“President Aleksandar Vucic and US Ambassador Kyle Scott on Friday discussed ‘cooperation between the two countries and the upcoming elections.’ It said that the conversation concerned “economic relations, military cooperation, the European path of Serbia, Kosovo, but also the need to show commitment to democratic standards in the upcoming election” – likely referring to the local election in Belgrade, that is yet to be announced. Media crews were present at the beginning of the meeting, when the US ambassador produced a large envelope – believed to be US President Donald Trump‘s greetings on New Year’s and Christmas holidays in Serbia. According to the statement, the interlocutors ‘noted that there is increased interest of US companies in investing in the Serbian economy and that investments are continuously growing: nearly 100 US companies have invested about USD 4 billion and employed about 17,000 workers.’ (B92)

” Serbia has awarded Vinci a 25-year concession to run Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla airport, giving the French infrastructure group a foothold in southeast Europe for its growing airport division. Vinci, Europe’s biggest construction and concessions company, offered to pay 501 million euros ($603 million) for the concession and pledged to invest another 732 million euros over the 25 years, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Saturday. He added Vinci had committed to keep all employees currently working at the airport.” (Reuters)

“Red Star Belgrade have been ordered to play the home leg of their Europa League last-32 tie with CSKA Moscow behind closed doors on Feb. 13 after their fans displayed support for Bosnian Serb war crimes convict Ratko Mladic, UEFA said on Friday. Former European Cup winners Red Star were also fined 50,000 euros (£44,381.74) for the ‘racist/dicriminatory behaviour of their supporters’ during a 0-0 Group H draw at Belarus side BATE Borisov in November. Visiting Red Star fans displayed a banner glorifying Mladic, a former Bosnian Serb military leader sentenced to life in prison last year after a U.N. War Crimes Tribunal found him guilty of genocide. ‘A thousand life sentences and an honourable Serb would still hail you,’ said the banner displayed by Red Star fans, who also chanted Mladic’s name during the match.” (Reuters UK)