European Union removed a note on its website that world-famous scientist Nikola Tesla was a Croat, two days after Serbia's Foreign Minister, Ivica Dacic, told pro-regime Pink TV that Serbia sent a diplomatic protest note to the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Maria Gabriel.
Serbia's Ministry said on Monday it was glad that "mistake was corrected especially since the previous note was in the interactive game for education."
On Saturday, Dacic said that he "repeated several times that if Nikola Tesla had lived in Yugoslavia (during the Second World War), he'd have ended up in the Jasenovac concentration camp (Nazi death camp in the Independent State of Croatia)."
On Friday, Serbia's Culture and Information Minister Vladan Vukosavljevic also stated that he hoped that EU institutions would apologize to the Serbian public and that this "inappropriate mistake" would be corrected without delay.
Tesla was born into a Serb family in the then Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1856, which is now Croatia. He has been often quoted as saying he was "proud of his Serb and Croatian homeland."
The issue of his nationality has been disputed for a long time between Croatia and Serbia, though he lived most of his life in the US where he achieved all scientific successes and died in 1943.