Europe, Kosovo new Serbian premier's priorities

The Serbian Parliament backed new Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic's pro-European government late Monday in a marathon session, dpa reported.

Cvetkovic and his ministers were immediately sworn in.

In his policy statement, Cvetkovic said that his government's priorities are Serbian membership in the European Union but keeping Kosovo as part of Serbia.

He said that Belgrade would seek to improve relations with the United States, after cooling ties in protest of Washington's support for Kosovo's split four months ago from Serbia.

Cvetkovic, 58, was elected two months after the May 11 snap parliamentary poll, which was forced when the cabinet of his predecessor, Vojislav Kostunica, fell in the wake of Kosovo's declaration of independence.

The coalition of Democrats and Socialists averted the prospect of an ultra-nationalist government, which could have turned Serbia away from its pro-European course. The nationalist camp of two parties has 108 seats in opposition.

As all Serbian prime ministers in recent history, Cvetkovic promised to combat the country's deeply rooted corruption and boost economic growth while maintaining economic stability.

The finance minister in the previous government, Cvetkovic now heads the cabinet of 27 members, the largest since Slobodan Milosevic's last government, which ruled until 2000.

The ruling coalition was forged between pro-European President Boris Tadic's Democratic Party (DS) and Milosevic's Socialist Party (SPS), along with several ethnic minority representatives.

The potentially volatile coalition has a razor-thin majority of 127 votes in the 250-seat Parliament. It came through in a vote that followed a 14-hour debate.

Bitter foes during Milosevic's strongman rule of the 1990s and since his fall in 2000, the Democrats and Socialists are expected to issue a declaration of reconciliation within a few days and to round up their partnership on the local level.

Politically and diplomatically, the new authorities face a difficult task of reconciling the aspirations of the majority in Serbia for membership in the European Union, with the hurt over Kosovo's secession, which followed a nod from the West.

Serbia has downgraded diplomatic relations with all of the more than 40 nations including leading Western powers, which have recognized Kosovo since it declared independence in February.

Virtually all major Serbian leaders said they would never recognize Kosovo, viewed by Serbs as their heartland.

Economically, Cvetkovic faces stalled reforms, bloated spending, an overvalued national currency and rising prices, all complicated by endemic corruption.

The cabinet:

Prime Minister: Mirko Cvetkovic

First Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister: Ivica Dacic

Deputy Premier and Science Minister: Bozidar Djelic

Deputy Premier and Economy Minister: Mladjan Dinkic

Deputy Premier: Jovan Krkobabic

Foreign Minister: Vuk Jeremic

Defense Minister: Dragan Sutanovac

Finance Minister: Diana Dragutinovic

Justice Minister: Snezana Malovic

Agriculture Minister: Sasa Dragin

Energy Minister: Petar Skundric

Infrastructure Minister: Milutin Mrkonjic

Public Administration and Local Government Minister: Milan Markovic

Trade Minister: Slobodan Milosavljevic

Education Minister: Zarko Obradovic

Youth and Sport Minister: Snezana Samardzic Markovic

Health Minister: Tomica Milosavljevic

Telecommunications Minister: Jasna Matic

Labour Minister: Rasim Ljajic

Environment Minister: Oliver Dulic

Culture Minister: Nebojsa Bradic

National Investment Plan Minister: Berica Kalanovic

Kosovo Minister: Goran Bogdanovic

Religion Minister: Bogoljub Sijakovic

Diaspora Minister: Srdjan Sreckovic

Human Rights Minister: Svetozar Ciplic

Minister Without Portfolio: Sulejman Ugljanin

Subscribe to Trend in Google News! Subscribe
Israel's annual inflation up 2.5 pct, highest in nearly decade
Israel's annual inflation up 2.5 pct, highest in nearly decade
Russia, Israel to coordinate efforts at UN to counter history revision
Russia, Israel to coordinate efforts at UN to counter history revision
Shekel gains ahead of September CPI reading
Shekel gains ahead of September CPI reading
Loading Bars
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signs decree on raising social payments
Iran reveals COVID-19 data for October 16
Uzbekistan to privatize public park in Tashkent
Muslims all together sympathetic with Azerbaijan - Palestinian ambassador
Iran's exports to Kazakhstan up
SOCAR Georgia Gas opens tender on pickup trucks through operating lease
Turkish president and German chancellor holding talks in Istanbul
Novak does not rule out recurrence of energy crisis in Europe, urges its prevention
Azerbaijani official talks victims of Armenian attacks on Tartar during Second Karabakh War
Centuries needed to revive nature of Azerbaijan's Karabakh - minister
Azerbaijan raises electricity and gas prices
Restoration work in Azerbaijan’s liberated territories show positive trend – Kyrgyz ambassador
Over past 25-30 years, no country independently conducted such large-scale reconstruction in post-conflict period - aide to Azerbaijani president
Armenia must take serious and positive steps to open communications - Azerbaijani president's assistant (Exclusive)
Azerbaijan looks to sign document on demining liberated territories with France
Azerbaijan's Air Defense Units carrying out combat firing exercises (VIDEO)
Azerbaijan's Karabakh to be famous for its "smart cities" and agricultural products - Turkish ambassador
Iran boosts exports to Russia
Russia registers over 1,000 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours first since pandemic starts
Kazakh energy minister names reasons for shutdown of Pavlodar refinery
Iran sees increase in trade turnover with EAEU member states
Representatives of diplomatic corps view restoration work in liberated territories of Azerbaijan (PHOTO)
First plane with UN humanitarian aid for Afghanistan arrives in Uzbekistan
Iran records increase in load/unload operations in Amirabad port
Georgia and US to discuss co-op in Black Sea
Fuzuli Airport Granted International Status and Assigned IATA Code
Uzbekistan to fund startups in various sectors
U.S. lawmaker blames Boeing leaders for culture that led to crashes
Turkmenistan to purchase agricultural machinery from foreign manufacturers
Iran Energy Exchange shares data on sales of Iran’s Jam Petrochemical Company
Azerbaijan names gymnasts to perform at World Championships in Japan
During former occupation of Sugovushan, Armenia deprived vast lands of water - aide to Azerbaijani president (PHOTO)
Volume of loaded and unloaded cargo in Iran’s Noshahr Port down
Georgia shares data on COVID-19 cases for October 16
Kazakhstan boosts trade with Turkmenistan over 8M2021
Exports of steel manufacturers in Iran increase
Georgia, EU, and Turkey enter into "diagonal cumulation" agreement
Azerbaijani sees increase in oil prices
Iran raises ceiling on housing loans
Uzbekistan’s FEZ creates good basis for deepening co-op with Azerbaijan
Turkmenistan’s private enterprise eyes building dry cargo vessel
Trade turnover between Russia, US may hit record this year, says Deputy PM Overchuk
Iran to launch several shipping lines to Russia, Kazakhstan
Iran looks to improve transportation of goods from Khuzestan Province
Russia’s Korona Pay eyes expanding money transfers via Azerbaijan's mobile banking apps
Gas prices in Europe to remain high over next 6 months
Iranian currency rates for October 16
Turkmenistan's electric potential rises after commissioning new capacious power plants
Iran to increase fuel production
UK MP killing was terrorist incident, Met Police say
Representatives of diplomatic corps in Azerbaijan begin visit to Sugovushan
Czech Republic eyes to support improvement of Georgian air transport infrastructure
1,900 more COVID-19 cases reported in Kazakhstan
Biden says those who refuse to testify in Jan 6 probe should be prosecuted
ISIS claims responsibility for mosque attack in Afghan city of Kandahar
Fully vaccinated foreign visitors can enter U.S. starting on Nov. 8
China's Shenzhou-13 crewed spaceship docks with space station module
UK records more than 40,000 COVID cases for third day in a row
Biden says Clinton will be released ‘shortly’ from California hospital
Amazon-owned Twitch says source code exposed in last week's data breach
Israel's annual inflation up 2.5 pct, highest in nearly decade
Africa's COVID-19 cases surpass 8.41 mln: Africa CDC
US shares specific data on cybercrime with Russia, awaits its actions, White House says
Saudi Arabia appoints Al-Rabiah as new Hajj minister
Chronicles of Victory: President Ilham Aliyev interviewed by Turkish A Haber TV channel on October 16, 2020 (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Chronicles of Victory: October 16, 2020
Czech PM Babis pledges smooth power handover to opposition
UK MP dies after being stabbed at constituency meeting
China’s Shenzhou-13 manned spacecraft successfully reach orbit
Four migrants dead, 21 missing off Spanish coast
FIA approves schedule for Azerbaijan Grand Prix in 2022
COVID-19 kills 197 more Iranians over past 24 hours
Georgian FM meets Slovenian counterpart
Armenia trying to prepare ground for new provocations against Azerbaijan by spreading fake information - MoD
Azerbaijani FM discusses mine threat in liberated territories with French CNEMA delegates (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan lifts flight restrictions for number of countries
Azerbaijani President signs law "On Independence Day"
EBRD to allocate loan to Turkmen beverage company
Azerbaijan records decline in fixed capital revenues for 9M2021
Turkmenistan, WB talk new areas of co-op
Uzbek-Korean JV announces tender to buy clarifier
Gasoline prices in Georgia increase
Money transfers to Azerbaijan via Golden Crown service grow for 9M2021
Iran looking to develop renewable energy - SATBA
Azerbaijani MoD discusses mine clearing in liberated territories with French delegation (PHOTO)
Iran eyeing increase in trade with Spain
Export-oriented local Georgian company to get benefits within USAID program
Saudi Arabia to ease coronavirus curbs from Oct. 17
Russia, Venezuela developing secured messenger — Rostec
Kazatomprom to look for new ways to bolster nuclear energy for peaceful purposes
Turkmenistan discloses area allotted for sowing winter barley in Dashoguz region
Agreement with Azerbaijan on additional gas supplies aimed at ensuring Turkey's gas reserves – Erdogan
First container train on its way to Azerbaijan's Karabakh (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Uzbekneftegaz receives gas flow from well at Khojikazgan field
Kazakhstan to exempt Caspian oil exports from customs duties
Kazakhstan unveils data on trade with other EAEU states
Volume of financial assets of non-financial corporations in Georgia increases
LUKOIL Uzbekistan to buy ceramic balls for catalysts via tender
Azerbaijan, as victorious country, is ready to normalize relations. We hope that Armenian leadership will not pass up on this historic opportunity - President Aliyev
U.S. administers 405.4 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines
All news