December 14 (SeeNews) - Following are some of the main stories in the online versions of Bosnian media on Monday morning and over the weekend. SeeNews has not verified these reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy:
- The Belgrade-Sarajevo train resumed traffic for the first time after 18 years on Sunday. The wars in ex-Yugoslavia had stopped the train and its return symbolizes the restoration of relations between Bosnian and Serbian people who fought each other in the war.
- Insurer Jahorina Osiguranje sees a 20% growth in premiums to more than 20 million marka this year and expects to grow by a further 40% in 2010, its director Miroslav Miskic said. The company plans to introduce life insurance services next year and expand its network to Bosnia’s Muslim-Croat Federation. It has hired 44 new employees this year. Vienna Insurance Group is the majority owner of the company, which is based in the Serb Republic.
- Bosnia will cut further import duties on European Union goods as of January 1, 2010 as part of a trade agreement between the two sides. Following the agreement going into force on July 1, 2008 the duty rates on a significant number of agricultural productions have decreased to 75% of starting rates, while as January 1, 2010 they will fall to 50% of starting rates.
- The Serb Republic parliament will debate the Republic’s 1.6 billion marka draft 2010 budget on Tuesday.
(1 euro=1.95583 marka)