Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič met his Serbian counterpart Boris Tadic on Thursday, December 3, during his three-day visit to Serbia, the TASR newswire wrote. The meeting was followed by the signing of a protocol between the Serbian Mining and Energy Ministry and the Slovak Economy Ministry to strengthen economic ties in the energy sector.
Gašparovič also met Serbian Premier Mirko Cvetkovic before both gave speeches at a Serbian-Slovak Enterprise Forum. The Slovak president arrived in Serbia on December 2 accompanied by Economy Minister Ľubomír Jahnátek and a business delegation.
The Serbian Parliament approved greater autonomy for Vojvodina on Monday, November 30, a move that has been harshly criticised by Serbian nationalists who fear that it will lead to secession, as was the case with Kosovo. The new legislation is part of reforms necessary for Serbia to become a member of the EU. Gašparovič also met with representatives of the autonomous Vojvodina region, including Executive Board Chairman Bojan Pajtic and mayor of Novy Sad Igor Pavlicic. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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