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30. October 2009.

October 30, 2009

Political representatives of Albanians from Bujanovac and Presevo submitted to the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights a document on their initiative for establishing the National Council of Albanians. Saip Kamberi, the mayor of Bujanovac, stated that the procedure for developing electoral rolls was underway.

28. October 2009.

October 28, 2009

„Turker“, a renowned Turkish company, is going to become a majority owner of Bujanovacka Spa. The company will be obliged to invest in the Bujanovac wellness center and in development of tourism in the region. Minister Mladjen Dinkic and his Turkish colleague Omer Dincer signed agreements on cooperation in the fields of economy and infrastructure.

21. October 2009.

October 21, 2009

A six-member group of local parliament members, which consists of two representatives of the Democratic Party (DP), one representative of the G17+ Party and three representatives of PhD Stojanca Arsic and PhD Miodrag Milkovic Group of Citizens, was established in Bujanovac. The aim of the group is to negotiate with the Albanian majority in the assembly about re-involvment of Serbs in the local government. Zoran Antić from G17+ was appointed the head of the gropup.

20. October 2009.

October 20, 2009

Representatives of the USAID’s PPES (Preparedness, Planning and Economic Security) Program are going to sign a contract with the Presevo and Bujanovac Development Agency (PBDA). Under the contract, the agency is going to take a group of entrepreneurs from South Serbia and Sandzak to the International Agricultural Fair in Pristina, where they’ll participate in it.

19. October 2009.


It was agreed at an extraordinary session of the narrower composition of the presidency of the Coordination Body that the remaining working groups should be set up in the coming period, in accordance with what was specified in the Agreement on the Principles of Reconstruction of the Coordination Body. Over the next two weeks, in addition to the Working Group for Education, Culture, Information, Youth and Sports, which operates successfully, the other working groups, which include the Working Group for Economics and Infrastructure Development, the Working Group for Political Integrations, the Working Group for Security and Judiciary, the Working Group for Strengthening Local Self-Government Capacities and the Working Group for Healthcare and Social Welfare Policy, will be established.

15. October 2009.

October 15, 2009

The Ministry of Human and Minority Rights began developing electoral rolls for ethnic minorities yesterday. This activity will last over the next 120 days, after which the national councils of ethnic minorities in Serbia will be elected. The election of members of these councils will take place at the beginning of next year. The Albanian ethnic minority, which according to the 2002 census has around 61,000 members in Serbia, without Kosovo and Metohija, will elect its representatives in the council for the first time.

14. October 2009.


Head of OSCE Mission to Serbia Dimitrios Kypreos stated for the FoNet news agency that the OSCE Mission to Serbia provided utmost support to the Coordination Body for South Serbia and added that it was a factor that could considerably contribute to the settling of tensions and to the implementation of trust-building measures. He said that a dialogue among members of different peoples was very important for resolving all the issues, because, in addition to economic development, it is an “excellent step towards overcoming everything bad from the past.” Ambassador Kypreos believes that the opening of departments of the Faculties of Law and Economics in Medvedja is a positive step towards the strengthening of multiethnic society in South Serbia.

14. October 2009.

October 14, 2009

Saip Kamberi, President of the municipality of Bujanovac, as an authorised representative of the Albanian ethnic minority in Serbia, submitted a  request for   developing a special electoral roll for the election of the National Council of that minority.

12. October 2009.


The Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic, in the presence of President of the Coordination Body for the Municipalities of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja and Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government Milan Markovic, Minister of Education Zarko Obradovic, Deputy Chief of the US Mission to Serbia Troy Pederson, Head of OSCE Mission to Serbia Dimitrios Kypreos, representatives of the embassies of Greece, Austria and France to Serbia, President, Vice-President and professors of the Nis University, representatives of the districts, cities  and municipalities of South Serbia, as well as of students, opened, on October 12, 2009, the departments of the Nis University’s Faculties of Economics and Law in Medvedja, where students belonging to the Serbian and Albanian communities will attend classes in their native tongues.

9. October 2009.


MEDVEDJA – The Coordination Body of the Government of the Republic of Serbia for the Municipalities of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja, along with the Ministry of Education, and with the financial assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the support of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Mission to Serbia, provided classes in mother tongues for students in Medvedja belonging to the Serbian and Albanian communities. Departments of Nis University’s Faculties of Economics and Law will be ceremoniously opened by Mirko Cvetkovic, Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, at 1 pm on Monday, October 12, 2009. The first matriculation books will be delivered to students by Milan Markovic, President of the Coordination Body and Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, and by Zarko Obradovic, Minister of Education.