“Serbia’s president and Macedonia’s prime minister have expressed satisfaction with the implementation of a joint border project aimed at facilitating the transit of people and goods between the two countries.

Aleksadar Vucic of Serbia and Macedonia’s Zoran Zaev hailed the project, dubbed One-Stop Shop, when they met at the Tabanovce-Presevo border crossing on September 2.

Speaking at a joint press conference, Zaev said transit through the border crossing will be significantly facilitated thanks to the establishment of one single customs office for the two neighbors.” (RFE/RL)

“The Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States has sent a letter to senators, representatives of the Congress and officials in the administration opposing the division of Kosovo and Metohija and assessing that the division would cause mass exodus, Kossev said.

‘We firmly oppose the proposed territorial division of Kosovo and Metohija that would cause mass exodus and internal expulsion of the population, as all historical divisions have done,’ the letter says.” (translated from Politika)

“The U.S. and Germany are at odds over a possible plan to redraw the border between Serbia and Kosovo and resolve one of Europe’s last major territorial disputes, with Berlin concerned the move could open a Pandora’s box of ethnic recriminations in some of the region’s poorest countries.

Kosovo, which declared independence in 2008, is regarded by Serbia as a breakaway state. But to seek backing for eventual European Union membership, the leaders of both nations have said they are considering border changes that could make the countries more ethnically and religiously homogeneous. There have been repeated clashes since 1999 between ethnic Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo, especially in the ethnically divided northern city of Mitrovica.” (Wall Street Jounral)

“Serbia has picked a Chinese firm to take over its debt-hit copper mine after the company offered to invest $1.26 billion, a minister said Friday.

The deal, which gives China’s Zijin Mining a 63 percent stake in the RTB Bor mining and smelting complex in eastern Serbia, marks the latest expansion of Beijing’s economic footprint in the Balkan region.

As part of the agreement, Zijin has also promised to cover RTB Bor’s $200 million debt and keep 5,000 jobs at the mine, Serbia’s Minister of Energy and Mining Aleksandar Antic told reporters.” (NDTV)

“President Aleksandar Vucic and EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn on Saturdday formally opened the Zezelj Bridge in Novi Sad for road traffic.

The president thanked Hahn, who is in charge of EU’s enlargement negotiations and neighborhood policy, for the help that the EU has given to build the bridge, calling it a true friend of Serbia.” (B92)