October 19 (SeeNews) - Following are some of the main stories in the online versions of Serbian media over the weekend and on Monday morning. SeeNews has not verified these reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
- The Bank of Moscow has approved a $100 million loan to Serbia’s oil monopoly NIS, majority-owned by Russia’s Gazprom, the bank said.
- Italy’s Fiat will invest 100 million euro in November in preparations for the launch of production of a new car model in Serbia, the Balkan country’s Economy Minister, Mladjan Dinkic, said. Investments in the production of the new model will total 800 million euro, Dinkic said. The car will be produced by FAS, a joint venture of Serbian auto maker Zastava and Italy’s Fiat, in the central town of Kragujevac.
- Serbian brewer Beogradska Industrija Piva (BIP) has begun trial exports to the U.S. and the European Union, company CEO Vilmantas Peciura said, adding that he expects the first results from the initiative in two years from now. A consortium comprising Sweden's United Nordic Beverages and Lithuania's Alita bought 51.8% of BIP from the Serbian state for 21.4 million euro ($27 million) in June 2007.
- Serbia should sign by the end of this year a trade agreement with the European Free Trade Association, comprising Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, State Secretary at Serbia’s Economy Ministry Vesna Arsic said.
- Russian air carrier Transaero is interested in a strategic partnership with Serbia’s state-owned aircraft maintenance company JAT Tehnika, the director of JAT Tehnika, Srdjan Miskovic, said.