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SRNA News Roundup /I/ - January 1, 2018




BIJELJINA - The News Agency of Republika Srpska - SRNA wishes a Happy and Successful 2018 to its customers and business partners in Srpska, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the region and around the world.

BANJALUKA - Republika Srpska Minister of Finance Zoran Tegeltija says the priorities in 2018 will be to unburden the economy, abolish parafiscal charges and gradually take over the burden of maternity leave and reduce labour costs.

BELGRADE - The year 2018 will be a year of challenges for Republika Srpska and it would be good if the Entity got a new consensus between the government and the opposition. It is very important to have successful internal reforms because it is much more vulnerable than Serbia was when it was forming its own state, says historian Cedomir Antic.

BANJALUKA - Many Banjalukans and visitors from the country and abroad rang in the New Year in the city square with fireworks and good entertainment including singers Lukijan Ivanovic, Nikola Rokvic and Lexington Band.

ISTOCNO SARAJEVO - The New Year’s celebration in Istocno Sarajevo went without any traffic accidents or disorder, duty operating officer of the local police administration told Srna.

TREBINJE - Several hundred people from Trebinje and visitors to the city celebrated the New Year in the square outside Hotel Platani and were entertained by the Belgrade Bla Bla Band and Trebinje rock band Krugovi u zitu.

PRIJEDOR - Several hundred Prijedorans rang in the New Year in the Small City Square dancing to the music and celebrating with fireworks.

SAMAC - More than 500 residents of Samac rang in the New Year in the town square and celebrated until the early morning hours.

CAJNICE - Mayor of Cajnice Goran Karadzic promised to do all he can for the local people and called them on to give their maximum to create an atmosphere in the municipality everyone will be envious about.


SARAJEVO - New Year’s celebrations in Sarajevo and other places in the Federation of BiH went peacefully and without incidents, while police intervened mainly due to excessive drinking and minor traffic accidents.


BELGRADE - Serbian Minister of Defence Aleksandar Vulin said the Ministry and Serbian Army will do all they can to make 2018 a peaceful, safe and stable year and Serbia protected, guarded and defended.

BELGRADE - Serbian authorities will raise the salaries in the public sector by ten percent and in administration by five percent.

NOVI SAD - Around 30,000 people rang in the New Year with spectacular fireworks and popular band Plavi orkestar in the Novi Sad Freedom Square.


SOFIA - Bulgaria is taking over its first presidency of the European Union from Estonia.

PODGORICA - Montenegro will raise the prices of all kinds of fuel, electricity, tobacco products, spirits and soft drinks on Monday.

PODGORICA - Montenegrins and many guests from the region, mainly Serbia and Republika Srpska rang in the New Year in the coastal towns, in the city squares from Herceg Novi to Ulcinj, and in hotels and restaurants.


NEW YORK - Many people around the world rang in the New Year in public areas and with fireworks despite the fear of terrorism and bad weather in some places. /end/ds