Slovenian president Borut Pahor arrived on a visit to Serbia earlier today, where he was hosted by the Serbian president Aleksandar Vučić. They are expected to talk about strengthening bilateral relations between the countries, Serbia’s progress in its efforts to join the EU and the situation in the region. They will also discuss issues of migration, security and the future of the EU. Pahor will participate in the special session of the Serbian assembly and meet with the speaker of the national assembly Maja Gojković. Slovenia-Serbia economic forum will also take place. Pahor is joined with a significant business delegation and governmental officials. Serbia is Slovenia’s 10th most important trading partner, with bilateral trade exceeding EUR 1bn per year. Before today’s visit, there was a dispute between Slovenian and Serbian ministers of foreign affairs, Miro Cerar and Ivica Dačić. Cerar was openly sceptical about Serbian path towards the EU, its close relationship with Russia and political stability of Serbian government, which provoked some harsh criticism from Dačić. This is the first official visit of president Pahor to Serbia after his re-election in November 2017 and after his visit in 2014, which was the first visit of a Slovenian president to Serbia.
Last year average unemployment rate in Croatia was below 10%
In December, the registered unemployment rate in Croatia rose slightly on a monthly basis to 9.6%, while the average unemployment rate for the year 2018 was 9.9%. This was the first time the annual registered unemployment rate in Croatia was below 10%, according to a new analysis conducted by Raiffeisenbank Austria (RBA). In 2018, the number of unemployed decreased by 20.8% from the previous year. An analyist from RBa siad that the “decreased annual unemployment rate is a reflection of a bigger decline in the number of unemployed in relation to the decline in the number of active working force”, Seebiz reports.