France approves EUR 35m loan to Serbia

France has approved a EUR 35 million loan to Serbia for infrastructure projects, and, along with Germany, supported the holding of a donors’ conference for Serbia, said Minister of Finance and Economy Bozidar Djelic, on an official visit to France. Serbia was also offered support to the issue of servicing the debts of Kosovo companies.

After his meeting with French Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry Francis Mer and Minister of European Affairs Noelle Lenoir, Djelic said that France’s loan is extraordinary as it has not offered it to any other European country.

Djelic said that France and Germany decided to support the holding of a donors’ conference for Serbia in June, and the issue of servicing the debts of Kosovo companies.

Djelic said that Minister Mer will personally engage in winning the support of French banks to Serbia. The presidents of these banks will send a letter to other members of the London Club of Creditors urging to them to end negotiations with Serbia as soon as possible.

Djelic and his French counterparts will also discuss the purchase of technical equipment for Serbian police, the Beta news agency reported.