August 21 (SeeNews) - Following are some of the main stories in the online versions of Serbian media on Friday morning. SeeNews has not verified these reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
- The government in Belgrade adopted a set of measures, including a 1.0 billion dinar loan, to back a plan for the restructuring of Serbia’s largest petrochemicals producer HIP Petrohemija, which halted production last month, Economy Ministry’s State Secretary Nebojsa Ciric said.
- State-owned coal mine RB Kolubara posted a loss of about 1.0 billion dinars in the first half of 2009, its Vice-President Vladan Radovanovic said. RB Kolubara raised its annual capacity to 30 million tonnes from 25 million over the past three years, he added.
- Serbia’s plan to propose to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) the implemenattion of long-term reforms in the public sector in lieu of raising value added tax and income tax is excellent, local economists said. An IMF mission is scheduled to arrive in Serbia on August 24 for a second review of the country's current two-year 3.0 billion euro stand-by deal with the IMF.
-About 90% of some 6,800 start-up entrepreneurs whohave received soft loans from the government in Belgrade since 2007, still operate today, the Economy Ministry said. Of the entrepreneurs that took out loans in 2007, 78% remain in business. The government has allocated 4.1 billion dinars to the lending programme for the current year.
-Confectionery maker Bambi-Banat posted a 6.0% rise in its half-year sales, its General Manager Miroslav Miletic said. The company exports 23% of its output, Miletic added.
(1 euro=93.1643 Serbian dinars)