“Serbia’s recognition of the Srebrenica genocide is a crucial step on the country’s path towards EU membership, the EU said on Thursday in its report on the EU candidate.

Serbian officials have repeatedly been denying that what happened in Srebrenica during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war was an act of genocide, although that is how two international courts labelled the Bosnian Serb 1995 massacre of more than 8,000 Muslim Bosniak men and boys.

In a recent interview with Deutsche Welle, Serbian PM Ana Brnabic said that the massacre was ‘a hideous crime, it was a war crime, but I do not think it was a genocide.’

In its 2018 Commission report on Serbia, the EU Parliament said on Thursday that it ‘regrets the reiterated denial of the Srebrenica genocide by some Serbian authorities,’ and reminded them that fully cooperating with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and its successor the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, also implies fully accepting and implementing its rulings and decisions.” (N1)

“Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is the winner of the Golden Lion for Peace Award for 2018, which was taken over by Serbian Ambassador Goran Aleksic on his behalf yesterday at a ceremonial ceremony in Venice.

According to the RTS, the recognition committee decided that Vucic would be the ambassador of peace in the world for 2018 because of ‘fruitful contribution, international reach and strong efforts in promoting peace.'” (translated from Politika)

“A foul smell permeates the air in this gray mining town. People rarely open their windows as thick smoke billows from the huge chimneys of Serbia’s main coal-fired power station.

Things are only getting worse for residents living close to the Kostolac power plant complex in eastern Serbia, which is being expanded with a $715 million loan from a Chinese state bank and constructed by one of China’s largest companies.” (Washington Post)

“Germany’s Siemens has built a plant near Kragujevac that will manufacture complete aluminum chassis for passenger train cars.

The factory is located in the Sobovica industrial zone, close to this central Serbia town.

The first deliveries will go to Austrian Railways, Belgrade daily Vecernje Novosti writes on Friday.” (B92)