BANJALUKA – Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik said that European integration is one the strategic goals of Republika Srpska and stressed that this process must not be abused for the sake of BiH’s centralisation and its internal transformation.
BANJALUKA – Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik and the newly-appointed Iranian Ambassador to BiH, Sead Hossein Rajabi, on Tuesday in Banjaluka expressed readiness to develop cooperation between Srpska and Iran, particularly in the economy.
BANJALUKA – Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik told Srna on Tuesday that the selection of January 9 as Republika Srpska Day does not discriminate against anyone in Srpska as this does not challenge the equality of citizens for the simple reason that no one is forced to celebrate this day as Republika Srpska Day.
BIJELJINA – The Speaker of the Republika Srpska Parliament, Igor Radojicic, on Tuesday told SRNA that the opinion of the Venice Commission in which it challenges January 9 – Republika Srpska Day -, is unfounded, since determining national holidays is an autonomous matter for every country, in this case, Entity.
BANJALUKA – The opinion of the Venice Commission that celebrating January 9 as Republika Srpska Day can lead to discrimination is completely unfounded, Vladimir Lukic, a member of the Republika Srpska delegation at the negotiations in Dayton, told SRNA on Tuesday.
BANJALUKA – Republika Srpska Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic on Tuesday presented a plaque of the Republika Srpska Government to Leonard Rasica, a great grandson of Diana Budisavljevic, an Austrian woman who saved 12,000 Serbian children from Jasenovac and other Croatian Ustashe concentration camps in WWII.
BANJALUKA – Republika Srpska Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic on Tuesday received the newly-appointed Ambassador of Iran to BiH, Sead Hossein Rajabi.
BANJALUKA – Republika Srpska Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic on Tuesday spoke with a delegation of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly about the political and economic situation in Srpska and BiH, and they also exchanged opinions on activities being conducted as part of the BiH’s European integration process.
BIJELJINA – The Speaker of the Republika Srpska Parliament, Igor Radojicic, on Tuesday told SRNA that BiH’s prospects in the next year or two will be rather gloomy if FBiH political parties fail to reach agreement on implementing the Sejdic-Finci decision.
JERUSALEM – The president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder, has positively assessed the development of friendly relations between Republika Srpska and Israel and the role of Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik in all this.
BANJALUKA – The Republika Srpska Minister of Labour and Veterans’ Affairs, Petar Djokic, on Tuesday said that prospects for the construction in phases of a central monument to fallen soldiers in the centre of Banjaluka will be discussed with experts.
BANJALUKA – The Republika Srpska Minister of Labour and Veterans’ Affairs, Petar Djokic, on Tuesday agreed with Banjaluka Mayor Slobodan Gavranovic about plans to build another 71-unit apartment building for families of fallen soldiers and military war invalids at Ada.
BANJALUKA – A greater interest in greenhouse production can be expected in Republika Srpska in the coming period because of the higher prices fetched by vegetable grown in a controlled environment, announced the Republika Srpska Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Resources.
ISTOCNO SARAJEVO – The prorector for international cooperation of Istocno Sarajevo University, Dejan Bokonjic, said that a minimum agreement on doctoral studies should be reached by all institutions of higher learning in BiH.
BIJELJINA – 1,252 patients are on haemodialysis in Republika Srpska, while some 280 are on haemodialysis in the five Municipalities covered by the Bijeljina Office.
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SARAJEVO – The Republika Srpska member of the BiH Presidency, Nebojsa Radmanovic, thanked representatives of the Russian KER Engineering Company for a well done job in connection with the purchase of Energoinvest-Rasklopna Oprema Company of Istocno Sarajevo, stressing that this is important for Istocno Sarajevo Municipality, Republika Srpska and the whole of BiH.
SARAJEVO – The Head of the EU Delegation to BiH, Peter Sorensen, and the Chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers, Vjekoslav Bevanda, on Tuesday said that a more determined resolution of a number of economic and political problems will be necessary in BiH, while respecting the basic issues of the rule of law.
SARAJEVO – The Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to BiH, Renzo Daviddi, said that BiH has achieved a slight progress in meeting the political criteria for accession to the EU, and that these are not just “empty words” but something on which a society rests.
SARAJEVO – The Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to BiH, Renzo Daviddi, said that the EU Council and the European Commission will not propose an agreement on resolving the issue of the Sejdic-Finci ruling. “We are merely trying to make the finding of a solution easier, that is, of a consensus which would result from the ideas of the participants in this process,” Daviddi said.
SARAJEVO – At the trial for war crimes committed against Serbs at the Dretelj prison camp before the BiH Court, war-time reporter Henrik Howland said that HOS General Blazo Kraljevic kept inmates as a sort of currency to trade with.
SARAJEVO – The average net wage in August in BiH was KM 828, and is nominally 0.3% less than in the same month last year, and 0.4% less than in December 2012.
BRCKO – Some 20 former workers of the Brcko Interplet Company, which went bankrupt, on Tuesday started a hunger strike, dissatisfied with the fact that the Government will not pay them their back wages for three years and severance pay, in the total amount of KM 1.4 million.
SARAJEVO – The Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to BiH, Renzo Daviddi, on Tuesday presented a progress report on BiH for 2013 to FBiH Prime Minister Nermin Niksic and President Zivko Budimir at separate meetings.
SARAJEVO – SDA president Sulejman Tihic on Tuesday is again expected to leave for Heidelberg University Hospital in Germany for post-operative treatment.
SARAJEVO – The director of Hidrogradnja Company of Sarajevo, Dzemaludin Peljkot, on Tuesday resigned from office.
BELGRADE – Serbia encourages each individual to declare themselves as they like, said Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic at a meeting with the OSCE Commissioner on National Minorities, Astrid Tors.
BELGRADE – Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic cancelled his visit to Gracanica and Leposavic, scheduled for Wednesday, as he does not want to accept Pristina’s blackmail that he cannot travel with the Serbian Minister without Portfolio tasked with Kossovo and Metohija, Aleksandar Vulin.
BELGRADE – The Russian Ambassador to Serbia, Alexander Chepurin, said that “Euro-fetishism” is present in Serbia, where everyone expects miracles, but that nothing of this will happen with accession to the EU, and stressed that Europe and the US are not the centre of the world, but rather the East and Russia.
BELGRADE – The collected works of Pero Slijepcevic were presented on Tuesday at the Belgrade Book Fair, published jointly by the Republika Srpska Academy of Science and Arts and Cosovic Holy Book of Belgrade, and represent the publishing achievement of the year.
BELGRADE – Serbia losses some 300 million euros a year due to the illegal trade in high-tariff goods, principally naphtha and tobacco, agreed Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and representatives of the oil and tobacco industries at a meeting on Tuesday.
BELGRADE – The president of the Serbian Academy of Science and Arts, Nikola Hajdin, on Tuesday said that when it comes to GMOs, Serbia should act in keeping with its national and social interests, and that the time has come to bring a new GMO law, different from the present one.
BANJALUKA – The president of the Association of Workers and Labour Invalids, Refugees from Croatia with BiH Citizenship, Nikola Puzigaca, condemned the arrest of the Serb Slobodan Dotlic in Croatia, saying that the Croatian authorities are wilfully intimidating Serbs and preventing their return and the realisation of their vested rights in that state.