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Oct 08, 2009 12:09 EEST
October 8 (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.
- The Belgrade International Airport can increase its passenger traffic the most among European airports as are low-cost airlines such as Austrian flyniki and Hungarian Wizzair, and major airlines including Hungary's Malev and Emirates eying routes to Serbia, Blic reported, quoting unnamed sources. flyniki has asked Serbia’s air traffic authority for a temporary flying licence for the Belgrade-Vienna route.
- Russia's Lukoil plans to take control of 20 to 25 percent of the sales on the Serbian oil products market, the company's head Vagit Alekperov said. Lukoil's unit in the Balkan country is Lukoil-Beopetrol.
- The Serbian government uses yearly 10% of the World Bank loans made available to it, the head of the World Bank's office in Belgrade, Simon Grey, said. The World Bank’s budget for Serbia is close to $900 million at present, Grey said, adding that projects that usually take four years to complete elsewhere take twice as long in Serbia.
- Serbia will open a tender for the sale of a plot of land in Belgrade currently owned by state-run Institute for Animal Husbandry in a bid to allow Sweden’s Ikea to compete for the property and help the company enter the Serbian market, the paper said quoting unnamed sources from the government's Investment and Export Promotion Agency.
- A risk exists that extensive reforms of Serbia’s public sector will not be enough and and will take too long to bear fruit, requiring new measures on the revenue side, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Resident Representative in Serbia Bogdan Lissovolik said. The IMF has delayed until October 20 the completion of its second review of its 3.0 billion euro aid arrangement with the government in Belgrade, tying the release of the second and third tranches, worth a combined 1.4 billion euro, to the findings of the upcoming mission.
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