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24 Feb 17

Balkan Retail Giant Agrokor Faces New Troubles

The biggest retail company in Croatia, with a strong presence in the region, faces fresh financial trouble, as its bond prices drop again.

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24 Feb 17

Belgrade Showcases Kosovo Serb Tourism Potential

The Serbian government is promoting the tourist potential of breakaway Kosovo at the Belgrade Tourism and Wine Fair - but only the potential of Serb-run areas.

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31 Jan 17

Bosnia, Serbia Launch Joint Trade Offensive in Saudi Arabia

The first joint delegation by trade officials from Bosnia and Serbia to visit Saudi Arabia aims to create a united front for the two Balkan states when it comes to boosting arms exports, analysts say. 

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20 Jan 17

Bulgaria, Serbia Voice High Hopes About Gas Pipeline

Ministers of Bulgaria and Serbia have agreed a gas interconnector should become fully operational by 2020, helping both countries reduce their dependency on Russian energy.

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22 Nov 16

Bank of China Set to Start Serbia Operation

Bank of China will receive a full licence to start operating at the beginning of 2017 in Serbia - the first Balkan country to host one of the world's largest banks.

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21 Oct 16

Crimea Officials Tout for Business in Serbia

A delegation from the region controversially annexed by Russia is visiting Serbia and urging businesses to invest despite EU sanctions.

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18 Oct 16

Serbia Eyes Benefits of Scrapping Visas with China

The proposed abolition of visas between Serbia and China would provide a major boost to the Serbian economy and to tourism if it passed, experts agree.

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17 Oct 16

Albania-Serbia Trade Grows From Modest Base

Trade between Albania and Serbia is growing steadily, albeit from a low base - and the disparity between what Serbia sells to Albania, and what Albania sells to Serbia, remains huge.

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14 Oct 16

Joint Chamber Aims to Boost Serbia-Albania Trade

The launch on Friday of a joint Serbia-Albania Chamber of Commerce in Nis is intended to enliven currently weak economic ties between the two countries - but not everyone expects it to succeed.

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19 Aug 16

Serbian Unions Seek Higher Minimum Wage

The Serbian government, employers and several unions are negotiating a new minimum wage level, but the proposed rise has already been described by one independent union as an ‘insult’.

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01 Jul 16

Serbia Under Pressure to Cut Power Utility Staff

The government is under growing pressure to undertake painful staffing of around 4500 people and pricing reforms in Serbia’s Electric Power Industry, EPS.

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28 Jun 16

Serbia Ponders Brexit's Impact on Economy

Serbia’s economic stability during and after Britain's exit from the EU will depend on trends in the EU economy generally and on changes in the value of the euro, experts say.

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22 Jun 16

Serbia Faces Further Public-Sector Layoffs

Serbia's Minister of Public Administration, Kori Udovicki, said up to 7,000 more staffers in the public sector will lose their jobs by the end of the year.

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21 Jun 16

IMF Cautions Against Serbian Payroll Increases

The International Monetary Fund thinks that public sector pensions and salaries should remain at their current levels in Serbia, despite recent government promises to raise both.

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15 Jun 16

Experts Query Serbia’s Trade Deals With China

Ahead of the Chinese President's visit to Belgrade, some economists question whether Serbia stands to benefit much from its current economic cooperation with China.

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20 Mar 17

Call for Balkan Customs Union Draws Faint Praise

Economists have given calls for a new Balkans customs union a tepid welcome - saying the region’s political instability and poor business framework is a far bigger problem than lack of free trade.

14 Mar 17

Belgrade Makeover: Grand Revamp or Fantasy?

27 Jan 17

China Sees Belgrade Bank as Route into Europe

18 Jan 17

Serbia Urged to Build on Results of 2016

14 Nov 16

Serbia Must Make Better Use of Bumper Harvests

Politics and Society

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30 Mar 17

In Pictures: Vucic Takes Over Serbia's Front Pages

In an unprecedented campaign move, almost all major newspapers have covered their front pages with adverts for Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, the presidential candidate of the ruling Progressive Party, for their final editions before Serbia goes into a pre-election period of 'silence'.

29 Mar 17

UN Rights Committee Takes Serbia to Task