands-in-belgrade/

BIRN-Radoicic controled marijuana farms in north Kosovo

December 12, 2023

The BIRN investigative news portal said that the Kosovo police found 11 marijuana farms linked to former Serb List official Milan Radoicic.

BIRN was told by sources in the Kosovo police that the indoor farms were equipped with air filters which prevented the odor of the plants from getting out. The senior police officer in the north of Kosovo Veton Elsani is quoted as saying that none of the other canabis farms found in Kosovo had that equipment. He said that the police arrested a large number of people involved with those farms, most of them Serbs, adding that a number of them fled to Serbia.

Elsani said that all the groups involved with the marijuana farms were under radoicic’s control. The police chief said that his influence in the north of Kosovo had diminished following the Banjska armed incident when he fled across the border. According to Elsani, the farms were operating for two years with two of them less than 100 meters from the police station in Mitrovica North. BIRN said that its investigation showed that at least three people linked to Radoicic were wanted by the Kosovo police for handling the marijuana farms.

BIRN said that a Kosovo Serb policeman involved in the investigation was accused by the police in Serbia on suspicion of calling for the violent overthrow of the government.

The portal’s unnamed sources said that the Kosovo Serb policeman was charged because of his involvement in the investigation into the marijuana farms.

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/birn-radoicic-controled-marijuana-farms-in-north-kosovo/

Telekom infrastructure companies trade antenna arrays

December 12, 2023

The Telekom Serbia-owned Mtel Banja Luka sold it BiH Sky Towers Infrastructure company, the eKapija portal said on Tuesday.

It said that shareholders and investors were informed of the sale which a press release said was in line with a strategic decision. The company was sold to a company of the same name based in Serbia which was set up by the state-controlled Telekom Serbia along with companies of the same name in Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The Sky Towers Infrastructure company owns antenna arrays and other telecommunications infrastructure. The eKapija portal said that the transfer of ownership is part of preparations to sell the antenna arrays to the British Actis GP LLP investment firm. The purchase will be financed with loans from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the World Bank.

The sale of the 1,827 antenna arrays to the British company was confirmed by Telekom Serbia CEO Vladimir Lucic who said that the sale was for the antenna array towers, not the base stations with Telekom leasing the towers.

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/telekom-infrastructure-companies-trade-antenna-arrays/

CRTA NGO to deploy 3,000 election observers

December 12, 2023

The CRTA democracy watchdog NGO said on Tuesday that it would deploy 3,000 observers on December 17 to monitor the parliamentary and Belgrade city elections.

“CRTA’s Election Day reporting will be based on two random samples, representative of Serbia (500 polling stations) and of Belgrade (500 polling stations),” a press release said.

The CRTA observers will be present at polling stations from 6 am to monitor preparations for the polling stations to open at 7 am with mobile teams will monitor activities outside polling stations across Serbia.

CRTA said it would release information about voter turnout and procedures during the day and will publish release election result projections when data from at least 95% of the polling stations in the sample is collected and processed.

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/crta-ngo-to-deploy-3000-election-observers/

Energy Community says Serbia leads the way in implementing acquis

December 12, 2023

The Energy Community said in its annual report that Serbia was a top performer in the past year in terms of implementing its regulations.

The Annual Implementation Report covers the period between November 2022 through October 2023.

“In this year’s report, Serbia emerged as the top performer, followed by Montenegro and Ukraine. With the revised Energy Law, Serbia made headway by creating the basis for the compliant unbundling of the electricity and gas transmission system operators. It also accounts for the biggest mover in the area of decarbonisation during the reporting period,” the report said.

It added that Serbia should focus on the transposition and implementation of the Electricity Integration Package as a precondition for the coupling of its short-term markets and certify the gas transmission and storage operators, grant third party access at the interconnection points, and remove any other obstacles to new market entrants.

The report said that Serbia made moderate progress on the environment because environmental impact assessments are still not regulated in a
compliant manner, which should be addressed without further delay.

Serbian Energy Minister Dubravka Djedovic Handanovic commented the report saying that it confirms that a big job was done by the current government. A ministry press release quoted her as saying that Serbia also successfully conducted the biggest organized auction to allocate market premiums for renewable energy sources resulting in the investment of more than a billion Euro in 9 green power plants to be constructed.

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/energy-community-says-serbia-leads-the-way-in-implementing-acquis/

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