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Oct 15, 2009 12:04 EEST
October 15 (SeeNews) - Following are some of the main stories in the online versions of Serbian media on Thursday morning. SeeNews has not verified these reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
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- Serbian ceramic tiles producer Zorka Keramika, part of local construction materials group Alas Holding, and Spanish counterpart Keraben have signed a strategic partnership agreement under which Keraben will invest three million euro in the Balkan country. The 50/50 joint venture company plans to export most of its output of two million sq m of tiles to neighbouring Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Alas Holding Director Markus Bogdanovic said.
- Serbia's government is nearing completion of the country's 2010 budget, Finance Minister Diana Dragutinovic said.
- U.S. Blackstone Group is interested in buying Serbia’s largest petrochemicals producer HIP Petrohemija, state-owned aircraft maintenance company JAT Tehnika and privately held retailer Delta Maxi, part of local Delta Holding, anonymous sources said. Blackstone is also interested in acquiring other parts of Delta Holding, which is owned by Miroslav Miskovic, a Serbian tycoon who emerged in the early 1990s during the rule of ex-Yugoslav strongman Slobodan Milosevic.
- Serbia’s inflation of 8.0% projected for 2009 may be halved by the middle of 2011, Central Bank Governor Radovan Jelasic said.
- The launch of the construction of Delta City Retail centre by Delta Holding in Nis, in southern Serbia, is uncertain as it is unclear when transport company Nis-Ekspres will move its garage from the planned construction site, Nis-Ekspres spokesperson Dragana Nikolic said. She added that the garage relocation has been delayed as a result of the global crisis. Delta Holding planned to start the construction of the retail centre in 2011, Nis Mayor Milos Simonovic said.
- Serbia’s Energy Ministry is not considering the possibility of allowing Russia’s Gazprom to retain control of Serbia's oil derivatives market after 2010 through Serbian oil monopoly NIS majority-owned by Gazprom, the ministry’s State Secretary Dusan Mrakic said. Current regulations that ban imports of oil products in Serbia are to expire on January 1, 2011.
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