Can Serbia remain oriented towards European integration, while strengthening ties with China?
Serbia is one of the 30 or so countries where China’s cross-border police service stations operate, writes the Safeguard Defenders organization in its new report. These stations locate Chinese nationals who then persuade, and in some cases force, them to return to China. They do all this without the knowledge of the local authorities and in violation of the rules on international legal assistance and cooperation.
More than 80 solutions from all over the country selected for the green transformation of the economy and society
The signing of the diplomatic protocol between Serbia and Russia caused a veritable avalanche of indignation in the West. Some opposition politicians in Serbia also mention the possibility of imposing sanctions on Belgrade.
Eleven local authorities signed memorandums of understanding for decarbonization projects for district heating and cooling and energy efficiency improvements in the sector. Switzerland is donating EUR 7 million, the EU approved a EUR 3 million grant, while the EBRD is preparing a EUR 30 million loan for the purpose.
Local currency EBRD loan of RSD 1.2 billion (€10 million equivalent) to 3Bank in Serbia Funds for on-lending to micro and small businesses, entrepreneurs and farmers 75 per cent of credit line to finance clients outside the capital region
Only one third of Serbian citizens would currently vote for Serbia's entry into the European Union, and as many as 51 percent would vote against it.
Loans worth €25 million to Banca Intesa Belgrade to boost access to finance for SMEs and homeowners EU, WBIF and Austria funds to support investments in competitiveness and green technologies Building a green, competitive and well-integrated economy in Serbia
As Belgrade feels the heat over its warm ties to Moscow, Beijing’s stake in the country is likely to grow.
New EBRD €5 million credit line to Intesa Leasing SMEs to be able to access new finance to help increase their competitiveness EU grants to make company investments more affordable
Most of the media act as if they are part of the Kremlin's war machine under the direct command of Vladimir Putin and Roskomnadzor, Russia's federal agency for media surveillance and communications monitoring
Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina urge western leaders to ‘engage more actively and strongly’ in the region
By Joe Tidy Cyber reporter/BBC
Amid the fog of war, it can be hard to see the way forward. The news from the battlefield, the diplomatic noises off, the emotion of the grieving and displaced; all of this can be overwhelming.
MOSCOW, March 4 (Reuters) - Russia cut access to several foreign news organisations' websites, including the BBC and Deutsche Welle, for spreading what it alleged was false information about its war in Ukraine.
Written by: Josep Borrell
Serbian newspapers, which are usually pro-Putin, either reported enthusiastically about Moscow's troops "reaching Kyiv in a day" or called the Russian attack on Ukraine a "response to NATO threats".
Poor conditions for Vietnamese workers building a $900 million tire factory underscore a chasm between the promise of investment from China and grim realities on the ground.
EBRD lends €10 million to OTP Leasing Srbija doo Novi Beograd New finance to be lent on to small businesses in Serbia Incentive grants and technical assistance funded by the European Union
Тhe representatives of the EU Delegation to Serbia, led by the Head of Operations Section II, Martin Klauke, handed over the keys of 18 Škoda vehicles, which are a donation from the European Union, to Dr Miladin Kovačević, Director of the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia.
Investment to help reduce energy use and CO2 emissions €5 million EBRD loan to finance energy efficiency investments in four public buildings €11 million investment grant and technical assistance support from the EU
EIB loan to Telekom Srbija improves the capacity, coverage and quality of 5G and 4G mobile services in Serbia The operation will accelerate the digital transformation of the Serbian economy and support the national digitalisation priorities outlined in the Serbian Digital Agenda Since 2020, the EIB Group has invested €195 million in three projects supporting the development of modern digital infrastructure in Serbia
This was stated for Radio Free Europe (RFE) on November 22 by one of the Vietnamese workers engaged in the construction of the Chinese car tire factory "Linglong" in Zrenjanin. His identity is hidden due to possible revenge of the employer.
EBRD provides €75 million loan to Serbia Construction or extension of seven regional landfills and a multi-regional sorting system It will help to reduce negative impacts related to waste production and management
EBRD lends RSD 2.3 billion (€20 million) local-currency to OTP Bank AD Novi Sad New finance is for on-lending to the Serbian SME sector Credit line to strengthen SME access to local-currency financing
Though Serbia has strong ties with Western Europe, most Serbs consider Russia to be their closest partner. That’s because of the narrative peddled by Kremlin-funded outlets like Sputnik, which dominate the airwaves.
The European Union continues to support the Republic of Serbia in developing energy planning capacity and fulfilling its legally binding obligations stemming from the Energy Community Treaty. The process of preparation of the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan of the Republic of Serbia from 2021 to 2030 with the vision until 2050 (INECP) is underway and is being developed within the IPA project implemented by LDK Consultants SA and the Centre of Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES).
EBRD loan of €8 million to finance the purchase of 10 electric buses City to benefit from greener transport and lower CO2 emissions Second project in Novi Sad under the EBRD’s Green City programme
EBRD loan of up to €25 million to support private businesses in Serbia New financing to Erste Bank to strengthen the resilience of the local economy Financing is part of the EBRD’s response to the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic
The European Investment Bank (EIB) – the lending arm of the EU – has signed a €1.2 million grant to support the implementation of the Connected Schools programme in Serbia. The funding complements the €65 million EIB loan signed in 2020 for improving digital capacity and skills in over 1500 of the country’s schools.
Zlatiborac company, famous in Serbia and across Europe for its cured meat products, has recently supplied a high-efficient equipment line for cutting and slicing. With this modern equipment, Zlatiborac has succeeded in reducing its electricity consumption and reduced its CO2 footprint.
Delays and design errors have cost Serbia tens of millions of dollars in the process of upgrading the rail connection between Belgrade to Budapest, BIRN can reveal.
Тhe construction of the pipeline is divided into three sections with a total length of about 6,000 meters, while drainage buildings and air valves with manholes are also planned, to ensure safer maintenance of the water supply system.
ElevenEs has developed its own lithium iron phosphate (LFP) technology for batteries for electric cars, buses, trucks, forklifts, other industrial vehicles and energy storage systems. Backed by EU funds, it will build Europe’s first factory of the kind in Subotica, Serbia, aiming to reach a capacity of 16 GWh per year.
Belgrade, September 29, 2021 - UNICEF in Serbia launches a major solidarity campaign to provide one-time financial assistance to thousands of families living in extreme poverty. Through this action, UNICEF wants to gather and encourage all citizens and companies to use their donations to help raise the money that these families, and especially their children, need to get through the winter.
Belgrade – On September 24, 2021, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the United Nations Development program (UNDP), marked the donation of equipment to the Public health Institute “Batut” in Belgrade and to 23 local and regional health institutions. Using Information and communications technology (ICT) equipment provided to the National Communication Center and local health institutions, Serbia’s contagious disease and other medical experts will be able to better coordinate their COVID response efforts.
An online presentation of the GEFF Programme results and the announcement of further investments in the green economy’s housing sector will be held on 28 September 2021, via the Balkan Green Energy News portal.
Journalist teams that tried to make an article about the Linglong tire factory in Zrenjanin, in northwestern Serbia, in the last few months, had several inconveniences because they were intercepted by the factory security, outside the factory circle, and interfered with their work.
By David L. Phillips
Local currency EBRD loan of RSD 2.9 billion (€24.7 million equivalent) to Eurobank Serbia Funds to reach small businesses especially in less-developed regions of the country Credit line to strengthen access to local currency loans
Five fully equipped ambulances are on their way to Serbian healthcare institutions to help them respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to be prepared to better face future health crises.
In 1992, President Boris Yeltsin and Andrei Kozyrev, Russia’s first foreign minister, introduced the term “compatriots abroad” into the political lexicon. Since 1994, the concept has developed into a concrete state policy, manifesting itself in a series of laws and state programs, as well as through some foreign policy decisions. The concept of the “Russian World” only began to penetrate the political discourse in 2007. This concept has broad philosophical connotations and is much more expansive than the term “compatriots.”
ENERGY EFFICIENCY The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is providing technical assistance for a project to improve energy efficiency in central government buildings in Serbia, which will cover 28 out of a total of 56 such facilities.
Chinese investments are inflaming a health and environmental emergency in the western Balkans. Why are politicians turning a blind eye?
Thanks to the support provided to local governments in the preparation of project proposals and technical documentation, six local governments, through donation of the European Union, received funds to finance the construction of social housing
Loan of up to €18 million to finance district heating decarbonisation in Kragujevac Project will help to significantly improve air quality in Serbia’s fourth-largest city Additional work to introduce renewables to Kragujevac’s heating supply will continue
The Head of the European Union Delegation to Serbia, Ambassador Sem Fabrizi, UNICEF Representative in Serbia, Deyana Kostadinova, and Ivica Rakovic, State Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, announced today the beginning the of distribution tablets and laptops within the Bridging Digital Divide in Serbia for the Most Vulnerable Children project.
Throughout history, Russia has always been a pretender to the Balkans and has tried to realize its goals in various ways. As the political and security architecture changed over time, so did Russia adapt to the time and manner of achieving its goals.