STAYING THE COURSE: GLOBAL BEVERAGE INDUSTRY LEADER IN THE DOW JONES SUSTAINABILITY INDICES (DJSI) FOR THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

This unique achievement in the beverage sector demonstrates Coca-Cola HBC’s leading sustainability practices and transparent reporting

Coca-Cola HBC, a leading bottler of The Coca-Cola Company, was named today sustainability leader in the beverage industry by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices assessment for the fourth consecutive year. Following a robust sustainability performance in 2016, particularly in the areas of labour practices, strategy for emerging markets, health and nutrition, and across the environmental dimension, the Company achieved a total score of 90, which is 38 points higher than the industry average.

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Minister Djordjevic at the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation

ANA ĐURIĆ, Principal dancer at SNT in Novi Sad: BORN TO SUCCEED – I will dance as long as I am the best

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By Sonja Lapatanov

The charismatic principal ballerina of the Serbian National Theatre (SNT), Ana Đurić was born in Zaječar, in 1991. She gained her first knowledge about ballet in Bor, a town where she lived and attended an elementary ballet school. As a small child, Ana did not take ballet very seriously because she wanted to be a pianist. However, after her family moved to Kragujevac, she continued attending the local ballet school. This fragile looking girl could not even imagine that, one day, she would become a professional ballet dancer. That moment happened when she failed to win any awards at her first dance competition. However, her incredible talent led her to win the first place next year, at the same competition. That was one of her first U-turns. From then on, Ana was adamant on becoming a professional ballet dancer. As a teenager, she decided that the time has come to move to a big city and continue schooling there. After moving to Belgrade, Ana got enrolled in ballet school Lujo Davičo. She graduated in 2010 with great success, in the class of professor Rosa Milić. Ana was more than happy to share with Diplomacy & Commerce’s readers interesting moments from her life and her career, filled with unusual events, incredible developments and unpredictable situations.

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VUK RADOJEVIĆ, Provincial Secretary of Agriculture, Water Management and Forestry: IMPROVING SITUATION IN OUR AGRICULTURAL SECTOR

The arrival of FDI brought new technologies and projects, promoted development of cooperation, facilitated establishment of strategic partnerships, overall production growth, improvements in the secondary sector, higher export of agricultural produce and food products, and higher employment

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Serbia as a new Singapore: The Island of its own

Text: Žikica Milošević

The future of Serbia is uncertain in an uncertain world. There are rough winds blowing from many sides, and as they say in Indochina, “when the elephants fight, the grass is the one who loses”. And in the omnipresent atmosphere of “who is not with me, is against me” it is hard to have your mind and your say. But here’s an opportunity. Since there are so many conflicting influences and pressures, it is an ideal time to say what you are.

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The toxic weapon: Or why sanctions don’t work

Text: Žikica Milošević

After the latest set of sanctions was imposed against Russia by the U.S., many in the EU, and not only businesspeople, became allergic and itchy. Sometimes too much is just too much, and after this unprecedented move was called “a stampede” – by no less than The Washington Post… Oh yes! Let me quote it: “The House passed the legislation 419 to 3; the Senate voted 98 to 2. That’s the congressional version of a stampede.” Not only is this going to harm the European economy, but it also damages America’s authority and raises questions over the sanity of its policy. Former secretary of the treasury Jacob Lew noted the U.S.’s growing tendency to use sanctions as a cure-all in foreign policy. By limiting access to U.S. financial markets in order to punish countries for behaviour that the U.S. doesn’t like, the sanctions tool ultimately risks undermining the primacy of the dollar and U.S. financial institutions. It all backfires in the end.

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