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SRNA News Roundup /III/ - June 19, 2018




BANJALUKA – The Republika Srpska Parliament today reviewed a proposed bill on mining. The Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining, Petar Djokic, has said that the bill on mining was sent to be reviewed in urgent procedure because it is hard to believe that Parliament will hold another regular session prior to the elections.

DERVENTA – The 26th anniversary of deaths of eight Serbian prisoners from Derventa, who were killed on this day 26 years ago while digging tranches for the Croatian forces, was marked today in Derventa.

BANJALUKA – As of July 1, the right to personal disability benefits will be in force in Republika Srpska, and efforts will be made to amend legislation by the end of the year, the Republika Srpska Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dragan Bogdanic, said today.

MODRICA – Republika Srpska Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic was awarded the Charter of Modrica Municipality for 2018, the highest recognition of this local community, the Modrica Municipal Assembly decided today.

SOKOLAC – The construction of two 32-apartment buildings for refugees and displaced persons started in Sokolac as part of the project to close collective centers and alternative accommodations /CEB 2/ which is being financed by a loan from the Council of Europe’s Development Bank.

NOVI GRAD – The Republika Srpska Institute for the Protection of Cultural-Historical and Natural Heritage will give its support to the Municipalities of Krupa na Uni, Novi Grad, Kostajnica and Kozarska Dubica in order to implement the decision of the Republika Srpska Government in connection with the protection of the Una River, Institute representative Dragan Kovacevic has said.


BANJALUKA – The Speaker of the Republika Srpska Parliament, Nedeljko Cubrilovic, says that a proposal by SDP vice-president Miro Lazovic for May 22 to be celebrated as BiH Statehood Day is unrealistic and unnecessary.

SARAJEVO – The Croatian member of the BiH Presidency, Dragan Covic, said today in Zagreb that even though the election law had not been changed on time, Croats in BiH would not give up the constitutional principle of legitimate representation at all government levels.

SARAJEVO – The director of the Bureau of Human Rights at the Democratic Initiative of Sarajevo Serbs, Dusan Sehovac, has said that Sarajevo Serbs who fled to Istocno Sarajevo preserved their identity and memory of their roots.

BANJALUKA – Security expert Dzevad Galijasevic claims that the decision of the Austrian Government to close seven mosques and ban operations of the Arab Religious Community organization disturbed very much radical Wahhabis in BiH, stressing that the expulsion of radical Islamists such as Muhamed Porca and Ebu Muhamed will soon have negative consequences for the Western Balkans, and positive for Austria.


SARAJEVO – A proposed bill on electoral units and the number of seats in the FBiH Parliament was sent today to the FBiH Parliament for consideration. The Head of the HDZ BiH Caucus, Jozo Bagaric, has said that he is against this option as he does not want the BiH and FBiH Constitutions to be violated, noting that this issue is in the competence of BiH and election legislation.

SARAJEVO – The BiH Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Mirko Sarovic, today in Sarajevo had a meeting with representatives of the FBiH Chamber of Commerce in order to review initiatives to reduce taxes and create a better regulatory framework for the import of new cars, particularly of electric cars.


BELGRADE – Serbia will never recognize the /self-declared/ independence of Kossovo, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic has said and stressed that this would not be a compromise to which Belgrade is committed, which would not be possible if “Serbia would keep insisting that Kossovo is its inalienable part.”

BELGRADE – Serbia cannot be alone in resolving the migrant crisis since not a single country can resolve this problem on its own, said Serbian Internal Affairs Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic in Brussels at a meeting on the migration situation in the Western Balkans.

BELGRADE – According to official data, there are 27,802 persons with refugee status in Serbia – 19,038 from Croatia and 8,746 from BiH, but their number is far greater, to which we should also add 201,000 internally displaced persons from Kossovo and Metohija, the Serbian Commissariat for Refugees and Migrations said today.


BELGRADE – Expelled Serbs and other damaged citizens do not have any chances to realize their basic human rights in Croatia, the FBiH and Kossovo and Metohija, the president of the Alliance of Serbs from the Region, Miodrag Linta, has said.

PODGORICA – The Montenegrin Minister of Internal Affairs, Mevludin Nuhodzic, said today in Brussels that Montenegro took all necessary measures to successfully face a possible wave of illegal migration. /end/sg