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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.

Belgrade,                            

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.

Belgrade,

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. 

Belgrade,

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


STATEMENT BY THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

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.


SERBIA AS A FAVOURABLE DESTINATION FOR INVESTMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES


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/ .


DIGITAL CONTENTS - SERBIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS 2020

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:

http://www.kultura.gov.rs/cyr                            

http://www.kultura.gov.rs/en  

 

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

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

http://www.fcs.rs/en/films/film-database/?page=film&id=1314       

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

 

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

http://www.fcs.rs/en/films/film-database/?page=film&id=169                                    

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

 

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

http://www.fcs.rs/en/films/film-database/?page=film&id=152                                 

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


VISA ABOLITION FOR CITIZEN OF ARMENIA

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.

 

The full text of PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL TWO-PHASE OPEN COMPETITION FOR THE DESING OF A CONCEPUAL SOLUTION FOR THE ZORAN ĐINĐIĆ MEMORIOAL AT THE STUDENTS SQUARE IN BELGRADE 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.


INVITATION TO TENDER FOR THE PROVISION OF REAL ESTATE SALES SERVICES - THE SALE OF DIPLOMATIC REAL ESTATE

INVITATION TO TENDER FOR THE PROVISION OF REAL ESTATE SALES SERVICES - THE SALE OF DIPLOMATIC REAL ESTATE IN NEW YORK (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA), TOKIYO (JAPAN), BONN (GERMANY), AND BERNE (SWITZERLAND)

Invitation to tender pdf.

Invitation to tender doc.

Tender bond garantee pdf.

Tender bond garantee doc.

Tender performance bong pdf.

Tender performance bond doc.

Tender information sheet pdf.

Tender information sheet doc.


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.


NOTICE ABOUT RELAXATION OF THE VISA REGIME FOR THIRD COUNTRY NATIONALS WHO REQUIRE A VISA TO ENTER THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA

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:

PAYMENT INSTRUCTION - E U R

SWIFT MESSAGE FIN 103

 

FIELD 32A:                 VALUE DATE-CURRENCY-AMOUNT

FIELD 50K:                ORDERING CUSTOMER 

FIELD 56A:                 DEUTDEFF

/INTERMEDIARY/

FIELD 57A:                 /DE20500700100935930800

/ACC.WITH BANK/    NBSRRSBG

FIELD 59:                   /RS35908504619019323080

(BENEFICIARY)        MINISTARSTVO FINANSIJA, UPRAVA ZA TREZOR

FIELD 70:                   DETAILS OF PAYMENT

 

PAYMENT INSTRUCTION - U S D 

SWIFT MESSAGE FIN 103

 

FIELD 32A:                VALUE DATE-CURRENCY-AMOUNT

FIELD 50K:                ORDERING CUSTOMER

FIELD 56A:                 BKTRUS33

/INTERMEDIARY/

FIELD 57A:                  /04415465

/ACC.WITH BANK/     NBSRRSBG

FILED 59:                    /RS35908504619019323080

(BENEFICIARY)         MINISTARSTVO FINANSIJA, UPRAVA ZA TREZOR

FIELD 70:                    DETAILS OF PAYMENT

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