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DAILY SURVEY 19.09.2017.
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BELGRADE, 18 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic attended a Sept. 18 meeting on United Nations reform in New York, chaired by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and U.S. President Donald Trump. Dacic met with the U.N. secretary-general, the American president, and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. In order to attend the general debate at the beginning of the 72nd Session of the U.N. General Assembly, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic arrived in New York in the afternoon on Sept. 18. Vucic and Dacic will stay in New York until Sept. 23, and both are scheduled to have a series of meetings in the next five days.


BELGRADE, 18 September 2017 (Beta) - For many people in Serbia, Germany is an example of an ideal state, not only from the economic, but also from the social aspect, Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said in an editorial for Deutsche Welle (DW). The EU accession of the Western Balkans is in the interest of the whole of Europe, while the EU accession remains Serbia's top foreign policy goal, she wrote. The EU integration of the Western Balkans and strengthening of regional cooperation would have been harder, had German Chancellor Angela Merkel not initiated the Berlin Process three years ago, Brnabic noted. For years, Germany had been among Serbia's major economic partners, one of the top five investors in the country and the biggest bilateral donor, she said. "A multiple increase of bilateral trade over the past 15 years, along with a more than five-fold rise in Serbia's export to Germany are particularly encouraging," Brnabic noted. She also recalled that several hundred thousand Serbian nationals live in Germany, which is important for good bilateral relations.


BELGRADE, 18 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic met on Sept. 18 with U.N. Resident Coordinator in Serbia Karla Hershey to discuss assistance from the U.N. system to Serbia's economic, social and environmental development. Brnabic and Hershey discussed "activities within a five-year development partnership program Serbia has signed with the U.N. team," the Serbian government reported. The program involves the U.N. agencies, funds and programs, "representing a comprehensive framework for cooperation and assistance to the development of the economic, social and environmental development of Serbia." Hershey underlined that most of the relevant ministries had been included in the program, and that "joint efforts should be made in the reforms to boost the rule law, state administration and the development of social and human resources." She underlined the Strategic Framework Partnership was fully harmonized with Serbia's EU accession," says the press release. Brnabic said that Serbia had good financial discipline, and that the government's priority was to invest in large infrastructure projects.


BELGRADE, 18 September 2017 (Beta) - The Serbian speaker, Maja Gojkovic, said at the annual general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna that Serbia was traditionally and firmly committed to the safe use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Addressing the general conference comprising 168 member states, Maja Gojkovic said that Serbia's role in an international exercise simulating a global response to a nuclear accident confirmed the country's commitment to the priorities of the Agency, the Serbian parliament reported. "It is a chief priority for us to protect the population and the environment against possible safety risks, and to ensure that nuclear energy is used to achieve global peace and prosperity, for the generations to come," said Maja Gojkovic, heading Serbia's delegation at the IAEA conference. Gojkovic said that the ratification of the Convention on Nuclear Safety and the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste has entered a closing stage, and that the purpose of the documents was to introduce different measures and boost international cooperation to prevent nuclear accidents and provide additional protection for the citizens, society and the environment. "Serbia is strongly committed to strengthening its national legal and regulatory framework with permanent improvements and harmonization with international safety standards and the EU regulations and practice," said Gojkovic, president of the Management Board of the Serbian Agency for the Protection of Ionizing Radiation and Nuclear Safety. During the conference, Gojkovic will meet with the IAEA General Director, Yukiya Amano. This year, Serbia is entering the IAEA Council of Governors for the first time, appointed for the period between 2017 and 2019.


BELGRADE, 18 September 2017 (Beta) - Justice Minister Nela Kuburovic in Belgrade on Sept. 18 met with Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Sem Fabrizi, who said that enlargement in the Western Balkans was among the EU's priorities in the next period, along with stability, resolution of the migrant crisis and the rule of law. Kuburovic said that setting the exact date for Serbia's accession to the EU was not that important as was the implementation of all the necessary reforms, which, she said, were primarily in the interest of Serbia's citizens, according to a release from the Justice Ministry. She informed Fabrizi about the ongoing public debate on amendments to the Constitution in the part referring to the judiciary, adding after the public debate, a draft document would be forwarded to the Venice Commission, without whose opinion no further procedure would be undertaken, the release said. Kuburovic and Fabrici welcomed President Aleksandar Vucic's idea on initiating an internal dialogue on Kosovo. Kuburovic also said that the EU Delegation to Serbia had backed a number of important projects in the field of the judiciary, noting that one of these projects within the IPA 13 project would be launched late next week. She added that it was "a very important project" backing the implementation of the Law on the organization and jurisdictions of state bodies in combating organized crime, terrorism and corruption, as one of the three most important sections of the Action Plan for Chapter 23, dealing with the judiciary and fundamental rights, according to the release. Kuburovic also told Fabrizi that she expected a draft law on the Anti-Corruption Agency and a draft law on free legal aid to be forwarded to the parliament for adoption by the end of the year. The justice minister further said she hoped that "the hitherto very good cooperation between the Ministry and the EU Delegation to Serbia" would continue in the future, the release said.


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