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24 March 2021 Marking the Day of Remembrance of the victims of the NATO aggression

President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic made a statement on the occasion of marking the Day of Remembrance of the victims of the NATO aggression.                             

"Your Holiness, distinguished Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Heryegovina, distinguished Speakers of the National Assemblies of the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Srpska, distinguished Prime Ministers of the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Srpska, distinguished Ministers of both Governments, dear guests and friends, representatives of the Serbian People from Montenegro, North Macedonia, Croatia, thank you for the fact that we are all together tonight and that the Serbian spirit is unbreakable and invincible.                     

One child a day and a little more than that. That is the most difficult, sickening and painful number of the NATO aggression from 1999. Killed, stopped, guilty of nothing, having committed no sin, without the right to defence, without the right to justice and without the right ot life.                      

No one has ever been held accountgable for this crime, a crime greater than a crime. No one, for the 2,500 killed civilians, but also soldiers and policemen who wre only guilty of guarding, protecting themselves and their homes. No one has ever been held accountable for more than 6,000 persons injured.                     

Even today, 22 years after the aggression, it is not possible to explain that, there is no universal justification, despite all the work done to that end, there is no reason, it makes no sense, and only names remain, as eternal as sin.                              

Miljana Milic, fifteen years old,   

Vladimir Milic, twelve years old,   

Miomir Mladenovic, fourteen years old,  

Dragan Dimic, three years old,   

Julijana Brudar, ten years old,   

Olivera Maksimovic, twelve years old,   

Miroslav Kneyevic, thirteen years old,  

Dajana Pavlovic, five years old,  

Stevan Pavlovic, eight years old,  

Marko Simic, two years old, 

Milica Rakic, three years old, 

Ivan Ivancic, seven years old,  

Marko Ivanovic, three years old...                   

And the list goes on, eighty nine names, not only Serbian ones...           

The senselessness of sheer killing did not choose. Sixteen children, aged two to seventeen, from the Ahmetaj and Hasani families, were killed in a convoy returning home to Priyren.                         

In one headline in the West, this was simply explained as a "tragic mistake". The deaths of Marko Roglic, Milan Ignjatovic, Gordana Nikolic, Irena Mitic, Milica Stojanovic, Bojana Tosovic, Branimir Stanijanovic, oru Sanja Milenkovic... could not expect or get even such an explanation.                        

Those deaths were not tragic, for those who caused them, much less a mistake. It was just an excuse, a miserable excuse.                         

They were a result of intent and a clear decision, as a severe judgment against one country, its people, its children.                                 

And that is why today we will refrain from speculation in giving a name to evirything that happened during the spring of 1999. Because a crime happened, a heinous and terrible one. And it was an aggression, not a bombing, not an intervention, not a campaign, not an operation. An aggression is what happened. An attack on a sovereign country, without a cecision of the United Nations, without a sufficient reason that would justify attacking the then Yugoslavia or a neighbouring or NATO country.               

No one was attaced by Serbia or the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia at that time. They attacked us, with one goal. To defeat us, to keep killing us, and in the end to take away a part of our territory.                      

And no matter how much we analyze things today, no matter how harsh and critical we are towards ourselves, our policy and leadership at the time, it is clear that the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Serbia were left with almost no choice then. The choice was horrible, either the loss of territory and people on the one hand, or the complete disappearance of the Serbian state, morals, honour, Serbian spirit, names and surnames. And we could not help but lose. Nineteen big ones attacked one small country, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. They attacked both Serbia and Montenegro. And even when they don't talk about it today, in one of the two independent countries, those are the facts. And that small country, and that small nation, to all nineteen of them so great and powerful, held a sesson in what matters most - honour, morals and love fo freedom that a nation can have.                   

Yes. justic, lest wer forget justice. All those nineteen great ones today still silently talk about their military success, avoid answering questions, wheile - can you imagine, one small, only numericall small Serbian people, that small but magnificent nation, with sadness, tears in their eyes, proudly remembres their resistance and struggle against the nineteen cruel and arrogant ones.                       

We lost a lot, we lost our fathers, brothers, spouses, children, but the honour and Serbian heart are still there, to protect Serbia, which is eternal and indestructible.                     

We lost children, we lost people, we lost control over a large part of the territory, we lost billions because of the destroyed infrastructure and economy.                   

And all that was left for us was the body of a tortured, destroyed country, a country iy disintegration, mutilated, looted, wounded, deserted, and gulty, condemned for eveything that happened not only in the 1990s, but throughout history.                                 

A country that, even ten years after the aggression, did not have the strength to stand up, rise to its feet, and do anything but be silent, or bow its head and obediently apologize, for everything, even for its dead, even for its murdered children.                    

Today, it is no longer that failed, tortured, devastated, mutilated Serbia.                       

Today, it is Serbia, which has found its strength and its pride again.                       

Serbia, which calls things by their real names.                       

Serbia, which turned its back on war and defeats, and started working.                        

Serbia, which rose to stand on its own feet and has a voice of its own.                             

Serbia, which, even when they don't believe ti, they listen to. Which is capable, which is growing, and is no longer part of the problem. Serbia, which is and will be, at least we will do our best to this end, the very solution that enables the entire region to live in peace and understanding.                     

And that Serbia, today, when there are still many more bombs in the world than vaccines, sends not bombs, but precisely those vaccines to the region. Today, it si ready to produce them as well, and in just a few months we will do just that, but not only for ourselves, but also for other, for the entire Balkans.                                

We are ready, and we are willing to help.                   

We are not ready to be and we will not be silent, nor be humiliated again.                       

We draw the right to that not only from the victims we had, but also from the fact that we stopped looking at others only a long time ago, and looking for fault and guilt only in them, and not sometimes in ourselves as well.                    

We looked at each other and admitted. Every loss, every defeat and every crime that someone committed in our name, every failure and every wrong policy.                        

And we are no longer doing anything that could endanged anyone.                  

We continue to work and work, and grow more and more, gaining strength with only one goal - to be the best in economy and education, health, in culture, science, sports...     

And we want to be safe, on our own. We want our army to be much stronger than it was in1999. So that we never again face a situation that someone is killing our children, destroying the country, or expelling our people.                      

We want to remain free, to decide our own destiny, and for no one to take everything away from us ever again, and give us nothing.                       

And that nothing today, and I will repeat it as much as necessary, is the idea of some great, powerful ones, but also those who serve them, the ideao that "Kosovo" should recognize us, so that we could recognize "Kosovo".                           

We do not need that recognition. And Serbia will not allow you to walk over our victims, our history, oru past, but also to walk over our future. You will get the answer of reaonable, kind and responsible people. We need a compromise. We need all the obligations that we and Pristina have assumed to be fulfilled, but only we have fulfilled them so far.                      

And this is not our whim. It is not a phantasmagoria about a Serbian world that we want to create.                    

Even today, when they threaten us with the formation of a Greater Albania, when they say that the Community of Serb Municipalities is not going to happen, it is ours to be calm, to take care of our people in Kosovo and Metohija, but to send a cear message to all those great, powerful ones that we are not as weak as we were, that we will be able to preserve what is our own, not touching anything that belongs to anyone else. After all, Serbia is not and will not be but a handful of oats that evey crow from the wole wide world can eat. As for those who used the strength and power of the nineteen arrogant and crual ones, I only ask them not to threatemn us. Please, please, don't threaten u. They should not think that Serbia is broken and that it will not have the strength to respond. Please, please, our Albanian neighbours, do not threaten us. And we ask all others, who have domonstrated their cruelty towards Serbia, not to help you in that. That is all we are asking and nothing more.                           

And we will respond to calls for peace, calls for compromise, and always with good will, because we do not want to have children killed again. ANd we do not want the children of others to suffer again. But do not understimate Serbia, and do not look at Serbia with the same eyes as you did in 1999.           

Today, Serbia is much stronger, much more powerful. Today, Serbia is a united country of togeterness, not a divided one. Today, Serbia is incomparably stronger and better in every aspect than it was in 1999, from the economy to our army. And we will never threaten anyone, we just ask you and request from you to respect us and nothing more.                

Today, we are building roads that will connect us, among ourselves, with the region and with the world. Until the end of the year, we will work on eight motorways, on eight routes in the enire Balkans, not only Serbia, eight roads of peace and cooperation.                           

Only a crazy person would trade this for war, for dead children, for demolition and new loss. And yes, we want to have the closest relations with everyone who took part in the aggression against our beautiful Serbia, we have forgiven a long time ago, but no, we will never forget. And don't ask us to. That one day, every year, we will remind both ourselves and you. The nineteen of you, the most powerful, strongest, greatest in terms of might and force, but not so much when it comes to honour and morality. We will keep remind you and ourselves, just so it would never happen again. Not to us only, but to none other freedom-loving people in the world.                         

And if we have an offer, today it reads as follows: we are ready to make the whole Balkans a winner, for everyone to win, as long as no one tries to make Serbs the only losers.                                       

And the parth to this goal is not difficult at all.                           

We just need to respect and understand each other and not try to humiliate each other.                        

And not to touch into what everyone paid the highest and bloodies price for. Freedom. And we, Serbs, know the price of freedom.                                   

Into  our fight to have it, to keep it and to remember all the victims who are part of it.                       

And our defeats, our lives and our children are built into ours. And the lives of our heroic pilots, and our giants from Kosare and Pastrik, and our children, innocent, completely innocent, and only guilty of living in Serbia.                               

This is too high a price to be quiet about it.                           

Because that would mean the we are ready for another defeat, for another humiliation.                            

And we are not.                    

And when all go quiet, we will keep repeating.                            

A child a day, and a little more. This was how much uou killed us. In anaggression that even you did not understand why you carried it out.                            

And we will keep repeating this, just so it does not happent to us again.                         

With special reverence, we are fulfilling our obligation to pay tribute to all innocent Serbian victims who laid their lives on the altar of the homeland, both civilians and our heroic soldiers and policemen, the heroes of Kosare, Prizren, Mitrovica.                           

Today, for us Serba, life in Kosovo and Metohija is like Via Dolorosa, using their last strength on the road to Golgotha, but we would not be Serbs if we were not capable to ''exist in a terrible place''.                             

And today, tonight, I can conclude with one important sentence. On the soil of Europe, there was, and today is stronger than ever, an indomitable, unwavering, unconquerable and never conquered Serbia.                              

"May eternal glory be to all the victims of the NATO aggression and let us all exclaim  together - long live free and proud Serbia", President Vucic said.

Source: www.predsednik.rs

Photo: www.predsednik.rs

Commemorating Remembrance Day of 17 March 2004 - Pogrom in Kosovo and Metohija

President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic participated today in the commemoration of the Remembrance Day of 17 March 2004 - Pogrom in Kosovo and Metohija. He said that exactly 17 years ago, a pogrom took place in Ksovo and Metohija, and that pogrom surpassed all other crimes.                                            

"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest, these words of Elie Wiesel, a camp survivor and Nobel laureate, make it forever incumbent upon us not to remain silent against crime, regardless of who and for what reason committed it", President Vucic stated and added that we remembered and learned every lesson in which we were losers, each one in which we were silent to our own victims, and each one when we were ready to forget.                                                   

"Serbia is no longer weak today, nor is it a country of losers, it does not threaten, but it does not forget either, it is ready for talks, but not for humiliation. Serbia, just like eveyone else, has the right to take care of its people, their safety and well-being. The right to life is a fundamental human right and we will always defend it ", President Vucic said.

President Vucic said that pogrom surpasses all other cimes, because it is not only an act, but an intention, a policy, a premediated attempt to forcibly cleanse persons belonging to other peoples and faiths from a region or a country.          

"We have no right to remain silent to that", said the President of Serbia, emphasizing that we have an obligation to be winners without blood spilled and war, to be the best in the economy, healthcare, sports, education and eveything else that implies development and progress.                                

"We also wish others to work on themselves and be successful, because we are aware that crime is a tool for losers that winners do not need, as they remember, but forgive and move on, while the losers keep spinning in the same vicious circle. We Serbs do not want to be that anymore, we want a future in which we will remember, but from which we will not return. We know what happened and we call it by its real name", President Vucic concluded.

Photo: Dimitrije Goll

Meeting with the Head of the Delegation of the European Union

President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić met today with the Head of the Delegation of the European Union, Ambassador Sam Fabrizi, to discuss the continuation of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges in the mass vaccination process.                                

President Vučić thanked the EU for its support to Serbia in the conditions of the pandemic and expressed hope that the first contingents of vaccines from the COVAX program will arrive soon.          

"Serbia was among the firstto join this programme, thus proving again to be a reliable partner of the European Union", said President Vučić and stressed that oru country has taken a serious and responsible approach to fighting the pandemic, as evidence by compehensive measures adopted by the Serbian Government to preserve the health and lives of people, both citizens of Serbia and it surrounding.                                   

Ambassador Fabrizi assured that the EU will continue to provide full solidarity to Serba. Last week, the European Commission announced the allocation of 12 million euros for Serbia from the EU Solidarity Fund, which is another indicator of the EU's support for Serbia since the outbreak of the pandemic. The EU will continue to work to ensure a fair and global distribution of vaccines. In this regar, Ambassador Fabrizi stressed the importance of the COVAX program. The EU and Team Europe, as a true global donor, have alredy pledged more than 2 billion euros for the programme. The Ambassador commented positively on Serbia's contribution to the COVAX program and congratulated Serbia on the results achieved in the vaccination process, as vell as on the timely and decisive measures taken in the fight against the coronavirus.                              

On this occasion, President Vučić also confirmed that cooperation with the European Union and full membership ofSerbia remains one of the key foreign policy priorities of our country. He particularly emphasised that Serbia is sincerely committed to further reforms, which it approaches wth responsibility and seriousness, and that through cooperation with the institutions of the Union and its members, it strives to adopt and apply best practices.                                            

Ambassador Fabrizi pointed out that despite the current challenges caused by the pandemic, the EU keeps the issue of enlargement very high on its agenda, given the new methodology to be presented by the European Commission.                                    

President Vučić pointed out that Serbia expects the European Union to monitor and evaluate the dynamics of Serbia's accession negotiations and evaluate its reform efforts, and that our country is ready to continue working with its European partners on te implementation of reforms and numerous joint projects. In thes regard, they also discussed specific joint infrastructure projects.                           

"We will continue to work intensively on fulfilling the European agenda, aimed at opening new chapters and faster progress on the path to EU membership", concluded President Vučić.                     

President Vučić and Ambassador Fabrizi discussed the process of harmonising the legislation of Serbia with the legislation of the European Union and agreed that more energetic work is needed in the area of the rule of law.                                     

The two interlocutors also discussed judicial reform, including the constitutional process, the fight against corruption, media freedom and the resumption of inter-party dialogue.                                         

Ambassador Fabrizi particularly underlined the need for concrete improvements to  provide a suitable environment in which the freedom of the media and the role of civil society can be realised unhindered and without pressure.                                  

Presidetn Vučić especialy emphasised that he advocatesthat the representatives of all media do their job in an atmosphere of complete freedom of expression and that he remains personally committed to that since media freedom is one of the greatest achievements of democracy.


17th March 2021


La République de Serbie au Mois de la Francophonie

La République de Serbie en qualité de membre associé à l'OIF, de concert avec toute la communauté francophone dans le monde entier, célèbre le Mois de la Francophonie. Pour tous les amateurs de la culture serbe et de la langue française, le Ministère de la Culture et de l'Information de la République de Serbie a préparé un vaste programme et L'Ambassade de la République de Serbie à Varsovie vous invite à découvrir la diversité et la richesse de la culture serbe en français.

8 March 2021 Selakovic: Fight against all forms of crime is a priority of the Serbian Government

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Nikola Selakovic said today that the fight against all forms of crime was a top priority of the Serbian Government and an integral part of the EU accession process.                                    

"It is also our moral duty, in order to leave a better world for the generations to come", Selakovic said participating via video-link at the 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, held in Kyoto.                                                   

Miniser Selakovic emphasized that Serbia, in its Second Serious and Organized Crime Threat Assessment from 2019, identified as its goal to eliminate cybercrime, human trafficking, terrorism and irregular migration.                      

The Serbian Foreign Minister pointed out that our country had estabilished in a timely manner a normative and institutional framework that regulates prevention of abuse in this area, as well as that the Office of the Special Prosecutor for Cybercrime, a special court department and a special police unit were estblished.  

The Minister underlined that, in the field of the fight against corruption, Serbia was guided by the postulates set our in the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the UN Convention against Corruption.                               

Selakovic pointed out the efforts mde by the Anti-Corruption Agency, as an independent state body, to protect the public interest, build individual and institutional integraty, strengthen transparency and accountability of the public administration.

"We strongly condemn all forms of terrorism, including extremism and radicalism, and call for them mto be fully eradicated, while implementing the relevant UN resolutions and conventions and the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy", the Head of Serbian diplomacy underscored.                                              

In order to combat thes complex phenomena efficiently and successfully, Selakovic said, it was of vital importance to build capacities of our societies and states, while exchanging experiences at the regional and global levels.                                           

Minister Selakovic thanked Japanese Ambassador Hikihara for the skill he showed in conducting the talks on harmonizing and adopting the Kyoto Declaration, which, as he strssed, was an important indicator of the commitment tocreating and maintaining the institutional framework for crime prevention as one of the main preconditions for promoting sustainable development goals.                               

"Back in 1970 when Japan hosted this event for the first time, we demonstrated strong political will to draw attention to the problem. Today, it is incumbent uapon us to feaffirm this willingness and resolve and translate it into concrete steps", the Serbian Foreign Miniser said.

18 February 2021 - Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb and Ljubljana elected as the new Patriarch of Serbia

The Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church elected His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana, PhD, as the new Serbian Patriarch, in its convocation in Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava in Belgrade on 18 February 2021.                                        

Immediately after the election a thanksgiving service was officiated and Many Years was chanted to the Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch Porfirije. Bells at Saint Sava Cathedral in the Vracar district of Belgrade rang a few minutes before 4:00 pm indicating that the 46th Patriarch of Serbia was elected.                                         

Newly-elected Archbisop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-karlovci and Serbian Patriarch Porfirije (Peric) was born on 22 July 1961 in Becej, to father Radivoje and Mother Radojka. He was baptized as Prvoslav. He finished primary school in Curug, and the "Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj" Grammar School in Novi Sad. He was ordained a monk according to the rite of smal schime by his spiritual father, then hieromonk Dr. Irinej (Bulovic), at Decani Monastery on Sunday of St. Thomas in 1985.                                   

He graduated from the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade in 1986, when the then Bishop of Raska-Prizren Diocese, future Serbian Patriarch Pavle of blessed memory, ordained him a hierodeacon at the monastery of Holy Trinity in Musutiste.                   

He attended postgraduate studies in Athens from 1986 until 1990. That year, upon the blessing of Bishop Dr. Irinej of Backa, he joined the monastery of Holy Archangels in Kovilj, where he was ordained as hieromonk and became its abbot.                                     

Many young monks and novices came to the monastery following him. These were the years when the Kovilj Monastery became a spiritual center for many young people: intellectuals, artists, popular actors and rock musicians, especially from Novi Sad and Belgrade. Since then abbot Porfirije has particularly dealt with drug-addicted patients. In 2005, he formed for this purpose a therapeutic community called "The Land of the Living", which is recognized as the most successful drug-addiction therapy project and, under the leadership of Bishop Porfirije, it has more than  a hundred residents in camps throughout Serbia today.                    

During the ordinary meetig of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of th Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade on 14 May 1999 he was elected as Bishop o Jegar, Vicar of the Diocese of Backa.                                     

He defended his PhD thesis Possibility of knowability of God in St. Paul's understanding according to the interpretation of Saint John Chrysostom at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Athens in 2004.                                

He became a lecturer at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology - Department of Pastoral Psychology - succeeding famous psychiatrist, academicain Dr. Vladeta Jerotic. His lectures have been attended not only by students of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology, but other Belgrade faculties as well.                                        

Together with a group of experts: psychologists, doctors, criminologists, sociologists, Bishop Porfirije founded a civic association that deals with the resocialization of victims of destructive religious sects and cults.                         

Bishop Porfirije has not been just president of the Steering Board for a decade,but a real spiritus movens of the HumanitarianFund "Privrednik", which has provided scholarships for a great number of gifted, but poor pupils and students, regardless of their nationality or religious affiliation.                  

In 2005, the National Assembly elected him as representative of all Churches and religious communities, to be a member of the Council of the Republic Broadcasting Agency, and in 2008 the RBA elected him its president. As President of the Council of the Repubic Broadcasting Agency, Bishop Porfirije supported the long-term interests of society and citizens, unaffected by political influences.                                

Since then, church radio stations have been heard in the broadcasting spectrum of Serbia. He has made a key contribution to launching of a series of radio and television shows dealing with religious topics.                

In 2010, The Holy Assembly of Bishops entrusted him to establish military chaplaincy in the Serbian Armed Forces. The fruits of his labour in that field include not only the suitable legal regulations, but also the selection of military chaplains, the organization and equipping of churches at barracks and performance of the first religious services.                            

His expert theological work Bishop Porfirije published in magazines both in Serbia and abroad. He participated in a large number of scientific conferences and symposia across the glob.                          

Bishop Porfirije, as one of the most prominent contemporary Serbian clergymen and intellectuals, has an extremely wide circle of friends, not only in the Homeland, and he fosters personal friendship and close cooperation with priests and representatives of other Churches and religious communities                      

He speaks Greek, English, German and uses the Russian language, while his style of communication si always adapted to his nterlocutors.                                

He was enthroned as the Metropolitan of Zagreb and Ljubljana on 13 July 2014 in the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord in Zagreb. The solemn Hierarchal Liturgy was served by Serbian Patriarch Irinej, accompanied by a large number of archbishops of the Serbian Church and other sister Churches, as well as priests and monks, and pious people.

Source: SPC/Serbian Orthodox Church

15 February 15th 2021 Happy Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia

In the Republic of Serbia, February 15 is celebrated as Statehood Day. You can watch the film on its historical background here .


President Vucic: Serbia is ready for dialogue on Kosovo and Metohija, but will refuse being humiliated

President of the Republic and Supreme Commander of the Serbian Army Aleksandar Vucic attended a demonstration of capabilities of one part of Serbian Army units in the "Rastko Nemanjić" barracks in Pancevo. On this occasion, President Vucic stated that Serbia was ready to continue the EU-facilitated dialogue with Pristina at anypoint, while respecting also the position of the United States as well as the positions of Russia and China.  

The President said that he would rather put his "hed on the chopping block" than sign any document with a recognition and reminded that he had already once refused to do so in Washington, where there were two versions of the agreement.

He stated that he immediately had his delegation leave the meeting, that he tolod the U.S. delegation that Serbia would not sign such an agreement, while conveying that Serbia would alway endeavour to hold peaceful talks in order to preserve peace, but that it would not take any humiliation.                               

The Serbian President thanked the U.S. President Joe Biden for the letter of congratulations on the occasion of the upcoming Statehood Day, in which, in addition to the usual emphasis on commitment to promoting economic cooperation, regional stability and democratic values, he unequivocally called for mutual recognition of Serbia and "Kosovo" as a result. 

Mutual recognition between Serbia and "Kosovo" is not part of any act of any world organization, the President pointed out and reiterated that Serbia was ready to continue the EU-facilitgted dialogue with Pristina at any point, while respecting also the position of the United States as well as the positions of Russia and China.                                      

According to the President, the situation is difficult and will only be increasingly difficult.                                         

"As I told you three days ago, I can see it and I expect it, I can see the situation slowly tightening, because the conflicts between them at the global level have been increasing and intensifyng, and then we have to pay the price", Presidet said.                              

President Vucic said that said that it was  up to our state to continue strengthening the country in the economic sense.                                                

The Presidet added that the role of thearmy was very important in the highly complex security and political conditions of the modern world, and that was why Serbia needed to do everything it could to deter any potential aggressor ond attacks on citizens and the country.                             

"The policy of strengthening the armed forces will continue at a faster pace", the Presidet emphasized, adding that the goal was for the Serbian Army to play a stabilizing role with regard to the political developments in the region.                           

According to him, it should be clear to everyone that Serbia was not a punching bag and that not everyone could attackk and threaten it like it was the case in the past.                                      

Vucic said that he was pleased with what he saw and that a lot had been done in the prvious period, pointing out that the salaries of military personnel would be significantly increased as of April.                                     

President Vucic also stated that investments in the Serbian Army would continue, whom he told that he expected the Army to continue to be the guardian of our country, its integrity and freedom.                                       

"We expect you  to be the guardians of our country, its integrity and freedom, the defenders of our people, the guardians of the homeland, the protectors of the interests of the state of Serbia and to be a deterrent factor for every aggressor and anyone who might consider attacking Serbia", Vucic said.                               

The military exercise called "Spearhead" demostrated the capabilities of the 72nd Special Operations Brigade, and the event, which the President of Serbia and the Supreme Commander of the Serbian Army assessed as very good, was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Nebojsa Stefanovic and Chief of General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces, General Milan Mojsilovic.              

Photo: Presidency of Serbia/Dimitrije Groll


7 February 2021

Meeting with the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia

President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić met erlier today with the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia, Ambassador Sem Fabrizi, to discuss Serbia's European path, continuation fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, implementation of political and economic reforms, with particular emphasis on the rule of law and plans for wew EU investments in our country.                                              

President Vučić thanked the EU for its support to Serbia in structural reforms and economic measures and the EU investments in our country. The President especially expressed hope that the first contingents of vaccines from the COVAX programme promoted by the European Union will arrive soon.                                         

"Serbia was among the first to join this programme, thus showing once again that it is a serious and reliable partner of the European Union. I am convinced that together, with solidarity and mutual understanding, we will mnage to get our of this crisis and continue working to recover the economy," said President Vučić, adding that the EU is the most important foreign trade and investment partner of our country since two-thirds of our trade and investments are related to EU countries.

The Head of the EU Delegation, Sem Fabrizi, affirmed that the EU will continue with solidarity to the fullest extent and that it will continuously work on ensuring the distribution of vaccines both in Serbia and in the Western Balkans countries. He expressed satisfaction ith the Government of Serbia's results, especially emphasising that timely and decisive measures taken in the fight against the coronavirus contributed to maintaining the country's economic stability during the pandemic.                                        

"Thanks to the current structural reforms, Serbia, in line with the accession process, has shown resilience to the crisis and the ability to mitigate the effects on the economy with excellent results in the healthcare area", Sem Fabrizi said, stressing that the pandemic did not afect the undoubted commitment of the Western Balkans to the EU process.                                     

Ambassador Fabrizi also introduced President Vučić to the new head of the EIB's Office for the Western Balkans, Alessandro Bragonzi, who pointed out that it was a great honour for him o take over activities for the region at a time when it is facing such a difficult crisis.                                         

The European INvestment Bank invested 873  million euros in the Western Balkans during 2020, which is about 50 per cent more than in the previous year. Most of the assets, i.e. 531 million euros, are in line with the European Union's priorities for increasing connectivity and has been invested in the construction and modernisation of transportation infrastructure in the region.                                     

"Serbia will continue its outstanding cooperation with the EIB,as we are strongly committed to building an economy based on sound and solid foundations, as well as on innovation and all other projects supported by the EIB so far, which have undoubtedly contributed to our good economic results in 2020", said President Vučić and pointed out that further improvement of the health system in Serbia, development of the infrastructure network and implementation of the green and digital agenda remain key pririties of Serbia. The President also expressed hope that with the EIB's support, the planned projects will be successfully completed.                                   

"Following this commitument, Serbia is determined to create an even more favourable business climate with additional packages of subsidies for the investors from the EU who want to invest in our country", said President Vučić.                                

"The European Union and the European Investment Bank, with the approach of 'Team Europe', support Serbia's strategic goals, including in the field of connectivity, environment and energy and work on priority projects such as reconstruction and construction of an additional building of the Clinical Centre of Serbia, reconstruction of the Clinical Centre Vojvodina, modernisation of railway infrastructure, gas interconnector from Bulgaria, Mir highway and Corridor 10", said Ambassador Fabrizi and expressed the EU's readiness to continue with investments that will encourage further economic growth of Serbia, which are at the heart of the new EU economic and investment plan for the Western Balkans.                                      

He said that Serbia must continue its European parh and that further support of the Union in strengthening, adopting and implementing reforms is critical, for the benefit of the citizens.                                         

"We will continue to work intensively on fulfilling the European agenda, aimed at opening new chapters and faster progress on the path to EU membership", concluded President Vučić.                                       

President Vučić and Ambassador Fabrizi discussed the process of harmonising Serba's legislation with the legislation of the European Union and agreed that more energetic work is needed in the area of the rule of law.                                   

The two interlocutors also discussed judicial reform, the fight against corruption, media freedom and the resumption of inter-party dialogue.                                        

Ambassador Fabrizi and President Vučić confirmed the importance of continuing the EU facilitated dialogue with Priština.



4th February 2021

26 January 2021 Minister Selakovic speaks for Politika: The year of rejuvenation of Serbian diplomacy


Serbia's foreign policy positions are naturally being adjusted o the new developments at the international level, but our foreigne policy priorities have not changed in a long time. Our top and most importnt interest is to preserve good-neighbourly relations and stability and peace in the region and, in the same context, to find a peaceful and just solution to the problems in Kosovo and Metohija, Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic said in an interview with Politika daily.                                    

Another lasting interest of ours is full membership of the European Union, because this isthe type of society wer strive for. At the bilateral level, our goal is to strengthen ties with traditional friend, the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China, but also to build new partner relations with the United States. One of the most important tasks of our foreign policy is to improve the position and protect the rights and identity of our people in the region, as well as to provide various types of support to Serbs in the diaspor. All these are very important and more often than not complementary goals, Nikola Selakovic pointed out.                                   

What kind of relations do your expect Serbia to have with the newo U.S. administration?                                  

It is too early to speculate aboutthis in public. The new presidential administration in Washington is currentyly preoccupied with internal issues and this will be the case for some time. There are people in the team of President Joseph Biden who have dealt with our region, and it is likely that the Balkans and Serbia will be the focus of the U.S. foreign policy at some point. I will remind you that President Vucic and President Biden not so long ago had very substantive talks in Belgrade, after which our President stated that he had the opportunity to talk to someone extremly well acquainted with the situation in this part of the world and an extraordinarily prepared interlocutor. Taking their personal relationship into account, but also the importance of enhancing the ties between Serbia and the United States will be influenced by the fact that Ambassador Marko Djuric now represents us in Washington, whose presence at President Biden's inauguration ceremony is an important signal and, I believe, a harbinger of positive developments in bilateral relations between our two countries.                                           

How would you describe oru country's relations with Moscow, Brussels and Beijing?                            

Russia is our traditional friend and that friendship goes beyond merely political ties. These are deep spiritual, cultural and civiliyational bonds, and it is only natural that we have a mutual interest in improving those ties, even though they are at a very high level. We have a relationship with the People's Repubic of China which is, in addition to the sincere iron-clad friendship between our peoples and high political representatives, base on deep trust and mutual support. Full membership of the European Union is Serbia's strategic orientation that all our friends are awere of, but our contry does not forget its friendships, but strengthens and promotes them instead, and approaches all with honesty and no ulterior motives. In this context, we do not seek any preferential treatment, but only the right t freely and independently make decisions about our future and relations with all who respect us.                            

Could Serbia pursue a different foreign policy than the one it is pursuing at the moment?                             

It is always possible to have a different policy, just look at the foreign policy of Serbia ten, twenty or thiry years ago, examine the results at that time and your will realye how irretrievably expensive that policy turned out to be. Whether a policy is right, at either foreign or domestic level, is measured through its results and effect on the lives of citiyens and the fate of the entire state.                                          

Our foreign policy priorities are not being defined on a whim, but are instead the result of a improve it. Today, Serba has a better international reputation and credibility than two decades ago, and the main reason for that is that our results have shown how serious and responsible we are as a country. That kind of credibility is not achieved by trickery, but only by hard and well-thought-out work on oneself. And I need to emphasiye on this occasion as well that the main inspiration for such and attitude towards politics, the state and its future comes from none other than President Aleksandar Vucic. As Minister of Doreign Affairs, I have the opportunity on a daily basis to see the level of appreciation and respect President Vucic enjoys beyond the borders of our country.                                  

When can we expect the vacant posts of Serbian ambassadors and consuls across the globe to be filled?            

That is one of the main tasks for 2021. This will be a year of reinvigoration and I believe also rejuvenation of Serbian diplomacy. Our country, given its size, has a fairly extensive diplomatic network, which provides it with great opportunities for deepening political and economic relations with countries in all parts of the world. But we need more fresh and energetic staff, people who will be the most honourable representatives of a modern and dynamic Serbia. There are such people in Serbia, and we do need a serious rejuvenation, in order to avoid wide generation gaps in our personnel, and to lay the foundations of a modern career diplomacy.                                

How would you describe your relationship with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic?                                       

President Vucic and I are, in addition to having close and friendly relations, by virtue of the work we do and our constitutional competencies, the closest collaborators in the realiyation of Serbia's foreign policy goals. This allows me to talk to him often, and on many occasions learn a lot of new and important things. President Vucic is a man who inspires people around him with his strategic and visionary approach to politica, and I am proud to have had the opportunity to be part of his closest team of associates over the years, and to have had him as a kind of political mentor. In any case, his vision of Serbia as a modern, progressive and prosperous state, which independently and on its own will decides on its destiny, is my wish as well and key motivation for political engagement. For only such Serbia is a country that its own citiyens, as well as Serbs beyond our borders, can confidently rely on, while also being an inspiration to the entire region.

Source: Plitika  

President Vucic: Serbia is the first in Europe in terms of growth

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic pointed out taht Serbia is the firs in Europe in terms of economic growith, which will be officially confirmed at the end of March, and that this was possible owing to the reform measure taken since 2014 and the rapid openning of the country after the first wave of corona virus.                                  

The President pointed out that Serbia had a growth of 5.2 percent in the first quarter, while the Eurozone was at minus 3,2 percent, in the second quarter Serbia had a growth of minus 6,3 percent, while the Eurozone was at minus 14.7 percent, and in the third quarter, when the Eurozone was at minus 4.3 percent, Serbia's figure was only minus 1.4 percent.         

Vucic stated that Montenegro, for example, recorded as much as 26 percent minus in the third quarter.                               

Furthermore, the President emphasized that hospitals were built and renovated in our country, and that two hospitals were built from the ground up in just for months.                                       

He said that the state made significant efforts to procue respirators, masks, gloves, protective suits, medicines, everything that was needed, and pointed out that work was being done on 10 general hospitals throughout Serbia, adding that all these were major achievements that were anly possible owing to the success of the 2014 reforms, the enactment of the Labor Law, which yielded excellent results, and also through fiscal consolidation measures.                                     

"These are unprecedented results for Serbia. Was Serbia ever before the first in Europe in terms of growth rate? We will get the results on 31 March that will confirm that Serbia is number one in Europe. All that was possible thanks to people who believed in difficult changes ", Vucic said.                        

According to the President, this year, as many as six highways will be built in Serbia at the same time, and in this regard, ge noted that Bulgaria has announced that the highway from our border to Sofia will be completed by the end of the year, after which it will be possible to use motorway to travel to Istanbul, which is very important to ensure that our country is on a transport route.                                        

President Vucic emphasized that in 2020, the so-called year of corona, our country had a net inflow of foreign direct investment amounting to EUR 2.9 billion net, and three billion gross, which means that many foreign companies such as Toyota Tires, Boysen, ZTF  and Brose have invested in Serbia even in this year of crisis.                                   

The President said that Serbia has the highest average wages in the region, amounting to 511 or 512 euros, and that in February, due to the January increase, the average wage will be 535 or 536 euros, and that only in Belgrade in the last seven years the average wage increased by 180 euros or 40 percent.                               

That President said that Serbia was fourth in the region in terms of salaries before, and that today we are officially the first, and that the difference in relation to other countries will only increase faster. He also pointed out that the employment rate is growing in Serbia as well as that our public debt increased less than in most European countries. This is illustrated by the data that in Italy the public debt surged to 156 percent, in Germany to 87 percent, in France 114 percent, in Croatia to 88 percent, while in Serbia it is at 57 percent.                              

The Serbian President announced that by Sretenje, 15 February, an additional package of assistance to the economy will be earmarked, and as he explained, it will be a new capital injection for companies, the trade, entrepreneurs, small, medium and large enterprises which, as he said, concerns 1,052,000 people within that system.                                

Vucic specified that it will most likely be help in the form of two or three payments amounting to half a minimum wage each, and that there will also be sectoral aid for tourism, hotel owners, travel agencies, guides, for bus carriers, through another half minimum wage payment.                            

The President added that efforts will be made to extend the guarantee schemes as well, which proved to be excellent, amounting to 1.5 billion, and this time, through the same system, two more portions amounting to 500 million each could be provided.                          

Vucic said that the first agreements with DFC worth 300 to 400 million dollars are expected in seven days.                                  

He also stated that the state will endeavour to help pensioners further, in addition to increasing pensions by 5.9 percent in January, which will be reflected in their first checks in February, and added that pensioners should by March receive symbolic aid in the form of packages with vitamin C, D and zinc, which, as the President said, are small things, but they reflect the state's care and efforts made to protect health.                                

The President announced that negotiations on the procurement of the Chinese vaccine would be completed in the next seven to eight days, after the first quantities of the Pfizer and Sputnik V vaccines have arrived in Serbia, and pointed out that the Chinese vaccine was of exceptional quality, but probably the most expensive, which is why he wrote to the Chinese President and asked for a discount for our country.                          

Vucic thanked Americans for deciding to sell the vaccine to our country and noted that no one in the region other than Serbia has received it, except for the small quantity that Albania got.                            

He pointed out that our state relied on itself and its own capacities, and that our state leadership anticipated that vaccines within the European COVAX plan would arrive late.                               

The President rejected the claims about bad results of Serbia in the fight against the corona virus and stated that our country has recorded the lowest corona virus mortality rate in the region.                              

He presented statistical information indicating that Slovenia had 144 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, North Macedonia 126, Bosnia and Herzegovina 123, Bulgaria 115, Montenegro 115, Hungary 110, Croatia 107, Romania 85, and Serbia 51.                         

"The mortality rate in the region is as follows: Bulgaria 3.9, Bosnia and Herzegovna 3.7, Hungary 3.11, North Macedonia 3.03, Romania 2.48, Slovenia 2..15, Croatia 1.99, Montenegro 1.4, and Serbia 1.0. This can be seen in the graphs and is no fabrication", the President stressed.                                  

He said that the state will fight for vaccines, and that only Serbia, in the Western Balkans, received significant quantities of vaccines, other than a smaler quantity that Albania received, and added that in one day since the registration for vaccination opened, as many as 63,000 persons have registered.                               

President Vucic expressed his belief that the year ahead will be better than the previous one as well as that the corona virus will be defeated through vaccination of citizens.


12 January 2021

2 January 2021 Minister Selakovic: New ambassadors will be appointed this year, but the goals remain the same

This year, Serbia could finally have Ambassador and Consuls General appointed to about a third of the currently vacant positions in the country's diplomatic and consular missions in the world, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selakovic is convinced that most of these positions will be filled, as he points out, by the best possible people.                                  

''In the next year, I am convinced that the majority of these vacancies will be filled'', Selakovic told Tanjug, emphasiying that the work is being done gradually, becaause the state wants to show that is has a quality staff who will represent Serbia's interests in the best possible way.                                  

The Head of Serbian diplomacy reminded that in a number of diplomatic missions, the four-year mandate of Ambassadors and Consuls General has already expired, so that the procedure for appointing new ones will follow, after their recall.                                     

One of the ''vacant'' spots is the post of the Serbian Ambassador to China.                            

''We are working hard to find the best possible solution for our new Ambassador to China and as we appointed one of the best people in the state system as Ambassador to the United States, who, I am sure, will perform his duties in the best possible way, I am convinced that it will be the same for the Amassador in Beijing'', Selakovic said.                         

The Minister, who took over the foreign policy sector in the Government a little over two months ago, p;oints out that circumstances in the world, as well as Serbia's position in it, have changed, but that Serbia's foreign policy goals do not change: the country remains strategically committed to European integration and, while pursuing the EU path, it will also strengthen traditional friendships with Russia and China, as well as promote and strengthen new partner relations with the United States.                            

''Relations in the region, good-neighborly relations, regional cooperation are also important for Serbia, because this fits into the set of requirements on the European path. But, even regardless of the European path, it is always important who you live next to, who you live with, what your neighbors are like and what the relations are like in the neighborhood'', Minister Selakovic said.                              

He also points out hat the issue of Kosovo and Metohija is of inestimable importance, it being the main national and state issue for Serbia and the Serbian people.                               

''When I say that circumstances are changing, but not the goals - the EU and European integration was our goal seven years ago as well, but look at what our room for maneuver was then, in terms of economic aspects, and look at it today. Circumstances changed, and then you adjust your actions to these changed circumstances, to the best extent possible'', Minister Selakovic said.                                    

He reminds that foreign policy priorities for 2021 were also outlined by the President of the Republic, and tht maintaining peace and stability in the region is the absolute priority.                             

''Only in a peaceful and stable region of the Western Balkans and Southeast Europe can Serbia thrive economically, culturally and scientifically - in every respect. Peace and stability in the region are ''sine qua non'' without which there is no development and progress. Serbia has acted, is acting and will act as a factor that stabilizes the entire region and mantains peace in the region, showing that it is the region that benefits everyone the most'', Minister Selakovic said.                                

Relations in the region have always been complex, and the region, Minister Selakovic noted, is to our great regret, burdened with issues that we cannot have a bearing on, and which concern the past.                                     

Serbia's approach is to seek room to influence what is happening today and what will happen in the future.                                         

In this context, he states that the so-called ''mini-Schengen'' initiative for market unification of the region, which originated fromAleksandar Vucic and was met with a positive response from the Prime Ministers of Albania and North Macedonia, is one of the opportunities to do much more for the region.                              

''To show how much more we can do if we act together and if we seek our common denominatior, and not what separates and divides us'', Selakovic points out.                             

When it comes to relations with the United States, Selakovic said that one should not expect the great powers to change their positions the wya we would like, want or imagine, but that it is important that the Ambassador in Washington, Marko Djuric, also emphasized that his task, among other things, will be to make efforts to change the limate in bilateral relations with the United States - the most important country in the world, as our lacing communication with them in the past seriously affected te position of the Serbian people and Serbia.                            

''I am convinced that Djuric will work seriously on that, together with President Vucic, Prime Minister Brnabic and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and contribute to a large extent to changing that climate'', Minister Selakovic said.                             

He points out that it is extremely important for Serbia to promote its partner relations with the United States to a higher level.                         

''This is a country with which we cooperate closely in many areas and a country with whic we must strive,and not give up in doing so, to find what we have in commont, our common ground and good examples of our cooperation in the past, and to create space for such cooperation in the future as well'', Minister Selakovic concluded.

Source: Tanjug

29 Decembar 2020 President Vucic: Serbia to remain on the course of a winning policy of stability

Preservation of peace, taking care of the health and better living standard are key for Serbia in 2021, underlined President of the Republic Aleksandar Vucic, convinced that even though the completion of this ambitious and by no eans easy task will be anything but straightforward, best results can be achieved by working in concert with the Government, while ensuring security and a future of certainty for the citizens.                                    

The President said that Serbia has set for itself great and ambitious goals for the next year, notwithstanding the complex international and regional circumstances, and that it will endeavour to fully preserve peace and stability in teh region and the country, while safeguarding the vital national and state interests.                                

"Serbia will remain on the course of a winning policy - the policy of stability", President Vucic said and stressed that our country remains on the European integration path and that it will carefully foster its friendship with Russia and China, while building a friendship with the United States as well.                             

According to the President, Serbia will continue to pursue a winning policy, with the country itself as a top priority, i.e., a policy that will enable Serbia to continue being one of the top three countries in Europe in terms of growth rate in the next two years.                                  

A precondition for that, the President noted, is to crack dow on criminal groups, but also to ensure even bigger investments in the police and army forces.                        

"Serbia is the country that recorded the highest growith in Europe in 2020", the President pointed out at the annual press conference and added that he expects to conclude a new arrangement with the IMF, as well as that Serbia, by the end of next year or early 2022, will rase its credit rating to an "investment" one, which will ut our country`s rating on par with the most developed EU countries.                                        

As the greatest success in 2020, Vucic noted that Serbia will end the year with the highest growth rate in Europe, which, as he said, is expected to be from minus 0.75 percent to minus one.                                 

"I am proud to be the President of a country that is the European champion in terms of GDP", Vucic pointed out and added that German Chancellor Angela Merkel was also pleased with Serbia`s success.                                 

According to President Vucic, this result will encourage Serbia to accelerate its European path, while continuing friendships with thos who did not turn their backs on Serbia when it was at its darkest hour, namely Russia and China.                                 

The President pointed out that the actvities to attract foreign investors will continue, then that work will be done on investments in agriculture, primarily the food industry, new machinery, and digitaliyation of agriculture.            

President Vucic also emphasized that the goal is for salaries in teh public sector to average between 560 and 570 euros by the end of the year. Only in Belgrade, the average salary would be around 700 euros.    

President Vucic reminded that the salaries of health care workers will increase by five percent from January 1, while the salaries of others in the public sector will increase by 3.5 percent and an additional 1.5 percent as of April 1, while corporal, private first class and non-commissioned officer army ranks will get an increase of an additional 10 percent. He noted that the minimum wage will be increased by 6.6 percent and so will pensions from January 1, by 5.9 percent, with the plan that the average pension amounts to 270 euros by the end of 2021. The President especially pointed out investments in health care, reminding that two new covid hospitals have been opened and that the renovation and construction of health facilities continues throughout Serbia, while stressing that Serba is by far the first in the region in terms of hospitalized persons per 100,000 citizens, which is why it has recorded a low mortality rate, and also that Serbia this year has been among the top three countries in the region according to the number of PCR test performed.                            

Speaking about tourism, the President said taht, next year, efforts will be made on the development of the Danube basin region, from Apatin to Kladovo, that the Ovcar-Kablar Gorge will be developed, as well as our mountain centers.                                             

Discussing the field of culture and information, President Vucic said that the implementaton of the media strategy and the completion of the reconstruction of the National Theater in Subotica are important for next year, and he announced investments in museums, especially emphasizing the relocation of the History Museum to the train station building. He also stated that the floor heating in the Church of Saint Sava will be completed next year.                                       

He pointed out that the state will continue to take care of our citizens in Kosova and Metohija, that no one can forbid Serbia to help its people, and that Serbia will not give up on helping our people.                          

As he emphasized, Serbia is ready to send medicines and vaccines to the Albanian population as well, and pointed out that in the upcoming period our country will purse a policy of peace in the region and will endeavour to cooperatie with Zagreb, Sarajevo, Podgorica and others.

Serbian Prime Minister the first PM in Europe to receive a Covid-19 vaccine

Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Ana Brnabic received today the first vaccine against the coronavirus made by Pfizer company, at the Torlak Institute of Virology, Vaccines and Sera.                                   

Babic, who is the first European Prime Minister to receive the vaccine, pointed out that this day may be the first since 6 March that we have a reason for a smile on our faces as it marks the beginning of the end of the coronavirus pandemic in Serbia, but also in Europe and the world.                                               

As Prime Minister and as someone who leads the COVID-19 Crisis Response Team, I felt obliged to be the first to receive the vaccine, to show that we beleve in it, as well as in our institutions - the Medicines and Medical Devices gency of Serbia and experts who worked round the clock to test the vaccine, she said.                                     

Underlining that it was an honour to do this for her country and be the first to pave the way for all citizens, the Prime MInister said that she agreed with President of the Republic Aleksandar Vucic that   the two of them receive different vaccines, so he will most likely receive the next one that arrives, most probably the one produced by China.                                

At the moment we have the Pfizer-BioNTech consortium vaccine, and the vaccines from the Chinese Sinopharm are expected in the near future, as well as certain quantities of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V.                                          

She expressed her belief that at the end of the first quarter or the beginning of the second quarter of next year we will have the vaccine of the company AstraZeneca, and after that the vaccine manufacured by Moderna.                                        

As we promised, all vaccines licensed in their countries and approved by relevant international agencies will be available to our citiyens, and of course they will be tested by all of our agencies and institutes as well, ,the Prime Minister pointed out.                                            

She said that prior to the vaccination of health care workers, Minister of Health Zlatibor Loncar will also receive a vaccine shot as we endeavour to serve as an example and show how confident we are in the vaccines and institutions.                                 

Brnabic pointed out that Serbia, not counting Great Britain, is the first country in Europe to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and th third to start a mass immuniyation and campaign for giving the vaccine - after Great Britain and Switzerland.                            

We achieved something very important and we will not stop even for a moment until the immunization of the population is completed, the Prime Minister said.                                   

She specified that our country will receive another 16.000 doses of Pfizer-BioTech vaccine in January, as well as that together with other vaccines we will have a total of one million doses in January, and a total of approximately two million doses during the first quarter of next year.                               

There is a dynamic on wihich Pfizer delivers vaccines and it varies depending on the productio, and this is the case with deliveries to both Serbia and all other countries worldwide. We expected to receive 10,000 doses from Pfizer-BioNTech in December, however 4,807 doses arrived, the Prime Minister explaned.                                     

Serbia demonstrated that it is able to fight and succeed if we all work as a team, Brnabic said and called on all not to see the beginning of vaccination as the end of the fight already, but to continue to apply all measures instead.                                              

This is to be certain and to be able to help our health care workers, and once the immunity is acquered we will be able to slowly start taking off the mask in 2021, but until then we should not see this as a victory but as the beginning of the end, the Prime Minister concluded.                                

After the Prime Minister, vaccine shots were also administered to the Minister of Labour, Emloyment, Veteran and Social Affairs and a member of the COVID-19 Crisis Response Team Darija Kisic Tepavcevic and to Predrag Kon who is also on the COVID-19 Crisis Response Team.                                     

Furthermore, vaccine shots were also given to Head of the MMA Department for the Prevention and Control of Nosocomial Infections prof. Dr. Vesna Suljagic and academician Predrag Pesko, professor of Belgrade and Heidelberg universities and full member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.                                   

The first quantities of the vaccine arrived in Serbia on 22 December, and today they will be administered to patrons of nurisng homes in Belgrade and Novi Sad.                                    

Serbia is the first country in the region to receive a shipment of Pfizer-BTech vaccine.                                

In addition to procuring the vaccine among the first countries in the world, even before EU countries, Serbia is one of the rare countries that managed to build and open two covid hospitals in record time.  The hospitals with 930 beds in Batajnica and 500 beds in Krusevac are a major contribution to the expansion of capacities and strengthening the health care system in the fight against coronavirus and, as President Vucic said, represent a monument of the future, that will talk about the accomplishments the state made in a short time.                                       

Also, we recall that investments in health infrastrucure have been large in Serbia, and since 2016, 80 health centers and clinics have been renovated, and works are underway on six large health centers. This way more than EUR 200 million was invested in the reconstruction, construction and equipping of hospitals and more than 300 million in the renovation of clinics and specialized hospitals, and many have alredy been completed, such as the University Children's Hospital Tirsova, and KBC Zemun and KBC "Dragisa Misovic" hospital.                            

The absolute priority of the Serbian Government is the successful completion of health infrastructure projects that are underway, but great attention is also paid to health workers, whose salaries have, by 2020, been increased by 56,8% for specialist doctors, and 66,9% for nurses, while significant funding is invested in the education of health professionals, as well as in equipment and working conditions.                                       

Like other countries, Serbia has faced great challenges this year, most notably health challenges, and all factors in the state were focused on preventing the spread of the virus and safeguarding the lives and health of citizens. Serbia has faced these challenges better than many wealthier and more developed countries in Europe and the world.


24 December 2020

Selakovic with the Ambassadors of the Visegrad Group contries

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Nikola Selakovic today meet with the Ambassador and representatives of the Visegrad Group (V4) coutries which consists of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.                         

The Miniser sad that Serbia was a constructive partner to the member states of the Visegrad Group, that meetings like today's one were very important for encouraging further activities and added that the Visegrad Group was an example of successful European integration, regional cooperation and the fight for common goals.                                   

We are grateful for the strong support of the Visegrad Group member states to our EU accession path, Selakovic said emphasiying that full membership in the EU remains one of Serbia's key foreign policy priorities and that the new government's focus is on the rule of law and further implementation of comprehensive reforms.                                         

The Minister sad that the experience of the Visegrad Group in regional association is invaluable for Serbia as it can be applied in the region of the Western Balkans within the "mini-Schengen" initiative and be useful to all member states.                                    

We are grateful to the Visegrad Group for the initiative to establish the Western Balkans Fond which is actively working to promote cooperation between the civil sectors as well as to improve the quality of life of the region's population, the Minister said.                                

The Head of Serbian diplomacy stated with satisfaction that bilateral relations with the countries of the Visegrad Group were very good and that Serbia was interested in further intensifying the political dialogue at the highest level with all member states.                   

Minister Selakovic pointed out that the realiyation of bilateral visits at the highest level would make a firm basis for further strengthening of our relations and that it would create new perspectives of mutual cooperation, especially in the field of economy and investments. 


22 December 2020 

Minister Selakovic: Full EU membership remains a priority of the new Government

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Nikola Selakovic had talks today via video link with Head of EU Delegation in Serbia Sem Fabrizi and Ambassadors of the EU Member States.                                 

On this occasion, the Serbian Foreign Minister emphasized that full membership of the EU remained one of the key foreign policy priorities of the Serbian Government, and that the European integration process was a strategic goal also aimed at promoting the quality of the society.                                      

Minister Selakovic pointed out that Serbia was ready for an acceleration of the accession process' dynamic which is why it accepted the new methodology in the first place, and that it is now hoping that it will, in the period ahead, receive clearer guidelines on its implementation in the negotiating process.              

The Minister said that Serbia has taken a number of important steps forward in the reform process, wihich were not fully reflected in the European Commission's Annual Progress Report.                              

The Minister reminded that our country opened 18 out of 35 negotiating chapters with the EU since 2014, provisionally closing two, and that it is at this point ready to open five new chapters.                                        

Discussing the talks between Belgrade and Pristina, Minister Selakovic noted that the only right path towards a sustainable agreement was through dialogue and compromise.                                 

He explained that it was necessary that topics of the talks include the issues being ignored by Pristina for years, despite having committed to them under the Brussels Agreement, such as the establishment of the Community of Serb Municipalities.                                        

The Minister added that Serbia is deeply devoted to regional cooperation and that, as an important country of the region aiming to contribute to overall stability, our side has through its steps, among others, significantly contributed to decreasing the tensions with Montenegro.                                            

Miniser Selakovic also said that Serbia was very grateful to the EU  and its Member States for the financial assistance, paricularly amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Belgrade, 16 Decembar 2020

Brnabic and Borrell: Plitical and economic aspects of negotiations

The Serbian government stated that at a meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Council between Serbia and the EU held today, the overall progress achieved in Serbia's accession negotiations so far was commended, as well as the adoption of an improved enlargement methodology that should accelerate Serbia's EU accession process.                          

The participants in the meeting exchanged opinions on the current political and socio-economic situation in Serbia, and above all on the further dynamics of negotiations on EU accession, cooperation within the Common Foreign and Security Policy, as well as regional cooperation in the Western Balkans.                            

Accordingly, they welcomed the fact that the new government has placed European integration, preserving public health and economic growth, as well as normalising relations with Pristina at the top of its priority list.                              

At the meeting held via video link due to the pandemic, the Serbian delegation was led by Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and Minister for European Integration Jadranka Joksimovic.                                           

The EU delegation was headed by High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell and European Comlmissioner for Enlargement Negotiations Oliver Varhelyi.                                                

Borrell especially expressed gratitude for the participation of Prime Minister Brnabic, which is not the usual format, but which unequivocally shows how much importance the Serbian government attaches to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement and Serbia's European path.                                       

The internlocutors discussed current relations between Serbia and the European Union, primarily the process of Serbia's accession to  the EU, as wel as political and economic criteria, harmonisation of domestic legislation with the EU acquis, as well as the implementation of the EU pre-accession assistance.                                         

The EU representatives reiterated the EU's commitment to Serbia's European future and called for proactive and strategic  communication between Serbia and the EU.                              

During the meeting, they also talked about the way in which Serbia is facing the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, both in terms of resolving the health crisis and in overcoming the consequences for the economy in general and the implementation of reforms.                                            

The participants agreed that good neghbourly relations and regional cooperation are key elements of the enlargement rocess, and to that end welcomed the continued dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina ande Serbia's consistent commitment to the process.                             

The EU representatives welcomed Serbia's significant contribution to miltary missions and operations, as well as Serbia's participation in EU battle groups, stressing the importance of further deepening cooperation on foreign policy issuse.                                   

The participant in the meeting also supported the Common Regional Market, launched by Western Balkan leaders at a summit in Sofia on 10 November, and recalled that the Western Balkans Economic and Investment Plan, adopted by the European Commission on 6 October 2020, provides a comprehensive framework to support economic convegrence of Serbia and the EU region.

Belgrade, 17 December 2020

J. Joksimović and Routh on Serbia's negotiation and new methodology

Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimović has held a video meeting today with Michael Roth, the Minister of State for Europe at the German federal Foreign Office. They have discussed the current epidemiological situation in the two countries and the EU, as well as Serbia's European integration process.                                              

Joksimović and Roth have also talked about the issues related to the EU's internal situation, particulary regarding the new seven-year budget, the place and the future of the enlargement policy and the Western Balkans, notably about all aspects of Serbia's accession process, challenges and expectations from the new methodology, which should bring a faster negotiation process that would be better monitored and directed under stronger political steering.                                

Joksimović has particularly informed Roth about the fact that the Government of Serbia prepared a concrete implementation plan for the first negotiation cluster on teh rule of law, which comprises five rule-of-law chapters that have already been opened, adding that the realisation of the plan has already begun.                                     

''This serious implementation plan includes a repeated initiative sent to the National Assembly for the adoption of constitutional amendments, the adoption of the Action Plan for the implementation of the Media Strategy, as well as the Working Group on monitoring the implementation of the Action Plan and the Woring Group on journalist safety and protection'', said Joksimović, according to the press realise publisshed by the Ministry of European Integration.                                 

She bas also stressed that GRECO recommendations for the fight against corruption have been published in a transparent way, and that further actions will be taken in line with them.                              

She has further presented all other important segments of Serbia's reform policy in all six clusters, incuding Green Agenda, digitalisation, Economic and Investment Plan for the WB, and stable and sound macroeconomic indicatiors, stressing that, therefore, this year. Serbia has again undeniably demonstrated that it deeply and substantively participates in key EU policies and that it is a credible European country.                   

Joksimović has emphasised that Serbia understands that the EU and member states will need some more time to define the application of the new methodology to Serbia's negotiation process, and that it is therefore important to maintain a constant and open dialogue so as to direct the process in line with the new methodology.                        

She has expressed regret that conclusions on enlargement have not been adopted this year and that, consequently, the political Intergovernmental Conference with Serbia has not been held during the German presidency.                        

On the other hand, the Minister has expressed belief that the upcoming Stabilisation and Association Conuncil will offer an opportunity to discuss all political and economic aspects of Serbia's process at the highest level.            

Roth has thanked Minster Joksimović for the information and issues she shared,as well as for Serbia's proactive approach regarding reforms and active acceptance of the new methodology.                                      

He has underlined that Germany supports Serbia and the enlargemant policy, pariculary wlcoming all significant stes that the new Serbian Government has alredy taken, especially regarding cluster 1 -  rule of law, where he stressed that they are an important and positive signal for Serbia's European parth.                                        

He has agreed with Minister Joksimović about the need to urgently define the application of the new methodology to countries that are already in the accession process, wher clusters of European policies and Serbia's participation therein become an instrument for measuring progress in teh accession process.                                       

He has conveyed that Germany will advocate the holding of the political Intergovernmental Conference with Serbia in the firs half of 2021.                                  

The interlocutors have paticulary discussed the Economic and investment Plan for the Western Balkans, agreeing that it represents another proof that the European Union gives stratigic inportance to a stable and sustainable development of the region, particulary in difficult circumstances of curbing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.          

Joksimović has thanked Minister Roth for Germany's long-term and concrete assistance to Serbia's European integration, not only at the political level, but also through providing development assistance for financing reform projects, and sucessful strategic investments that have created a significant number of new jobs.     

The interlocutors have also agreed that it is extremely iportant that, through the COVAX Facility, Serbia has ensured that its access to vaccines procured by the EU will be almost simultaneous with the EU member stats' access.


Source: Tanjug


On the occasion of 10 December, the international Human Right Day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia reaffirms its commitment to the principles and values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted on this day in 1948.                                       

The principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights have been the foundation for the development of international law in this field, and of the international system for the promotion and protection of humant rights, as a unique achievement of modern civiliyation. It is incumbent upon us today to saferuard and strengthen the international system ensuring respect for human rights, to develop human rights standards, control the implementation of commitments, and also to continue cooperatiog with international and regional institutions on the protection of human rights.                                           

Serbia is fully committed to te universal values of human rights and implementing in practice the international legal instruments relating to human rights. Our continued cooperation with the Human Rights Council mechanisms in the framework of the United Nations, with the Council of Europe and the mechanisms of the OSCE human dimension, represents an important setgment of activities carried out by all state authorities, thus demonstrating our consistent commitment to the implementation of international human rights standards.                                   

The international Human Rights Day is an opportunity to point our once again that Serb and other non-Albanian population is being deprived of its righs in Kosovo and Metohija and to call again on the international community to ensure the resp[ect for the guaranteed international human right norms and contribute to creating conditions for the return of internally dispalaced persons and giving them back their usurped property.


At the following links you can find useful information on the republic of Serbia as a favourable destination for business, as vell as investing in research and development of new technologies:

1. SEBIA - Emerging tech developing hub

- https://innovations.serbiacreates.rs/ ,


2. Guide to measures to support the developmet of innovative economy - https://inovacije.srbijastvara.rs/ .


In order to safer overcome the social situation due to COVID-19 epidemic, and to facilitate access to cultural contents to the citizens of Serbia, as vell as to user from other countries, the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia offered a large scale of programs of National Cultural Institutions available in digital format (virtual tour, digital audio and video materials, photos, texts, 3D scanned object, etc.) in diferent languages. 

The official Site of the Ministry of Culture of Serbia:




SERBIAN FILMS (disponible on-line/feature-length films)                                     

1. Next to me (Pored mene, 2015), Stevan Filipovic, (drama, 110minutes):


Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpKAFB9QUZc                                                                            


2. Skinning (Šišanje, 2010), Stevan Filipovic, (drama, 98 minutes):                                      


Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsH61RftCEI                                       


3.Sheitans Warrior (Šejtanov ratnik, 2006), Stevan Filipovic, (fantastic comedy, 94 minutes):


Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgxT0TmisxE


The Decision on Visa Abolition for the Citizens of Armenia, holders of national passports, will be put into force on November 2, 2019. Starting from this date citizens of Armenia, holders of national passports, will be able to enter, transit through or reside in the Republic of Serbia for maximum of 90 days counting from the entrance date, in a period of 180 days.

Candidacy of the Republic of Serbia for the UNESCO Executive Board

The Republic of Serbia is a candidate for reelection in the UNESCO Executive Board for the period 2019-2023. The brochure about the candidacy can be opened using this link.

Public international two-phase open competition for the design of a conceptual solution for the Z. Djinjic memorial at the Students square in Belgrade

We would like to inform you that the Belgrade City Administration, Secretariat for Culture, has announced a "Public international two-phase open competition for the design of a conceptual solution for the Zoran Djindjic memorial at the Students square in Belgrade". The full text of notice can be found here.



Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the People's Republic of China on the mutual abolition of visa requirements for holders of ordinary passports

We inform that the Agrement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the People`s Republic of China on the mutual abolition of visa requirements for holders of ordinary passports, singed in Riga on 5 November 2016, shall enter into force on 15 January 2017.

Starting from that date, the citizens of both countries, holders of ordinary passports are eliglibe for entry, transit and stay on the territory of the other Party withouth a visa, up to 30 days from the date of entry.



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Political consultations between Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and Poland on EU integration and bilateral cooperation

Political consultations between Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Poland concerning European integration and bilateral cooperation were held in Warsaw, on 20 April 2016.

The Serbian delegation was headed by Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for the EU Ambassador Marina Jovicevic, and the Polish delegation was headed by the State Undersecretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Katarzyna Kacperczyk. During the talks, the Polish side confirmed its support of Serbia s EU integration, expressing readiness to extend its assistance along that path.

It was noted that the bilateral realtions between Serbia and Poland were good, without any outstanding issues, while efforts were made to further intensify this cooperation, as well as mutual contacts. Bilateral cooperation in other areas was also discussed, focusing on economic cooperation which has been marking an upward trend over the last three years.

In addition to the meeting in the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Assistant Minister Marina Jovicevic and her delegation also had a meeeting with Ms. Izabela Kloc, Chair of the EU Affairs Committee, Sejm of the Republic of Poland, where issues related to European integration and bilateral parliamentary cooperation were dealt with.

The Truth - Four pearls of world heritage: the Monastery of Decani, Patriarchae of Pec, Gracanica and Bogorodica Ljeviska Church are still inscribed on the UNESCO List of the world heritage in danger. The ones requesting UNESCO membership today are the ones who exposed it to danger. Not even today can we hear the words of condemnation of such crimes, or detect readiness to find and punisch the perpetrators.

Four pearls of world heritage: the Monastery of Dečani, Patriarchate of Peć, Gračanica and Bogorodica Ljeviška Church are still inscribed on the UNESCO List of the world heritage in danger. The ones requesting UNESCO membership today are the ones who exposed it to danger. Not even today can we hear the words of condemnation of such crimes, or detect readiness to find and punish the perpetrators. - watch here

Why "Kosovo" is ineligible for membership in UNESCO?

- Because the request for its membership is a serious breach of the international law, the Constitution of UNESCO,  The legally binding UN Security Council resolution 1244 (1999) and the Charter of th UN whose Aticle 25 says that ''The Members of the UN agree to accept and carry out the decisions of the Security Council in accordance with the present Charter''.

- Because according to the UN Security Concil resolution 1244, which reaffirms the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (now Serbia), Kosovo and Metohija is an integral part of the Republic of Serbia, under the administration of the UN. Since Kosovo cannot be considered a State, it does not fulfill the basic requirement for membership set out by the UNESCO Constitution.

- Because unilateral attempts such as this one seriously harm and disrupt the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, under the auspices of the European Union in which mutually acceptable solutions for many complex issues have been devised so far. The issue of the Serbian cultural heritage and the property of the Serbia Orthodox Church has not yet been discussed within the dialogue where it belongs.

- Because this is an unacceptable politicization of UNESCO which should not overtake the competences of the UN. Security Council as the highest authority for the preservation of the international peace and security. UNESCO should not serve as an instrument for the affirmation of an illegal and unilaterally declared independence of a part of the territory of one UN member state. The primary goal of UNESCO is to promote universal values of humanity through education, science and culture not to make political decisions with regard to the statehood.

- Because this would be a dangerous precedent, harmful for many states. This would open the door for other entities to follow the same path thus threatening territorial integrity and sovereignty of other member states.

- Because this issue is polarizing the membership of UNESCO.

- Because, besides not being a state, Pristina does not have moral credibility for membership. Anyone aspiring to UNESCO membership must prove not only in words but as well in deeds its commitment to the goals of the UNESCO Constitution, which certainly is incompatible with deliberate, systematic, vandal demolition of Serbian cultural and historic monuments with the aim to remove the traces of centuries-long existence of Serbs in this area as well as the impunity of the perpetrators of such barbaric acts unworthy of the 21st century. These acts are comparable only to the acts of destruction of cultural heritage by terrorist groups in the Middle East and elsewhere that the world is witnessing and UNESCO is strongly condemning.

- Because four Serban ortodox monasteries are inscribed on th UNESCO List of World Heritage in danger although the armed conflict in Kosovo is over for many years now. In danger from whom?

- Because the inclusion of this item in the provisional agenda of the 197th session of the UNESCO Executive board raises serious concerns about the compliance with procedure and the respect of the established UNESCO rules. Just to mention that even publishing of the document on the unacceptability of Kosovo's application for UNESCO membership from the standpoint of the international law, prepared by Serbian Delegation to UNESCO, as an official document, as we requested, was refused. And the only intention was the voice of Serbia also to be heard.

- Because we all would have to live with the negative consequences of such an irresponsible decision from the lesioning of the interational law up to the fate of the Serbian cultural heritage in the province of Kosovo and Metohija which not only belongs to the Serbian people but also represents a part of the historical and civilizational heritage of modern Europe and the world.


Notice about relaxation of the visa regime for citizens of Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain

The Government of the Republic of Serbia has adopted the Decision on visa free entry to the Republic of Serbia for the citizens of Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain.

Citizens of these cuntries, holders of all types of travel documents other than emergency travel documents and travel documnts issued in accordance with international conventions, starting from 30th, June 2015, can enter,transit and stay without visa in the Republic of Serbia, up to 90 days within 6 months period from the date of first entry.


Foreign nationals, holders of all types of travel documents other than emergency travel documents and travel documents issued in accordance with international conventions, starting from 08 November 2014. can enter, transit and stay without visa in the Republic of Serbia, if they have valid Schengen visa, the UK visa and visa from other EU countries, visa of the United States or have residence permit in the Schengen zone, country members of the European Union or the United States, up to 90 days within 6 months period, or until the expiration of the visa, or residence permit in the above mentioned states.

Transfer of funds to the account of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Serbia

Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Poland is pleased to announce that on June 9th, 2014 performed the first transfer of funds in the amount of 40.300,00 Euros for eliminating the consequences of floods, which were collected through a special account of the Embassy.

Also, June 3rd, 2014 a truck full of humanitarian assistance was collected and organized by our Embassy has been delivered in Serbia.

With sincere gratitude to all who have participated in this humanitarian action, The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Poland calls on all people of good will to continue joint engagement to continue the action because Serbia has suffered damage of extremely large scale and help in eliminating the consequences of floods is still necessary.

Current flood equipment and devices requirements

The Sector for Emergency Management of the Republic of Serbia informed that rescue teams as well as teams with large-capacity pumps are no longer necessary. However, the following equipment and devices are still needed:

- All-terrain vehicles

- Dryers

- Aggregates

- Mud submersible pumps

- Large-capacity pumps (over 100 l/h)

- Back-mounted engine-driven disinfectant sprinklers

- Protective clothing for disinfection personnel

- Water-resistant footwear (fisherman boots)

- 40 pumps of 50-116.6 m3/min (3000-7000 m3/h) flow-rate, lift height (effort) H=80m

Donations by sending sms messages

Donations by sending sms messages to 1003 can only be done using telephone numbers of the mobile operators in Serbia.

A Book of Condolence

Due to the catastrophic floods in Serbia which caused loss of human lives, three days of National Mourning have been declared in the Republic of Serbia. A Book of Condolence will be opened at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Warsaw, on the following days:

- May 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Thursday)

- May 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Friday)

Payment Instructions for Humanitarian Aid for the Flood Victims in the Republic of Serbia

Serbian Embassy in Warsaw

Al.Róż 5

00-556 Warsaw


Bank accounts of the Embassy:

- In (PLN) - 86 1910 1048 2255 2721 2198 0002;

aim: Help Serbia - Floods

- In (EUR) - 16 1910 1048 2255 2721 2198 0001;

aim: Help Serbia - Floods (SWIFT: DEUTPLPX).


Deutsche Bank Polska S.A.

Krasińskiego 10

01-615 Warsaw

Customs procedures for imports of Humanitarian Aid in the Republic of Serbia

Customs Administration of the Republic of Serbia ordered all customs offices in the Republic of Serbia to process shipments of humanitarian aid entering the customs territory of the Republic of Serbia and their reporting for referral to the destination, considered a priority, in accordance to all required customs procedures and processes.

If the driver who brings the goods into the customs territory is without the customs representative, the customs officer present will inform him of the possibility of an oral declaration, in which case the obligation of the customs officer is that he forms and processes the transit declaration in ISCS for that shipment, delivers the appropriate documents to the driver and sends him to the final destinations customs authority.

Also, in order to ensure proper control, and if the driver does not provide appropriate instrument securing the customs debt that may arise in the process of transit of goods the involved officer will be sure to make copies of the transit declaration and supporting documentation which remains in the border customs office, attaching a copy of the travel document or other appropriate documents of the driver.

Regarding the approval process of the required customs procedure with the shipment in the destination customs offices, will also be given priority. Regulations on customs approved treatment of goods provided that the declaring oral declarations for release for free circulation may, among other things, file for non-commercial goods of minor economic importance, if approved by the customs authority. Regulation prescribes that, the temporary importation procedure may be declared orally along with other goods, if the customs authority approves it.

Customs Administration, with respect to the specific notice of the arrival of certain humanitarian shipments, organized the necessary manpower.

Payment of humanitarian assistance through PayPal

We are notifying that on 18.05.2014. we have activated a PayPal account through which it is possible to pay for humanitarian aid for flood victims in the Republic of Serbia from 193 countries and regions.


Donations through PayPal can be paid to: floodrelief@gov.rs


Urgent necessities required by the Red Cross of the Republic of Serbia

The Red Cross of the Republic of Serbia informs that at this time is in the need of the following:


- mattresses

- bedding

- bunk-beds

- diapers for babies and adults

- socks

- underwear

- children's clothing

- torches (flashlights)

- Batteries for flashlights

- Hygiene products (soap, toilet paper, paper towels, sanitary napkins, toothbrushes, toothpaste....)

- Asepsol tags 5P

- Rubber boots


For those who wish to help, the collection center for the collected assistence is in the premises of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Warsaw (Aleja Roz 5, 00-556 Warsaw).

Help in talking care of population and recovery of consequences of floods in the Republic of Serbia

On the occasion of unprecedented natural disasters that struck the Republic of Serbia, in order to floods and taking care of vulnerable population, the Government of the Republic of Serbia opened the following bank accounts they can pay cash resources for help:

Dinar bank account - Removal of extraordinary circumstances of floods, 840-3546721-89;


Foreign currency bank account - 01-504619-100193230-000000-0000 - Ministry of Finance-Treasury, Belgrade-account for the payment of funds for elimination of consequences of floods, IBAN code: RS35908504619019323080, with instructions for payment in EUR and USD:





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Transfer of funds to the account of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Serbia
Current flood equipment and devices requirements
Donations by sending sms messages
A Book of Condolence
Payment Instructions for Humanitarian Aid for the Flood Victims in the Republic of Serbia
Customs procedures for imports of Humanitarian Aid in the Republic of Serbia
Payment of humanitarian assistance through PayPal
Urgent necessities required by the Red Cross of the Republic of Serbia
Help in talking care of population and recovery of consequences of floods in the Republic of Serbia
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