Sat, May 18 2013
Photo: Асен Тонев
IMF executive board completes third review under stand-by arrangement with Serbia and approves 360 million euro disbursement
Belgrade and the International Monetary Fund have agreed ‘informally’ that Serbia’s 2010 budget deficit should be about four per cent, prime minister Mirko Cvetkovic has said.
Croatia could complete accession negotiations in 2010, Serbia's interim agreement should be implemented, while key reforms are needed in other countries.
There are encouraging signs that the Serbian economy’s decline seems to be moderating, the IMF says. While developments in the first half of the year have been somewhat worse than previously anticipated, financial tensions have eased, the Fund says.
Serbia's economy will stagnate this year but country not in recession, says deputy prime minister as negotiations begin on new stand-by arrangement
Governments in Prague and Bucharest could soon join Sofia in instituting temporary moratoriums on shale gas exploration.
Coalition around ruling Democratic Party has largest share of vote in Serbia's parliamentary election, according to exit polls.
Centre-right New Democracy is said by exit polls to have largest share of votes, but diminished even from its 2009 defeat, while socialists Pasok – the 2009 victors – gets somewhere around 14 to 17 per cent.
An agreement reached with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will allow voters with dual citizenship in Kosovo to vote in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Serbia.
Twenty radical Muslims suspected of being members of a terrorist group that has been linked to the murder of five fishermen in early April.