Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Five years after Milosevic: Where Serbia Stands

A look at Serbia's successes and failures five years after Slobodan Milosevic's ouster:

SUCCESSES:

-- On Oct. 3, European Union gave green light for stabilization and association talks, considered a stepping stone to full membership negotiations.

-- The government of Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica has persuaded 16 war crimes suspects to surrender to a U.N. tribunal since Oct. 2004.

-- The World Bank listed Serbia among 12 most-reformed places to operate, out of 155 countries reviewed in 2004, but warned business-friendly policies were still a long way off.

-- Investments total euro1.69 billion (US$2.03 billion); 114 foreign companies acquiring ex-state companies for euro983 million (US$1.18 billion).

FAILURES:

-- Two top war crimes fugitives Radon Karadzic and Ratko Mladic remain at large; their extradition is a condition for membership in EU, NATO.

-- Serbia's partnership with Montenegro is likely to dissolve as Montenegro heads for an independence vote early in 2006.

-- Future of UN-run Kosovo province is unresolved; the ethnic Albanian majority wants independence, Serbia insist on retaining some authority.

-- Economy is in poor shape: inflation is at 14 percent; unemployment 30 percent; budget deficit in 2004 was 32.6 billion dinars (US$533.2 million; euro431.3 million), or 2.2 percent of gross domestic product.

-- Corruption and crime surging while legislation safeguarding human rights, media freedoms, a makeover of Milosevic-era judiciary lagging.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

$hit this is bad.
-- Economy is in poor shape: inflation is at 14 percent; unemployment 30 percent; budget deficit in 2004 was 32.6 billion dinars (US$533.2 million; euro431.3 million), or 2.2 percent of gross domestic product.

-- Corruption and crime surging while legislation safeguarding human rights, media freedoms, a makeover of Milosevic-era judiciary lagging.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like heaven on earth when compared to Kosovo and Metohija under albanian leadership.

Anonymous said...

It us the leadership of the UN.

14% inflation, that $hit is scary.

Anonymous said...

Sure first it was the serbs, now its the world community. Poor albanians can never catch a break.

Anonymous said...

Dude this article is about Serbia. As bad as things are going there i guess you can't differentiate war torn Kosovo from Serbia.

Anonymous said...

poor albanians? if they feel so poor, let them go back to albania. Serbia will be perfectly fine on it's own, with no one elses interference. good luck to montenegro.

Anonymous said...

Dude again this article is about Serbia and how poor it is right now.

14% inflation and 30 % unemployment. That is fvcked up, and to stay in office those people that lead your country instead of talking about these problems they have brainwashed you and have turned the attention of the public to Kosova instead of fighting poverty in Serbia.

Anonymous said...

dude, do you realise that if you got ride of all the albanians in kosovo that do nothing but sit there and complain about how they want independance, then serbia's unemployment would be alot less. You don't realise that all the people in kosovo count towards serbia's unemployment and inflations aswell. You can't just have parts of a country doing well and others going to shit....kosovo is doing shit....get those people out of there and start the serbian unity. They will be better off

Anonymous said...

i agree with the comment postated at 5:55 he is totally right the unemyloyment in kosovo (caused by the albanians) there is like only 20% of people in kosovo emplyed

Anonymous said...

Dude stop covering $hit with pi$$. Serbia is in a shitty situtation and this report is only about Serbia. The UN deals with Kosova. It doesn't say anywhere that the report is about the union Serbia and Montenegro. Its only about Serbia and as such Kosova is not included in the report. Instead of holding you leaders responsible for the economic failures in Serbia you are arguing on a blog about Kosova.

14% inflation means with 10 million dinars u can buy to pieces of gum, and the next day you can buy only one.

Anonymous said...

well u can tell that the person who wrote posted a comment at 6:07 isnt very smart because with 10000000 dinars you can buy much more than 2 pieces of gum 10000000 dinars = 175438
americaine dollars and YES THE INFLATION IS CAUSED BY KOSOVO AND THE ALBANIANS BECAUSE OF THEIR UNEMPLOYEMENT. IF ALBANIANS DONT LIKE KOSOVO GO BACK TO ALBANIA AND JUDJE UR OWN COUNTRY. sERBIA IS IN A LOT BETTER POSITION THEN ALBANIA.

VOTE NO ON THE REFERENDUM MONTENEGRIANS ITS NOT SMART TO SAY YES IF YOU BREAK AWAY FROM SERBIA UL GET INVADED BY MUSLIMS ALMOST GUARANTEED U HAVE A VERY LITTLE POPULATION IN MONTENEGRO TOGETHER SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO ARE STRONG APART WE ARE WEAKER.

Anonymous said...

NO ON REFURENDUM IN MONTENEGRO
WHY?
MONTENEGRO IS PART OF THE GREATER ALBANIA PROJECT AND WITH A POPULATION OF ONLY 600000 PEOPLE THE PLAN WOULD BE PRETTY EASY TO ACCOMPLISH. MONTENEGRO WANTS TO DEVIDE BECAUSE THEY WANT TO ENTER THE EU FASTER ITS BETTER TO HAVE A FUTURE IN MABEY 10 YEARS THAN TO BE A PLACE LIKE KOSOVO.

TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER

BETTER AT SPORTS

WE WOULD HAVE A STRONGER ARMY

NO PROBLEMES WITH VISA OR PASPORT WHEN CROSSING BORDERS.

IF MONTENEGRO EVER GETS INTO A WAR ITS GOING TO BE REALLY HARD TO DEFEND ITS SELF.

IN A JOINT UNION IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG LETS SAY A COMPONY GOES BANKRUPT IT WILL BE EASIER FOR A BIG COUNTRY TO HANDLE THAT THAN A SMALL COUNTRY.

lOOK AT ALL THE COUNTRYS IN THE WORLD THAT ARE DOING WELL ALL THOES COUNTRIES ARE MOSTLY LARGE COUNTRIES FOR EXAMPLE USA CANADA RUSIA ETC.

Anonymous said...

Yes capital letters make you very convicing.
What are you trying to do, convince the Albanians of Montenegro to vote no on the referendum.
If you wanna spread Serb propaganda go to a montenegrin site.

Yea 2 million dinars can't even buy you a crappy Zastava.

Anonymous said...

you are a moron 57 dinars = 1 dollar do the math 2 million dinar can buy a damn subaru impreza and for your information montenegrians read this site also.

Anonymous said...

"2" is spelled "two"

Anonymous said...

Wiith 14% inflation you won't be able to buy a piece of bread in a week.

Anonymous said...

Do you know by the way that Iraq uses dinars also. So with Iraqi dinars you could probably buy that Subaru.

Anonymous said...

don't worry about the inflation. serbs are hardened up to 3000% inflation/day like in 1993. right now it's a piece of cake.
hilarious economic reasoning by poor and desperate serb bloggers. how can KOSOVA using EURO cause inflation of the dinar?!!!
btw, some half of the foreign investment in Serbia is by the 2-million people tiny Slovenia, the former Serbian enemy that Milosebiatch once invaded, not becuase it wanted anything from it but that's how Serbs are used to sacrificing themselves to protect the rights of the Yugoslav people.
this fact should make every serb cry of the stupdities they have caused to themsleves first in the last 15 years.

Anonymous said...

I think its so funny that these albanians who ARE terorists and drug pushers get the support from the US and EU. While the serbs who fought with these countries in the World Wars are being prosecuted and divided by these same countries ie: US, Britain, Italy, France etc.
What a world we live in.
I dont see anyone giving the kurds in Turkey independance, nor NATO bombing Turkey and trying to give part of Turkey to them.

Anonymous said...

I just think its funny how the Albanians here focus on the two bad aspects of the Serbian economy (Currently high inflation, and unemployment, most of which is contributed by them in Kosovo, and yes, the 30% does include Kosovo-Metohija, as the labouroforce from Kosovo is still technically part of Serbia), in an attempt to understate the great progress Serbia has made over the past five years. You fail to recognise that GDP has risen three fold since 2000, to just under $30bn now, and growth has been 7.2% FY04, which is a great success, and expected to remain at the 6% mark for the period 205-2008. And yes, inflation is high, but reduced from 122% in 2000, so another great achievement by Serbias progressive government.
So i say look at this, then make an unbiased statement, if you want to judge an economy professionally.

So i say thank you, DR Kostunica, for your great efforts to rebuild a great nation.

God bless Serbia, and its great reform efforts.

Anonymous said...

Hey stupid, yeah I'm talking to you the dumb ass serb who keeps whining on this comment board about Kosova and Albanians. First of all, Kosova is not included in these assesments and statistics. Get your facts straight. You know why? Cos it's not a part of Serbia since June 1999. Your crappy dinars are way too inferior to the Eurp which is official in the EU and guess where else, Kosova. How can Kosova be responsible for your inflation, when you even use different currencies. Goddamn it, stop ashaming yourself. And yeah, Montenegro is saying bye-bye. Stop begging them to stay because of the sea. Live with the fact that you're a landlocked shitty place and that's it. When are you "heavenly" people going to start accepting and living the reality. I can bet your ass that with the "prosperity" and "growth" that Serbia is experiencing, you're gonna start seeking asylum and employment in Kosova in 5-6 years. So, you better start being polite and talk nice about Kosova.

Anonymous said...

Hey stupid, yeah I'm talking to you the dumb ass serb who keeps whining on this comment board about Kosova and Albanians. First of all, Kosova is not included in these assesments and statistics. Get your facts straight. You know why? Cos it's not a part of Serbia since June 1999. Your crappy dinars are way too inferior to the Eurp which is official in the EU and guess where else, Kosova. How can Kosova be responsible for your inflation, when you even use different currencies. Goddamn it, stop ashaming yourself. And yeah, Montenegro is saying bye-bye. Stop begging them to stay because of the sea. Live with the fact that you're a landlocked shitty place and that's it. When are you "heavenly" people going to start accepting and living the reality. I can bet your ass that with the "prosperity" and "growth" that Serbia is experiencing, you're gonna start seeking asylum and employment in Kosova in 5-6 years. So, you better start being polite and talk nice about Kosova.

Anonymous said...

ok the person thats saying that kosovo is not included in the statistiks is wrong because Kosovo is part of serbia and montenegro and it is. O and a lot of countries use dinars for currency but the value is not the same at all the places so lets talk about Albania whats ur inflation rate? LOOK AT UR OWN COUNTRIE!!! Heres something that prooves serbs not guilty for everything. Twenty years ago when the serbian population ruled in kosovo there was no war it was all peacefull untill the albanians came and wrecked EVERYTHING for the serbs albanians should go to their own countrie because albania itself is in a state of catastrophy.

Anonymous said...

ok the person thats saying that kosovo is not included in the statistiks is wrong because Kosovo is part of serbia and montenegro and it is. O and a lot of countries use dinars for currency but the value is not the same at all the places so lets talk about Albania whats ur inflation rate? LOOK AT UR OWN COUNTRIE!!! Heres something that prooves serbs not guilty for everything. Twenty years ago when the serbian population ruled in kosovo there was no war it was all peacefull untill the albanians came and wrecked EVERYTHING for the serbs albanians should go to their own countrie because albania itself is in a state of catastrophy.

Anonymous said...

And kosovo IS part of serbia it is our territory and no one will ever take it away u dumbass albanian ur stupid little country is infirrieur to ours it is a proven fact that the albanians could get invaded by the serbs in 5 days if the serbs used full force. When is the date for albania to enter the eu? When or when is the date for Albania to enter Nato. Stop burning our farms and out houses and terrorizing our people u wouldent be in serbia (im saying serbia because kosovo is part of serbia) if it wasnt better than albania if albania is better what are all thoes albanians doing in kosovo?? Awnser that dumb ass!!!

Peace said...

All right enough with all this crap between serbs, and kosovars....
1. As for the unemployment, kosovo is probably included, as it is technically part of serbia.

2. As for inflation kosova is not include..

Now I want to make a point to the serbs..... Listen enough with all this bickering about kosovo never getting it's idependance.... because it's happening right now... We all know it will get it. you know it, kosovo nows it, and so does the EU and the US. You cannot continue with the mentality that kosovo is better being part of serbia.... because it was for about a hundred years and you guys, screwd that up. Oh and quit saying terrorists, because one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.. Peace

Anonymous said...

Haha, to the poster that said that in 5-6 years we are gonna start seeking asylum in Kosovo-Metohija, where do you come up with stuff like that? In 5-6 years, Serbia would've fully recovered to its 1990 level of GDP and will be a lot further than Albania in reforms, so look at your povo, piece of shit, small impoverished Albania (and any future Kosovo), before you start saying bad things about Serbia, because by the way things are going my friend, you'll be knocking on Serbia's door, so watch what you're saying because one day you may regret it when you and your 50 kids need food. All im sayin is dont talk bad about others without looking at your situation forst, which, in this case, is much worse.

Anonymous said...

Haha, to the poster that said that in 5-6 years we are gonna start seeking asylum in Kosovo-Metohija, where do you come up with stuff like that? In 5-6 years, Serbia would've fully recovered to its 1990 level of GDP and will be a lot further than Albania in reforms, so look at your povo, piece of shit, small impoverished Albania (and any future Kosovo), before you start saying bad things about Serbia, because by the way things are going my friend, you'll be knocking on Serbia's door, so watch what you're saying because one day you may regret it when you and your 50 kids need food. All im sayin is dont talk bad about others without looking at your situation forst, which, in this case, is much worse.

Anonymous said...

Grow up please. Kosovo's economic performance is tied to Serbia's, as is the whole region. Kosovo's unresolved status is affecting Serbia profoundly - the better for everyone that it's resolved, and soon.

Anonymous said...

Idiot Serbia has a larger popullation than there are Albanians in the Balkans so if we had 10 kids a Serb familly has 20.

Anonymous said...

1.Kosova is getting its independence

2. Shkijet can't do crap about it cuzz they've showed what animals they are, they kill anyone who's not orthodox, we can safely conclude that shkijet are wild pigs that need to be massacred just like Hitler did to those 200k shkije.

3.Kosova is not part of Serbia, if it was dumbass why can't serb army enter? huh? The referndum signed by NATO and UCK says specifically that it has its own REFERENDUM.. just watch uer news

By 2006 Kosova Republik, haha ohh i can't wait till shkijet moam and cry and your "cradle of civilization" hahaha say good bye, Kosova for KOSOVARS!!!!! Kurdstunica=russia's b*tch :D

Anonymous said...

Just keep progressing, Serbia!

All the best!

Anonymous said...

Albananians, do you want also Montenegro and Italia?