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July 22nd, 2021 - President Vučić: We have decided – our goal is the EU, but China is an important partner

We have decided – our goal was and remains the EU, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said in an interview with the German daily "Handelsblatt", adding that there is no alternative for Serbia, but also stressing that China is an important partner for Serbia, and that the task of the state is to take care about the interests of its citizens.

He thus answered the question of what Serbia will choose once it has to choose between close relations with Beijing or the EU. Vučić emphasized that Serbia wants to become a full member of the EU.

"We are connected by history, common culture, EU members are already undoubtedly our most important partners", he explained and added that the trade exchange between Germany and China is 3,000 times higher than between Serbia and China, and, as he noted, even despite that, Serbia's business operations with China are portrayed as a problem.

To the statement that the German Chancellor Angela Merkel did not congratulate the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China, and that he did so, he replied that Serbia is not Germany, but a small country. On additional insistence on what Serbia will do if it has to choose between the EU and China, he underlined that Serbia has already decided, that its goal was and remains the EU membership.

"Our biggest investors are from the EU. The EU accounts for 67% of our trade while 17 percent of the trade is with countries of the region that are all on the way to the EU. We cannot survive without the EU", he added.

"But can we do a lot of good things with China – of course. And we do that, just like Germany does", Vučić pointed out, and to the remark that the quality of the Silk Road projects was being criticized, primarily because of Chinese workers, he answered that the quality of roads or bridges, which Serbia is building with China, is excellent.

"We give jobs to those who submit the best offer to us. That is why I tell Europeans who criticize Chinese projects in our country – offer us a project for one euro more and you will get it", he emphasized.

In that regard, he pointed out that Serbia is building a railway to Northern Macedonia with 600 million euros of EU aid, stating that that offer was better than China's.

"There is often talk of a 180-kilometer railway to Budapest through the territory of Serbia, which is financed by China. But the railway that is being built with the help of the EU from Belgrade to the northern Macedonian border is twice as long and no one is talking about it. It is all too political", he stated.

Asked whether he welcomes the plans of the EU and the USA regarding an alternative initiative to the Silk Road, Vučić said that he supports everything that brings advantages to our region.

"The Chinese want to expand their presence everywhere, but many processes in the West are, frankly, more efficient and without problems. We still have a lot to learn from the West, but we are getting there", Vučić said.

He pointed out that China was an important partner for Serbia and added that when the consolidation of state finances began in 2014, our country received good conditions from China for development projects.

He also stated that a competition for a copper mine was announced in eastern Serbia, at the request of the EU, that no European company had made an offer for six months, and that it had then been taken over by the Chinese.

"Our job is to take care of our people", he said.

He reminded that the Serbian economy grew by 52% in eight and a half years, which for the EU means that Serbia could be a strong member and engine for the entire region.

Explaining how Serbia is developing so well economically, he pointed out that Serbia has an excellent workforce, which speaks English, that society and administration are digitalized, and that it has the most flexible labor law in Europe, as well as consolidated public finances.

He reminded that previously the public debt was at 78% of GDP, and that today it has been reduced, thanks to the strong growth of the economy, to 52%.

"We can afford to give investors an incentive to come", he added, emphasizing that Serbia offers investment assistance, but that, for example, subsidies were not the motive for the arrival of the development center of the company Continental.

He pointed out that, five or six years ago, only Serbia started using the dual education system in this region, which Germany, Switzerland and Austria also use, that tens of thousands of people are in dual education, and that this is appreciated by foreign investors, who, in addition, can work closely with universities as well.

Germany, he stated, is the most important trade partner and the largest investor.

We started with the arrival of small textile companies from Turkey, and now primarily large German companies are coming. Today, 71,000 people work in German companies in Serbia", he explained.

Vučić said that the European perspective is very important for investors, stating that Nidek, Toyo Tires or Mitsubishi are coming from Japan to Serbia because our country is on a stable European path.

Asked if he believes that Serbia will become an EU member in the foreseeable future, he said that he does not complain.

"It is certain that if we had received 45 billion euros of EU aid, we would have been much further economically. Instead, we received 1.6 billion euros from the EU. We are used to achieving our successes on our own", said Vučić.

The President of Serbia reminded that in Croatia, salaries used to be 2.2 times higher than in Serbia, and today they are only 1.7 times higher.

"We are closing the gap with our own efforts. If we were to become a member of the EU, then we would certainly not ask for the biggest subsidies", he assures.

He said that the Serbian path follows the German path to Europe, and that Serbia wants a fair chance.

"I believe Merkel's words. She is at the end of her term and I would not have to praise her anymore. But she gave us stability, freedom of travel to the EU, helped us with the migrant crisis in 2015, and asked the Minister of Economy Altmeier and others to work closely with us", he reminded.

Asked if there were any indications that the new German government would support Serbia in the same way, Vučić expressed confidence that it would be the same.

"I know Armin Laschet, I talked to him while he was the Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia. He is very smart and understands the situation in the Balkans, and he will certainly continue Merkel's policy towards our region as the new chancellor", he added.

Vučić also expressed his belief that Russia, if Serbia's accession to the EU were concretized, would not react similarly as in the case of Ukraine, as this is a sovereign decision of Serbia.

To an additional question in this regard, Vučić pointed out that whenever he met with Vladimir Putin, and there were 18 or 19 meetings, he told him that he was grateful for the traditionally close friendship with Russia, but also that Serbia is on a clear course towards the EU.

"He asked if it was our choice and I answered that EU membership is indeed our goal", he added.

When it comes to "Kosovo", Vučić emphasized that a compromise is needed regarding this issue.

"Only in this way can there be sustainable peace. Serbia wants peace, me as well. Let's stop with the madness of the past. Only then can the whole region become the engine of new growth for Europe", said Vučić.


Source: Tanjug



 


July 20th, 2021 - Serbia has achieved great success in the field of digitalization

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, stated at a gathering dedicated to digitalization and the IT sector, which was held in New York, that since she became Prime Minister, she is most proud of Serbia's success in the field of digitalization.

Brnabić, who is on a two-day visit to the United States, said that when she was elected Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government in August 2016, she wanted to do everything to change the public administration and what bothered her as a citizen.

She stated that, when she took office as Prime Minister, she knew what her priorities were and that first of all, digitalization needed to be raised to a higher level, that the education reform was supposed to begin, as well as work on strengthening the economy.

I believed in a country that believes in its people, because the Serbian people are creative. From 1 June 2017, we started working as an e-Government, i.e. we started exchanging data electronically, said the Prime Minister.

According to her, our citizens no longer had to go to, say, the Tax Administration, and since then, the public administration has exchanged 50 million documents, which means that citizens did not have to go from office to office for 50 million papers.

Brnabić pointed out that she is proud of what has been done in the field of education since she became the head of the Government, specifying that in September 2017, programming was introduced as a compulsory subject in primary schools.

Nobody believed that we could do that, but we cooperated with the private sector and some social organizations and we succeeded. At the moment, we are far ahead of numerous countries in Europe and the world, said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister pointed out that she was most proud when the cornerstone was laid for the science and technology park in southern Serbia, noting that so far, our country has four science and technology parks.

She pointed out that Serbia has since become one of the most successful countries in the world in the field of technology, and that according to some parameters, it is among the ten countries in the world, or among the five, assessing that this is proof that the country can change quickly.

Answering the question about vaccination, the Prime Minister emphasized that our country has never seen it as a geopolitical issue, but as a health issue.

According to her, Serbia talked with producers from both the East and the West and was among the first European countries to sign agreements with the company Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinopharm.

Unfortunately, many countries have viewed this issue as geopolitical. It did not matter to us, as long as the vaccines were safe, the Prime Minister emphasized and added that this was not the end of Serbia's success, because good organization was also needed.

Brnabić explained that the organization is another important thing in vaccination, because it is a logistically very difficult process, adding that, with the help of digitalization, success has been achieved and that everything we did in the previous years has paid off.

She stated that Serbia quickly established a system through which citizens could express interest in vaccination against the coronavirus and choose which vaccine they wanted to receive, as well as to be informed by a message when to go and get vaccinated.

Now I can log in on my phone, to see how many people have received the vaccine, how many more have registered, so that the effects of digitalization are obvious. We have made everything very efficient and easy for our citizens, the Prime Minister explained.

Answering the question of what she can tell other countries of the world about how to progress faster, Brnabić said that it is important to invest as much as possible in digitalization and education.

You need to teach children how to think, not what to think. Not all children will become IT experts, but what they can learn is an algorithmic way of thinking and how to make decisions, she said.

The Prime Minister mentioned investing in high-speed internet and providing infrastructure for start-ups as an important thing for progress, because more and more economies will be based on start-ups and innovations, emphasizing that people should be helped to start companies and implement their ideas.

Speaking about social networks, she pointed out that fake news has become the biggest problem on these networks and that it will remain so for some time.

This is the biggest challenge I face as Prime Minister, especially during the corona virus pandemic, she said, adding that social networks are also a great opportunity for politicians to communicate with citizens.

Source: www.srbija.gov.rs
Photo: www.srbija.gov.rs


 


July 16th, 2021 - Selaković: Serbia is thinking about Luxembourg

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Nikola Selaković, sent a telegram to the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, and sent words of support to the citizens of Luxembourg, due to weather disasters and major floods that hit the country and caused significant material damage.

"The Republic of Serbia and its citizens are ready to provide support in the spirit of friendly relations, within the limits of available possibilities. In this difficult moment, we extend our deepest condolences to you and the citizens of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, with the desire to overcome as soon as possible all the consequences of this natural disaster", the minister's telegram reads.



 


July 16th, 2021 - Telegram of condolences to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Selaković, sent a telegram of condolences to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium, Sophie Wilmès, regarding the weather troubles and floods that hit the country and during which there were casualties and significant material damage.

"On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia and on my own behalf, I extend my deepest condolences to you, citizens of the Kingdom of Belgium and the families who lost their loved ones in this natural disaster", the telegram reads.

In the telegram, the Minister pointed out that Serbia sympathizes with Belgium in these difficult moments and that we are ready to provide support within the framework of available possibilities, in the spirit of friendly relations.


 


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June 29th, 2021 - President Vučić participates in the Mini Schengen conference

President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić participated today via a video link in the conference "Mini Schengen" with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, Edi Rama, and the Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev. The officials discussed further steps in regional cooperation, as a process vital to the progress of the Western Balkans and the European path as a whole.

The interlocutors agreed that the countries of the Western Balkans need membership in the European Union, but also that the European Union needs the Western Balkans just as much since the region is surrounded by EU borders and the countries aspiring to membership share common European values.

The President of Serbia and the Prime Ministers of Albania and North Macedonia have expressed the wish that the four European freedoms - the movement of people, goods, services and capital, begin to be implemented as soon as possible throughout the region, and that in this context they will provide full support to the regional common market at the Berlin Process Summit to be held on the 5th July.

"We are aware that only by working together and accepting regional cooperation within various regional initiatives such as the common market, regional Schengen, green corridors or the Berlin Process, can we bring our economies closer, increase the well-being of our people and bring in large investments that would otherwise not be possible for any of us individually", is one of the joint conclusions of this video conference.

The interlocutors agreed to meet in Skopje on July 29th to review the progress in the implementation of existing initiatives and projects and to sign additional agreements between the three countries related to the implementation of the Berlin Process commitments, as well as cooperation and assistance in the event of natural disasters and relief measures for trade, export and import.

"We call on and encourage our colleagues from the region to sign and implement similar agreements, so that the vision of a common political and economic space across the Western Balkans would soon, through the single market, become an important part of our citizens' daily lives," said the Serbian President and Prime Ministers of Albania and North Macedonia.

The interlocutors pointed out that despite the delays in the enlargement process, they will continue to try to identify new ways, policy areas and financial instruments for all three countries to increase their contribution to Europe, strengthen ties with the European Union and gradually integrate the region into the single European market.

Speaking on the Green Agenda, the interlocutors issued a joint call to the European Union and the United States to join countries across the region to support the development of projects that could be invested as soon as possible to improve environmental protection and increase the widespread use of renewables as part of the EU Economic and Investment Plan implementation and the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans.

"Our countries have a huge potential for sustainable growth and development of this sector. We will ask for practical support to find out which projects can improve our region in terms of renewable energy sources for our citizens and for the green energy future of the EU ", said the interlocutors during the "Mini Schengen" video conference and concluded that only regional connecting, with the EU support, can contribute to the overall stability and progress of the entire region and Europe.

Source: www.predsednik.rs
Photo: www.predsednik.rs


 


June 25th, 2021 - Minister Selaković with future defense attachés of the Republic of Serbia

The head of Serbian diplomacy, Nikola Selaković, talked today with future defense attachés at the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who are preparing to go abroad.

Minister Selaković wished the future defense attachés of the Republic of Serbia success in their work, emphasizing that they will have the full support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and our diplomatic and consular network in the performance of their work.

Selaković briefed a group of future defense attachés, who will serve in Montenegro, the United Kingdom, Germany, Croatia, Belgium, Italy and Romania, on Serbia's foreign policy priorities.

Minister Selaković paid special attention to explaining the directions of our regional policy, emphasizing that preserving regional stability and promoting economic cooperation are priority goals.



 


June 6th, 2021 - Address by the President of the Republic of Serbia at the session of the United Nations Security Council

Dear Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, members of the delegations

I would point to a few ongoing issues in my speech that refer to the competences of the Mechanism, namely, the possibility of serving the sentences passed by the ICTY and Mechanism in the Republic of Serbia, with the current practice of disabling early release of the sentenced persons as well as obligation of the Mechanism regarding protection of sentenced persons.

The second part of the speech will be dedicated to issues that are opened by the six –month Report on the work of the Mechanism by Mechanism President Mr. Agius and Report by the Chief Prosecutor Mr. Serge Brammertz, especially regarding current cooperation of the Republic of Serbia and the Mechanism.

The third part of my speech, and I noticed that in many of your statements even today, is going to be the view of Serbia on everything that took place in The Hague Tribunal and what the Tribunal verdicts brought to people in the region of former Yugoslavia.

The Republic of Serbia has initiated before the Security Council, on several occasions, the issue of possibility of serving sentences passed by the ICTY and Mechanism in the Republic of Serbia. Beside the efforts to move this issue from “square one”, not a single response was obtained from the Security Council. The majority of persons that are serving their prison sentences are citizens of the Republic of Serbia, and it comes naturally that the Republic of Serbia is interested in enabling them to serve their prison sentences in the Republic of Serbia.

ICTY and the Mechanism are making references to the Security Council as an institution in charge of dealing with this issue.

I am ready to reiterate here the readiness of the Republic of Serbia to take over obligations and liability for executing prison sentences that the Tribunal or Mechanism passed on the citizens of the Republic of Serbia, under the monitoring of the Mechanism and full respect for the authority of the Mechanism regarding early release.

Mr. President

A particular problem that we are facing with is disturbance by the judicial institutions established in the territory of Kosovo and Metohija, which is within Serbia and which is under Interim Administration of the UN. We are witnesses of attempts of retrial for two citizens that are serving their prison sentences for which they had already been trialed before the ICTY. More concretely, in previous period there was an attempt for hearing of Nebojša Pavković and for obtaining extradition of Vlastimir Đorđević.

I urge on the Mechanism and Security Council to prevent attempts of violation of the principle ne bis in idem, a civilization principle that was confirmed in Article 7 (1) of the Statute of the Mechanism and to disable retrials for persons already convicted by the ICTY, particularly to make sure that it is not done in the territory which is under interim UN administration.

Mr. President,

President of the Mechanism (Mr. Carmel Agius), apart from the regular Report, delivered also on 11 May 2021 a letter to the President of the Security Council, whose subject is the alleged omission of the Republic of Serbia to apprehend and turn over to the Mechanism Petar Jojić and Vjerica Radeta, indicted of contempt of court, claiming that in this way the Republic of Serbia was acting contrary to its obligations towards the UNSC Resolution 1966 (2010) and asking the Security Council to take measures in order to ensure that Serbia meets the alleged obligations in accordance with the Mechanism Statue and Resolution 1966.

The point of the argumentation of the President of the Mechanism comes to that that the Republic of Serbia has the obligation to deprive of liberty and extradite to the Mechanism its citizens accused of contempt of court, regardless of the nature of accusation, circumstances under which such an order was made and consequences that might result from its implementation.

It is about accusations that do not refer to sever violations of international humanitarian law and that are related to a case before the ICTY, which ended in 2018 (Vojislav Šešelj case), by acquitting the defendant in the first instance, and upon the Prosecutor’s complaint the defendant was declared guilty and sentenced to a 10-year imprisonment, which was covered by the time he spent at the UN Detention Unit.

Judge Agius states that Serbia ignores its obligations in accordance with the Resolution 1966 (2010). Quite the opposite- the Republic of Serbia takes seriously its obligations regarding cooperation with the Mechanism. After the warrant for apprehension and extradition of the two persons accused of contempt of court to the Mechanism had been introduced, the Higher Court in Belgrade established that assumptions for their apprehension and extradition to the Mechanism had not been met. The decision is founded on the rules of international law and domestic law of the Republic of Serbia and it is mandatory for holders of the executive power in the Republic of Serbia.

I would remind here that the first decision of a sole judge (Aydin Sefa Akay, 12 June 2018), that was acting in this case was that the criminal prosecution of V. Radeta and P. Jojić for alleged contempt of court was to be forwarded to the judicial authorities of the Republic of Serbia. In procedures that followed, the argument of the alleged unwillingness of the witnesses to cooperate with the judicial authorities of the Republic of Serbia was stated for the first time, and the decision on deprivation of transferring the case to the jurisdiction of the judicial authorities of the Republic of Serbia was based on the respective argument.

The Republic of Serbia expressed its readiness to take over the court procedure against Petar Jojić and Vjerica Radeta on several occasions and it provided appropriate guarantees. Additionally, the Republic of Serbia fully recognizes and accepts the obligation of the Mechanism to monitor trials that were transferred to national courts with the help of international and regional organizations, as well as to take measures envisaged by Article 6 of the Statute of the Mechanism.

I would remind here that the Republic of Serbia extradited to the tribunal all the persons indicted by the Prosecutor’s Office, and among the respective mostly highest political, military and police officials; it enabled presence of vast number of witnesses, delivered extensive documentation. Obligation of the Mechanism, in accordance with the Resolution of this Security Council, is to take measures that enable transfer of cases to national justice system. In previous practice, 13 cases were transferred to Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2 to Croatia and only one to Serbia.

The last but not the least, I want to remind all of you here of the fact that France- of course as a sovereign and independent country- upon request for apprehension and extradition of Florence Altman for publishing documents and contempt of court, refused the request for extradition, with an explanation that it does not extradite its citizens. For far smaller offence you ask as to extradite our citizens Jojic and Radeta, showing both the distrust to Serbian justice and judiciary and Serbian State, as well as a fact that the rule from ancient Rome is still valid – quod licet lovi non licet bovi.

It does not harm to underline that high-level officers and politicians were not trialed for crimes against Serbs, and that crimes against Serbs remained unsanctioned before ICTY and Mechanism. Let me remind you, just as an example that Ademi and Norac case for ferocious crimes against Serb civilians in Medački Džep was left to Croatian justice institutions. Proven crimes against Serbs, like those of Ramuš Haradinaj, Naser Orić, then Ante Gotovina and other indicted for military operation “Storm” that led to a complete ethnic cleansing of Serb population in the big part of today’s Croatia, resulted before the ICTY in acquittals. Many horrible crimes against Serb civilians that were committed in the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and the Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija, and that resulted in ethnic cleansing, simply were not the subject of interest of the ICTY.

What’s very important and not to leave anything unclear, Serbia is a country that condemns all crimes and all criminals who perpetrated them in the region of former Yugoslavia. However, it is interesting that despite often criticism Serbia is the only one that speaks openly and condemns crimes perpetrated by Serb nationals, while in other regional countries they do not speak at all about crimes that representatives of those nations committed against members of Serbian people.

And I want to emphasize once again here in front of you that Serbia condemns terrible crime in Srebrenica and extends its deepest condolences to the families of all killed in that massacre. And there are no “buts” about the respective.

Nevertheless, we are here to analyze results and penal policy of ICTY and the Mechanism and it was such that it has never gained trust among Serbian people, no matter where they live. And not because we Serbs do not acknowledge crime committed by some of our compatriots, but because The Hague Tribunal, with exceptions, was judging only to Serbs and in all three territories of former Yugoslavia- Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo and Metohija, which some of the SC Member States see and name of course, contrary to law and legal norms and UN Resolutions, as an independent state. I would try to plastically prove to you how The Hague justice was tailored even though I know that it will not come to understanding of many of you, but to me it is important because of the history, facts, and school books that will be made in accordance with the facts.

Namely, Serbs were sentenced to totally 1138 years of imprisonment, and to 8 life imprisonments. At the same time, The Hague Tribunal did not sentence a single Croat for crimes against Serbs, neither in actions Medački Džep, nor Flash and Storm. How politically cunning it was done in the Tribunal, and all wrapped in the form of law and justice. Prosecutors of The Hague Tribunal chose on purpose three military and political leaders of Croats, Bosniac Muslims and Albanians, on all three mentioned territories, committed against Serbs. – Ante Gotovina, Naser Orić and Ramuš Haradinaj. It is interesting that following the same pattern, the same pattern, this injustice was shared. Namely, all of them were sentenced in the first instance procedure, with the exception of Ramuš Haradinaj, because not a single witness survived. Gotovina was sentenced to 24 years’ imprisonment in first-instance procedure, while by a mysterious decision of the second instance council and 3:2 judge ratio, the verdict was changed to acquittal. Naser Orić, for crimes against Serbs, was also sentenced in first instance verdict, but by a mysterious decision of the second instance court, and again 3:2 ratio decision was an acquittal and he was set free of any liability. Let me reiterate, all witnesses in process against Ramus Haradinaj, either committed suicide or were killed under very, very strange circumstances.

Let me conclude, I do not want to believe that someone wants to say that there had been no crimes against Serbs, but judging by the verdicts of The Hague Tribunal, no one- absolutely no one- is responsible for those crimes.

Nevertheless, we in Serbia will show responsibility and we will fight for peace, stability and reconciliation in the region.

We ask UN Security Council Member States to help us with rational and pragmatic approach and respect for international law and not by attempts of further humiliation of Serbia. Serbia is a small country, with proud and courageous people, the one that gave the biggest sacrifice during the WWI and WWII; people who wants to leave in peace with their neighbors. And when I am asking you for this, I do not think I am asking for too much.

At the very end, Serbia is the fastest growing country of the Western Balkans region and we cannot progress unless our relations with neighbors, friends and other countries are good, solid and better. That is why- despite the selective justice that was applied in The Hague Tribunal- we will be open for any dialogue, any kind of cooperation and we will look towards the future and not towards the past. And I have only one message for the citizens of Serbia and citizens of Serbian nationality in the entire region- keep your heads up, neither Serbia nor Serbian people are convicted of anything and it is up to us to work even more diligently, to open factories and to fight for our children and our future.

Long Live Serbia!


 


Meeting of Ambassador Marina Jovićević with the President of the Parliament of the Brussels Region, Mr. Rachid Madrane

On June 7, Ambassador Marina Jovićević had a meeting with the President of the Parliament of the Brussels Region, Mr. Rachid Madrane. A special topic was dedicated to the fight against Covid-19, in terms of a balanced approach of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, aimed at maintaining economic flows on the one hand and preserving public health on the other. The President of the Parliament of the Brussels Region was informed about the vaccination procedure in the Republic of Serbia, where, so far, over 3.5 million doses of vaccines against Covid-19 have been given, both to the citizens of the Republic of Serbia and others from our region. The ambassador also informed about the good economic results of Serbia achieved in the economically challenging period of the world pandemic.

The process of European integration of Serbia and the challenges on that path, as well as the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, were also discussed. Our readiness to continue the dialogue, under the auspices of the EU, as soon as possible, in order to reach a compromise solution, was emphasized.

Both sides pointed out the importance of parliamentary cooperation between the two countries, and agreed to organize a meeting of deputies of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, members of the Friendship Group with Belgium, with representatives of the Brussels Region Parliament, during the next visit of members of Friendship Group with Belgium to Brussels.


Serbian women's basketball team at the International Basketball Tournament in the Belgian city of Kortrijk

Ambassador Marina Jovićević and Consul Vesna Lalić visited the Women's Basketball National Team of Serbia, which is participating in the International basketball tournament in Kortrijk, Belgium, in order to prepare for the European Championship 2021 as well as the Olympics. Our basketball players will measure their strength with the national teams of Belgium, Nigeria and Puerto Rico, respectively. In a cordial conversation with the selector Marina Maljević and the coaching staff of our national team, Ambassador Jovićević wished our team success at the upcoming European Championship and the Olympic Games in Tokyo.


On-line application for issuing D visas – for employment

On-line application for issuing D-employment visas has started in the Republic of Serbia. Viza D allows entry into the Republic of Serbia and stay between 90 and 180 days. It also enables the regulation of temporary residence in Serbia.

If you are sure that you meet the requirements for visa D - for employment and have all the necessary documents, you can apply electronically, at the following link: http://https://econsulate.gov.rs/.


May 20th, 2021 - Minister Selaković presented the new e-Consulate service

A new service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs "e-Consulate" was presented in Belgrade today, intended for foreign citizens who apply for a visa and aspire to come to Serbia to work.

On that occasion, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Nikola Selakovic said that this service was one of the indicators of good development of our country, which, as he pointed out, was becoming a magnet for serious foreign companies, which brought a large number of workers from other countries to work in Serbia.

"Not to be pretentious, but completely realistic, this service represents a turning point in the functioning of our system. E-Consulate and digitalization of the procedure for issuing work visas for foreign citizens who want to work in Serbia, is the first electronic service offered by the Foreign Ministry, and I can promise you that this is indeed our first, but by no means the last e-service", Selakovic emphasized.

The Head of Serbian diplomacy pointed out that "e-Consulate" reflected the modernization of an extremely important segment of the activities of diplomatic and consular missions of Serbia, and that we were actually talking about something that was essential for the further development processes of our country.

The Minister recalled that, when the President of the Republic visited the construction site of the Moravian Corridor, he was told that some construction works were delayed because Bechtel company was not issued work visas on time.

“The moment we saw that and heard the President, I alerted the services in the Ministry. We were surprised, as we knew that the issuance of visas in Turkey had a good dynamic, and then we determined that it was actually workers from Bangladesh who applied for a visa through our Embassy in India, where we have a problem with staff shortage”, the Minister explained.

As he added, this is a demanding and laborious task, each of our employees had to receive the documentation on paper, check it, then request additional information, and only then forward it.

"Today, this has been fantastically perfected for our consular officers, all that documentation is submitted in electronic form. We used to have two filters to check the documentation, now we actually have three. And the work is significantly more efficient", Selakovic pointed out.

As he emphasized, this is a service which was promised less than four months ago and it becomes available on Monday, in 95 diplomatic and consular missions of Serbia, i.e. in all our embassies and consulates general.

The biggest result of that endeavor, the Minister pointed out, apart from the advantage it would bring in the future work, was the fact that it was not a project of one state body, but a joint endeavor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IT and eGovernment Office, General Secretariat of the Government, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs, National Employment Service.

“We did an extremely good job in record time. This is to the pride of our Ministry, to the pride of the entire state. I am convinced that in the period ahead, we will further modernize our affairs and make Serbia one of the few countries that has such mechanisms and such state-of-the-art provision of consular services", Selakovic said.

Speaking about the "e-Consulate" portal itself, the Minister explained that there is a cartoon of Nikola Tesla and the building of the old railway station with one crane, which actually symbolizes a historical fact - that Tesla was in Belgrade in the year when it was built.

"Today it is the place behind which the Belgrade of the future is rising, and what we managed to do together is an indicator of something that is the future of Serbia, the development of artificial intelligence, IT and creating conditions for more people to live and arrive here in Serbia in the future seeking good life and employment", concluded the Minister.

The Director of the Office for IT and eGovernment, Mihailo Jovanovic, said that this was the first time that e-services were focused on foreign citizens, which was the case with our citizens so far.

In the period from 1 January 2019 to 17 May this year, the most applications for Serbian visas were submitted at the Embassy in Beijing, 6,766 applications, then in New Delhi - 2,973, Shanghai 2,115, Tokyo 1,798, and Cairo 1,756.

In that period, 1,270 requests were submitted in Algiers, 1,095 in Jakarta, and 1,077 in Beirut.

In terms of their nationality, Serbian D visa for employment is most requested by citizens of China - 9,516 applications, followed by India 1,955, and Ukraine - 673.


 


Project of the Academic Serbian Association "Online group teaching of Serbian as a native language"

Within the project "Online group teaching of Serbian as a native language", the Academic Serbian Association invites members of the Serbian diaspora aged 14 to 20 to apply for a free group course of Serbian as a native language via Skype.

Under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, for the fifth year in a row, the popularization and further realization of online teaching continues, and for the first time through a group form of teaching. All interested Serbs from the diaspora aged 14 to 20 can apply until June 13, 2021, while the online course will be realized from June 20 to July 31, 2021.

More information about the course can be found on the website http://skr.rs/zar8.


 


Ambassador Marina Jovićević laid a wreath on the occasion of the Victory Day over Fascism in World War II

On the occasion of 76th anniversary of the Victory Day in World War II, a commemoration of civilian victims of World War II was organized by the Region and the City of Liège and the Army of the Province of Liège on May 10, 2021. On behalf of Serbia, the Ambassador of Serbia, dr Marina Jovićević laid the wreath with the message: “To the innocent victims”. Wreaths were also laid by the envoy of King of Belgians, representatives of the province and the city of Liege, patriotic organizations from the region and representatives of the embassies of the Canada, UK, Netherlands, USA, Russian Federation, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Germany and Italy, respectively.


 


May 8th, 2021 - Vucic: We consider Europe our home

President Vucic said tonight that the visionary idea of Robert Schuman brought a true victory of the new trust after the Second World War and faith in the unification of differences in peace and solidarity, with the message that Serbia has that faith, as well as hope that it will become a country that will be gladly regarded in the European family of nations.

Congratulating everyone in Serbia and the EU on Europe Day, Vucic reminded that 9 May was also the day when the great victory of freedom is celebrated, which was won with huge sacrifices.

"While the horrors of war were still fresh in memory and Europe was healing the wounds of World War II, it also had people like Robert Schuman who understood that future can only be created based on the reconciliation of nations and their unity", Vucic said at the reception on the occasion of Europe Day.

He pointed out that the European peoples dared to see the recent adversaries as future allies.

"Schuman's visionary idea that peace will be preserved, if the creative forces are commensurate with the dangers that threaten, that Europe will emerge from specific achievements, has brought a true victory of newly found trust and faith in uniting differences in peace and solidarity", Vucic said.

He said that Serbia, although it did not always look like that, had that faith, as well as the hope that our concrete achievements, on the long and not easy path to EU membership, would be adequately valued.

“And that with your help, support and criticism, Serbia will become a country that you will be happy to see in the European community of nations. I believe that with our support, help and criticism, we would also contribute to the EU becoming an even better place to live", Vucic said.

Full membership of the EU, with a compromise solution to the issue of Kosovo and Metohija, is a way to achieve the goal and make Serbia orderly and successful, which would mean that we are on a good, European path, the President of Serbia said.

Vucic said that we still had to make a lot of efforts in reforms, not because someone is asking us to do that, but because we know that it brings us and the country a benefit.


He also pointed out that the reforms in the rule of law were exceptionally important, which were now being approached with much more responsibility.
 

"In our country, there is a race in who will say that they are more in favour of Europe, while saying under the table that they are the least for Europe. Europe does not belong only to those who would like to use European money, it does not belong to those in the government who say that they are on the European path because they believe that they are in that way preventing the opposition from coming to power, nor to those who think that this is the only way to get hold of power. It belongs to all of us, but we cannot take from Europe only what we like without accepting what we do not like", he explained.

I know, he added, how difficult it is to us in Serbia to hear criticism concerning Kosovo as well as in the field of the rule of law.

"I saw for myself that we are the ones who did not pay enough attention and apply a dedicated approach to the burning problems in that area. I believe that with greater zeal we will be able to change the attitude of the citizens of Serbia and gain greater respect from the EU for what we are doing", he pointed out.

President Vucic also pointed out that the EU was undoubtedly the largest donor, investor, and by far the most important trade partner of Serbia, and recalled that about two-thirds of all trade and even more service activities were EU related and that these were facts, whether someone liked it or not.

He pointed out that seven years ago when he became the Prime Minister, three times fewer people were employed in companies that came from EU countries than today.

"Despite all the problems, it shows how much we managed to do together and make good results, to provide people with life, security at work, to show that we can take care of them more", Vucic said, noting the great EU assistance in the field of education.

He said that during the recent visit to the EU, which he assessed as the best one so far, Serbia received additional support for infrastructure projects, primarily for modernization, i.e. essentially the construction of a new Belgrade-Nis-Presevo railway.

He said that this was confirmed in the letter of the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, pointing out that this was the best letter he had ever received from Brussels.

"I am grateful to Von der Leyen for pointing out that this is a game-changer in our relations. It is a turning point because that support exceeds everything we have done together when you look at the scale, strength and significance of that project", he said.

He said that Serbia and its citizens considered Europe as their home and that is why we wanted to give our best contribution to peace through regional connectivity, the Berlin Conference and mini-Schengen.

"Encouraged by the message of European officials, I hope that I will be able to host them soon so that we can discuss the further acceleration of our European path", Vucic concluded.

Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia Sem Fabrizi hosted a reception tonight on the occasion of marking 9 May, Europe Day. In addition to Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, the reception in the Belgrade City Assembly was attended by Serbian Parliament Speaker Ivica Dacic, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic, European Integration Minister Jadranka Joksimovic, representatives of the diplomatic corps and public figures.


 


May 8th, 2021 - Selakovic congratulates Josep Borrell on Europe Day

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Nikola Selakovic extended a congratulatory message on the occasion of 9 May, Europe Day, to High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, expressing confidence that the idea of uniting in diversity, in peace and solidarity, would continue to be the guiding idea of the European Union. 

"I am deeply convinced that the Republic of Serbia, through a policy of peace and good-neighbourly cooperation, can contribute to the European Union becoming an even better place to live, with the sincere belief that our achievements on the path to membership in the European family of nations will be adequately valued", reads the congratulatory message by Minister Selakovic, adding that the European perspective gave a strong impetus for our country to comprehensively implement political, economic and social reforms with the aim of becoming a full member of the European Union in the foreseeable future.

The Serbian Foreign Minister underlined that Serbia historically, culturally and in terms of values, belonged to the circle of countries united under the flag of the European Union and expressed hope that not only our country, but also our neighbours in the Western Balkans, would have the opportunity in the near future to become a part of what is without a doubt the most successful peace, democratic and economic project in the history of our common continent.

Selakovic also took the opportunity to extend gratitude on behalf of Serbia to the European Union for its assistance in the fight against the infectious Covid-19, emphasizing that our country highly appreciated the expressed solidarity and support in the difficult times of the pandemic outbreak and expressing confidence that the period ahead would see us contribute by joint forces to identifying solutions for overcoming the economic consequences of the corona virus pandemic.



 


April 29th, 2021 - Meeting of Ambassador dr Marina Jovićević with Minister-President of Flanders, Mr. Jan Jambon

Ambassador dr Marina Jovićević met with Minister-President of Flanders,Mr. Jan Jambon on April 29. They discussed about the process of vaccination and the fight against Covid-19 in Serbia and the Kingdom of Belgium and Flanders. Ambassador Jovićević informed her interlocutor about the process of mass vaccination in Serbia, the percentage of people who received their jabs, as well as about the measures within the health system that have been undertaken in order to provide timely and efficient treatment of Covid-19 patients. The economic and social consequences of the health crisis were also discussed.
 

Ambassador and Minister President have also touched upon the possibilities for improving economic cooperation and greater presence of companies from Flanders in Serbia, as well as possibilities for cooperation of chambers of commerce of Serbia and Flanders, respectively.
 

Ambassador Jovićević informed her interlocutor about the progress in the rule of law and expressed the expectation that Serbia will continue its integration into the EU and that a compromise solution will be reached within the dialogue.


 


April 27th, 2021 - Meeting of Ambassador Marina Jovićević with the President of the Flemish Parliament, Lisbeth Homans

On April 27, Ambassador dr Marina Jovićević met with the Speaker of the Parliament of Flanders, Ms. Liesbeth Homans.
 

The current circumstances in the fight against Covid-19 both in Serbia and Belgium were discussed, with a special emphasis on the vaccination process. Ambassador Jovićević informed in detail about the process of mass vaccination in Serbia, with over three million doses of vaccines from four different manufacturers administered so far, and the solidarity that Serbia has shown towards its neighbors. She also informed on the measures within the health system undertaken in order to provide accessible treatment for Covid- 19 patients but also to take care on the economic and social consequences of the health crisis.
 

The process of European integration was also discussed. With that regard, Ms. Jovićević informed her interlocutor about the progress in the area of the rule of law and the expectation that a compromise solution will be reached within the dialogue.

Special attention has been paid to the possibilities for strengthening parliamentary contacts, through parliamentary cooperation, as well as strengthening economic and economic cooperation.

Photo Copyright: Flemish Parlament


 


April 23rd, 2021. - Day of the Serbian Armed Forces

 

In the preservation of the national identity and continuity of the statehood of Serbian people that has lasted for more than two centuries, 23 April plays a significant role for the Republic of Serbia and the Serbian Armed Forces. This date is celebrated in the memory of the day in 1815 when the decision to start the Second Serbian Uprising for the liberation of Serbia from the Ottoman Empire was made. From the state and military perspective, this date is known as one of the historical milestones which led to the creation of the modern Serbian state and enabled the creation of an operative and contemporary Serbian Armed Forces.

Even with complex conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, last year the Serbian Armed Forces continued to professionally conduct dedicated tasks, with a particular accent on the mission to help civilian authorities in opposing security threats.  

With regard to the celebration of the Day of the Serbian Armed Forces, we would like to invite you to watch a brief video about the engagement of the Serbian Armed Forces in providing help to the Serbian civilian authorities in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Please find below the link for the above-mentioned video:

https://youtu.be/DkaumKLwmgU


 

 


April 21st, 2021 - Meeting of Ambassador Marina Jovićević with the Marshal of the Court of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Ambassador Yuriko Backes

On April 21, Ambassador dr Marina Jovićević met with the Marshal of the Court of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, H.E. Ms. Yuriko Backes.


It was concluded that in the last two years, bilateral relations between the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Republic of Serbia have improved, that visits have been exchanged at the level of the Prime Minister and that the President of the Republic of Serbia, H.E. Mr. Aleksandar Vučić awarded the highest decoration of the Republic of Serbia to the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, H.E. Mr. Xavier Bettel. In the conversation, the possibilities to organize visits at other levels were also considered.


The process of European integration of Serbia and the challenges along were also discussed. With that regard, Ambassador Jovićević expressed gratitude to Luxembourg for its continuous support to Serbia.


Ambassador Jovićević informed on the process of mass vaccination in Serbia, with over 3 million doses of vaccines of 4 different producers administered so far and the solidarity that Serbia has shown towards its neighbors.  She has also informed on the measures within the health system that have been taken to provide treatment for Covid-19 patients. The economic and social consequences of the health crisis were also considered.


 


April 21st, 2021 - President Vučić met via video link with representatives of the IMF delegation

President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić talked today via a video link with the representatives of the delegation of the International Monetary Fund led by the Head of the Mission, Jan Kees Martijn. The interlocutors concluded that Serbia's main goal remains to preserve the hard-earned reputation of a fiscally secure country, as well as to continue with a responsible fiscal policy so that public debt does not exceed 60 per cent of GDP, whereby Serbia continues to work on further economic growth.

During the conversation, President Vučić and Jan Kees Martijn especially referred to the incentive measures and adopted three packages of measures to help the economy and citizens, which preserved macroeconomic stability and even achieved a higher employment rate. Martijn commended the responsible economic policy of Serbia and the successful crisis management during the pandemic.



"Serbia achieved one of the best results last year despite the challenges of the pandemic", Martijn said, noting that Serbia was one of the few countries to which the IMF did not adjust the initial projection of the 5% growth rate it gave last year.

President Vučić added that following the first quarter of 2021, Serbia is well on its way to achieving the planned growth of 6% as planned, since one of the main focuses of the Government is investing in large infrastructure projects and intensifying work on attracting foreign direct investments.

"In 2020, Serbia was at the very top in terms of economic growth in Europe, and I am convinced that this year we can enter the first three or four countries in terms of growth", said President Vučić, adding that he was satisfied that Serbia still, despite the pandemic situation, has an extremely strong inflow of investment.

President Vučić and Jan Kees Martijn also discussed a new advisory arrangement, which is of special importance in light of the improvement of the general investment climate in Serbia, as well as in the context of even greater investor assurance.

"Given Serbia's tremendous progress over the past eight years, the priority goal of this arrangement will be to preserve the results achieved, but also to provide support for further implementation of structural reforms aimed at even faster, stronger and more sustainable growth", said President Vučić and thanked the IMF and the personal engagement of Jan Kees Martijn in the professional and expert support that Serbia is counting on.

President Vučić pointed out that Serbia will pay special attention to reforms in public companies, and that priorities will continue to be investments in infrastructure, creating an even better climate for investments, greater investments in the environment, science and capital projects, which will further contribute to the long term stable financial growth in the coming years.

Source: www.predsednik.rs
Photo: www.predsednik.rs


 


April 20th, 2021 - Meeting with the World Health Organization Regional Director for Europe

President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić met today with the Regional Director of the World Health Organisation for Europe Hans Kluge, to discuss cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as cooperation in improving health care in our country and other joint activities.

President Vučić thanked Dr Kluge for his personal engagement and support during the current pandemic, especially for technical assistance and expertise. On this occasion, he informed the WHO official about the results of immunisation in Serbia and plans on how to provide the vaccine to all citizens who want to get it.



Dr Kluge congratulated President Vučić on his leadership and personal commitment to provide vaccines. He emphasised that Serbia, with its good immunisation strategy, ranked among the global leaders, thus becoming an example of humanity and solidarity by enabling vaccination of elderly people in rural areas, foreign citizens and donating vaccines to other countries.

"Serbia has accepted the vaccine as a life-saving product and has not looked at it geopolitically", said Dr Kluge.
 
The two interlocutors agreed that the world should increase production capacities for vaccines, as well as develop new adequate therapies for the fight against COVID-19, and, in this regard, work on increasing the level of citizens' trust in science.

President Vučić informed Dr Kluge about the plans for improving the work of the Institute for Virology, Vaccines and Sera "Torlak".

"We want to make 'Torlak' one of the best vaccine factories in Europe", said President Vučić.


Source: www.predsednik.rs
Photo: www.predsednik.rs


 


19 April 2021 - WHO describes immunization process in Serbia as impressive

Prime Minister Ana Brnabic talked today with World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge about the epidemiological situation and the course of immunization of citizens in Serbia.

Brnabic expressed gratitude for the cooperation in the fight against the pandemic, technical assistance and expertise, emphasizing that the support of this organization is very important for our country.

She informed the WHO Regional Director for Europe about the course of immunization of citizens in Serbia, expressing her belief that, thanks to the large number of vaccinated people, we will be able to create collective immunity and return to normal life.

Kluge assessed the immunization process in Serbia as impressive, and added that Serbia has made a good decision to offer citizens all available vaccines used in the fight against coronavirus.

Expressing concern over the emergence of new strains of the virus, he stressed the need to speed up the immunization process and show mutual solidarity.

The WHO Regional Director for Europe praised Serbia for the humanity it has shown by donating vaccines to the countries of the region and enabling vaccination for those who do not have a sufficient number of vaccines for their citizens.

The Prime Minister said that Serbia will continue to cooperate with the countries of the region and help in accordance with its capabilities.

When it comes to the project "Roadmap for Health in the Western Balkans 2021-2025", it was stated that, if epidemiological conditions allow, a regional meeting will be held in Belgrade at the end of the year, important for future improvement of cooperation between countries in the field of health challenges.

Source: www.srbija.gov.rs
Photo: www.srbija.gov.rs


 


13.04.2021 - Selakovic: Pristina persists in its campaign of hatred against the Serbian people

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Nikola Selakovic stated today that Pristina further persisted in its campaign of hatred against the Serbian people, which was most drastically seen in the unfounded accusations of mass rapes and genocide.

At the UN Security Council meeting discussing the Report of the UN Secretary-General on the work of UNMIK, Selakovic emphasized that the efforts of the provisional institutions in Kosovo and Metohija to create a narrative about mass rapes of Albanian women were obvious, and that propaganda methods and lies were used for that purpose.

"It is clear that there were victims on all sides in the conflict, as well as that our side has evidence of numerous Serb victims. But the precondition for ensuring the protection of rights that belong to each individual victim is a rational and well-argued approach", Selakovic said responding to the slander of the Pristina representative.

Selakovic underlined that, contrary to the claims of politicians from Pristina about 20,000 raped Albanian women, the information provided by the Commission for the Verification and Recognition of Sexual Violence Victim Status indicates 912 raped persons, however, failing to include in this number the Serb women who were victims of violence.

"Let me emphasize that Serbia condemns every act of sexual violence in conflicts and is committed to achieving justice for all victims. The number of victims certainly does not diminish the horrific effect of this type of violence on each victim individually, but also, speculating on numbers does not contribute to justice being served and leads to politicization and slowing down the reconciliation process", Selakovic said.

Regarding the genocide accusations, Minister Selakovic stated that they only went to prove that Pristina further persisted in its campaign of hatred, propaganda and open hostility towards the Serbian people.

"Through statements given on a daily basis, they attempt to paint a picture that Serbia is to blame for everything and that genocide was committed against Albanians, all in order to hide their own responsibility for the committed crimes", the Serbian Foreign Minister said. 

He underlined that anyone who knew what the definition of genocide implied would understand that it was not Serbia that committed something, but that the Serbian people was instead a victim of the "state-building" project of the Kosovo Albanians, based on the dangerous idea of ethnically clean territories, as evidenced by more than 200,000 expelled Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija.

"We are convinced that the civilized world will not agree to be their accomplice in concealing and covering up their crimes, and that a clear message will be sent to them that they must take responsibility for their actions", Selakovic said.
He reminded that until 1999, around 40,000 Serbs lived in Pristina, and that today there were only about twenty of them, that around 17,000 Serbs lived in Pec, and that today there were only the Serbian nuns in the Patriarchate of Pec, that around 12,000 Serbs lived in Prizren before the war, and that today only 17 families remained there, and that in Urosevac, out of 10,000 Serbs who lived there before the war, only the family of a Serbian priest remained.


 


13.04.2021 - Selakovic: Political extremism of Albanians in Kosovo and Metohija is becoming stronger

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Nikola Selakovic warned, at the United Nations Security Council meeting, that the political extremism among Albanians in Kosovo and Metohija was not decreasing, but on the contrary, was becoming stronger.

At the meeting discussing the Report of the UN Secretary-General on the work of UNMIK, Minister Selakovic recalled that the obligation to form the Community of Serb Municipalities  remained unfulfilled for 2,917 days now and that, in fact, 19 April marked eight full years since the agreement was reached in Brussels, while Pristina still refused to follow up on its commitment and enable the formation of the Community of Serb Municipalities. 

 

The Minister reminded that the current Prime Minister of the provisional institutions of self-government in Pristina repeatedly threatened to unite the self-proclaimed Kosovo and Albania, and that he also stated that the dialogue with Belgrade was low on the list of his priorities.

Minister Selakovic pointed out that it was high time for Albanian leaders in Pristina to show responsibility in fulfilling their commitments, but also a sincere commitment to reaching a compromise solution and building mutual trust.

"Serbia is determined and will not give up on identifying a compromise solution, which will be sustainable for future generations as well. The only way to build lasting peace and stability in our region is by working to build trust and insisting on positive political agendas", Selakovic concluded.

According to the Minister, lasting peace and stability can only be achieved if none of the participants in the dialogue pursued maximalist demands and insisted on the complete humiliation of the other.

He pointed out that the Serbian and Albanian peoples, as the two most numerous peoples in the Western Balkans, needed to find a way to reach reconciliation and a basis for cooperation, both in terms of the economy and in achieving shared prospects for membership of the European Union.

"Belgrade has made sincere steps in that direction, by being one of the initiators of the idea of relaxing the flow of people, goods, capital and services, popularly referred to as "mini-Schengen", the Minister underlined.

Pointing out that Serbia had time and time again demonstrated its commitment to dialogue as the only way towards a peaceful, political solution to the problem in Kosovo and Metohija, Selakovic underscored that the recent elections in the Province confirmed that political extremism among Albanians in Kosovo and Metohija was not decreasing, but on the contrary, was becoming stronger, which could be seen during the recent pre-election process.
Minister stressed that political pressures on Serbs continued even after the election process was completed, by denying Serbs fair representation in provisional institutions as the new so-called government in Pristina decided to assign only one ministry to the Serb community.

"Serb returnees represent a particularly vulnerable category, who spend their every day in fear of being attacked. I remind you that the southern Serbian province is still an area with the lowest return rate of displaced persons in the world", the Minister said and emphasized that, in the last year alone, more than 80 attacks and incidents took place in our southern province, targeting Serbs, their property and religious sites.

It is particularly worrying for the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija, Selakovic noted, that in the previous period, and especially in March this year, there were frequent physical attacks on the property of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

"A striking example of the disrespectful attitude towards Serbian cultural and religious monuments in the Province, whose exceptional universal value UNESCO confirmed by inscribing them on the World Heritage List, is the case of the Visoki Decani Monastery", the Minister underlined.

Furthermore, the Serbian Foreign Minister assessed as concerning the breaking into the Health Center in Strpce by police inspectors and officers, in January this year, who conducted a search aiming to discover Covid-19 vaccines there, originating from central Serbia.

"Although we consider this to be an intrusion into a health care institution, our reaction was restrained this time as well. We did not want our decisions to cause escalation and politicization of activities that are solely aimed at protecting public health. We organized the vaccination of citizens from Kosovo and Metohija at three locations in central Serbia and thus clearly demonstrated that people's lives are the top priority to us", the Minister stressed.

Minister Selakovic stated that Serbia highly valued the activities of UNMIK mission in Kosovo and Metohija and that it supported it in carrying out its work as efficiently as possible and undiminished in scope, aiming to build and preserve security in the Province.

Selakovic said that the international missions in Kosovo and Metohija - UNMIK, KFOR, EULEX and the OSCE mission, under the administration of the United Nations and in line with UNSC Resolution 1244, played a key role in the preservation of peace and protection of the population.

"We support and respect their engagement and efforts made in the framework of their mandates, with the common goal of creating conditions for a peaceful and safe coexistence of the inhabitants of Kosovo and Metohija. The Serb and other non-Albanian population in Kosovo and Metohija have the utmost confidence in the international presence and consider it a guarantor of security and a barrier against the arbitrariness of the provisional institutions in Pristina", the Minister emphasized.

He said that this demonstrated the need that international missions remain engaged in an undiminished scope, in order to consistently implement UNSC Resolution 1244.

Selakovic further emphasized the importance of KFOR international forces and pointed out that any unilateral attempt to assign to someone else or that someone else assumes a part of KFOR's mandate and responsibilities constitutes a violation of UNSC Resolution 1244.

The Minister also noted as unacceptable the unilateral decisions on the formation of the Pristina "Ministry of Defence" and launching the process of transforming the so-called "Kosovo Security Forces" (KSF) into the so-called "Kosovo Army". 

At the beginning of his statement, Minister Selakovic lodged a protest against the abuse of the video format of the session by the representative of Pristina as she had a flag of the self-proclaimed "Kosovo" placed behind her, and the representative of Russia did the same.

Below is an integral version of the speech of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selakovic

Distinguished President of the Security Council,

Distinguished Special Representative,

Esteemed members of the Security Council,

At the outset, I have no choice but to lodge a protest against the abuse of the video format of this session on the part of the representatives of Pristina in order to promote the symbols of the so-called statehood of Kosovo. Despite the fact that the representatives of Pristina were warned on several occasions, including by the President of the Security Council at the previous session, that such abuses of Security Council sessions are absolutely unacceptable and constitute a flagrant violation of the Security Council rules on participation of representatives of the provisional institutions of self-government in Pristina, under Rule 39 of the UN Security Council Rules of Procedure, we are again faced with their reckless disregard for the rules of this distinguished body. Let me reiterate our call for the necessary steps to be taken to prevent such abuses.

It is my great pleasure to address this august body at the meeting on the work of the Mission of the United Nations in Kosovo and Metohija. At the outset, I would like to thank Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr. Guterres and Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMIK Mr. Tanin for the report submitted and for their efforts made towards the implementation of the UNMIK mandate, and also to the members of the Security Council for the continued attention they have devoted to the issue of Kosovo and Metohija. The Republic of Serbia highly values the activities of the Mission of the United Nations in Kosovo and Metohija and supports it in carrying out its work as efficiently as possible and undiminished in scope, aiming to build and preserve security in the Province.

Mr. President,

In the previous period we have faced political instability in Kosovo and Metohija. We recently had elections in the Province, which unfortunately confirmed that political extremism among Albanians in Kosovo and Metohija is not decreasing, but on the contrary, is becoming stronger. We have witnessed Albanian leaders competing among themselves in efforts to find the best way to provoke an incident in Serb communities, in order to score political points of the Albanian electorate. Under the pretext of amending the voter list, a large number of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija were deprived of one of their fundamental political rights - the opportunity to elect their political representatives. Out of approximately 140,000 of citizens of Kosovo and Metohija who were removed from the voter list in the latest election process, 85% are Serbs.

Despite numerous challenges and problems, the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija have shown, by high turnout and a convincing victory of the Serb List which won all ten seats reserved for Serbian representatives, that nothing can stop them from resolutely defending their position. Political pressures on Serbs continued even after the election process was completed, by denying Serbs fair representation in provisional institutions as the new so-called government in Pristina decided to assign only one ministry to the Serb community.

Distinguished members of the Security Council,

Unfortunately, it was not only during the election activities that we witnessed the unreasonable anti-Serb policy being pursued by the provisional institutions in Pristina. This goes to the length of breaking into the Health Center in Strpce, in the south of Kosovo and Metohija, by police inspectors and officers from Pristina, in  January this year, who conducted a search aiming to discover Covid-19 vaccines there, originating from central Serbia, which they did not find. In doing so they demonstrated force and threatened to arrest the director of the Health Center, medical staff and doctors. At a time when the whole world is fighting the pandemic with vaccines being the only way to end this challenge, while Serbia is showing support and solidarity by donating vaccines and medical equipment to all in need in the region, Pristina wants to destroy vaccines only because they originate from central Serbia. As the whole world expresses gratitude to medical doctors, who have made great and heroic sacrifices in combating the virus, the provisional institutions in Pristina are attacking Serbian doctors for doing their job.

Although we believe that intrusions into health care institutions are inadmissible, our reaction was restrained this time as well. We did not want our decisions to cause escalation and politicization of activities that are solely aimed at protecting public health. We organized the vaccination of citizens from Kosovo and Metohija at three locations in central Serbia and thus clearly demonstrated that people's lives are the top priority to us. Serbia continues to be ready to help all in need of assistance, and we call for reason and responsibility, especially in such difficult times.

Mr. President,

Attacks targeting Serbs and their property have been on the rise. In the last year alone, more than 80 attacks and incidents took place in our southern province, targeting Serbs, their property and religious sites. According to the information provided by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo and Metohija, in the second half of last year, the number of incidents increased by more than 30% compared to 2019. Therefore, we cannot agree with the assessment that the "security situation in Kosovo remained stable, with a few incidents reported affecting non-majority communities". Last weekend, for example, an entirely unprovoked physical attack by a group of Albanians on two Serb young men took place in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica.

Serb returnees represent a particularly vulnerable category, who spend their every day in fear of being attacked. The fact that one family of returnees was the target of seven attacks clearly indicates the persistence of those who do not want Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija. There is absolutely no trace of political will in Pristina for 212,995 displaced Serbs who have been living outside Kosovo and Metohija for 22 years to return to their homes. Since 1999, the rate of sustainable return of internally displaced persons in Kosovo and Metohija has been only 1.9%, which according to the UN data is officially the lowest percentage of return of expelled population after a conflict anywhere in the world.

At the same time, while arresting internally displaced persons, Pristina authorities are exerting the strongest of pressures on the Specialist Chambers in The Hague. The aim is to completely prevent the further processing of a number of cases against members of the terrorist KLA, on charges of serious crimes committed during the conflict in Kosovo and Metohija against both Serbs and persons belonging to other nationalities. President of the Specialist Chambers Madam Trendafilova recently warned that, should the pressures continue, this would have very dramatic consequences to the trials in progress. President Trendafilova underlined as highly problematic the phenomenon of witness intimidation, who are key for conducting proceedings successfully and rendering a proper verdict.

Although the wait to raise indictments was far too long, we consider it commendable that efforts have finally been made to punish the perpetrators of numerous serious crimes which were committed during the armed conflicts a little over two decades ago, but also upon the arrival of the international forces to Kosovo and Metohija. For example, no one has been held accountable to this day for the killings and abductions of 17 journalists in Kosovo and Metohija, which is currently the largest number of unsolved cases of murdered and kidnapped journalists in Europe. Furthermore, the perpetrators of any of the mass crimes committed against Serb civilians after 1999 have not been brought to justice. I will remind you of only a few of these cases: 14 Serb farmers were killed in the village of Staro Gracko, 12 displaced Serbs were killed and 43 wounded in the attack on the "Niš Express" bus in Livadice near Podujevo, and in Gorazdevac near Pec unknown persons fired automatic weapons on children who were swimming in the Bistrica river. Two Serb children were killed then, and four were seriously injured.

We expect the EULEX Mission to continue to support the Specialist Chambers and the Specialist Prosecutor's Office, as well as its additional engagement in the field of the rule of law. Special attention needs to be devoted to witness protection, and determining the fate of missing persons.

International missions in Kosovo and Metohija - UNMIK, KFOR EULEX and OMIK are an integral part of the international civilian and security presence in our southern province, under the administration of the United Nations and in line with UNSC Resolution 1244 (1999), and play a key role and make an outstanding contribution to the preservation of peace and protection of the population. We support and respect their engagement and efforts made in the framework of their mandates, with the common goal of creating conditions for a peaceful and safe coexistence of the inhabitants of Kosovo and Metohija. The Serb and other non-Albanian population in Kosovo and Metohija have the utmost confidence in the international presence and consider it a guarantor of security and a barrier against the arbitrariness of the provisional institutions in Pristina. This further demonstrates the need that international missions remain engaged in an undiminished scope, in order to consistently implement UNSC Resolution 1244.

I would like to further emphasize the importance of KFOR international forces and point out that any unilateral attempt to assign to someone else or that someone else assumes a part of KFOR's mandate and responsibilities constitutes a violation of the UNSC Resolution 1244, while also being a potential source of instability and tensions. I will remind you that Pristina, contrary to international law and completely ignoring the interests and positions of the Serb community in the Province, would not abandon its plans to install a new security actor in the territory of Kosovo and Metohija. We consider the unilateral decisions on the formation of the "Ministry of Defence" and launching the process of transforming the so-called "Kosovo Security Forces" (KSF) into the so-called "Kosovo Army" to be unacceptable. I would like to reiterate that such unilateral moves on the part of Pristina constitute a gross violation of the UNSC Resolution 1244 and the Military Technical Agreement, according to which only the International Security Forces, that is KFOR, have the mandate for all military aspects of security in the territory of Kosovo and Metohija.

In this context, an additional reason for concern is the announcement of the construction of the largest base of the "Kosovo Security Forces" in the southern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, which Serbs in the north of Kosovo and Metohija perceive as the most open provocation and threat to their physical safety.


Distinguished members of the Security Council,

It is particularly worrying for the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija that in the previous period, and especially in March this year, there were frequent physical attacks on the property of the Serbian Orthodox Church. In just two weeks, as many as seven Orthodox landmarks in the province were targeted by vandals, at a time when we all remember the March 2004 pogrom against Serbs and Serbian holy sites in Kosovo and Metohija. The condition of the Serbian cultural and spiritual heritage in Kosovo and Metohija is humiliating, including the four monuments that are inscribed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger (Visoki Decani, Holy Virgin of Ljevisa, Gracanica and the Patriarchate of Pec). Numerous administrative and technical barriers are imposed on priestly and monastic communities, which makes it more difficult or even impossible for them to survive on church property.

A striking example of the disrespectful attitude towards Serbian cultural and religious monuments in the Province, whose exceptional universal value UNESCO confirmed by inscribing them on the World Heritage List, is the case of the Visoki Decani Monastery.


Distinguished members of the Security Council,

The reason for the nervous behaviour of Pristina is all too obvious, as the project of the so-called independence today fails to be recognized by more than a half of the United Nations Member States, including five members of the European Union. However, it is high time for Albanian leaders in Pristina to show responsibility in fulfilling their commitments, but also a sincere commitment to reaching a compromise solution and building mutual trust.

I will remind you that the current Prime Minister of the provisional institutions of self-government in Pristina has repeatedly threatened to unite the self-proclaimed Kosovo and Albania in the past. A member of his party publicly said last weekend that the self-proclaimed Kosovo and Albania would be united, I quote, "with rifle and gunpowder, or referendum boxes".

I need not explain why such dangerous ideas constitute a direct threat to peace and stability. They violate Resolution 1244, while continuously destabilizing not only our southern province, but the entire region as well, and in no way contribute to the dialogue process, but instead hamper it again.

We have demonstrated time and time again our commitment to dialogue as the only way towards a peaceful, political solution to the problem in Kosovo and Metohija. Even today, after many years of negotiations, but also failure to fulfill what was agreed and constant unilateral moves and provocations on the part of the provisional institutions in Pristina, we are still ready to sit down at the table and talk.

We are ready for dialogue but not to be blackmailed and threatened and especially not for ultimatums recently presented by Prime Minister of the provisional institutions of self-government in Pristina. I will remind you of his statement that the dialogue will be low on the list of priorities of the Pristina authorities. It is bewildering how Pristina refers to ultimatums completely undermining any chance of dialogue, as the European Union also pointed out, as "principles" and how it persistently insists that Belgrade should recognize the unilaterally declared independence of "Kosovo", upon which, they believe, all else would be resolved. What is the purpose of the dialogue then, if Belgrade is only expected to recognize the so-called Kosovo? Does the dialogue imply that one side should give up everything only for the other to win it all? And does the dialogue, in Pristina's opinion, imply that what was agreed should not be fulfilled?

I will remind you that Pristina still refuses to follow up on its obligations arising from the agreements reached so far and does not agree to discuss their implementation within the dialogue. And the situation is quite simple - in April 2013, the first agreement was signed in Brussels, which envisaged four obligations: one for Pristina and three for Belgrade. Belgrade has fulfilled all obligations, while the only obligation that the provisional institutions in Pristina had - to form the Community of Serb Municipalities - has remained unfulfilled for 2,917 days now. In fact, 19 April marks eight full years since the agreement was reached in Brussels, and of Pristina's failure to fulfill the obligation to form the Community of Serb Municipalities.

Distinguished Mr. President,

Regardless of the discouraging messages heard from Pristina and the fact that the dialogue has been in progress for many years, Serbia is determined and will not give up on identifying a compromise solution, which will be sustainable for future generations as well. Lasting peace and stability can only be achieved if none of the participants in the dialogue pursues maximalist demands and insists on the complete humiliation of the other. The Serbian and Albanian peoples, as the two most numerous peoples in the Western Balkans, need to find a way to reach reconciliation and a basis for cooperation, both in terms of the economy and in achieving shared prospects for membership  to the European Union.

Belgrade has made sincere steps in that direction, by being one of the initiators of the idea of relaxing the flow of people, goods, capital and services, popularly referred to as "mini-Schengen".

As far as Serbia is concerned, we are convinced that the only way to build lasting peace and stability in our region is by working to build trust and insisting on positive political agendas. The inhabitants of Kosovo and Metohija, of any nationality, whether they are Serbs or Albanians, do not deserve anything less.

Thank you for your attention.


 


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24.03.2021 - Ambassador dr Marina Jovićević met with the Speaker of the Walloon Parliament, Jean-Claude Marcourt

On March 24, Ambassador dr Marina Jovićević met with the President of Parliament of the Wallonia, Jean-Claude Marcourt.

During the meeting, both expressed the readiness to establish direct contacts between the institutions of Serbia and Wallonia, in order to improve the parliamentary, economic, university and cultural cooperation. Having in mind that a significant percentage of Serbian citizens have traditionally lived in the Walloon region, since the period between the two world wars, the importance of the Serbian community in this area has been pointed out. The readiness for better cooperation between the universities in Wallonia and the universities in Serbia was underlined. When it comes to the business sector, the importance of biotech industry, innovation, research, agriculture, food industry and stone processing has been highlighted. The activities of companies from Wallonia, which operate in Serbia, were discussed.

The treatment in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the vaccination process, were also considered. Ambassador Jovićević informed about the process of mass vaccination in Serbia, which is based on health, and not geopolitical ground, within which over two million people have been vaccinated so far. Support for Serbia's European path and the importance of continuing the European integration process in line with progress in meeting the set criteria were confirmed.

Photo credit: Le Parlement de Wallonie


 


24.03.2021 - 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 Herzegovina, 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 to life.

No one has ever been held accountable for this crime, a crime greater than a crime. No one, for the 2,500 killed civilians, but also soldiers and policemen who were 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,
Olivera Maksimovic, twelve years old,
Miroslav Knezevic, 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 Prizren.

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, our 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 everything 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 decision of the United Nations, without a sufficient reason that would justify attacking the then Yugoslavia or a neighbouring or NATO country.

No one was attacked 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 lesson in what matters most - honour, morals and love for freedom that a nation can have.

Yes, justice, lest we forget justice. All those nineteen great ones today still silently talk about their military success, avoid answering questions, while - can you imagine, one small, only numerically small Serbian people, that small but magnificent nation, with sadness, tears in their eyes, proudly remembers 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 in disintegration, mutilated, looted, wounded, deserted, and guilty, condemned for everything 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 it, 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 is 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 others, 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 endanger 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 in 1999. 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 idea 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, our past, but also to walk over our future. You will get the answer of reasonable, 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 clear 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 every crow from the whole wide world can eat. As for those who used the strength and power of the nineteen arrogant and cruel ones, I only ask them not to threaten us. Please, please, don't threaten us. 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 demonstrated 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 underestimate 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 togetherness, 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 entire 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 path 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 right 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 that 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 you killed us. In an aggression that even you did not understand why you carried it out.

And we will keep repeating this, just so it does not happen 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 Serbs, 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


 


17.03.2021 - 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 Kosovo 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 everyone 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 crimes, 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 everything 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


 


17.03.2021. - 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 first to join this programme, thus proving again to be a reliable partner of the European Union," said President Vučić and stressed that our country has taken a serious and responsible approach to fighting the pandemic, as evidenced by comprehensive measures adopted by the Serbian Government to preserve the health and lives of people, both citizens of Serbia and its surrounding.

Ambassador Fabrizi assured that the EU will continue to provide full solidarity to Serbia. 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 regard, Ambassador Fabrizi stressed the importance of the COVAX program. The EU and Team Europe, as a true global donor, have already 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 well 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 of Serbia 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 with 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 the implementation of reforms and numerous joint projects. In this 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.

President Vučić especially emphasised that he advocates that 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.

Belgrade, 17th March 2021


 


17.03.2021 - The Republic of Serbia in the Month of Francophonie / La République de Serbie au Mois de la Francophonie

The Republic of Serbia as an associate member of the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF), together with the entire French-speaking community around the World, celebrates the Month of Francophonie (le Mois de la Francophonie). For all lovers of Serbian culture and the French language, the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia has prepared an extensive program and the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels invites you to discover the diversity and richness of Serbian culture in French. Please click on the picture above the text.

 

 

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 Bruxelles vous invite à découvrir la diversité et la richesse de la culture serbe en français. cliquez sur l'image ci-dessus.


 

9 March 2021 - Selakovic: The inflow of Belgian investments is expected to increase

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Nikola Selakovic met today with Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Serbia Koenraad Adam.

Minister Selakovic assessed the bilateral relations between the two countries as good and pointed out that there was room for their further promotion.

 

 

The Serbian Foreign Minister announced that he would soon pay an official visit to Brussels.

Selakovic said that there was an interest to have a larger number of Belgian companies invest in Serbia, and added that an increase in the inflow of Belgian investments was expected as well as a significantly larger interest of Belgian investors for our country.

 

 

The Minister emphasized that membership of the European Union remained a strategic commitment of Serbia and one of its most important foreign policy goals, adding that our country had accepted the new methodology for accession negotiations with the EU, in hope that this would accelerate the entire process.

Discussing the dialogue with Pristina, the Head of Serbian diplomacy emphasized that Serbia was fully committed to the normalization of relations with Pristina and that to Belgrade this meant reaching a compromise solution that would be sustainable, practicable and acceptable to both sides.

 

 

Selakovic pointed out that Serbia was committed to the dialogue, but that it remained sceptical about the commitments made by the officials in Pristina, bearing in mind that it would soon be eight years since the signing of the Brussels Agreement and of their failure to form the Community of Serb Municipalities. In this regard, the Minister stressed that he expected greater activity of the EU towards Pristina when it comes to the implementation of the agreements reached.

Belgrade, 9 March 2021


 


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.

Minister 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 established 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 established.

 

 

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

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

"We strongly condemn all forms of terrorism, including extremism and radicalism, and call for them to 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 these 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 stressed, was an important indicator of the commitment to creating 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 upon us to reaffirm this willingness and resolve and translate it into concrete steps", the Serbian Foreign Minister said.


 


16.02.2021 - Ambassador Marina Jovićević met with the President of the Chamber of Representatives of the Belgian Parliament, Ms. Eliane Tillieux

On February 16, Ambassador dr Marina Jovićević met with the President of the Chamber of Representatives of the Belgian Parliament, Ms. Eliane Tillieux.

One of the topics raised during the meeting was current state of bilateral relations between Belgium and Serbia. Ambassador Jovićević referred to the pending invitation to Ms. Eliane Tillieux to visit Serbia after the stabilization of the epidemiologic situation. The process of European integration of Serbia and the challenges along the way were also discussed. The ambassador expressed the expectation that Belgium would support European integration of Serbia, within the new methodology, and that Serbia will continue its negotiations with the EU this year in more intensive pace.

The activities undertaken in both countries in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic were also discussed, as well as the vaccination process. Ambassador Jovićević informed about the process of mass vaccination in Serbia, based upon health, and not geopolitical approach, with almost a million people vaccinated in less than a month.

Economic, and social consequences of Covid-19 crisis were also discussed. With that regard, the ambassador informed about the favorable economic results of Serbia compared to the Eurozone, due to the balanced approach taken among economic and epidemiological measures and the construction of two new hospitals for the treatment of patients with Covid-19.


 


18.02.2021 - 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 Archbishop 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 small 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 meeting of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade on 14 May 1999 he was elected as Bishop of 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, academician 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 Humanitarian Fund “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 Republic 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 works Bishop Porfirije published in magazines both in Serbia and abroad. He participated in a large number of scientific conferences and symposia across the globe.

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 is always adapted to his interlocutors.

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


 


Meeting of Ambassador Marina Jovićević with the President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federal Parliament of the Kingdom of Belgium Ms. Els Van Hoof

On February 8, Ambassador dr Marina Jovićević had a meeting with the President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federal Parliament of the Kingdom of Belgium, Ms. Els Van Hoof.

A special topic was dedicated to the fight against the Corona virus, in terms of a balanced approach of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, aimed at preserving human health on the one hand and maintaining economic flows on the other. The President of the Foreign Affairs Committee was also informed about the vaccination procedure in the Republic of Serbia, where, so far, over half a million of population have been vaccinated. The ambassador also informed about the good economic results of Serbia compared to the Eurozone and the construction of two new hospitals for the treatment of patients with Covid-19.

The process of European integration of Serbia and the challenges on that path, as well as the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, were also discussed. Ambassador Jovićević expressed the expectation that new methodology will be applied sooner than later, and that Serbia will continue its negotiations with the EU at a more intensive pace this year,, as well as that Belgium will provide support along the way. Our readiness to continue the dialogue, under the auspices of the EU, after the upcoming elections in Kosovo and Metohija, was emphasized, with the expectation that the Serbian community, represented by the Serbian List, will again get a legitimate representative that will continue to fight for the interests of Serbian and other peoples in Kosovo and Metohija.
 


 


05 February 2021 - Instructions regarding the payment of the visa issuance fee through the "E-visa" system

Instructions regarding the payment of the visa issuance fee through the "E-visa" system are as follows:

Bank name and address:

ING, Avenue Marnix 24, 1000 Brussels

Current account number of the Embassy:

IBAN: BE08 3101 2551 0713 BIC:

BBRUBEBB

Communication regarding the payment of the fee E-visa application:

Last name, first name and the passport number

Payments should be made exclusively in Euros.

 


 


Аwarding the Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg H.E. Xavier Bettel with the Order of the Republic of Serbia on a sash

On the occasion of 11th November – Armistice Day, the President of the Republic of Serbia H.E. Aleksandar Vučić awarded the Order of the Republic of Serbia on a sash to the Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg H.E. Xavier Bettel, for merits in developing and strengthening peaceful cooperation and friendly relations among Luxembourg and Serbia. In the address of the President of Serbia on the occasion of the proclamation of the Decree on the Order, H.E. Aleksandar Vučić expressed his gratitude to H.E. Xavier Bettel for emphasizing the role of the Republic of Serbia in the First World War and the contribution of the Republic of Serbia to the magnificent victory of the Allies, as well as for supporting European path of the Republic of Serbia and its economic development.

The Order of the Republic of Serbia on a sash was handed to the Prime Minister of Luxembourg H.E Xavier Bettel, by the special envoy of the President of the Republic of Serbia, H.E. Marina Jovicevic, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Serbia to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, on February 4th 2021. On that occasion, ambassador Jovicevic outlined excellent bilateral relations between Luxembourg and Serbia, including two official visits at prime ministers level during 2019 that opened the door for further enhancement of cooperation, particularly in ICT, trade, economics, culture and education.

As the country deeply devoted to the rule of law, Luxembourg provides for continuous support in European integration of the Republic of Serbia, including substantial technical assistance to Serbian administration in strengthening the capacities to implement EU law. Luxembourg has also been one of major investors in the Republic of Serbia, thus the announcement of Luxair to introduce direct flight to Belgrade as of June 3rd, 2021 will give even stronger impetus to better connections among our two countries and peoples. Luxembourg, been known as diversifying country with a number of nations, was praised for supporting Serbian community and Serbian Cultural Center.

Joint historical legacy in the First and Second World War laid foundations for successful cooperation between our respective countries commemorating this year 65th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations. As we share joint values and belief that freedom should never be taken for granted, Serbia will invest all the efforts to become the EU member state and part of the United Europe where it belongs and we hope that Luxembourg will be our ally on that part.

The Prime Minister of Luxembourg, H.E. Xavier Bettel, thanked President R. Serbia for the decoration that means a lot to him, because Serbia and Luxembourg have historically celebrated many important anniversaries, both good and difficult, and that is very important because we know that we can trust each other. He especially thanked President of the Republic of Serbia and Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia for friendship, because both through diplomatic and historical relations, it has been shown that friendship is the strongest link that connects two countries. Historical heritage is very important for Luxembourg, and presence of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia at the ceremony marking the end of the Second World War, sent a strong message that we were historically on the same side .

In the area of bilateral cooperation between Luxembourg and Serbia, a lot has already been done, especially in the field of digitalization, but much remains to be done. We both are on the same continent, but we are separated by 1500 kilometers, however, due to Luxair's decision to introduce a direct flight to Belgrade, we are now even closer than before. The importance of the upcoming start of cooperation between students from Serbia and Luxembourg through the Erasmus project was also outlined. Luxembourg has always supported Serbia on the path of European integration, a path very important to Serbia. Serbia has a place in the European Union and we should work together to accelerate steps towards that goal, chapter by chapter.

The Order of the Republic of Serbia on a sash is a proof of friendship, but also a great honor for the people of Luxembourg, especially because members of the Serbian community, as well as many others from the former SFRY, found their future in Luxembourg. The fact that 70% of foreigners live in the City of Luxembourg is just additional proof that differences do not make Luxembourg weak but stronger.


07.02.2021 - 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 any point, 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 "head 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 told the U.S. delegation that Serbia would not sign such an agreement, while conveying that Serbia would always 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-facilitated 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 intensifying, and then we have to pay the price", the President said.

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

The President added that the role of the army 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 and attacks on citizens and the country.

"The policy of strengthening the armed forces will continue at a faster pace", the President 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 attack 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 previous 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 Goll

Belgrade, 7 February 2021


 


05 February 2021 - Belgian companies interested in doing business in Serbia

Prime Minister Ana Brnabić met with Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Serbia Koenraad Adam to speak about the improvement of bilateral cooperation and the strengthening of economic relations between the two countries.

Brnabić pointed out that the bilateral relations between the two countries are good, but that there is a lot of room for their further improvement, estimating that the intensification of the dialogue between high-ranking officials would significantly contribute to that.

Expressing gratitude to Belgium for its cooperation in the process of Serbia's accession to the EU, the Prime Minister informed the ambassador about the steps that the government is taking in areas of key importance for further progress on the path to European integration.

In line with that, Brnabić emphasised that reforms in the area of the rule of law, the fight against organised crime and corruption, reforms of the judiciary and media freedom are among the top priorities.

Belgrade, 5 February 2021

 


 


04.02.2021 - Meeting with the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia

President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić met earlier 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 new 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 manage to get out 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 with 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 affect 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 to 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 priorities of Serbia. The President also expressed hope that with the EIB's support, the planned projects will be successfully completed.

"Following this commitment, 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 path 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 Serbia'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.

Belgrade, 4th February 2021

 


 


01.02.2021 - MEETING OF AMBASSADOR MARINA JOVIĆEVIĆ WITH THE PRESIDENT OF BELGIAN SENATE, H.E. MS. STEPHANIE D’HOSE

On February 1, Ambassador dr Marina Jovićević had a zoom meeting with the Speaker of the Belgian Senate, Ms. Stephanie D’Hose. Given the current challenges related to the Covid-19 pandemic and the vaccination process, special attention has been paid to this topic. Ambassador Jovićević informed the President of the Senate about the successful start of mass vaccination in Serbia, within which over half a million people have been vaccinated so far.

 

 

The approach to the treatment of Covid-19, has also been discussed, including the economic consequences of the health crisis. With that regard, the ambassador informed about favorable economic results of Serbia in relation to the Eurozone, thanks to the balanced approach between economic and epidemiological measures in Serbia. Ambassador also informed the Speaker about two newly constructed hospitals for the treatment of patients with Covid-19.

The process of European integration of Serbia and the challenges along the way have also been discussed. Ambassador Jovićević expressed the expectation that new methodology will be applied sooner than later, and that Serbia will continue its negotiations with the EU at a more intensive pace this year, pledging for Belgian support.

Last but not least, it was discussed about the possibility to organize a meeting at the bilateral parliamentary level once the epidemiological situation would allow.

 


 


27 January 2021 - MEETING OF AMBASSADOR MARINA JOVIĆEVIĆ AND CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AND EUROPEAN AFFAIRS IN THE PARLIAMENT OF LUXEMBOURG

Ambassador dr Marina Jovićević met in Luxembourg with the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign and European Affairs of the Luxembourg Parliament, MP Yves Cruchten.

The current situation regarding the fight against Covid-19 in both countries was discussed. Ambassador Jovićević informed Mr. Cruchten that Serbian authorities have invested huge efforts to keep the balanced approach, and to deal with the great challenges imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic in a responsible manner, primarily in the economic and epidemiological field. Ambassador Jovićević paid particular attention to the process of massive and rapid vaccination in Serbia.

Both ambassador Jovićević and chairman Cruchten welcomed the decision of Luxembourg airline Luxair to establish a regular direct line from Luxembourg to Belgrade twice a week from June 2021, and expressed the expectation that direct flights would connect the two peoples even better.

Luxembourg's support for Serbia's European integration was also discussed, as well as the intensification of bilateral relations in the previous period and awarding the highest decoration of the Republic of Serbia on Sash to the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, H.E. Mr. Xavier Bettel.

Both sides agreed on the need to strengthen parliamentary cooperation and expressed the expectation that after the pandemics is over it would be useful to organize the meeting of the members of the parliamentary Friendship Group with Luxembourg in the Serbian National Assembly and the Committee on Foreign and European Affairs of the Luxembourg Parliament, respectively.

 


 


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

Serbia's foreign policy positions are naturally being adjusted to the new developments at the international level, but our foreign policy priorities have not changed in a long time. Our top and most important 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 is the type of society we strive for. At the bilateral level, our goal is to strengthen ties with traditional friends, 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 diaspora. All these are very important and more often than not complementary goals, Nikola Selakovic pointed out.

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

It is too early to speculate about this in public. The new presidential administration in Washington is currently 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 extremely 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, we have reason to expect that a meeting between the two presidents will be organized in the foreseeable future. I am sure that the nature and dynamics of the relations 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 our 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 civilizational 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 Republic of China which is, in addition to the sincere iron-clad friendship between our peoples and high political representatives, based on deep trust and mutual support. Full membership of the European Union is Serbia's strategic orientation that all our friends are aware of, but our country 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 to 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 thirty years ago, examine the results at that time and you will realize 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 citizens 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 serious and deep examination of our complex position and strategic thinking about ways to improve it. Today, Serbia 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 emphasize on this occasion as well that the main inspiration for such an attitude towards politics, the state and its future comes from none other than President Aleksandar Vucic. As Minister of Foreign 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 realization 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 politics, 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 citizens, as well as Serbs beyond our borders, can confidently rely on, while also being an inspiration to the entire region.

Source: Politika

 

 


 

 


22.01.2021 - Competition of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia for co-financing projects in the field of translation of representative works of Serbian literature abroad in 2021

The Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the Sector for Contemporary Creativity and Creative Industries, has announced competitions for co-financing projects in the fields of translating representative works of Serbian literature abroad until 2021.

The competition is open until March 9, 2021. More information on the conditions and manner of applying is available on the website of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia - https://www.kultura.gov.rs/konkurs/sr/30/600690372a8d5

 


 


12 January 2021 - President Vucic: Serbia is the first in Europe in terms of growth

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic pointed out that Serbia is the first in Europe in terms of economic growth, which will be officially confirmed at the end of March, and that this was possible owing to the reform measures taken since 2014 and the rapid opening 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 was at 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 four months.

He said that the state made significant efforts to procure 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 only 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, he 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 to 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 the 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 Herzegovina 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 smaller 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

 

 

 


 

 


3 January 2021 - Every Serb in the diaspora is potentially a lobbyist

Our compatriots living abroad are one of the great potentials that the state has not recognized in the right way so far, which is why a different approach is needed to the issue of how to strengthen our diaspora and use the good will of people who are potential lobbyists for the interests of Serbia and the Serbian people, Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic said.

"When it comes to Serbs in the diaspora, and especially in the region, this issue has been a kind of an unattended crop which requires a lot of work, and even when a lot is done at once this is not apparent immediately ", Minister Selakovic stated in an interview with Tanjug.

He emphasized that the appointment of the Director of the Office for Cooperation with the Diaspora and Serbs in the Region for the first time after almost seven years since this body was formed within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, shows that it is one of the priorities of the Ministry he is at the helm of.

Selaković notes that intensive efforts have been long underway on forming a plan to make the diaspora more visible both outside the borders of Serbia and in the mother country itself.

"Every person in the diaspora is a potential lobbyist for the interests of our country and people, and we need to find the right way to use that", he said.

That much can be done in that regar Selakovic illustrates with the fact that only in Switzerland, in 24 cities, there are Serbian cultural and artistic associations which amounts to more than 3,000 young people who get together in order to preserve our tradition, culture, the Serbian language and history.

"If they were able to set up such associations in 24 cities, it speaks volumes about the enthusiasm of these people. There is so much enthusiasm, energy and love in these people. We need to explore ways to help them and use their good will and potential", the Minister points out.

He also cites the example of an emigrant family in Canada, the Varaklic family from southwestern Serbia, who sends Christmas packages for children in the Raska region every year. He adds that they have so far donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to non-governmental organizations for those needs alone, but he says that we do not see that here.

"The state does not recognize this, and these are people who gained success as entrepreneurs working in a distant country, who can be serious lobbyists for Serbia, for Serbian interests, someone who represents us in the best possible way", Minister Selakovic said.

Minister Selakovic also pointed out that Arnaud Gouillon has been appointed as head of the Office for Cooperation with the Diaspora and Serbs in the Region and described him as a man of extraordinary energy, great love for the Serbian people, which he showed in his engagement towards Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija, where they were seriously endangered.

"By doing so, he showed and set an example to many of our compatriots of what an individual can do. And when one such individual focuses energy, enthusiasm and love for people, on work done within the state administration system, I think that the preconditions have been created for such activities to yield good results", Minister Selakovic said.

Source: Tanjug

 

 

 


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

This year, Serbia could finally have Ambassadors 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, emphasizing that the work is being done gradually, because 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 Ambassador in Beijing", Selakovic said.

The Minister, who took over the foreign policy sector in the Government a little over two months ago, points 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 that 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 that 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 maintains 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 happen in the future.

In this context, he states that the so-called "mini-Schengen" initiative for market unification of the region, which originated from Aleksandar 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 denominators, 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 way 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 climate in bilateral relations with the United States - the most important country in the world, as our lacking communication with them in the past seriously affected the 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 which we must strive, and not give up in doing so, to find what we have in common, 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

 

 

 


31.12.2020. - The New Year's video greeting from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia

The New Year's video greeting from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia now available on the address

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lBa_AWOSjY

 

 


29.12.2020. - 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 means 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 the 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 down on criminal groups, but also to ensure even bigger investments in the police and army forces.

"Serbia is the country that recorded the highest growth 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 raise its credit rating to an "investment" one, which will put 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 those 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 activities to attract foreign investors will continue, then that work will be done on investments in agriculture, primarily the food industry, new machinery, and digitalization of agriculture.

President Vucic also emphasized that the goal is for salaries in the 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 Serbia 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 tests performed.

Speaking about tourism, the President said that, 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 implementation 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 Kosovo 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 pursue a policy of peace in the region and will endeavour to cooperate with Zagreb, Sarajevo, Podgorica and others.

 


24.12.2020 - 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. Brnabic, 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 believe in it, as well as in our institutions - the Medicines and Medical Devices Agency 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 manufactured by Moderna.

As we promised, all vaccines licensed in their countries and approved by relevant international agencies will be available to our citizens, 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 the third to start a mass immunization 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-BioNTech 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 which Pfizer delivers vaccines and it varies depending on the production, 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 explained.

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 acquired we will be able to slowly start taking off the masks 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, Employment, 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 nursing homes in Belgrade and Novi Sad.

Serbia is the first country in the region to receive a shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech 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 infrastructure 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 already been completed, such as the University Children's Hospital Tiršova, and KBC Zemun nad KBC "Dragiša Mišović" hospitals.

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

 


16.12.2020. - 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, which 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.

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

Belgrade, 16 December 2020

 

 


17.12.2020 - Brnabic and Borrell: Political and economic aspects of negotiations

The Serbian government stated that at a meeting of the Stabilization 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 normalizing 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 Commissioner 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 Stabilization and Association Agreement and Serbia's European path.

The interlocutors discussed current relations between Serbia and the European Union, primarily the process of Serbia's accession to the EU, as well as political and economic criteria, harmonization 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 neighborly relations and regional cooperation are key elements of the enlargement process, and to that end welcomed the continued dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina and Serbia's consistent commitment to the process.

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

The participants 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 convergence of Serbia and the EU region.

Belgrade, 17 December 2020

 


11.12.2020. - J. Joksimović and Roth on Serbia’s negotiations 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, particularly 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 the 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 Working Group on journalist safety and protection”, said Joksimović, according to the press release published by the Ministry of European Integration.

She has 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, including Green Agenda, digitisation, Economic and Investment Plan for the WB, and stable and sound macroeconomic indicators, 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 Council will offer an opportunity to discuss all political and economic aspects of Serbia’s process at the highest level. Roth has thanked Minister 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.

 


10.12.2020. - STATEMENT BY THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

On the occasion of 10 December, the international Human Rights 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 human rights, as a unique achievement of modern civilization. It is incumbent upon us today to safeguard and strengthen the international system ensuring respect for human rights, to develop human rights standards, control the implementation of commitments, and also to continue cooperating with international and regional institutions on the protection of human rights.

Serbia is fully committed to the 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 segment 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 out once again that Serb and other non-Albanian population is being deprived of its rights in Kosovo and Metohija and to call again on the international community to ensure the respect for the guaranteed international human rights norms and contribute to creating conditions for the return of internally displaced persons and giving them back their usurped property.

 


The 10th Conference of journalists and media of the diaspora and Serbs in the region

The Association of Journalists of Serbia (UNS), with the support of the Directorate for Cooperation with the Diaspora and Serbs and the Region of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will organize the 10th Media Conference of the Diaspora and Serbs in the region on December 29, 2020. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the conference will be held via the ZOOM application.

The topic of the 10th Conference will be the work of the media, organizations and associations of Serbs from the region and the diaspora during the Covid 19 virus pandemic, and whether and in what way the pandemic affected the quality of work and economic sustainability of Serb media activities in the diaspora and region.

The second part of the Conference will present the UNS website www.umrezavanje.rs, launched on the occasion of the 10th Jubilee Conference, with the idea of representing a platform for connecting media and organizations of Serbs from the region and the diaspora with the home country.

Applications for participation in the Conference can be sent by interested representatives of the media, associations and organizations to the e-mail address ana.petronijevic@uns.rs, until December 17, 2020.


08.12.2020. - President meets the ambassadors of the EU member states accredited to Serbia and the head of the European Union Delegation

The President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić met today the ambassadors of EU Member States accredited to Serbia and the Head of the EU Delegation Sem Fabrizi in the Palace of Serbia, to talk to them about topics such as dynamics of the accession negotiations between Serbia and EU, stability in the region, regional projects, as well as the Economic and Investment Plan presented by the European Commission together with the Enlargement package.

President Vučić once again confirmed that cooperation with the European Union and fully-fledged membership of Serbia remain one of the key foreign policy priorities of our country. He particularly emphasised that in this respect Serbia is honestly dedicated to further and deeper reforms, approaching them with responsibility and seriousness, and that it tries to adopt and apply the best practice through cooperation with institutions of the EU and its member states.
 
"Serbia will continue being dedicated to the promotion of peace and stability in the region, by improving bilateral relations with neighbours, and by strengthening regional cooperation while respecting all concluded agreements", President Vučić stated, adding that the European future of the Western Balkans is of utmost importance for both stability of the entire region and security and further prosperity of the EU.
 
Ambassadors pointed out that declarations on the common regional market and the Western Balkans green agenda, which were signed by Serbia and all leaders of the region, received a warm welcome in Brussels and EU Member Stated, and that good and solid connectivity and integration of the region largely facilitates the cooperation of the very Union with the Western Balkans in all areas of joint interest.
 
"As much as 70% of foreign investments come from the countries whose representatives are sitting here today", Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Sem Fabrizi said, adding that Serbia can rest assured the EU will continue supporting and investing in the Serbian economy. While Covid-19 has put all economies under stress, Serbian economy has resisted and proved its resilience.  With the Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans, the EU will remain Serbia's strongest partner for economic recovery which will support infrastructures, green and digital transition. We welcome the announced reforms in the areas of rule of law, including judiciary reforms and media freedom. This is precisely the base for acceleration of the accession process and we encourage the new government to keep working and implementing in this direction", Fabrizi said.
 
President Vučić pointed out that Serbia highly appreciates that the EU, despite numerous challenges it is facing has managed to preserve the enlargement issue on its agenda, especially through the recent adoption of a new, changed methodology of the negotiation process.
 
 
 
"In this respect, we expect from the EU that Serbia's accession negotiation dynamics follows and values our reform efforts", President Vučić said pointing out that Serbia is ready to continue working with its European partners on implementation of the reforms and numerous joint projects.
 
President Vučić particularly noted that Serbia welcomes the Economic and investment plan presented by the EC together with the Enlargement package, and expressed our country's readiness to continue working with the partners in the region on the implementation of this Plan so as to improve the economic potential of the region and achieve better infrastructure connection, which would bring us closer to the single European market.
 
"In this context, we hope the Multiannual financial framework 2021-2027 will be adopted soon, because that will mean a possibility to use funds designed for reform implementation in Serbia and in the region", President Vučić said, reiterating that Serbia remains on its European path with an honest faith in cooperation with the European partners.
 
"2020 has been an extremely difficult year for all, especially the impact of COVID–19. When I look at new Government's commitment to implement reforms, the Economic and Investment Plan of the EU, the new methodology and increased cooperation to fight COVID-19, I see 2021 with a much more favourable perspective for progressing the enlargement", Fabrizi concluded.
 
President Vučić also pointed out that Serbia is prepared to work intensively with the EU Member States on finding an adequate response to the new challenges, such as COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Belgrade, 8th December 2020

Presentation of the mural "UP!" of the Serbian artist Jana Danilović in Brussels

As part of the Balkan Traffic Festival program, in cooperation with the city of Brussels, on Friday, November 27, 2020, a mural "UP!"by Serbian artist Jane Danilović was presented in Brussels, on the facade of a new residential building in the city center, 132 rue Terre-Neuve.

Jana Danilović is a Belgrade street artist and muralist, holder of a doctorate in art, street art theorist and co-founder of Reconstruction, the largest street art festival in Belgrade. "UP!" is a mural inspired and based on several universally recognizable symbols and motifs. The general idea of this design is to illustrate the empowering message that, no matter how seemingly small and fragile an individual may be, there is no limit to what can be achieved.


Serbian films at the 20th Festival of Mediterranean Countries Cinemamed

From November 26 to December 5, the 20th edition of the festival of Mediterranean countries Cinemamed will be held in Brussels, this year in an online edition, via the SOONER platform. The review includes about forty fictions, documentaries and short films that can be viewed on the website www.cinemamed.be.

This year, the program also includes two Serbian productions - a short film by Nikola Stojanović, DOG DAYS OF SUMMER (Drenjine) with co-writer Nadja Petrović and with the participation of Jelena Tjapkin, Nikola Pavlović, Marija Vreć and Miljana Kravić. and the feature film FATHER, a Serbian-French-German-Croatian co-production directed by Srdan Golubović, with Goran Bogdan, Boris Isaković, Nada Shargin, Milica Janevski.


Book of condolences on the occasion of the repose of His Holiness, Archbishop of Peć, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovac and Patriarch of Serbia Mr. Irinej

On the occasion of the repose of His Holiness, the Archbishop of Peć, the Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovac and the Patriarch of Serbia, Mr. Irinej, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels opened a book of condolences.

The book of condolences will be opened on Monday, November 23, 2020, from 1 to 3 pm, and on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, from 11 am to 2 pm.

Due to the complex epidemiological situation and measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic in the Kingdom of Belgium, statements and letters of condolence can be send electronically to the address condolences.srb.brussels@mfa.rs.


Аwarding the Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg H.E. Xavier Bettel with the Order of the Republic of Serbia on Sash

On the occasion of 11th November – Armistice Day, the President of the Republic of Serbia H.E. Aleksandar Vucic awarded the Order of the Republic of Serbia on Sash to the Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg H.E. Xavier Bettel, for merits in developing and strengthening peaceful cooperation and friendly relations among Luxembourg and Serbia.

In the address of the President on the occasion of the proclamation of the Decree on decoration, H.E. Aleksandar Vucic expressed his gratitude to H.E. Xavier Bettel, for emphasizing the role of the Republic of Serbia in the First World War and the contribution of the Republic of Serbia to the magnificent victory of the Allies, as well as for supporting European path of the Republic of Serbia and its economic development.


The Armistrice in the First World War

On the occasion of The Armistice in the First World War, Consul Vesna Lalic and Defense Envoy Ivan Zarić laid wreath on a monument to Serbian soldiers killed on the territory of Belgium in First World War, located at the Robermont military cemetery in Liege.


Commemoration of the liberation of Liege in World War II

Upon the invitation of the Governor of the Province of Liege and the Mayor of Liege, Ambassador Marina Jovićević attended the celebration of the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Liege and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II on September 8.

The ceremony was held at the national place of suffering erected in honor of the persons who were killed or shot in Liege and the region of Liege in World War II, to whom 415 crosses were placed. Most of them were Belgians, but among the victims were Algerians, Americans, Spaniards, French, Italians, Luxembourgers, Dutch, Poles, Russians and Serbs.

On behalf of the Embassy of Serbia, Ambassador Jovićević laid a wreath at the monument to the victims.

 

 


Course of Serbian language within the project of the Academic Serbian Association

As part of the project "Learning the Serbian language as a native language through the online course 2020", the Academic Serbian Association invites members of the Serbian diaspora aged 15 to 19 to apply for a free individual three-month Serbian language course via Skype.

Under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, for the fourth year in a row, the popularization and further realization of online teaching continues.

Serbs from the diaspora aged 15 to 19 can apply until July 19, 2020, while online classes will be realized from August 10 to October 31, 2020.

The condition for application is that the students have not yet been trained to learn Serbian as a native language via Skype and that they have a minimum knowledge of English. More information is available on the website http://skr.rs/9RX.

 


Нерадни дани у Амбасади Р. Србије у Бриселу/Neradni dani u Ambasadi R. Srbije u Briselu

Због државног празника Краљевине Белгије,

Амбасада Републике Србије у Бриселу неће радити

21. јула 2020. године.

За хитне случајеве дежурни број Амбасаде је +3226498349.

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En raison de conge officiel de l`Ètat du Royaume de Belgique

l'Аmbassade de la République de Serbie à Bruxelles sera fermée

le 21 juillet 2020.

En cas d`urgence, appeler le +3226498349.

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Due to the state holiday of the Kingdom of Belgium,

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels will not work

July 21, 2020.

Emergency number for the Emergency is +3226498349.


Termination of the Decision on closing all border crossings for entry into the Republic of Serbia

Based on the Decision of the Government of the Republic of Serbia on the termination of the Decision on closing all border crossings for entry into the Republic of Serbia and the Decision on amendments to the Decision on declaring COVID-19 disease caused by SARS-CoV- 2 infectious disease, which entered into force on May 22nd 2020, all border crossings of the Republic of Serbia are opened and as of May 22, they are operating in the usual mode.

The ban on entry into the Republic of Serbia has been lifted, as well as epidemiological measures for all categories of domestic and foreign citizens - consent / permission is no longer required for the entry of domestic citizens and for the entry of all categories of foreign citizens.

All persons entering the Republic of Serbia, instead of previous isolation measures and the obligation to possess a negative PCR test, during passport control will be given only a written notice of measures to be followed to prevent the occurrence, spread and control of the infectious disease COVID -19.


CORONA VIRUS - IMPORTANT NOTICE

Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia is open exclusively by scheduling by telephone number 02 649 83 49. Protective face masks are obligatory.

Reception of visa applications is also possible by scheduling.


CORONA VIRUS: RECOMMENDATION TO SERBIAN CITIZENS ABROAD

In accordance with the measures taken by the Government of the Republic of Serbia to prevent the spread and control of infectious disease COVID-19, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends that citizens of the Republic of Serbia staying abroad should postpone any travel to the Republic of Serbia that is not necessary, especially if they are planning to come from countries or areas with intense COVID-19 disease transmission.


Belgrade symbols in the colors of the flag of Belgium

In order to show of solidarity and support for the people of Belgium over the Corona virus epidemic, Belgrade symbols were lighten last night in the colors of the Belgian flag. Thus the Palace of Albania, the fountain on Slavia, Brankov and the Bridge on Ada were illuminated in the colors of the flag of Belgium.

                                                                                                                                              Foto: Tanjug

                                                                                                                                              Foto: Tanjug


Donor account to help combat the COVID-19 disease epidemic

The global threat posed by the COVID-19 virus pandemic has shown the need for solidarity and concerted action to prevent and control the further spread of the virus. In view of the above, we inform all interested foundations, legal entities and persons that, if they wish, they can transfer funds through a central earmarked donation collection account in order to counteract the consequences of the epidemic in the Republic of Serbia. Donations can be made in Euros, Dollars and Swiss Francs.

The purpose of the donations is to help combat the epidemic of COVID-19 caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

EUR Currency Account:

Frankfurter Sparkasse

IBAN: DE 93500502010200721925

SWIFT/BIC: HELADEF1822

USD Currency Account:

Frankfurter Sparkasse

IBAN: DE 44500502010254022561

SWIFT/BIC: HELADEF1822

CHF Currency Account:

Frankfurter Sparkasse

IBAN: DE 92500502010254022570

SWIFT/BIC: HELADEF1822


CORONA VIRUS - MEASURES TO PREVENT THE EXTENSION OF EPIDEMIA

The President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Ana Brnabic, and the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, Maja Gojkovic, adopted on March 15, 2020, in accordance with the Constitution, a Decision on the introduction of a state of emergency.

Borders of the Republic of Serbia are closed to all foreign citizens, with the exception of diplomats accredited in Serbia and foreigners with a residence permit in Serbia.

All citizens of the Republic of Serbia, as well as accredited diplomats and foreign nationals residing in the Republic of Serbia, who enter the Republic of Serbia, are obliged to be in self-isolation for at least 14 days, under criminal responsibility. This measure will be strictly controlled and its violation will be most severely sanctioned.

In the case of citizens of the Republic of Serbia and foreign nationals residing in the Republic of Serbia who come from highly infected areas, isolation is determined for 28 days.

All information on high-risk countries and changes in the regime of entry into the Republic of Serbia can be downloaded on the Government of the Republic of Serbia website - www.srbija.gov.rs, in the News section.

The mode of operation of border crossings has been changed - information can be downloaded on the website of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia - www.mup.gov.rs.

Information on measures against the spread of Corona virus can be downloaded on the website of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia - www.covid19.rs.


Marking the National Day of the Republic of Serbia

On the occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Serbia, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels organized on March 3, 2020, a reception for members of our diaspora in Belgium and Luxembourg. At the beginning of the reception, pianist Selena Trifunovic performed the anthems of Serbia, Belgium and Ode to Joy. Ambassador Marina Jovićević addressed the audience and referred to the importance of the Sretenje for the history of the Serbian people and the formation of the modern Serbian S=state, and urgent all present, given their position in Belgian and Luxembourg society, through their work and business and personal contacts, seek to influence the improvement of the perception of the Republic of Serbia in society here, because it is the best way to change Serbia's image in Belgium. In this regard, she assessed the fact that during 2019 the activities of members of the Serbian Diaspora in Belgium intensified in the field of association and joint action to promote the Republic of Serbia and its economic, tourism, cultural and scientific-educational potentials. After the speech, pianist Selena Trifunovic performed a suitable music program. During the reception, cultural-tourist films about Serbia were broadcast. The reception was a held in a very cordial atmosphere and was a very good opportunity to discuss specific topics and activities aimed at further promotion of the Republic of Serbia in Belgium and Luxembourg.


Presentation of the Serbian Cultural Center at the 37th Migration, Culture and Citizenship Fair in Luxembourg

From February 29 to March 1, 2020, the traditional 37th Migration, Culture and Citizenship Festival was held in Luxembourg. The Serbian Cultural Center in Luxembourg participated in the fair again this year and presented traditional Serbian food - ćevapi, burgers, stuffed peppers, ajvar, kajmak, homemade pies and cakes, as well as homemade brandies - plum brandy, quince and nutmeg, and wines from renowned Serbian producers . In addition, the stand featured wool socks and hats, as well as promotional material dedicated to the Republic of Serbia. The stand was decorated with our flags and balloons in the color of the flag. Part of the representatives of the Serbian community who served at the SKC stand was dressed in Serbian folk costumes. Numerous nations from Africa, Latin America and Europe are represented at the Festival. Corin Kaen, Minister for Family Protection and Integration, Mark Crosett, President of the Volunteer Agency, Amelia Konte, member of the executive board of the Committee for liason with foreigners and Snezana Balesevic, member of the Board of Directors of the Serbian Cultural Center in Luxembourg spoke at the opening ceremony. In front of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, the opening ceremony was attended by Ambassador Marina Jovićević and Consul Vesna Lalić, who also visited the stand of the Serbian Cultural Center, which aroused great interest of visitors.


Dressing of a statue of Maneken Pis in Serbian national costume - celebration of National Day of the Republic of Serbia

On February 15, 2020, as part of the celebration of National Day of the Republic of Serbia, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels, in cooperation with the Department of Culture of the City of Brussels and the Order of the Friends of Maneken Pis, organized a ceremony of dressing the Maneken Pis in Serbian folk costume. The attendees were addressed by E. Vandenhaut, President of the Order of Friends of Maneken Pis and M. Guebel, PR of the Order of Friends of Maneken Pis. V. Lalić, Head of the Consular Section introduced the attendees to the history of celebrating Sretenje, as the day of the beginning of the First Serbian uprising in 1804 and the adoption of the Sretenje Constitution in 1835, one of the most modern and liberal constitutions of its time, made following, among others, Belgium constitutional model from 1831. At the end of the ceremony, the guests were served with homemade bread, pies and rakija, symbols of Serbian hospitality.


Нерадни дани у Амбасади Р. Србије у Бриселу/Neradni dani u Ambasadi R. Srbije u Briselu

Због државног празника Републике Србије, Амбасада Републике Србије у Бриселу неће радити 17. фебруара 2020.   За хитне случајеве дежурни број Амбасаде је +3226498349.

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En raison de conge officiel de la République de Serbie, l'Аmbassade de la République de Serbie à Bruxelles sera fermée le 17 février 2020. En cas d`urgence, appeler le +3226498349.

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Due to the state holiday of the Republic of Serbia, The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels will not work February 17th, 2020. Emergency number is +3226498349.


Competition for Partially Financing projects, which contributes through its merits to preserving and strengthening connections between the homeland and the diaspora and homeland and Serbs in the region

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Office for Cooperation with the Diaspora and the Serbs in the region, announces the Competition for co-financing projects that contribute to preserving and strengthening the relations of the home state and the diaspora and home state and Serbs in the region, which will last from January 20 to February 10, 2020. All information on the competition and the application procedure is available on the link www.dijaspora.gov.rs/uprava-za-dijasporu-konkursi


Competitions of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia

Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia has announced two competitions:

1. Competition for co-financing projects for translation of representative works of Serbian literature abroad in 2020 and

2. Competition for financing or co-financing projects in the field of cultural activities or Serbs abroad in 2020.

Competitions are open until March 16, 2020. All information about the competition and the application procedure are available at www.kultura.gov.rs.


Celebration of Slava Saint Sava in Brussels

The Serbian Orthodox Church of Saint Sava in Brussels, on January 26, 2020, celebrated the slava of Saint Sava. The Holy Liturgy was officiated by Bishop West American Mr. Maxim and priest Milan Zivanovic from Antwerp. After the speech delivered by the bishop, the children from the Ivo Andrić School in Brussels had an event where symbolic gifts were given to the little ones. This event was attended by a large number of our citizens living in the Kingdom of Belgium, especially in Brussels. Ivo Andrić School in Brussels marked the school slava at the premises used by the school, on February 1, 2020. The event was organized in cooperation with the Additional School and the newly founded Serbian Association Krug from Brussels and gathered a large number of members of our diaspora in Belgium.


Нерадни дани у Амбасади Р. Србије у Бриселу/Neradni dani u Ambasadi R. Srbije u Briselu

Због државних празника Републике Србије и Краљевине Белгије,

Амбасада Републике Србије у Бриселу неће радити

25. и 26. децембра 2019. године

1. и 2. јануара 2020. године

и 7. јануара 2020. године

За хитне случајеве дежурни број Амбасаде је +3226498349.

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En raison des conges officiels de la République de Serbie et l`Ètat du Royaume de Belgique,

l'Аmbassade de la République de Serbie à Bruxelles sera fermée

les 25 et 26 décembre 2019

les 1 et 2 janvier 2020

et le 7 janvier 2020.

En cas d`urgence, appeler le +3226498349.

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Due to the state holidays of the Republic of Serbia and the Kingdom of Belgium,

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels will not work

December 25 and 26, 2019

January 1 and 2 2020

and January 7 2020.

Emergency number for the Emergency is +3226498349.


Financial guide for returnees issued by National Bank of Serbia

In order to inform citizens of the Republic of Serbia who wish to return to the Republic of Serbia regarding foreign currency issues that are important for their return, in order to create conditions for easier return and faster integration, the National Bank of Serbia issued Financial guide for returnees. It can be accessed through the following link: https://www.nbs.rs/internet/english/20/dev/finansijski_vodic_za_povratnike_e.pdf


Press award for Serbian film Stiches at the 19th Mediterranean Film Festival in Brussels

At the 19th Mediterranean Film Festival in Brussels, the Union of Belgian Film Media and the Union of Film Critics awarded the Serbian film Stiches by director Miroslav Terzic, with Snezana Bogdanovic in the leading role.


Sebrian club “Krug” (Circle) in Brussels

The gathering of representatives of the Serbian community was held in Brussels on December 7, 2019 with the idea of launching an active club that would engage in various activities of interest to Serbs and the local community. The organizers stated their intentions to organize thematic gatherings, workshops for children, library, database for exchange of services, promotion of Serbian films, exhibitions of Serbian authors, book promotions, concerts, quizzes, sports competitions within SC Krug. The next meeting is scheduled for January 11, 2020. The first meeting was attended by Ambassador Marina Jovicevic and Vesna Lalic, Head of the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels.


Celebrating 800 Years of the Autocephaly of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the Serbian Orthodox Church in Brussels

The celebration of the jubilee of 800 years of the Autocephaly of the Serbian Orthodox Church was organized at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Brussels, on December 1 2019, by the Diocese of the Western European Orthodox Church and the Saint Sava Parish in Brussels. After the liturgy attended by over 100 people, the priest Milan Zivanovic from Antwerp and Ambassador Marina Jovicevic addressed the audience. Ambassador Jovicevic said that the establishment of the Independent Serbian Archdiocese, which occurred during 1219, with the primary efforts of its founders - the archbishop St Sava and his brother King Stefan the Firstborn represented a first-rate significant historical event whose positive consequences have been felt in all the past centuries. She emphasized her satisfaction that this significant anniversary of the Serbian Orthodox Church, in addition to commemoration in the Republic of Serbia, in the Žiča monastery and at the Academy "Saint Sava's Testament" under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Serbia, is also celebrated in the Church of St. Sava in Brussels. After the introductory speeches, professor Radomir Popovic, a theologian and professor of Christian history at the Faculty of Theology in Belgrade, spoke about the role and importance of Saint Sava for the independence of the Serbian Church. The folklore ensemble from Antwerp and pianist Selena Trifunovic performed in the art program, followed by a cocktail.


The Armistrice in the First World War

On the occasion of The Armistice in the First World War, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Kingdom of Belgium, Marina Jovicevic, Consul Vesna Lalic and Defense Envoy Ivan Zarić laid wreaths on a monument to Serbian soldiers killed on the territory of Belgium and to the Allied Monument dedicated to all World War I liberation forces located at the Robermont military cemetery in Liege. The commemoration, held on November 12, 2019, was attended by the representatives of the city of Liège, representatives of the Province of Liège, the federal government, military structures, veterans associations, as well as ambassadors and representatives of the Embassies of France, Germany, Poland, Italy, Russian Federation, Poland.


       

        

        

        


Abolished visas for citizens of Armenia

Тhe Government of the Republic of Serbia, at its meeting on 24 October 2019, adopted a decision to abolish visa requirements for nationals Republic of Armenia, holders of ordinary passports, allowing them to enter, transit through and stay in the territory of the Republic of Serbia for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days from the date of their entry into the Republic of Serbia during a period of one hundred and eighty (180) days, unless there are impediments referred to in Article 15 of the Law on Foreigners. The decision was published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia No.76/2019 of 25 October 2019 and take effect on 2 November 2019.


Нерадни дани у Амбасади Р. Србије у Бриселу/Neradni dani u Ambasadi R. Srbije u Briselu

Због државних празника Републике Србије и Краљевине Белгије,
Амбасада Републике Србије у Бриселу неће радити
1. новембра 2019. године и
11. новембра 2019. године.
За хитне случајеве дежурни број Амбасаде је +3226498349.

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En raison des conges officiels de la République de Serbie et l`Ètat du Royaume de Belgique,
l'Аmbassade de la République de Serbie à Bruxelles sera fermée
le 1 novembre decembre 2019 et
le 11 novembre 2019.
En cas d`urgence, appeler le +3226498349.

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Due to the state holidays of the Republic of Serbia and the Kingdom of Belgium,
The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels will not work
November 1, 2019 and
November 11, 2019.
Emergency number for the Emergency is +3226498349.


Presentation of the Republic of Serbia at the CinEast Film Festival in Luxembourg

In collaboration with the Cineast Film Festival in Luxembourg, the Serbian Cultural Center in Luxembourg and the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels, feature film Ajvar, directed by Anna Maria, was presented on September 4, 2019, the at the 12th Cineast Film Festival in Luxembourg. The film was directed by Ana Maria Rossi, based on a screenplay by Maja Todorovic and Ana Marija Rossi and produced by the Biberče film house. Nataša Ninković and Sergej Trifunović are the leading actors in this film production, and the rest of the cast include Miodrag Krstović, Pavle Pekić, Gordan Kičić, Igor Borojević, Aleksandra Janković, Vesna Čipčić, Ivana Šćepanović, Paulina Manov, Branka Petrić, Srdjan Miletic, Mirko Vlahovic, Mirko Vlahic and other.

Director Ana Maria Rossi was a guest of the Festival and after the screening of the film she answered questions from the audience about the film and about the Serbian customs shown in it. The Luxembourg audience showed great interest in the film Ajvar, and according to the organizers, the Kinepolis in Luxembourg was too small to accommodate all the people who came with the desire to see the film.

After the screening of the film, the Serbian Cultural Center in Luxembourg organized a Serbian evening in the foyer of Kinepolis, where guests had the opportunity to taste local ajvar and traditional Serbian food, prepared by members of  Serbian Cultural Center in Luxembourg and wines from renowned Serbian producers provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels.

 

 


25/09/2019 Honorary Consul of the Republic of Serbia in Flanders awarded with the highest Belgian royal decoration of the Order of Leopold

The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Serbia in Flanders, Alexander Davidovic, was awarded with royal decoration of the Order of Leopold at the ceremony held on September 25, 2019 in Kontich, Antwerp, upon the decree of the Belgian King Philip. It is the highest Belgian decoration for merit in bringing the peoples and institutions of the Kingdom of Belgium and the Republic of Serbia closer, thus having the Honorary Consul Alexander Davidovic as the first Serb to be awarded the Knight of Leopold decoration. Mr. Davidovic received the decoration from Prof. Dr. Ir. Derrick Gosselin, Advisor to the King of Belgium, Honorary Chief of Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Flanders and Professor at Oxford University. Mr. Koen Metsu, MP in the Belgian Parliament, Co-Chair of the Committee on Internal Affairs and Mayor of Edegem introduced to the present high level officials the engagement of Aleksandar Davidovic, emphesizing his commitment to enhancing cooperation between the two countries and to accelerating European integration of the Republic of Serbia. The honorary consul was also handed a saber, symbolizing the Order of the Knights of Leopold. The ceremony was also attended by Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Kingdom of Belgium, Dr Marina Jovićević.

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12/09/2019 Visit to the national volleyball team of the Republic of Serbia

The Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Kingdom of Belgium, dr Marina Jovićević and consul Vesna Lalić visited the members and the professional team of the national volleyball team at the Van Der Valk Hotel in Brussels. During the visit, in a cordial conversation, the team manager of Serbian national volleyball team Mr. Slobodan Boškan handed the Embassy representatives a flag with the signatures of the national and the expert team members. The Ambassador wished our national team most success during the qualifications, which are taking place in Belgium - in Brussels and Antwerp - and to continue the competition in Paris and win the golden medal.

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11/09/2019 Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Mrs. Ana Brnabic on an official visit to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, 9-10. September 2019

Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Ana Brnabic paid an official visit to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on September 9 and 10, respectively, upon the invitation of Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel. The visit of PV Ana Brnabic came only three months after the official visit of PM Xavier Bettel to Serbia, which was realized 30-31 May 2019. At the beginning of the visit and a welcome reception with military honors, PM Ana Brnabić and PM Xavier Bettel discussed the further development of excellent bilateral relations and the specific areas of cooperation that they have started to discuss during the Luxembourg Prime Minister's visit to Belgrade. An important topic of discussion were the European integration of the Republic of Serbia and the relationship between the European Union and the Western Balkans. Luxembourg Prime Minister has also hosted an official lunch for PM Ana Brnabic and members of the Serbian delegation. Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Ana Brnabic has been received by the Grand Duke Henri, with whom she also discussed further development of bilateral co-operation, Serbia's EU accession and the situation in the region. Two PMs, Mr. Ana Brnabić and Mr. Xavier Bettel had introductory speeches at a seminar held at the Startup Center of the Chamber of Commerce of Luxembourg on Serbia's investment potential, where digitalization and sharing of ICT experience were one of the topics of focus. On the sidelines of the seminar, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. Prime Minister Ana Brnabic also met with Speaker of the Parliament, Mr. Fernand Etgen, as well as with the members of the Bureau and the Committee on Foreign and European Affairs, Co-operation, Asylum and Migration, to discuss reforms being implemented in Serbia, the accession process, the situation in the region of Western Balkans and the challenges facing the EU. Prime Minister Ana Brnabic as the only foreign official attended a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Luxembourg in World War II. The Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, along with the Mayor of Luxembourg, Lydie Polfer, has visited the Serbian Cultural Center and met with members of the SCC Board. The Prime Minister also visited Jiway, a company operating in Luxembourg, Serbia and Switzerland, which developed the MozaIK2020 platform in collaboration with Luxembourg and Serbian teams. The two prime ministers watched together a football match between Serbia and Luxembourg in qualifying for Euro2020.

Photos - source: Slobodan Miljević/ Government of the Republic of Serbia / Tanjug

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30/08/2019 Meeting of Ambassador Marina Jovicevic with the President of the House of Representatives of Luxembourg Fernand Etgen

Ambassador Marina Jovićević met with Fernand Etgen, President of the Luxembourg House of Representatives, on 30 August 2019. During the courtesy visit to the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Grand Duchy bilateral relations, parliamentary cooperation, current situation in Serbia, European integration, Belgrade and Pristina dialogue, regional stability and cooperation were discussed. Special attention was paid to the preparations for the forthcoming visit by Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Ana Brnabic to Luxembourg during which she will also meet with the deputies of the Luxembourg Parliament.


Нерадни дани у Амбасади Р. Србије у Бриселу/Neradni dani u Ambasadi R. Srbije u Briselu

Због државног празника Краљевине Белгије,
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15. августа 2019. године
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le 15 Août 2019
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***
Due to the state holiday of the Kingdom of Belgium,
The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels will not work
August 15th 2019
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Candidacy of the Republic of Serbia for re-election to the UNESCO Executive Council

 

 


Applying for passports at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels on Wednesdays from 15:00 to 18:00, with previous appointment

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels, starting from July 1, 2019, will receive requests for issuing passports and will deliver passports also on Wednesdays from 15:00 to 18:00, with previous appointment.

The appointment for Wednesday from 15:00 to 18:00 hours can be scheduled on the phone 02 / 649-83-49.

Person with scheduled appointment is to arrive at least 15 minutes earlier. Persons who cannot come to the Embassy in the scheduled time are asked to inform the Embassy, as soon as they find out that that they cannot come.

 


Serbian Night in Brussels - Balkan Traffic Festival

In organization of the Balkan Trafic Festival and with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels, on the open stage in the Royal Park in Brussels, on 28th of June, the Serbian night was organized.

At this event, the first in the series of representation of countries from our region, the Cultural-Art Society Izvor from Paris, which, after a short workshop, performed a full-length concert consisting of a series of dances and songs from all over Serbia. After the concert, the documentary film "Promise" by Dušan Gajić and director Željko Mirković was shown. This film already won 9 international documentary awards at the festivals in Serbia, France, USA and Italy. A Promise is a film about the unusual venture of a French family who settled in the village of Roglje near Negotin in order to produce organic wine for the international market together with locals.

Visitors had the opportunity to see part of the exhibition "Ivo Andric - writer and diplomat" which follows the life and work life of Ivo Andic as diplomats, organized by the City Museum of Belgrade, with the help of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia. The author of the exhibition is Mrs. Tatjana Koricanac, Director of the Museum of the City of Belgrade and curator of the Museum of Ivo Andric. Also, on the Serbian evening, materials related to the "Study in Serbia" program, as well as the presentation of Novi Sad, the European capital city of youth in 2019 and the European Capital of Culture in 2021, were distributed.

Vesna Lalic, Head of the Consular Section in the Embassy, addressed the attendees and besides general information about Serbia, she pointed out the significance of the platform Serbia creates, under which logo Serbia was presented at this event and the "Study in Serbia" program, realized in cooperation of  Ministry of Education and Tempus Foundation.

 

 

 

Superior Taste Award for the Serbian manufacturers

Тhe International Taste Institute, the leading organization for assessment and certification of tastes, awarded the Superior Taste Award for five premium products from Serbia. Traditional Serbian high-quality products - dried plums, raspberry spreads, cold pumpkin oil from pumpkin seeds, raw honey with lyophilized plum powder and ajvar have been given the most famous, independent worldwide certificate in the field of food consumer goods. The companies Agranela from Valjevo, Real Red Raspberry from Becej, Ecovital from Bikić Dol, Happy Honey from Belgrade / Kučevo and Strela from Leskovac were awarded.
On the occasion, on the basis of the proposal of the USAID Competitive Economy Project, which supported by Serbian manufacturers and representatives of the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications of the Republic of Serbia, a presentation of these products was organized at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels and the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, for representatives of the federal and local authorities of the Kingdom of Belgium and EU institutions, as well as for business entities and representatives of several chambers of commerce from the Belgian regions. The presentation was attended by about 70 people.
The attendees were addressed by M. Jovicevic, Ambassador of R. Serbia in K. Belgium, who pointed out the importance of this award for the further development of the food industry in Serbia and the promotion of the Serbian high quality food industry abroad, and Jasmina Debeljak Markovic from USAID, who pointed out that the world's largest retail chains worldwide increasingly recognize the Superior Taste Award as a high-quality certificate, manufacturers which won prizes for their products gain a significant advantage over domestic and international competition because the award recommend them to consumers.

 

 

12/06/2019 - QUALIFICATIONS FOR EURO 2020 IN HANDBALL, MATCH BETWEEN THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA AND BELGIUM IN LEUVEN

The handball team of the Republic of Serbia, led by selector Nenad Perunicic, won the fifth round of qualifications for the European Handball Championship 2020 against the handball representation of the Kingdom of Belgium on June 12 in Leuven, with a score of 37:26. In the previous match, in October 2018 in Zrenjanin, two teams played a draw - 27:27. Our handball players in Leuven were supported by numerous Serbian citizens who live and work in the Kingdom of Belgium and neighboring countries, as well as Ambassador Marina Jovicevic and members of the Embassy and the Serbian Mission to the EU.


19/06/2019 - Decision on co-financing projects
We inform that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia on June 19, brought the Decision on co-financing projects which, with their quality, contribute to the preservation and strengthening of the home state and diaspora relations and the home state and Serbs in the Region.
 
You can download the decisions on the following links:
 

 


11/06/2019 Presentation of the Concept of the 53rd Bitef, a Press Conference in Brussels

At a press conference, held on June 11, 2019 in the Flemish cultural center "Kunstenpunt" in Brussels, was presented the concept of 53th International Belgrade Theatre Festival (BITEF) on the occasion of the participation of two Belgian performances - "Orest in Mosul" by Milo Rau and "Called" by Sepe Bejens in the program of this year’s BITEF. Artistic director of the festival, Ivan Medenica, explained at the press conference that the main program of BITEF includes performances that discuss the breakdown of the political community (but also family and partnership relations) primarily to those who are trying to offer an alternative through the restoration of humanistic values: freedom, equality, solidarity, collective work and dedication, trust. One of BITEF's key performance is "Orest in Mosul" by famous director Milo Rau, based on Eshil's Oreste, placed in the city of Mosul in Iraq, destroyed by the ISIS terror and attacks by American aviation against Islamists. Another artistic line, which, along with the thematic, always carrying axis of the main program, at 53 BITEF will be the so-called "Imperial Theater" in which the differences between scenes and theaters, performers and viewers are erased, and where the audience "plunges" into the world of the scene. In this part of the program, the play called "Invited" by Seppe Beyens is being produced in the production of the famous company Ultima Vez, from Brussels. Author, choreographer Seppe Beyens, who participated at the conference, explained that his performances at the stage sometimes include 150 people, although the performers, in fact, only have 15, ages 12 to 95 years old. His goal is to erase the distance between the performer and the audience, "to gradually build a community" and ultimately to "bring the theater back to people". For 52 years the existence of BITEF, from 1967 to 2018, over 700 performances were played, of which 18 Belgian. The performances from Belgium in the last few years, according to the opinion of the audience and the expert public, but also in the interest of the media, were among the best ones: "Olympus: To the glory of a tragedy cult" by Jan Fabre, who won the Grand Prix in 2017, "Suite Nr. 3 'Europe' " by the director Joris Lacoste that opened the 52nd BITEF and "Requiem for L." by Alan Platell, who won the ovation of the audience in 2018 in the Sava Center and won a special award. Besides the journalists, the conferences were attended by representatives of European theater networks of the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM) and the European Festival Association (EFA). 


09.06.2019 - EXHIBITION OF SERBIAN PAINTER NEBOJŠA BOGDANOVIĆ IN ANTWERP

Paintings of Serbian academic painter Nebojsa Bogdanovic were exposed for the first time in the Kingdom of Belgium at the collective exhibition "Davidisdead" in Antwerp, which was opened on June 9, 2019. Nebojsa Bogdanovic, who has been living and working in Florence for 13 years exhibited with three other authors at the Verbeek -Van Dyck Gallery in Antwerp. The exhibition was attended by very many of art lovers from Antwerp and Brussels. The exhibition was opened by Ernest Van Buynder, longtime president of the Flemish Commission for Visual Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp (MuHKA), who is currently chairing a group of friends of MuHKA, as well as the Artistic Committee and the Committee for Cultural Policy of the University of Antwerp. The opening of the exhibition was attended by Ambassador Marina Jovićević. The exhibition will be opened by 7 July 2019.


May 30-31 2019 - OFFICIAL VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE GRAND DUCHY OF LUXEMBOURG GAZAVIJERA BETEL REPUBLIC OF SERBIA

Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, paid an official visit to the Republic of Serbia on 30 and 31 May 2019 upon invitation of the President of the Republic, Aleksandar Vucic and the Prime Minister Ana Brnabić. In the meetings with the President and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, bilateral relations between the two countries were discussed, and it was concluded that there was a huge potential for strengthening cooperation in many fields, primarily in digitization and ICT sector that are very strong in both countries. During the visit, Prime Ministers of Luxembourg and Serbia visited ICTHub, whose work was financially supported by Luxembourg through EBRD. The talks confirmed the support of Luxembourg for membership of Serbia to the European Union Regional topics were also discussed. It was concluded that it is necessary to intensify the dynamics of the visits at the high level, since the previous visit of the Prime Minister of Luxembourg to Serbia was 16 years ago, and the visit of the Prime Minister of Serbia to Luxembourg, 10 years ago.

Source: Tanjug

  Source: Tanjug

Source: Tanjug/Cabinet of the President of the Government of Serbia Slobodan Miljevic

Source: Tanjug/Cabinet of the President of the Government of Serbia Slobodan Miljevic

Source: Tanjug/Cabinet of the President of the Government of Serbia Slobodan Miljevic


Нерадни дани у Амбасади Р. Србије у Бриселу/Neradni dani u Ambasadi R. Srbije u Briselu


Због државног празника Краљевине Белгије,
Амбасада Републике Србије у Бриселу неће радити
10. јуна 2019. године
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***
Due to the state holiday of the Kingdom of Belgium,
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June 10th 2019
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Нерадни дани у Амбасади Р. Србије у Бриселу/Neradni dani u Ambasadi R. Srbije u Briselu

Због државног празника Краљевине Белгије,
Амбасада Републике Србије у Бриселу неће радити
30. маја 2019. године
За хитне случајеве дежурни број Амбасаде је +3226498349.
***
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l'Аmbassade de la République de Serbie à Bruxelles sera fermée
le 30 mai 2019
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***
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The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels will not work
May 30th 2019
Number for the emergency is +3226498349.


Victory Day in World War II, commemoration in Liege

On the occasion of the Victory Day in World War II, region and city of Liège and the army of the province of Liège, organized a commemoration of civilian victims of the Second World War at the National Monument of Resistance in Liège. Flowers were laid by the envoy of King Philip, representatives of the province and town of Liege, patriotic organizations from the region, and representatives of the Embassies of the Russian Federation, Spain, Italy, the United States, Poland and numerous military delegates accredited to the Kingdom of Belgium. In front of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, the wreath was laid by Vesna Lalic, Head of the Consular Section of the Embassy and Ivan Zaric, Defense Attaché.


Protocol between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the United Arab Emirates on Amendments to the Agreement on the Abolition of Visas for Holders of Diplomatic and Official / Special Passports

The Protocol between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the United Arab Emirates on amendments and supplements to the Agreement on the abolition of visas for holders of diplomatic and official / special passports entered into force on May 6th 2019. According to this Protocol, citizens of both countries, holders of diplomatic, official, special, ordinary and service passports have the right to enter, exit, transit, and stay in the territory of the other party without a visa, for a maximum of ninety days, at border crossings for international passenger traffic.


Нерадни дани у Амбасади Р. Србије у Бриселу/Neradni dani u Ambasadi R. Srbije u Briselu

Због државних празника Републике Србије и Краљевине Белгије,
Амбасада Републике Србије у Бриселу неће радити
22, 26. и 29. априла 2019. године и
1. и 2. маја 2019. године

За хитне случајеве дежурни број Амбасаде је +3226498349.
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En raison des conges officiels de la République de Serbie et l`Ètat du Royaume de Belgique,
l'Аmbassade de la République de Serbie à Bruxelles sera fermée
les 22, 26 et 29 avril 2019 et
les 1 et 2 mai 2019.

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***
Due to the state holidays of the Republic of Serbia and the Kingdom of Belgium,
The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels will not work on
April 22th, 26th and 29th 2019 and
May 1st and 2nd 2019.

Emergency number for the Emergency is +3226498349.


Competition for Partially Financing projects, which contributes through its merits to preserving and strengthening connections between the homeland and the diaspora

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Office for Cooperation with the Diaspora and the Serbs in the region, announces the Competition for co-financing projects that contribute to preserving and strengthening the relations of the home state and the diaspora, which will last from March 13 to April 1, 2019. All information on the competition and the application procedure is available on the link www.dijaspora.gov.rs/uprava-za-dijasporu-konkursi. 


Meeting of Women's Embassy Network in the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels with ‎Siegfried Bracke, President of the House of Representatives of the Belgian Parliament
In the framework of the Women's Ambassador Network in Brussels, at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, at the invitation of Ambassador Marina Jovićević, on March 19, 2019, a meeting was held with the President of the House of Representatives of the Federal Parliament of Belgium, Siegfried Bracke, who presented the specifics of the Belgian social-political model and the views of  New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) party about the current model. The meeting was attended by the ambassadors of Albania, Andorra, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Ireland, Norway, Uganda, Jamaica and Lithuania, as well as charge d`affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
 
After the discussion, the guests tasted traditional Serbian food, prepared by a part of the collective of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, with the help of a colleague from the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, as well as wines and brandy of well-known Serbian producers.
 

 

 

28/2/2019 Byzantine dinner at Cercle Royal Gaulois, tasting of wines from our region

At this year's traditional gala dinner in the prestigious club Cercle Royal Gaulois, held on 27 February, the Association of Oenologists in the Kingdom of Belgium organized a presentation of "Byzantine" wines, where, in addition to three wines from Greece, one from Bulgaria and one from Romania, was also presented the Serbian red wine Aurelius 2011 barrique, varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, produced by the Kovačević Winery from Sremski Karlovci. Representative wines were selected by the sommelier Mark Wekmans, who has presented the wines from Southeastern Europe. He explained that Aurelius 2011 barrique has been chosen as the best one among eight wines from Republic Serbia.

The evening was attended by Ambassador Marina Jovicevic

and organizers paid special tribute to Serbian Embassy for the assistance provided in organizing the event. Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels organized the performance of Serbian singer Mirjana Kostic, resident in Belgium, who sang three traditional spiritual songs on a gala evening.

The Embassy also provided for propaganda material on wine routes in the Republic of Serbia of the Tourist Organization of Serbia. As part of this event, the Cercle Royal Gaulois also featured an exhibition of icons, most of which were Russian and Greek icons, as well as the Serbian icon of Saint Sava, from a personal collection of professor dr Theodoros Koutroubas, received as a gift from late Serbian Patriarch Pavle.


Celebration of the National Day of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels, the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU and the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to NATO organized, on February 20, 2019, a formal reception marking the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia, whose motto was "Serbia creates".

The reception was attended by numerous representatives of the federal and regional authorities of the Kingdom of Belgium, military and security structures, as well as representatives of universities, cultural institutions, the business sector and other institutions, including the media and the non-governmental sector. The reception was attended by a large number of Serbian diaspora members in the Kingdom of Belgium.

At the reception, after the intonation of the anthem of the Republic of Serbia, the Kingdom of Belgium and the EU, all three ambassadors addressed to the guests. Ambassador Marina Jovićević explained the importance of Sretenje for the Serbian people and highlighted the links between Serbia and Belgium on the economic and political agenda. She also pointed out the need to resolve the status of KiM and the need to abolish the tax on goods from central Serbia of 100% that Priština introduced. She highlighted the importance of Resolution SC UN 1244 and congratulated Belgium on her election as a non-permanent member of SC UN 2019-20. She stressed that bilateral relations have been intensified since 2018, which has also been manifested through visits and talks by top officials, starting with the official visit of prime minister of Belgium to Serbia, through the visit of the deputy prime minister and minister of interior of Serbia to Belgium and the talks of president of the Republic of Serbia with the deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of Belgium. She gave a brief overview of Belgian investments (the third largest investment ever of almost a billion euros), foreign trade relations and the announcement of further investments. She expressed her gratitude for supporting the European integration of Serbia and training in European affairs. She also mentioned good cooperation in the area of internal affairs, migration and security. She expressed gratitude for the joint commemoration of 100 years since the end of the First World War, in which the two countries suffered huge losses. The last part of the speech addressed to the Serbs in Belgium and their role in the local society.

Guests had the opportunity to enjoy the traditional Serbian food and wines of well known Serbian producers. The organization of the reception was supported by the Petroleum Industry of Serbia and Filip Moris.




 













 


15/2/2019 Dressing of a statue of Maneken Pis in Serbian national costume - celebration of the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia

In the framework of celebration of the Statehood Day, February 15, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in the Kingdom of Belgium, in cooperation with the Department of Culture of the City of Brussels and the Order of friends of Maneken Pis, organized the ceremony of dressing the Maneken Pis statue in Serbian national costume. On behalf of the city of Brussels, the audience was greeted by Amand Jean-Marie, counselor in the cabinet of Mayor and in front of the Embassy, Chargée d'Affairs a. i. Irena Banovčanin, who explained that on 15 February are celebrated the start of the First Serbian Uprising in Orašac, in 1804 and the adoption of the Sretenjski Constitution in 1835. She pointed out the significance of the first Serbian Constitution, as one of the most modern and most democratic constitutions of its time, which abolished feudalism in the then Principality Serbia. At the end of the ceremony the audience was served with cakes, pitas and brandy, symbols of Serbian hospitality.


13/02/2019 Meeting of Ambassador Marinа Jovicevic with the President of the Senate of the Parliament K. Belgium Jacques Brotchi

Ambassador Marina Jovicevic, met on 13 February 2019, newly elected Speaker of the Senate of the Kingdom of Belgium Jacques Brotchi. During the meeting, it was discussed about parliamentary and bilateral cooperation, support of the Kingdom of Belgium to Serbia on the path of EU integration, Belgrade and Pristina dialogue, regional and European stability.


Нерадни дани у Амбасади Р. Србије у Бриселу/Neradni dani u Ambasadi R. Srbije u Briselu

Због државног празника Републике Србије,
Амбасада Републике Србије у Бриселу неће радити
15. фебруара 2019. године.
За хитне случајеве дежурни број Амбасаде је +3226498349.
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l'Аmbassade de la République de Serbie à Bruxelles sera fermée
le 15 fevrier 2019
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***
Due to the state holiday of the Republic of Serbia,
The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels will not work
February 15th, 2019.
Emergency number for the Emergency is +3226498349


Abolished visas for citizens of St. Kits and Nevis and Palau

Тhe Government of the Republic of Serbia, at its meeting on 28 January 2019, adopted a decision to abolish visa requirements for nationals of St. Kits and Nevis and Palau, holders of all types of passports, allowing them to enter, transit through and stay in the territory of the Republic of Serbia for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days from the date of their entry into the Republic of Serbia during a period of one hundred and eighty (180) days, unless there are impediments referred to in Article 15 of the Law on Foreigners. The decision was published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia No.3/2019 of 18 January 2019 and took effect on 25 January 2019.

 


Нерадни дани у Амбасади Р. Србије у Бриселу/Neradni dani u Ambasadi R. Srbije u Briselu

Због државних празника Републике Србије и Краљевине Белгије,
Амбасада Републике Србије у Бриселу неће радити
25. и  26. децембра 2018. године
1. и 2. јануара 2019. године и
7. јануара 2019. године
За хитне случајеве дежурни број Амбасаде је +3226498349.
***
En raison des conges officiels de la République de Serbie et l`Ètat du Royaume de Belgique,
l'Аmbassade de la République de Serbie à Bruxelles sera fermée
les 25 et 26 decembre 2018
les 1 et 2 janvier 2019 et
le 7 janvier 2019.
En cas d`urgence, appeler le +3226498349.
***
Due to the state holidays of the Republic of Serbia and the Kingdom of Belgium,
The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels will not work
December 25 and 26, 2018
January 1 and 2 2019 and
January 7 2019.
Emergency number for the Emergency is +3226498349.


Celebration of the centenary of the end of the First World War at the Serbian Cultural Center in Luxembourg

The Serbian Cultural Center (SKC) organized a special evening in the premises of the SKC, marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, On Friday, November 30th  2018. The event was opened by the President of SKC, Marko Katanic, who, in short lines, went through the sights of the film "Serbia in the Great War", which was shown after the opening speeches. He highlighted the great losses of Serbia in the First World War and the overall contribution on the side of the winners. Ambassador Marina Jovićević spoke about the huge casualties that Serbia submitted in the First World War and provided statistical data on the number of injured and killed men in working and reproductive age, the number of injured citizens, the total losses that were the highest among all the countries that participated in the First World War. She pointed out that the victories of the Serbian army on the Balkan front led to the signing of the cease-fire by the central forces on November 11, 1918. She explained the significance of the flower Natalia's ramond, which also symbolizes Serbia, which after both World Wars, rose from the ashes and rebuilt, with huge losses, which in the Second World War accounted for half of the total population.
At the end of the evening, a cocktail was served, with Serbian food and drinks, prepared by members of the Serbian community in Luxembourg.


Promotion of anthology "Many Faces 1918" at Pierre Verner Institute in Luxembourg

The promotion of the anthology "Many Faces 1918: Fall, New Beginning, Release, Break in the European Civil War" was held At the Pierre Werner Institute in Luxembourg on November 20, 2018. It is a project implemented by the seventeen participating countries for the past two years. The Republic of Serbia was represented by Aleksandar Gatalica with a passage from the novel "The Great War". Aleksandar Gatalica spoke about the inspiration for the novel "The Great War," from which the passage "The Time When Hours Were Killed" entered the anthology, pointing out that during this war, Serbia lost one third of the population. He also introduced the audience to other authors from Serbia who described the Great War in their works. In the end, he suggested that, based on national databases, a unique database of all victims of the First World War be created.


Celebrating the centenary of the end of the First World War in cooperation with the Royal Institute for War Heritage in Brussels

On 19 November 2018, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, in cooperation with the War Heritage Institute of the Kingdom of Belgium, organized the celebration of the centenary of the end of the First World War at the Royal Museum of Armed Forces and Military History. The gathering, with an occasional speech, opened ambassador Marina Jovićević, PhD. She spoke in particular about the huge casualties that Serbia submitted in the First World War and cited all statistics on the number of male and female victims in the work and reproductive age, the number of victims, the total losses that were the highest among all the countries participated in the First World War, the number of wounded and orphans. In the name of the Institute, the retired general  Oger Pochet addressed to the public, and pointed out the importance of this joint commemoration.

After introductory presentations, representative sections from the film "The Long Journey to the War" by Milan Skundric, which depict the situation in the Balkans and Europe a few years before the outbreak of the First World War, were presented, and then the author Aleksandar Gatalica spoke about his novel "The Great War" , as well as about other authors in Serbia who wrote about the Great War.

At the end of the evening, a cocktail was served where Serbian food and beverages were served, which was prepared by a part of the Embassy staff.


The Armistrice in the First World War

On the occasion of The Armistice in the First World War, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Kingdom of Belgium, Marina Jovicevic, Defense Envoy Ivan Zarić and Consul Vesna Lalic laid wreaths on a monument to Serbian soldiers killed on the territory of Belgium and to the Allied Monument dedicated to all World War I liberation forces located at the Robermont military cemetery in Liege.
The commemoration, held on November 9, 2018, was attended by the speaker of the Senate, mayor and representatives of the city of Liège, the governor and representatives of the Province of Liège, the federal government, military structures, veterans associations, as well as ambassadors and representatives of the Embassies of France, Germany, Poland, Italy, Russian Federation, Poland.


Opening of the exhibition "Ivo Andrić-writer and/or diplomat", Antwerp, November 7,2018

Exhibition "Ivo Andrić - between writer and diplomat" was opened at the University Library of the University of Antwerp, on November 7, 2018, in cooperation with the Embassy of Republic of Serbia in Brussels, Honorary Consul of Republic of Serbia in Antwerp Aleksandar Davidović, University of Antwerp and Regional Offices of the Autonomous Province of Friuli Venezia Giulia. The exhibition, which consists of 20 panels about the life and work of Ivo Andić as diplomat, was prepared by the Museum of the City of Belgrade, with the financial assistance of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia. The author of the exhibition is Ms. Tatjana Korićanac, Director of the Museum of the City of Belgrade and the curator of the Museum of Ivo Andric.
After the introductory presentation of the rector of the University of Antwerp Herman Van Goethem, and professor`s Slobodanka Moravcevic presentation of the literary work of Ivo Andric, ambassador Marina Jovicevic opened the exhibition in Antwerp, with a speech about Andric`s diplomatic career.
The opening of the exhibition was attended by professors and students from the University of Antwerp and the University of Ghent (from the Serbian language department led by S. Moravcevic) as well as members of the Serbian diaspora from Antwerp. After the opening of the exhibition, the audience had the opportunity to taste Serbian wines and rakija, as well as home-made snacks and pies.


 


Нерадни дани у Амбасади Р. Србије у Бриселу/Neradni dani u Ambasadi R. Srbije u Briselu

Због државног празника Републике Србије,
Амбасада Републике Србије у Бриселу неће радити
12. новембра 2018. године.
За хитне случајеве дежурни број Амбасаде је +3226498349.
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En raison de conge officiel de la Republique de Serbie,
l'Аmbassade de la République de Serbie à Bruxelles sera fermée
le 12 novembre 2018.
En cas d`urgence, appeler le +3226498349.
***
Due to the state holiday of the Republic of Serbia,
The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels will not work
November 12, 2018.
Emergency number for the Emergency is +3226498349.

 


23.10.2018 - BILATERAL CONSULTATIONS WITH THE GRAND DUCHY OF LUXEMBOURG

Bilateral political consultations between the Ministries of foreign affairs of Serbia and Luxembourg took place in Luxembourg on October 23rd, 2018. The consultations were held at the level of political directors. Serbian delegation was led by the political director, Ambassador Zoran Vujic, and the Belgian delegation by political director ambassador Olivier Maes. During the consultations, a number of topics were considered, such as: multilateral issues, security and global issues, regional issues, the process of European integration of the Republic of Serbia, bilateral relations, including economic and cooperation in digitalization, as well as other issues of common interest.


18.10.2018 - BILATERAL CONSULTATIONS WITH THE KINGDOM OF BELGIUM

Bilateral political consultations between the Ministries of foreign affairs of Serbia and Belgium took place in Brussels on October 18th, 2018. The consultations were held at the level of political directors. Serbian delegation was led by the political director, Ambassador Zoran Vujic, and the Belgian delegation by political director and general director for multilateral issues, ambassador Axel Kenes. During the consultations, a number of topics were considered, such as: multilateral issues, priorities of both countries within the SCUN, since Belgium was elected as non-permanent member in the period 2019-2020, security and global issues, the process of European integration of the Republic of Serbia, bilateral relations, including economic cooperation, the possibility of cooperation in third countries, regional cooperation, as well as other issues of common interest.


Abolished visas for citizens og Antugua and Barbuda, Grenada, Commonwealth of Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago

Тhe Government of the Republic of Serbia, at its meeting on 25 October 2018, adopted a decision to abolish visa requirements for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Commonwealth of Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago, holders of all types of passports, allowing them to enter, transit through and stay in the territory of the Republic of Serbia for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days from the date of their entry into the Republic of Serbia during a period of one hundred and eighty (180) days, unless there are impediments referred to in Article 15 of the Law on Foreigners. The decision was published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia No. 81/2018 of 26 October 2018 and came into force on the date of its publication for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and the Commonwealth of Dominica. For nationals of Trinidad and Tobago the decision took effect on 3 November 2018.

Nationals of the above-mentioned states, all passport type holders, wishing to enter and stay in the territory of the Republic of Serbia for a period exceeding 90 days or to study, reside, take up employment or engage in a media activity or any other activity are required to apply for a visa prior to entering the territory of the Republic of Serbia.
 


Нерадни дани у Амбасади Р. Србије у Бриселу/Neradni dani u Ambasadi R. Srbije u Briselu

Због државних празника Краљевине Белгије,
Амбасада Републике Србије у Бриселу неће радити
01. и  02. новембра 2018. године.
За хитне случајеве дежурни број Амбасаде је +3226498349.
***
En raison des conges officiels de l`Ètat du Royaume de Belgique,
l'Аmbassade de la République de Serbie à Bruxelles sera fermée
les 1 et 2 novembre 2018.
En cas d`urgence, appeler le +3226498349.
***
Due to the state holidays of the Kingdom of Belgium,
The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels will not work
November 1 and 2, 2018.
In case of emergency, call +3226498349.


Ivo Andric a writer and/or a diplomat, Antwerp, 7.11.2018, 17:00


23.10.2018 - Notification of the ablosishment of the decision on visa exemption for citizens of the Republic of Serbia, holders of national passports

Government of the IR Iran has made a decision to abolish te decision on visa exemption for Serbian citizens, the holders of national passports.

The decision will take effect on 25.10.2018. and from this date, visa is required for citizens of Republic of Serbia, holders of national passports, for entry, transit and stay on the territory of IR IRan.


10.10.2018. - Notification of the abolishment of the decision on visa exemption for citizens of IR Iran, holders of national passports

Government of the Republic of Serbia has made a decision to abolish the decision on visa exemption for citizens of IR Iran, the holders of national passports.

The decision was publihed on "Official Gazette of the RS" number 75/48 of 09.10.2018. and it will take effect on 17.10.2018. From this date, visa is required for citizens of IR Iran, holders of national passports, for entry, transit and stay on the territory of Serbia.


14.08.2018. Information of hollyday

THE EMBASSY OF SERBIA IN BRUSSELS WILL BE CLOSED ON 10. MAY 2018. DUE TO HOLLYDAY.

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02/07/2018 Meeting of Ambassador Marinа Jovicevic with the representatives of German speaking community

 

On July 2nd, Ambassador Marina Jovićević met with the representatives of German speaking community, Oliver Paasch, minister president of the regional Government and Alexander Miesen, president of the regional Parliament.

The German community is the third, equitable entity in Belgium and has its own cultural and political role. It has about 77,000 inhabitants.

In the discussion between Ambassador M. Jovicevic and the representatives of the German community, the most talked about education and cooperation, the impact of the migrant crisis and its consequences on Serbia and the German community in Belgium, the path of Serbia towards the EU, the economic situation, and a short film about the development of this region in Belgium was shown.

Ambassador Marina Jovićević enrolled in a book of impressions, and the hosts gave her a bouquet of flowers in the colors of the flag of the Republic of Serbia.

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Presentation of letters of credence by Ambassador Marina Jovićević to His Royal Highness Grand Duke of Luxembourg Henri

The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Serbia to the Kingdom of Belgium, Marina Jovićević, handed over credentials to His Royal Highness Grand Duke of Luxembourg Henri on May 30, 2018. It was an opportunity to exchange views on bilateral relations and European integration of the Republic of Serbia.

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06/4/2018 FIFA event on the streets of the Brussels suburb of Vilvord on the occasion of the World Cup in Russia - the victory of the class which represented Serbia

 

In order to meet the forthcoming 21st World Football Championship in the Russian Federation (June 14-15, 2018), on June 4th, the street "World Cup on the street" was held on the streets of the Vilvord suburb of Brussels. Children from 32 classes (700 children) presented the countries participating in the World Cup in football.

The class which represented R. Serbia won the first place for the originality of costumes, performances, knowledge of the country it represents, the upcoming sports event and motivation. The children made wings of white eagles, which were worn over red jerseys and made it look like "eaglets". They performed several choreographies, waved Serbian flags and rooted for "Serbia".

The Embassy, at the request of a member of the Flemish Parliament, Deputy Mayor for Education, Finance and Prevention, Jo De Ro, provided brochures on natural and cultural beauties, sports activities, culinary specialties (obtained from the Tourist Organization of Serbia) and the flags of the Republic of Serbia. At the event, pies were served, as a traditional Serbian dish as well as sweets from Serbian producers.

On behalf of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia at the event participated Minister Counselor Irena Banovčanin, who thanked the organizers and children who successfully represented Serbia and showed great enthusiasm for football, a game that connects all nations of the world.

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1/6/2018 The decision on abolishing visas for citizens of the Republic of Burundi, holders of ordinary passports

On Saturday, 2nd June 2018, the decision on abolishing visas for citizens of the Republic of Burundi, holders of all passports, came into force, according to which they may enter, transit and stay on the territory of the Republic of Serbia, no longer than 30 days within a period of one year from the date of entry into the Republic of Serbia.

Citizens of this country, holders of all passports who wish to enter and stay in the territory of the Republic of Serbia for a period longer than 30 days, or to study, live, work, engage in media activity or other activities, are obliged to submit a request for a visa before entering the territory of the Republic of Serbia. If they wish to enter R. Serbia and have already stayed for 30 days without a visa, from the date of their entry into R. Serbia for a period of one year, in accordance with the Government Decision, they should apply for a visa for the next entry into R. Serbia.

The decision was made at the session of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, held on 24th May 2018.

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1/6/2018 The decision on abolishing visas for citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan, holders of ordinary passports

On Saturday, 2nd June 2018, the decision on abolishing visas for citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan, holders of ordinary passports, will come into force, according to which they may enter, transit and stay on the territory of the Republic of Serbia, no longer than 90 days within a period of 180 days from the date of entry into the Republic of Serbia. The decision was made at the session of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, held on 24th May 2018.

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INFORMATION OF HOLLYDAY

THE EMBASSY OF SERBIA IN BRUSSELS WILL BE CLOSED ON 21. MAY 2018. DUE TO HOLLYDAY.

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Official visit of the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium Charles Michel to the Republic of Serbia

Prime Minister of Belgium Charles Michel paid an official visit to the Republic of Serbia on 23 and 24 April 2018. This is the first visit of the Belgian Prime Minister to the Republic of Serbia after eight years. During his visit to Belgrade, the Prime Minister of Belgium met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, with whom he discussed the Euro-integration of the Republic of Serbia, the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, regional cooperation, as well as bilateral cooperation between Serbia and Belgium. The visit took place in a friendly and open atmosphere.

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10/05/2018 PROCUREMENT OF WORKS ON THE MAINTENANCE OF THE BUILDING OF EMBASSY OF SERBIA

Opened process of the Procurement of works on maintenance of the building of Embassy of Serbia:

- Invaitation to bid

- Technical specifications

Date and time of bid submission: 18.05.2018. at 13.00 hrs.

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9/05/2018 Laying flowers at a cemetery in Brussels on the occasion of the Victory Day

 

On the occasion of the Victory Day against Fascism, May 9, 2018, Charge d'Affairs a. i. of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia Irena Banovčanin and military attaché of the Republic of Serbia in the Kingdom of Belgium Boban Randjelovic attended the commemoration at the Brussels cemetery in Evere, where they laid flowers on the monuments of soldiers from the former USSR and to the Belgian monument dedicated to members of the resistance movement.

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09/05/2018 INFORMATION OF HOLLYDAY

THE EMBASSY OF SERBIA IN BRUSSELS WILL BE CLOSED ON 10. MAY 2018. DUE TO HOLLYDAY.

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The exhibition "Ivo Andric - between writer and diplomats" opened in Bruges

 

On Friday, April 20, 2018, at the European College in Bruges, an exhibition "Ivo Andric-between writer and diplomats" was opened.

This exhibition, which was visited by many Diplomatic and Consular representativs of The Republicof Serbia in the world, and in November 2017, in cooperation with Mission of Republic of Serbia to the EU and the Regional Office of the Autonomous Province of Friuli Venezia Giulia, presented to representatives of EU institutions in Brussels, at the initiative of the Embassy of The Republic of Serbia and with the consent of the Italian side, began its presentation in a different environment. In addition, the exhibition was hosted at the University of Ghent, and it is planned that in the next month, the exhibition will be hosted in Antwerp, in cooperation with the University there. The Embassy's goal is to see the exhibition and expand the round table which is diplomatic, and this is the focus of this time at faculties of the faculty in Belgium.

The author of the exhibition is Ms. Tatjana Koricanac, Director of the Museum of the City of Belgrade and the curator of the Museum of Ivo Andric.

The exhibition in Bruges, set up within the panel discussion on EU Strategic Extensions - Challenges and Prospects, was opened by Marina Jovićević, Ambassador R. Serbia in Belgium, who presented the participants to I. Andrić and in other ways from the literary, as a diplomat. The Ambassador pointed out that Ivo Andrić was the best representative of what Europe is - because he lived and worked throughout Europe, in a challenging period between the two world wars, and in the best way he presented his multi-confessional and multiethnic context in our region.

Following the opening of the exhibition, a panel discussion on the challenges on the road to the EU was held, attended by Tanja Miščević, head of the EU Accession Negotiating Team for Serbia. Debates and the opening of the exhibition were attended by professors and students from this prestigious college. The exhibition and panel discussions were organized in cooperation between the former and present students of the Republic of Serbia at the European College in Bruges. After the opening of the exhibition and the debate, the present were served by Serbian wines and brandy (rakija) as well as pie (pita), organized by the Republic of Serbia.

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INFORMATION FOR EASTER HOLIDAYS

L’AMBASSADE DE LA REPUBLIQUE DE SERBIE SERA FERMEE

LUNDI 2, VENDREDI 6 et LUNDI 9 AVRIL 2018

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DE AMBASSADE VAN DE REPUBLIEK SERVIE ZAL OP

MAANDAG 2, VRIJDAG 6 en MAANDAG 9 APRIL 2018 GESLOTEN ZIJN

 

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12/03/2018 COMPETITION FOR CO-FINANCING OF ACTIVITIES Serbs abroad and Serbs in Region

The competition that is underway is being announced once a year, and this year will last until March 30th. The information, conditions and manner of realization of the competition, can be found on the links below:

For diaspora:

http://www.dijaspora.gov.rs/konkurs-za-finansiranje-za-sufinansiranje-projekata-organizacija-iz-dijaspore/

and For Serbs in the Region:

http://www.dijaspora.gov.rs/konkurs-za-finansiranje-za-sufinansiranje-projekata-organizacija-iz-regiona/

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16/03/2018 The decision of the Colombian Government on abolishing visas for citizens of Republic of Serbia

The Government of the Republic of Colombia has issued a Decision on the abolition of visas for citizens of the Republic of Serbia, holders of all passports, for get in and get out in the territory of the Republic of Colombia, for up to 90 days, with the possibility of extending another 90 days, for a period of 180 days in one calendar year.

The decision came into force on 14th February 2018.

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16/03/2018 The decision of the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on abolishing visas for citizens of Republic of Serbia

The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has issued a Decision on the abolition of visas for citizens of the Republic of Serbia, holders of all passports, for entering and staying in the territory of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, for up to 30 days in one calendar year.

The decision came into force on 21th February 2018.

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16/03/2018 The decision on abolishing visas for citizens of four Caribbean and two states of Latin America

On Thursday, 15th February 2018, the decision on abolishing visas for citizens of Commonwealth Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, St. Vincent and Grenadine, Republic of Paraguay and Republic of Colombia, holders of all passports, came into force, according to which they may enter, transit and stay on the territory of the Republic of Serbia, no longer than 30 days within a period of one year from the date of entry into the Republic of Serbia.

The decision was made at the session of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, held on 06th February 2018.

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16/03/2018 The decision on abolishing visas for citizens of Georgia, holders of ordinary passports

On Friday, 9th March 2018, the decision on abolishing visas for citizens of Georgia, holders of ordinary passports, will come into force, according to which they may enter, transit and stay on the territory of the Republic of Serbia, no longer than 30 days within a period of one year from the date of entry into the Republic of Serbia.

The decision was made at the session of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, held on 08th March 2018.

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03/06/2018 MEETING OF AMBASSADOR MARINA JOVICEVIC WITH MINISTER-PRESIDENT OF WALONIA WILLY BORSUS

In the framework of meetings with representatives of various levels of government in Belgium, Ambassador Marina Jovicevic met with William Borsu, Minister – President of the Walloon Region, in Namir, on March 6. On this occasion, they discussed bilateral cooperation, since the economic, cultural scientific and educational cooperation are in the region's competence. M. Borsu expressed his satisfaction that in Serbia, among some fifty Belgian companies, operate the companies from Valonija Kermez in Jelen Do and the multinational company Schreder and expressed the readiness to help further deepening of economic cooperation.

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01/03/2018 Ambassador Marina Jovićević met with the Minister-President of the Region of Brussels Capital, Mr. Rudi Vervoort

Ambassador Marina Jovićević met with the Minister-President of the Region of Brussels Capital, Mr. Rudi Vervoort. Special attention is paid to the possibilities of cooperation in the field of tourism, sport, education, and culture. Ambassador Jovićević introduced the tourist potentials of Serbia and the past activities that took place between the municipalities of the cities of Brussels and Belgrade. She expressed an interest to post a memorial plaque in the building in Brussels, in which the Serbian Nobel laureate Ivo Andrić lived in 1929.

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28/02/2018 At the University Library in Ghent, Ambassador Marina Jovicevic opened the exhibition "Ivo Andric – a writer and/or a diplomat"

At the University Library in Ghent, Ambassador Marina Jovicevic opened the exhibition "Ivo Andric – a writer and/or a diplomat", prepared by the City Museum of Belgrade, and the assistance of the Ministry of Culture and Information of Serbia. The exhibition was organized in cooperation with the Liaison Office of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia in Brussels and the Circolo di Brussels Associazione Guiliani nel Mondo.

Assistance in the realization of the exhibition was provided by the Department of Slavic Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy at the University of Ghent, and the Group for the Serbian Language and its professor Ms. Slobodanka Moravcevic. The exhibition was presented at the University Library in Ghent, in the Section of European literature, to which Ivo Andrić belongs. In addition to the 20 panels, in which the life and work of Ivo Andrić as a diplomat and a writer is presented, the library also presented the books of our Nobel Prize laureate that are in the fundus of University library.

In addition to the number of students studying at the Serbian Language Group, the opening of the exhibition was attended by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy in Gent, Mr. Mark Boone, as well as representatives of the Rectorate, International Department and the Department of Slavic Studies.

After the opening of the exhibition, a cocktail was organized, where the Serbian pies, wines and brandy were served.

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22/02/2018 On the occasion of Sretenje - Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia, on 22 February 2018 the reception for diaspora members was organized

On the occasion of Sretenje - Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia, on 22 February 2018 the reception for diaspora members was organized in the premises of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels. At the reception, national specialties prepared by the staff of all three diplomatic missions and members of their families were served, as well as national brandy and wines.

The reception for members of the diaspora was enhanced by the singer Mirjana Kostić, performing the anthem of the Republic of Serbia, “Boze pravde”.

Ambassador Marina Jovićević welcomed the present members of diaspora on behalf of all three diplomatic missions of the Republic of Serbia, and, in a warm speech, pointed to the importance of their work and residence in Belgium, which is often essential for strengthening the relations of the two countries. She kindly requested that they put forward proposals and initiatives for the further development of the Diaspora and Embassy relations, as well as proposals for the integration of Diaspora members into Belgium.

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20/2/2018 Celebrating National Day of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels

On the occasion the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia, a reception for representatives of diplomatic corps, Belgian and European institutions, representatives of NATO, business sector, academia, and media was organized on 20 February 2018, in the City Hall of Brussels, on the Grand Place, in the center of Brussels.

Over 300 guests were present at the reception. The reception was organized after the four-year break and was supported by NIS-Gazpromneft, the general sponsor and company Philip Morris. The city authorities of Brussels contributed to the reception, enabling the use of two central ballrooms of the City Hall under favorable conditions. The guests were greeted by the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels, Marina Jovicevic, who, in a convenient speech, explained the importance of Sretenje, as the date when the liberation of Serbs began and the founding of the modern Serbian state and the adoption of the first Constitution of Serbia took place. The guests were also greeted by the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, Ana Hrustanovic and the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to NATO, Miomir Udovicki.

The guest also had the opportunity to enjoy in beautiful performance of members of the KUD "Moravac" from Düsseldorf, who made a selection of folk dances from Serbia.

The reception took place in a very warm and warm atmosphere, and guests, besides the international menu, were served the national specialties as well as a wide range of Serbian brandy and wine.

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20/02/2018 Ambassador Marina Jovićević met with the Speaker of the Parliament of Wallonia, Mr. Phillipe Courard

Ambassador Marina Jovićević met with the Speaker of the Parliament of Wallonia, Mr. Phillipe Courard on the possibilities of improving bilateral cooperation, especially on the parliamentary agenda. It was expressed an interest that during the next visit of MPs from the Serbian Parliament, a meeting with the representatives of the Parliament of Wallonia would be realized. Possibilities for strengthening cooperation in the field of economy, as well as on the cultural plan, are especially considered. Part of the talks has been dedicated to the process of Serbia's accession negotiations on EU membership, as well as regional cooperation.

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20/02/2018 Ceremony of homage to King Albert I and the deceased members of the Belgian Royal Family in Liège

The official commemorative ceremony in honor of King Albert I and the deceased members of the Belgian Royal Family was organized by the City of Liège and the association “Roi Albert Ier”. The ceremony took place at the Esplanade du Roi Albert Ier in Liège. The consul Ana Kosovac was the representative of the Serbian Embassy and laid garland at the monument of King Albert I. The ceremony was attended, also by representatives of USA, Germany, France, Italy, Great Britain and Romania.

After laying a garlands, the anthems of the European Union and Belgium were officially played, and the children from the local kindergarten and school sing the song dedicated to King Albert I.

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15/2/2018 Dressing of the statue of Manneken Pis in Serbian National Costume

On Thursday, 15th February 2018 at 12.00 AM, within the framework of the celebrations of the Serbian National Day, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, in cooperation with the City of Brussels and the Order of Friends of the Manneken Pis, organized traditional dressing of Manneken Pis in the Serbian national costume. The first dressing of the statue was organized in 2012, but handover ceremony to the Museum of Manneken Pis was held in 2011.

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14/02/2018 OPEN CALL FOR THE CO-FINANCING OF THE TRANSLATION OF REPRESENTATIVE WORKS OF SERBIAN LITERATURE INTO FOREIGN LANGUAGES IN 2018

Open Сall, which is in progress, is primarily intended for foreign publishers interested in Serbian literature and culture.

The deadline for submission of the applications is 16 March 2018.

The text of Open Call, application forms and other documentation can be found on the website of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia:

http://www.kultura.gov.rs/cyr/konkursi/konkurs-za-sufinansiranje-projekata-u-oblasti-prevodjenja-reprezentativnih-dela-srpske-knjizevnosti-u-inostranstvu--u-2018--godini-


02/02/2018 Ambassador Marina Jovićević met with the State Secretary for Asylum and Mr. Theo Franken

Ambassador Marina Jovićević met with the State Secretary for Asylum and Mr.. Theo Franken and discussed on the cooperation of the two countries in this field so far. It is estimated that the number of migrants from Serbia has been significantly reduced, in contrast to some other countries. The role of Serbia in the framework of the migrant crisis with which the EU has been facing in recent years has been positively assessed. During the talks, attention was paid to the process of European integration of Serbia, as well as the challenges in the political framework in the regional context.

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30/01/2018 Ambassador Marina Jovićević met with Mr. Guido Wolf, Minister of the State of Baden-Württemberg, responsible for European Affairs and Justice

Ambassador Marina Jovićević met with Mr. Guido Wolf, Minister of the State of Baden-Württemberg, responsible for European Affairs and Justice. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU and the regional representation of AP Vojvodina in Brussels. During the talks, the progress in the cooperation between the State of Baden-Württemberg and the Republic of Serbia, as well as the implementation of activities in the framework of the European Strategy for the Danube Region, was discussed. Particular attention has been paid to Serbia's negotiations on EU accession, the challenges Serbia faces on the political agenda with that regard, and the conditions that need to be met before accession. The intention is to further intensify economic and political contacts was expressed.

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18/01/2018 Visit of the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Mayor of Brussels

Ambassador of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels, Marina Jovicevic, in the course of getting acquainted with the competent Belgium authorities, met the Mayor of Brussels, Philippe Close.

At the meeting, in the City hall on Grand place, they discussed support to Serbian and West Balkan`s EU integration, regional and European stability, as well as same European history. They spoke about the possible cultural cooperation (film festivals, exhibitions, promotions of books, theatre).

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17/01/2018 OPENED PROCESS FOR LEASING SERVICE FOR MIDDLE CLASS CAR

Opened process for leasing service for middle clas Car for the needs for The Embassy of Republic of Serbia in Brussels.

- Invitation to bid

Date and time of bid submission: 29.01.2018. at 13.00 hrs.

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15/01/2018 Visit of the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the President of the Minister-President of Flanders

Ambassador Marina Jovićević, within the framework of getting acquainted with the competent authorities of Kingdom of Belgium, met with the Minister-President of Flanders, Mr. Geert Bourgeois. At the meeting, there was discussed further cooperation, especially economic, since there are a large number of companies in Flanders operating in Serbia and there is an interest in increasing trade. It was announced that from 19-23 March, the visit to Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia will take place, organized by Flanders Investment & Trade. Among other topics, it was also discussed the support of Serbia on the road to EU integration, the challenges on that road, and regional and European stability.

Ambassador Marina Jovicevic conveyed a call to the Prime Minister of Flanders, G. Bourgeois to visit Serbia.

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26/10/2017 Visit of the President of the Inter-parliamentary Union of the Parliament of Belgium to the Embassy of Serbia in Brussels

 

Today Ambassador Marina Jovicevic of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels hosted a meeting at the Embassy with the President of the Interparliamentary Union of Belgium, Department for bilateral cooperation with the Republic of Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Hercegovina, Mr. David Geerts and Mr. Serge de Ryck, Secretary of this department.

At the meeting it was discussed further cooperation and realization of the visit of members of the Friendship Group with Belgium from the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia.

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18/10/2017 Weekend of Serbian kraft beer in Brussels

 

On Friday and Saturday, October 13th and 14th, 2017, the first weekend of Serbian kraft beer was held in Brussels. Eight Serbian kraft breweries (Cabinet, Dogma, Kas, Razbirbriga etc.) presented about 15 different types of beer. In addition to beer, a Serbian barbecue and meze were served, and local music was played.

It is a pilot project that was attended by a large number of Diaspora, diplomatic corps and Belgians.

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10/10/2017 FILM FESTIVAL CINEАST IN LUXEMBOURG

 

At the film festival CINEAST (films from Central and Eastern Europe) in Luxembourg, Serbian film "Requiem for Mrs. J.", directed by Bojan Vuletic was shown.

After the film, on Friday, 6th October, the debate followed with the actor and special guest of the Festival, Mr. Boris Isakovic. The discussions were about the depression, main topics of the film, about transition and crisis of all values. It was concluded that depression is not known to the Serbian people, it is a global problem which is present in Europe and around the world.

After the movie and debate, the cocktail was prepared by the Serbian Cultural Centre in Luxembourg and the Embassy of Serbia in Brussels.

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4/10/2017 Presentation of letters of credence by Ambassador Marina Jovićević to His Majesty King Philip

On October 4th, 2017, PhD Marina Jovićević handed over letters of credence as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Serbia to the Kingdom of Belgium.

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12/09/2017 The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and Government of the Kingdom of Thailand on visa free travel for holders of diplomatic and official passports

The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and Government of the Kingdom of Thailand on visa free travel for holders of diplomatic and official passports, signed in Belgrade, on 4 December 2015, took effect on 08 September 2017.

Based on this Agreement, nationals of both States, who are holders of diplomatic and official passports, will have the right to enter into, transit through and stay on the territory of the other Party without a visa within a period not exceeding 90 days from the date of entry.

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12/09/2017 The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and Government of the Republic of Indonesia on visa free travel for holders of diplomatic and official passports

The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia on visa free travel for holders of diplomatic and official passports, signed in Jakarta, on 27th April 2016, took effect on 02nd September 2017.

Based on this Agreement, nationals of both States, who are holders of diplomatic and official passports, will have the right to enter into, transit through and stay on the territory of the other Party without a visa within a period not exceeding 30 days from the date of entry.

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8/09/2017 Manifestation on the occasion of 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Liège

 

The 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Liège was celebrated in the organization of the Municipal Assembly of Liège, the Committee of the Patriotic Groups of the Province of Liège, the Police of the City of Liège and the Military Command of the Province of Liège, on September 8, 2017.

On behalf of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Belgium, the wreath was laid on the graves of the victims of the Second World War, at the Citadel in Liège, by the Minister, Adviser Irena Banovčanin, chargé d’affairs a.i. towards the institutions of the receiving state until the presentation of the credentials by ambassador Marina Jovićević to the King.

Representatives of city and provincial authorities, police and military institutions, patriotic groups, diplomatic corps, representatives of the Embassies of USA, RF, Poland, France, Spain, Luxembourg and Germany attended the ceremony of laying the wreaths. After the speech of the representatives of the local authorities and the chargé d’affairs of US embassy, the children from the local school read the letters of the victims.

This was followed by the review of the police services, firefighters, civil protection and the Red Cross in front of the City Assembly and a solemn academy.

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30/08/2017 The decision on abolishing visas for citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran, holders of ordinary passports

On Saturday, 2nd September 2017, the decision on abolishing visas for citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran, holders of ordinary passports, will come into force, according to which they may enter, transit and stay on the territory of the Republic of Serbia, no longer than 30 days within a period of one year from the date of entry into the Republic of Serbia.

The decision was made at the session of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, held on 22nd August 2017.

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30/08/2017 The decision on abolishing visas for citizens of the Republic of India, holders of ordinary passports

On Saturday, 2nd September 2017, the decision on abolishing visas for citizens of the Republic of India, holders of ordinary passports, will come into force, according to which they may enter, transit and stay on the territory of the Republic of Serbia, no longer than 30 days within a period of one year from the date of entry into the Republic of Serbia.

The decision was made at the session of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, held on 22nd August 2017.


30/08/2017 The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and Government of Kyrgyz Republic on visa free travel for holders of diplomatic and official passports

The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and Government of Kyrgyz Republic on visa free travel for holders of diplomatic and official passports, signed in Belgrade, on 2 December 2015, will take effect on 13 July 2017.

Based on this Agreement, nationals of both States, who are holders of diplomatic and official passports, will have the right to enter into, transit through and stay on the territory of the other Party without a visa within a period not exceeding 90 days from the date of entry.

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08/08/2017 Commemoration of August 5th - Day of Remembrance of Serbs Who Were Expelled and Killed in Operation "Storm"

 

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels, organized on August 5, 2017, a commemorative gathering, on the occasion of the Day of Remembrance of the Serbs who were expelled and killed in Operation "Storm".

In the presence of Diaspora representatives, in the ceremonial hall of the Embassy in Brussels, a meeting, opened by Consul Ana Kosovac began with a minute of silence for all the victims and expelled Serbs and the intonation of the anthem of the Republic of Serbia, "Boze pravde".

Irena Banovčanin, chargé d'affaires in the Embassy of Serbia, addressed the participants and reminded of the tragic events of 22 years ago, when about 250,000 members of the Serbian people were permanently expelled from the Republic of Croatia.

It was followed by powerful testimony of Mirko Sarac, who arrived at the age of seven in the Republic of Serbia. Going into unknown, uncertainty, the hope that he will return immediately, the care for the fate of the family and the unconsciousness of the moment in which he was, particularly marked his presentation.

At the end of this part of the commemoration were shown the inserts from the film "Life after the Storm", by Snezana Stojkovic Pavlovic and Aleksandar Vukmirovic from 2005, which followed the fate of the returnees.

The commemoration was accompanied by a power point presentation with the most memorable photographs and messages about the suffering of the Serbian people during the "Storm", prepared by the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia.

At the end of the meeting was organized a cocktail.

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07/12/2017 Participation of representatives of Serbia in the final competition of the "Company Program" organized by JA Europe

In the competition of 300,000 pupils and students, who participate every year in the "Company Program" dedicated to student education in the management of a micro company, organized by JA Europe, the Serbian company LegoBuzz, from Kragujevac, was selected to participate in the final competition on July 12, 2017 in Brussels.

Jovana Mališić, Nemanja Milovanović, Jana Marković and Milica Tomić, pupils aged 15-17 years, from Kragujevac, presented the concept of their company, who designed beehives with sensors that give beekeepers information about temperature and humidity in the beehive, a visual insight into the beehive for detecting possible illnesses and so on. Each participant presented to the international jury his company, its business concept, expected profit, way of winning market, risk management, as well as other components that are important for the success of micro-innovative companies. What significance Belgium has defined this event, apart from being hosted this year, is that King Philip visited the stands.

On the final evening, student Jovana Mališić received a prize for young leaders, in competition of 200 competitors.

Ambassador V.Arsić visited the stand of young competitors.

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10/07/2017 Presentation of the Institutional Organisation of the Kingdom of Belgium in the Association of Wallonia-Brussels International

As a part of a two-week French language course for public administration employees, which is beeing held in Mons, from 3 to 15 July 2017, a presentation of the institutional organisation of the Kingdom of Belgium was organized at the Wallonia-Brussels International Association, on 10th July 2017. Participants of the course were greeted by and the introductory lecture was held by Ms. Paskalin Van Bol, Director of the Department for International Scholarships, lecturers and lectors, while the presentation of the institutional organisation of the Kingdom of Belgium and the international relations of Wallonia and Brussels was held by Mr. Mihael Lamhasni, Deputy Director General. It was also an opportunity for the participants to meet and discuss with diplomatic representatives in Brussels.

This year, the course participant from Serbia is dr Slavoljub Carić, Head of the Department of International Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On behalf of the Embassy, the presentation was attended by Minister Counselor Irena Banovčanin.

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03/07/2017 Opening of the exhibition “Serbia meets Belgium” in Leke-Diksmuide

 

On Friday, 30th June 2017, in the Belgian town Leke-Diksmuide, in the gallery of Sabine Van Paemel, was held the opening of the exhibition of the Serbian artists. Their works of fine art substantially represent works “with distinct humane origin”. The artists participating at the exhibition are the following painters: Đerđi Ačaji, Vasilije Dolovački, Damnjan Đakov, Slavko Krunić, Zoran Krulj, Aleksandar Luković Lukijan, Danica Masniković, Milan Miletić, Predrag Milošević, Bojan Otašević, Snežana Perović, Jovanka Stanojević, Dejan Ulardžić, Aleksandar Cvetković and the sculptors of the Dada studio: Nadežda Đukanović, Pantelić, Dušan Rajčić i Milica Živadinović.

 

The exhibition was opened by Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia, Vesna Arsić, who spoke about the long-standing connections between Serbia and Belgium, as well as the importance of artistic cooperation.

The opening was attended by over 150 guests, with the presence of six artists whose works of art visitors would be able to see during the exhibition. The Art Gallery from Kragujevac and the painter Slavko Krunić gave a significant contribution to the organization of this exhibition.

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02/06/2017 INFORMATION OF 8. SERBIAN DIASPORA MEDICAL CONFERENCE

Information of 8. Serbian Diaspora Medical Conference.

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29/05/2017 Notice of Call for Еlections to the National Council of Foreigners, Luxembourg

We inform that the elections for representatives to the National Council of Foreigners of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017, starting at 09:30 a.m. in the premises of the Ministry of Family, Integration and the Great Region, at 12-14 Emile Reuter, L- 2420, in Luxembourg.

Please note that the deadline for submission of applications to Office luxembourgeois de l’accueil et de l’intégration (ОLAI), 7 – 9, avenue Victor Hugo, L-1750, Luxembourg, tél : 247-85728, fax : 247-85720, is 30th June, 2017.

Enclosed  you can download the material for the upcoming elections (call for the submission of candidacies for individuals and associations, as well as relevant statements).

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23/05/2017 Awarding the Prize for Literature to Serbian writer Darko Tuševljaković

 

The ninth ceremony of the European Prize for Literature was held on May 23, in the crowded hall Concert Noble in Brussels. European Commissioner for Education, Youth, Sports and Culture Tibor Navračić and Vice President of the European Parliament Dimitrios Papadimulis presented the award to Serbian writer Darko Tuševljaković, author of the novel "Jaz". Since it was founded this prestigious award in 2009, this is the third Serbian writer who gets it. (previously they were Jelena Lengold and Uglješa Šajtinac).

The young winning authors from Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Turkey, Great Britain and Serbia, have been recognized as exceptional, the new European literary talents.

Ambassador V. Arsić attended the award ceremony.

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17/05/2017 The decision on abolishing visas for citizens of the Republic of Peru, holders of ordinary passports

On Saturday, 20th May 2017, the decision on abolishing visas for citizens of the Republic of Peru, holders of ordinary passports, will come into force, according to which they may enter, transit and stay on the territory of the Republic of Serbia, no longer than 90 days within a period of six months from the date of entry into the Republic of Serbia.

The decision was made at the session of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, held on 11th May 2017.

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9/05/2017 Depositing flowers at the cemetery in Brussels on the occasion of the Victory Day

On the occasion of marking the Day of Victory over Fascism, on 9th May 2017, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia V. Arsic attended a memorial service at the cemetery in Evere Brussels, where she laid flowers at the monument of soldiers from the former USSR and at the Belgian monument of the resistance movement.

Military attaché of Serbia in Belgium, B. Randjelovic was present at the ceremony also.


08/05/2017 Depositing flowers at the resistance movement monument in Liege

On the occasion of marking the Day of Victory over Fascism, in the organization of the Province and the City of Liege and the Military command of province the Liege, a memorial service for the perished members of the resistance movement of the Kingdom of Belgium was organized on 8th May 2017. Beside the highest Belgium officials and diplomatic corps representatives, on the name of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Belgium, consul Ana Kosovac laid flowers.

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30.04.2017 Participation Orchestra of the Music School "Isidor Bajic" Novi Sad at the music festival in Nerpelt

 

Orchestra of the Music School "Isidor Bajic" Novi Sad participated, on 30 April 2017, the international competition of orchestras in Nerpelt in Belgium. Orchestra members aged 15-18 years, due to the excellent performance, were able to win a special first place.

At this festival participated also the Symphony Orchestra from Belgrade.

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20/04/2017 Goran Bregović, the guest of the Balkan Trafik festival 2017

 

In a crowded hall of Bozar in Brussels, whithin Balkan Trafik festival 2017, the concert of Goran Bregović, entitled as Three letters from Sarajevo, was performed. This ode to the peaceful coexistence of cultures and regions in this area has been performed by Brussels Philharmonic Orcestra and Goran Bregović Wedding and Funeral Orchestra. Concert is traditionally supports by NIS, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Belgium, the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU and PKS.

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13/04/2017 Notice of non-working days

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels will not work on 14th and 17th of April 2017, during the Easter holiday.

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06/04/2017 Presidential elections 2017.

 

On Sunday, 2nd April 2017, at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels, Presidential elections were held.

Of the registered 265 Serbian citizens in the voting list, permanently or temporarily residing in Belgium and Luxembourg, 237 voted, which represents 89.43% of the total number of registered citizens.

  

  

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23/032017 PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL OPEN COMPETITION FOR THE DESIGN OF A CONCEPTUAL SOLUTION FOR THE ZORAN ĐINĐIĆ 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 Đinđić memorial at the Students square in Belgrade”.

The aim of the competition is to obtain the best quality conceptual solution for the Zoran Đinđić Memorial at the Students Square in Belgrade and to create a dignified memory of Zoran Đinđić, his life, work and social and historical changes he initiated in Serbia, as well as of his tragic death at the entrance to the building of the Government of the Republic of Serbia on March 12, 2003.

Zoran Đinđić was one of the founders of the Democratic Party and served as President of the Executive Board from September 1990, and as President of the Party from January 1994. He was a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Philosophy and Social Theory, member of all three multiparty sessions of the National Parliament of the Republic of Serbia and of the Council of the Republics in the Parliament of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

He was elected Mayor of Belgrade on the 21st February 1997, representing the Together coalition, which topped the polls in many Serbian cities in the 1996 local elections. In June 2000, Đinđic took on the role of coordinator in the Alliance for Change and then became head of the Central Election Committee and promotional campaign coordinator of the Serbian Democratic Opposition (DOS) for the elections held on the 24th September 2000.

He became Prime Minister of Serbia on 25th January 2001, after the victory of DOS in the Serbian parliamentary elections in December 2000. Zoran Đinđic was murdered on March 12th 2003 in front of the Serbian government building, for striving to liberate Serbia from her past and to lead her into the future. Đinđic left behind his wife Ruzica, daughter Jovana and son Luka.

 

BELGRADE CITY ADMINISTRATION

Secretariat for Culture

Belgrade, Trg republike 3

announces

PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL TWO-PHASE OPEN COMPETITION FOR THE DESIGN OF A CONCEPTUAL SOLUTION FOR THE ZORAN DINDIC MEMORIAL AT THE STUDENTS SQUARE IN BELGRADE

 

Competition organizer:

City of Belgrade - Belgrade City Administration, Secretariat for Culture.

Competition Purpose:

The aim of the competition is to obtain the best quality conceptual solution for the Zoran Bindic Memorial at the Students Square in Belgrade.

The meaning of the artistic and program solution is to create a dignified memory of Zoran Bindic, his life, work and social and historical changes he initiated in Serbia, as well as of his tragic death at the entrance to the building of the Government of the Republic of Serbia on March 12, 2003.

The space for which this memorial should be designed is a part of the reconstructed Students Square which is to be transformed into a pedestrian zone, according to the project design made by architect Boris Podrecca.

The memorial is expected to be designed in the tone of contemporary visual art.

Type of Competition:

As for the type, the competition is public.

As for the participants, the competition is open.

As for the form, the competition has two phases.

As for the manner and design submission, the competition is anonymous.

Language of the competition for local participants shall be Serbian, and for foreign participants English.

Documentation:

Competition participants may download the competition material free of charge at the web-portal of the City of Belgrade (http://www.beograd.rs) and Association of Belgrade Architects (http://www.dab.rs/) starting as of March 30, 2017.

Term:

The final deadline for submission of designs in the first phase of the competition is June 15, 2017, till 3 p.m., irrespective of the manner of design submission (direct submission or by mail).

Deadline for the completion of the jury work and publication of the first phase results is June 30, 2017. The final deadline for submission of the design in the second phase of the competition is September 28, 2017, till 3 p.m., irrespective of the manner of design submission (direct submission or by mail).

Deadline for the completion of the jury work and publication of the second phase of the competition is October 16, 2017.

Prize fund:

If minimum 10 designs are submitted by the end of the defined deadline, which meet the propositions of the competition for the second phase, 6 (six) designs will be selected.

Prizes at the total amount of the net prize fund of 19.000 euros shall be granted in the following order:

- First prize 8.000 euros,

- Second prize 5.000 euros,

- Third prize 3.000 euros,

and three equally valuable purchases of 1.000 euros each.

Prize purchase payments for designs whose authors are residents of the Republic of Serbia shall be paid in dinar equivalent. The design is awarded the first prize shall be selected for realisation.


13/03/2017 FESTIVAL OF MIGRATION, CULTURE AND CITIZENSHIP IN LUXEMBOURG

 

The 34th Festival of migration, culture and citizenship was held in Luxembourg, from 3-5th March. For the first time, Serbian cultural center of Luxembourg, participated.

Cultural Center presented the traditional Serbian food and brandy "sljivovica". On the stand, which was decorated with Serbian flag and balloons in the colors of flag, were also placed woolen socks and hats, as well as promotional material of TOS. The poster on which were represented famous Serbs was especially interesting. The girls dressed in Serbian national costumes were present.

The opening ceremony was attended by the Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg, as well as the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, who visited the stand of Serbian cultural center.

In front of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, Ana Kosovac, Consul at the Embassy attended the opening ceremony. The numerous nations from Africa, Latin America, and Europe were presented at the festival in Luxembourg.


02/03/2017 Тhe Balkans national week at the College of Europe in Bruges

The College of Europe in Bruges hosted the Balkans national week from 27 January to 03 March. Having become a crucial part of students’ life, this tradition gathered, among others, students from all around Europe last Thursday in order to delight in Serbian gastronomy, kindly provided by the Embaassy of the Republic of Serbia to Kingdom of Belgium and the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU.

This year's student and representative of Serbia is Miss Hana Hudak, Joseph Bech promotion scholar for 2016/17.


23-24/02/2017 The Joint Commission for International Road Transport between the Republic of Serbia and the Kingdom of Belgium

The meeting of the Joint Commission for International Road Transport between the Republic of Serbia and the Kingdom of Belgium was held in Brussels, on 23 and 24 February 2017, with the participation of representatives from the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Serbia, associations of carriers in international road traffic from Serbia, representatives of the Ministry of Traffic and Transport of the Kingdom of Belgium, as well as the minister counselor from the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia Irena Banovčanin.

Noting that in the past there was a significant increase in trade between the Republic of Serbia and the Kingdom of Belgium, as well as the presence of over fifty Belgian companies operating in Serbia, it has been estimated that it is necessary to remove all administrative constraints that hinder the smooth running of transport between the two countries and increase the number of existing licenses for Serbian carriers.

After the meeting of the Mixed Commission, the delegation from the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Serbia, headed by Damir Ledenčan, Head of Department for international transport in the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Serbia, visited the Embassy and had a meeting with the Ambassador Vesna Arsić.


28/02/2017 PUBLIC DEBT LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA

The Law, By-Laws and forms can be found on site of the Public Debt Administration: http://www.javnidug.gov.rs


27/02/2017 Visit of the participants of VSBO to the institutions of NATO and EU

 

In the scope of the study visit of the participants of VSBO to the institutions of the NATO and the EU, ambassadors V.Arsić, A.Hrustanović and M.Udovički, participated to the lecture "The Republic of Serbia and the Kingdom of Belgium, the EU and the NATO", which was organized on 27th of February.

Participants expressed a high degree of interest in this subject.


18/02/2017 Presentation of Serbian tourism at the fair in Ghent

 

On 18th and 19th February 2017, at the Danube Competence Centre stand, Tourist Organization of Serbia presented the tourist offer of Serbia, as part of the Fair for biking and walking-Fiets en Wandelbeurs in Ghent.

The fair brought together 400 exhibitors and recorded significant number of visitors, lovers of active rest. Darja Butigan, manager of the management and promotion in the Benelux market, presented the advantages of the specially designed packages for cycling and other types of sports. The ambassador V.Arsić visited the stand of Serbia, where were a significant number of interested visitors.

 


17/2/2017 Commemoration Ceremony in honour of King Albert I and deceased members of the Belgian royal family in Liège

The city of Liège and Association "King Albert I" organized the Commemoration Ceremony in memory of King Albert I and other deceased members of the Belgian royal family.

The ceremony of laying wreaths at the Esplanade of King Albert I in Liège was attended by representatives of the embassies of France, the Russian Federation, the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Poland, Romania and the Republic of Serbia, as well as the associations of war veterans: the European Confederation of Veterans, National Federation of Veterans, Veterans and Supporters of King Albert I, King's fraternity of the Garrison of the Liege fortress and others.

In hеr speech, the president of the Association of 'King Albert I" Ms. Christelle KLEPPER-CAILLET, highlighted the contribution of King Albert I, who ruled from 1909 to 1934, to the development of the Belgian Society by introducing universal suffrage, the establishment of the National Fund for Scientific Research and the Royal Academy of French Language and Literature, the introduction of the eight-hour working week, permitting workers' association and the expansion of social legislation. King Albert I led the Belgian army in exile during the First World War and supported the troops in the liberation of the country from German occupation.

On behalf of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Belgium at the ceremony of laying wreaths took part Minister Counselor Irena Banovčanin.

After laying wreaths, the anthem of the Kingdom of Belgium was solemnly intoned, then Governor of Liege held a reception in the Provincial Palace.


17/2/2017 Celebrating National Day of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels

On the occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Serbia, on 15th February 2017, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels organized the reception for Serbian Diaspora.

The guests were welcomed by the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia, Vesna Arsic, who, highlighted the importance of this date for the Serbian history and the important date for the Orthodox Church. The Ambassador of the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, Ana Hrustanović, the Ambassador of the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the NATO, Miomir Udovicki and the generals Mojsilovic and Bandic were present also.

The special note at the reception was given by Dijana Sekulić, violinist from Niš, who is living and working in Belgium.

The Serbian domestic food, that were prepared by the Embassy’s and Missions employees, contributed to the atmosphere for about 200 guests.

 


17/2/2017 Mannequin Pis in Serbian National Costume

 

Within the framework of the celebrations of the Serbian National Day, on 15th February 2017, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, in cooperation with the City of Brussels and the Order of Friends of the Mannequin Pis organized the traditional ceremony of dressing of Mannequin Pis in the Serbian national costume.

The first dressing of the statue was organized in 2012, but handover ceremony to the Museum of Mannequin Pis was held in 2011.

The celebration was followed by many tourists and diplomatic corps, besides the ambassadors Arsic, Hrustanovic and Udovicki and employees of the Embassy of RS, Mission to the EU and Mission to the NATO.

 


27/01/2017 COMPETITION FOR CO-FINANCING PROJECTS IN THE FIELD OF TRANSLATING REPRESENTATIVE PARTS OF SERBIAN LITERATURE IN 2017

The competition, which is in progress, is primarily intended for foreign publishers interested in Serbian literature and culture.

The deadline for submission of the applications is 28 February 2017.

The text of the competition, application forms and other documentation can be found on the website of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia:

http://www.kultura.gov.rs/cyr/konkursi/konkurs-za-sufinansiranje-projekata-u-oblasti-prevodjenja-reprezentativnih-dela-srpske-knjizevnosti-u-inostranstvu--u-2017--godini-


27/01/2017 COMPETITION FOR CO-FINANCING OF CULTURAL ACTIVITIES Serbs abroad in 2017

The competition that is underway is aimed at Serbian institutions, artistic and other associations and organizations / entities, which are registered outside the Republic of Serbia.

The deadline for submission of the applications is 28 February 2017.

The text of the competition, application forms and other documentation can be found on the website of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia:

http://www.kultura.gov.rs/cyr/konkursi/konkurs-za-finansiranje-ili-sufinansiranje-projekata-u-oblasti-kulturnih-delatnosti-srba-u-inostranstvu-u-2017--godini


27/01/2017 PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CANDIDATES FOR VOLUNTARY MILITARY SERVICE WITH WEAPONS AND CANDIDATES FOR PARTICIPANTS OF THE COURSE FOR SERBIAN ARMY RESERVE OFFICERS

According to the Decision on the suspension of compulsory military service ("Official Gazette of RS", No. 95/10), Article 135 st. 4 and 5 of the Law on military, work and material obligation ("Official Gazette of RS", Nos. 88/09 and 95/10) and Article 3 of the Regulation on the procedure for voluntary military service ("Official Gazette of RS" No 7/11), Ministry of Defence published

PUBLIC AD

 for candidates for voluntary military service with weapons and candidates for the listeners of the course for reserve officers of the

Army of Serbia

The right of registration of candidates for voluntary military service with weapons and candidates for participants course for reserve officers

On the voluntary military service in the Army with weapons Serbia can apply candidates male and female, which in 2017 turning 19 to 30 years of age.

General terms:

To be a citizen of the Republic of Serbia;

it was not sentenced to a juvenile prison or unconditionally to imprisonment for a criminal offense (until the sentence has been served or been released on parole);

that no criminal proceedings for a criminal offense prosecuted ex officio;

that is medically fit for military service;

that he completed his military service with weapons and

to have a place of residence in the territory of the Republic of Serbia.

Besides the general, a candidate for the listener course for reserve officers must meet the following requirements:

- Finished studies

- That fulfills the requirements for recruits to be sent to special units of the Army of Serbia and

- have a positive security check.

 

2. Submission of the application and the required documents for registration of candidates for voluntary military service with weapons and candidates for the listeners of the course for reserve officers of the Army of Serbia

Notification of candidates submitted to the Ministry of Defense Center for Local Government, by place of residence.

The candidate who resides abroad the application can be submitted to the competent diplomatic or consular mission of the Republic of Serbia abroad.

The application form, the candidate receives in the center of the Defense Ministry for Local Government.

The candidate who applied for voluntary military service under arms, is obliged to fulfill the application form and attach:

photocopy of the diploma on completion of education (original document for inspection) and biography.

The candidate for the listener course for reserve officers attached to the application and the following evidence:

contract with the Ministry of Defense scholarship if he was a military scholarship and written consent to security clearance for placement in special units of the Army of Serbia

 

3. The selection of candidates for voluntary military service with weapons and candidates for listeners Course for reserve officers in the Army of Serbia

Determination of the final ranking list of candidates perform regional centers of the Ministry of Defense, on the proposal of the Ministry of Defense centers for local self-government, following the medical and other examinations and psychological testing of candidates in authorized military medical institutions.

The selection of the required number of candidates from the set of the final ranking list pots Commission regional centers of the Ministry of Defense, in accordance with the Plan guidance of candidates for voluntary military service with weapons of training centers and the Plan grip the listener course for reserve officers for a particular referral hands.

4. Conclusion of the contract

Selected candidates sign a contract with the Defense Ministry, which regulates mutual rights and obligations, which must contain the beginning and end of the voluntary military service, living and working conditions, incomes, conditions of termination of voluntary military service and compensation costs in the event of unjustified termination of voluntary service military service.

Any additional information may be obtained at the center of the Ministry of Defense for the local government in the place of residence, the competent diplomatic or consular mission of the Republic of Serbia abroad and on the website of the Ministry of Defense www.mod.gov.rs.

The advertisement for candidates for voluntary military service with weapons and candidates for the listeners of the course for reserve officers of the Army of Serbia in 2017, is permanently open, a ranking of candidates will be made periodically in accordance with the deadlines advisable.


10/01/2017 INFORMATION ABOUT WORKING HOURS AT THE CONSULAR SECTION OF THE EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA

Consular section of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia is going to be closed on Wednesday, 11th January 2017.

 

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30/12/2016 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

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, signed in Riga on 5th November 2016, shall enter into force on 15th January 2017.

From that date citizens of the Republic of Serbia and the People's Republic of China, holders of ordinary passports, have the right to enter, transit and stay on the territory of the other Party without visas, for up to 30 ( thirty ) days from the date of entry.


13/12/2016 AWARD OF GRATITUDE DR DEJAN IZGAREVIĆ

 

In the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, on December 5th 2016, the reception was organized for dr Dejan Izgarević, surgeon and chief of emergency at the hospital "Ixelles" in Brussels, for providing professional and selfless medical assistance as well as for the humanity shown by his patience and devotion towards members of our diaspora.

The ceremony was attended by ambassadors Arsic, Hrustanović and Udovički as well as prominent members of our diaspora, employees of the Embassy and missions of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels, friends and family members of dr Izgarević, and a cocktail with local specialties was provided, prepared at the Embassy staff.

Dr Izgarević expressed gratitude for the attention that he has ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, stressing that it was part of his profession and personal attitude towards members of our diaspora.


21-25/11/2016 Тraining for diplomats and civil servants from the Republic of Serbia in the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium

 

In the period from 21 to 25 November 2016, in Brussels, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium organized training for ten diplomats and civil servants from the Republic of Serbia.

Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Minister without portfolio Responsible for European Integration, the Cabinet of the Chief Negotiator for the Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union and the European Integration Office had the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about the bilateral relations between the two countries, the Belgian attitude towards Serbia's European integration, foreign policy of the Kingdom of Belgium, as well as the organization and methods of work of these institutions through lectures of experienced diplomats and civil servants from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium, the Federal Parliament of the Kingdom of Belgium, the European Parliament and the European External Action Service.

Seminar is estimated by participants as extremely useful for their future work, because it shed light on the specific aspects of their field in a new way, focusing on current issues within the competence of the participants (eg. migration, which were not represented in previous years) and through interactive method that offered answers to many questions.

This form of bilateral cooperation between the Republic of Serbia and the Kingdom of Belgium has been going on for fifteen years and tens of diplomats and civil servants from Serbia had the opportunity to use acquired knowledge from the seminar in the practice.

During their stay in Brussels, the participants visited the Embassy Republic of Serbia and the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union, talked with colleagues and convey the impressions of the seminar.


18/11/2016 CEREMONY OF AWARDING THE DIPLOMA FOR APEC SEMINAR ON PORT MANAGEMENT AND LOGISTICS IN ANTWERPEN

APEC (Antwerp Port Training Center) organizes seminars and training in the field of port management, logistics and other aspects of the maritime sector for forty years already, by transferring the expertise of professionals from Port Antwerp, by providing a platform for discussion, learning from examples of best practices and for networking of professionals from all around the world.

APEC offers a fixed set of standardized courses, both for managers and for dock workers of different levels of knowledge and experience. APEC also provides specially tailored seminars and training upon the request of contracting authorities from the port sector.

APEC provides scholarships for courses, accomodation and travel expenses for the best candidates. Due to the extremely high interest in courses in English, the greater chances for obtaining scholarships have francophone participants.

During November 2016 (7-18). Seminar on port management and logistics, from Serbia, has successfully attended and finished Ms. Mirela Andric from Belgrade, working in a French company for navigation on the Danube (CFND). The ceremony of awarding of diploma, as in previous years, has been attended by a representative of the Embassy of Serbia in Brussels.


22/11/2016 COMMEMORATIVE EVENING DEDICATED TO PRIMA BALLERINA OF THE NATIONAL THEATRE IN BELGRADE AND OF THE BALLET OF THE XXTH CENTURY IN BRUSSELS DUSKA SIFNIOS

 

Duska Sifnios, prima ballerina of the National Theatre in Belgrade and of the Ballet of the Twentieth century in Brussels, passed away on 14th October this year in Brussels, where she lived.

The commemorative evening dedicated to deceased artist was held in the "House of Maurice Bejart", on 22nd November 2016, in organization of the "House of Maurice Bejart“ and Duska’s son Patrick Vandernoot.

The exhibition "Duska Sifnios, step by step", through camera, drawings, video and film recordings has shown the life of this exceptional ballerina, whose most important achievements were realized in Brussels, between 1960’s and 1970’s, primarily in cooperation with the famous choreographer Maurice Bejart.

Their creation of Ravel’s "Bolero", the most performed version of the ballet, which is still performed all over the world will be remembered forever. In the framework of the exposition are also shown testimonies of over twenty ballet performances, among which are Duska’s performance of "Giselle" and "Swan’s Lake."

The President of the Foundation "House of Maurice Bejart", writer and publicist Michelle Rober and Duska’s daughter Aleksandra Vandernot addressed to the friends and admirers of Duška after presentation of Ravel’s "Bolero".


14/11/2016 Commemoration of the 2016 Armistice Day in World War I

 

On the occasion of 11th November, Armistice Day in World War II, the ambassador of Serbia in Belgium, Vesna Arsic and Consul Ana Kosovac visited the cemetery Robermont in Liege and laid laurel wreaths at the monument to Serbian soldiers killed at the Belgium territory and Allied monument which is dedicated to all the Liberation forces in the First World War

 

The ceremony was attended, also by representatives of France, Italy, USA, Great Britain, Poland, Belgium and the Federal Republic of Germany. After laying a garland, flags of the European Union and Belgium were officially raised, with the anthems.


04/11/2016. INVITATION TO TENDER FOR THE PROVISION OF REAL ESTATE SALES SERVICES – THE SALE OF DIPLOMATIC REAL ESTATE IN NEW YORK (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA), TOKYO (JAPAN), BONN (GERMANY), AND BERNE (SWITZERLAND)

- Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Slovenia, and the Republic of Serbia – as the sole Successor States to the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (hereinafter “the SFRY”) – and the co-owners of diplomatic and consular property of the SFRY, as the previous title owner, hereby issue an invitation to tender for the provision of the service of brokering the sale of the following immovable property (1) :

(1) The information on property in this invitation to tender are only indicative. The Successor States accept no responsibility for their accuracy. Precise information may be obtained by consulting public databases of the countries where the immovable property is located. The Successor States will submit relevant data in their possession regarding the immovable property listed in this invitation to tender to the successful tenderer after the completion of the selection process.

a) Permanent Mission of the SFRY to the UN, New York, USA (854 Fifth Avenue, N.Y. 10065); additional indicative data: block 1391, Lot 6, site area 3,600 sq. ft./30 x 120, gross living area 16,125 sq. ft, est. 1910;

b) Residence of the Permanent Representative of the SFRY to the UN, New York, USA (730 Park Avenue, N.Y. 10021); additional indicative data: Apt. 16/17B, cooperative interest, 718/30.000 shares, block 1385, Lot 37, project name: Park 71st St. Corp., gross living area above grade 4,294 sq. ft., Act. Age: 1929;

c) Embassy and residence of the SFRY in Tokyo, Japan (7-24, 4-chome, Kitashinagawa Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo); additional indicative data: land 316-37 Kita Shinagawa 4-Chome, Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo, registered total area 995.27 m2 (app. 28 m x 30 m), building 316-37 Kita Shinagawa 4-Chome, Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo, total floor area 1,725.70 m2 (size in building design document), time of completion 1965;

d) Embassy of the SFRY in Bonn, Germany (Schlossallee 5, 5300 Bonn 2), additional indicative data: land register Mehlem, entry no. 2,865, building and garden/courtyard area 5,441 m2, Schlossallee 1 and 5, floor area 1,565 m2 (ground floor, cellar, attic, underground garage with 14 parking spaces);

e) Embassy and residence of the SFRY in Berne, Switzerland (Seminarstrasse 5, 3006 Bern), additional indicative data: estate: nr. 199 Bern 4, land area: total 1,760 m2, building gross area 540 m2, garden area/courtyard 1,220 m2, construction year: 1978.

The Successor States underline the following:

- The service of brokering the sale of all the immovable property listed above will be awarded to a single real estate agency, which will be awarded the contract by the Successor States;

- The deadline for submitting tenders is 30 days from the day following the issuing of this invitation to tender, while the Successor States will notify tenderers of their decision within 50 days from the deadline for submitting tenders;

- Among the references qualifying them to successfully broker the sale of the listed property, interested tenderers will submit the following documents, and define their conditions for providing brokerage services. In their offer, the interested tenderers will include:

a) Documents certifying that the tenderer is a registered company;

b) Documents proving that the tenderer has offices, branches, or partner organisations in the countries where the property on sale is located, operating in the listed cities (New York, USA; Tokyo, Japan; Bonn, Germany; Bern, Switzerland);

c) Documents showing the tenderer’s turnover amounted to at least US$ 100 million (2) in the last three years;

(2) Or the equivalent in €, CHF, or ¥.

d) Guarantee for the offer in the amount of US$ 50,000.00 (the guarantee will be returned to the tenderer upon the signing of the brokerage contract);

e) Performance guarantee in the amount of US$ 100,000.00 (the performance guarantee will be returned to the tenderer upon the completion of the contract);

f) Evidence of financial and business solvency;

g) Evidence of technical and professional capacities and references proving the successful provision of brokerage services;

h) Certificate of no conviction of the tenderer/legal entity and its CEO, in accordance with the legal provisions of the country of the registered seat of the tenderer and permanent residence of its CEO;

- The period of validity of the tender shall be at least 90 days from the date of submission;

- Interested tenderers will specify their tenders as a brokerage fee, which is a percentage of the total gross sales price of the property listed above;

- The lowest brokerage fee shall be the decisive criterion in selecting the successful tenderer, provided that the tenderer meets all the above conditions;

- Interested tenderers will submit their tenders (in a sealed envelope, marked with the designation ‘Do not open’) by registered mail addressed to:

Stanislav Vidovič, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, SI-1001 Ljubljana, Prešernova cesta 25.

- The Successor States will provide appraisals of the market value of all the listed immovable property to the successful tenderer; the property’s appraised market value will represent the minimum asking price for the property concerned, unless otherwise decided by the Successor States;

- The sale of the immovable property will be conducted preferably by way of public auction or by any other method in accordance with the local real estate market practice for each immovable property concerned, as advised by interested tenderers in their tenders;

- The Successor States reserve the right not to select any tenderer, even if all conditions are met;

- The immovable property listed in this invitation to tender may be sold separately or not. Each Successor State must confirm the sale of each immovable property under the terms to be negotiated with the best offer/potential buyer prior to concluding the sale if the purchase price offered is below the appraised market value or the minimum asking price.

- Contact details for additional information: gp.mzz@gov.si or sekretariat.mzz@gov.si

 

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:

1. FORM B-1

2. FORM B-2

3. TENDERER INFORMATION SHEET

 

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24/10/2016 FILM FESTIVAL CINEST IN LUXEMBOURG

At the film festival CINEAST (films from Central and Eastern Europe) in Luxembourg, Serbian film "A Good Wife", directed by Mirjana Karanovic was shown. Also, Mirjana Karanovic was the chair of International jury.

After the film, on Friday, 21st October, the debate followed about the topics from the film which is dedicated to moral decisions, repentance and preservation of the purity of soul, as well as the position of women in Serbia, Europe and around the world.

After the movie and debate, held a cocktail, prepared by the Serbian Cultural Centre in Luxembourg and the Embassy of Serbia in Brussels.


19/10/2016 Business Tourism Workshop in Brussels

 

D.Butigan, the manager of the Tourist Organization of Serbia for the markets of France, Benelux and Scandinavia and A.Vuković, Air Serbia Manager for the key customers, presented on October 19, in Brussels, the tourist offer of Serbia and national flight company. Tourism workshop gathered around 50 tourist agents and tour operators (5 agencies from Serbia and three hotels) at the Van Der Valk, near the Brussels airport.

Also present was Gilbert Menne, president of the National Association of Journalists and Writers of travel journals, who is also the editor of the "Travelling News".

Ambassador Arsić welcomed the participants of the workshop and spoke about the historical and economic ties between Serbia and Belgium.


10/10/2016 THEATRE GUEST PERFORMANCE IN BRUSSELS

 

In the Beursschouwburg theatre in Brussels, the Belgian theatrical first performance of the show Comrades, I am not ashamed of my communist past, performed by the artist Sanja Mitrovic and Vladimir Aleksic, was held on 07.10.2016.

Nostalgic play about growing up in the former Yugoslavia, in the spirit of unity and tolerance, attracted representatives of the Diaspora, as well as a large number of Belgians.

In Brussels, a reprise performance, was held on 08.10.2016, also in front of full audience, and new performances are planned in Hasselt and Mechelen.


10/10/2016 Celebrating The Holy Virgin in Liege

 

On the occasion of celebrating the Holy Virgin, 09.10.2016, in the church of Mother Mary Theresa in Liege, the liturgy was served by the priest Dusan Erceg. The liturgy was followed by a luncheon.


26/09/2016 56. TRADITIONAL CELEBRATION OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF ILOT SACRE

At the Royal Puppet Theatre Toone, on 16 September a reception was organized, on the occasion of the official opening of the 56th Traditional celebrations of the Open municipality of Ilot Sacre, the bohemian district of Brussels, which is twinned with Skadarlija.

Traditionally, the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels, Vesna Arsic, attended the relaxed and friendly opening ceremony at which the organizers expressed their gratitude


Decision on awarding the contract for the procurement of goods Tempest computers for the needs of the Diplomatic and Consular Missions of the Republic of Serbia abroad

Decision on awarding the contract for the procurement of goods Tempest computers for the needs of the Diplomatic and Consular Missions of the Republic of Serbia abroad


26/08/2016 PROCUREMENT OF TEMPEST COMPUTERS-CHANGES AND AMENDMENTS

Changes and amendments of the Procurement of tempest computers, published on the 18.08.2016.

- An invitation to bid-changes and amendments

- Tender document-changes and amendments

Date and time of bid submission: 09.09.2016. at 13.00 h.

 

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18/08/2016 PROCUREMENT OF TEMPEST COMPUTERS

Opened process of the Procurement of Tempes computers for the purposes od Diplomatic Missions and Consular post of the Republick of Serbia abroad:

- Invaitation to bid

- Tender document

 

Date and time of bid submission: 30.08.2016. at 13.00 hrs.

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29/07/2016 FOLKLORE FESTIVAL "HARVEST" IN AALST

 

In the Flemish town of Aalst a traditional festival, 47th, dedicated to the harvest was opened. The main event in the festival is parade and performances by folk groups from Belgium, and guest countries.

This year, as guests of the festival, attended by folk ensembles from Scotland, Argentina and folklore group "Splet" from Novi Sad, who represented Serbia. Reception to mark the opening of the festival, which was attended by Ana Kosovac, Consul at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels, was held in the Municipal Assembly of Aalst, and after that the parade of folklore groups started throughout the city.

The specificity of this festival is that the main event is organized, every year at one of the local farms, near the town. Also, every year, folklore groups from abroad are placed in the houses of local people. The hosts particularly emphasized the nice impression about guests from Serbia.


29/07/2016 REMEMBRANCE DAY OF THE SUFFERING AND PERSECUTION OF SERBS, 4th OF AUGUST

The Government of the Republic of Serbia has been declared a day of remembrance of the suffering and persecution of Serbs, and on the occasion of the tragic suffering of about 250,000 members of the Serbian people in the Croatian military action in 1995, titled "Storm". On this occasion, with the assistance of the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, State manifestation of marking the Day of Remembrance will be held on 4th August 2016, starting at 20.00 hours, in front of the temple St. Cyril and Methodius, in Busije, Zemun.

The Organizing Committee for the celebration of the Day of Remembrance invites all interested members of the diaspora to attend this event.


23/03 /2016 NEW INFORMATION ON ATTACKS AND SECURITY MEASURES IN BRUSSELS

Belgian security services have indications of possible attacks on schools, hospitals and restaurant terraces in Brussels, during the period of the Muslim fasting began last week and it ends on 05th July of this year.

Special attention of the forces during Ramadan will be focused on the terraces of restaurants in Brussels, especially those where the TV transmission with EURO2016 football games are provided, as well as to schools and hospitals, because this places, according to the latest information, are considered potential targets of attacks.

In spite of security services information, the level of risk has not increased from 3 to 4.


05/31/2016 Serbian folk group Ivo Lola Ribar participates at the International folklore festival in Saint-Ghislain-Belgium

 

Serbian folk group Ivo Lola Ribar participates on 33.International folklore festival in Saint-Ghislain, near Mons in Belgium, which takes place in the period from 29 May to 6 June 2016.

At the opening ceremony on 31.May, within other groups from Belgium, Russia,Chile, Nicaragua, Colombia, Belarus, Palestine and others, Serbian ensemble performed traditional dances from eastern Serbia, what has sparked delight of many spectators.


17/05/2016 Diversity Project, Brussels, May 7th 2016.

On Saturday, May 7th 2016, in the center of Brussels, in front of the Bourse building and around, Diversity Project took place. The aim of this event was to show cultural and cuisine differences and similarities of the 30 participating countries of the festival. Organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels, the Republic of Serbia was represented by KUD Moravac from Dusseldorf and Restaurant Čakaran from Antwerp.

Visitors of the event were delighted with specialties from Čakaran restaurant, as well as the dance of the Kosovo, River Morava region, performed by KUD Moravac.


30/04/2016 The „Balkan Trafik“ festival in Brussels

 

The Embassy of Serbia has traditionally took a part, with the Mission of Serbia to the EU and the Serbian Chamber of Commerce in supporting the festival « Balkan Trafik », which was held this year under the general sponsorship of the Oil Industry of Serbia.

During the "Serbian evening" on that occasion organized in Bozar, the guests were addressed by Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to Belgium H.E. Mrs. Vesna Arsic, the representative of NIS Mrs. Mirjana Bjelica, famous director Emir Kusturica, and the guests were animated by a brass band of Bojan Krstic.


27/04/2016 PURCHASE OF SECURITY EQUPMENT

We invite interested company to submit an offer for security equipment listed below:

 

I. Video system

1. DVR type BOSCH AN 5000 4 ch.       (1 piece)

2. Day-night analogue camera 24 V, type DINION AN 5000       (2 pieces)

3. Varifocal lens for camera 2,8-11 mm, type BOSCH LVF 5000-D2811     ( 2 pieces)

4. Holder for inside mount BOSCH TC 9212      ( 2 pieces)

5. Monitor CCTV type BOSCH UML 1X1 15”    (1 piece)

 

II. Alarm System

1. Alarm unit type ADEMCO 4140 XMP2       (1 piece)

2. Keyboard for alarm unit type ADEMCO 6160      (1 piece)

3. Wired vibration detector type ADEMCO    (4 pieces)

 

III. Access control system

1. Controller set, type BOSCH AMC2-4WCF, with appropriate box and power supply unit

     type APS-PBC-60, D126, AEC-AMC2/UL2       (1 piece)

2. Contactless reader type BOSCH ARD-SER 10-WI       (4 pieces)

3. Set of contactless cards ICLASS ID 13,56MHz        (50 pieces)

4. Software packet BOSCH APE basic 3.0        (1 piece)

 

Offer should contain:

- prices

- delivery terms and conditions

- warranty period

 

For additional information, call the phone +32 2 647 2652 , or e - mail: embassy.brussels@mfa.rs

Offers send electronically or by mail.

The deadline for submission of offers is 05.05.2016. at 12:00 h.


26/04/2016 Extraordinary parliamentary elections 2016.

 

On Sunday, 24 April 2016, at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels, extraordinary parliamentary elections were held.

Of the registered 188 Serbian citizens in the voting list, permanently or temporarily residing in Belgium and Luxembourg, 163 voted, which represents 86.70% of the total number of registered citizens.


22/04/ 2016 The security situation in Belgium

The Organ in charge of the threat assessment (OCAD / OCAM) maintains a threat level 3 throughout the country. The threat is still considered serious, possible and probable. Increased vigilance in the major train stations, national and regional airports, public transportation across the country, in particular the Brussels subway, nuclear and radiologic sites.

Increased presence of police and soldiers in strategic locations,with high concentrations of people, for the whole country.

More information on: www.risk-info.be.

With respect to transport:

Brussels Airport (https://www.brusselsairport.be/en/)

Brussels Airport(https://www.brusselsairlines.com/en-be/)

Brussels Airlines: https://facebook.com/brusselsairlines

Brussels Airport: https: //www.facebook.com/BrusselsairportBRU

Brussels Airlines: https: //twitter.com/FlyingBrussels

Brussels Airport: https: //twitter.com/BrusselsAirport

Passengers are advised to come 3 hours before the flight, and the first control is carried out before entering the airport building regarding the flight tickets and ID.

Tourist sites, shops, hotels, restaurants, are under supervision. Shows and concerts are scheduled to be maintained and halls open, subject to a decision of the organizers, who have announced increased security measures. The operators and organizers of the event are responsible for the organization and the security of the event. The events organized on public property are evaluated case by case.

Conferences, exhibitions, are held amid tight security.

Belgian border rules apply in the same way as before the terrorist attacks, but additional checks may take place at entry points of the territory.


25/03/2016 NEW INFORMATION CONCERNING SECURITY MEASURES IN BRUSSELS

The alert level of threat in Brussels felt from fourth to third degree yesterday, 24.03.2016, as well as in other parts of Belgium, following the decision of the National Security Council of the Kingdom of Belgium.

Citizens are advised to pay attention to areas with a high concentration of people, as well as to facilitate and provide safety checks to be carried out.

Public transport starts with the normal functioning, with the army at the entrance to the metro and police presence in the metro stations.

The presence of the army and police remain in the strategically important points.

Zaventem Airport remains closed until Sunday, and for further information, it is advisable to inform from the website of the airport. The army with dogs trained to detect explosives is going to be present at the airport.

The priority remains the identification of victims and assistance to the injured, and so far, among the victims there is no citizen of the Republic of Serbia.


23/03 /2016 NEW INFORMATION ON ATTACKS AND SECURITY MEASURES IN BRUSSELS

The day after the terrorist attacks in Brussels, the highest 4th level of alert against terrorist attacks remains, on the whole territory of Belgium.

Zaventem Airport is still closed and passengers are forwarded to alternatives ones.

Public traffic slowly start to operate, and schools also work.

In Belgium, declared three days of mourning.

According to the announcement of the 4th degree, Embassy maintains recommendations to avoid large concentrations of people in the city (concerts, big events, railway stations and airports, public transport and shopping centers) and the respect of official statements of the authorities, and ask for vigilance in order to improve safety for the entire community.

We ask our citizens who are in Belgium, if they have any problems that could Embassy help to address by phones written on this site.


22/03 /2016 INFORMATION ON ATTACKS AND SECURITY MEASURES IN BRUSSELS

The Crisis Center of the Kingdom of Belgium, after a report of the Coordination Body for threat analysis, raised the level of alert to the highest level 4 in all of Belgium. The fourth level involves a serious and imminent danger of a terrorist attack.This decision followed the explosions that occurred this morning at the airport Zaventem and Brussels metro.

Zaventem Airport and all kinds of public transport are closed.

The Embassy recommends avoiding large concentrations of people of the city (concerts, big events, railway stations and airports, public transport and shopping centers) and the respect of official statements of the authorities. Caution in order to improve security for the entire citizenry.


08/03/2016 Application for voting abroad- Extraordinary parliamentary elections in Serbia will be held on Sunday, 24 April 2016.

All citizens of the Republic of Serbia with the right to vote, temporarily residing abroad, can submit a Request to vote abroad to the Unified voters Register through the diplomatic and consular mission of the Republic of Serbia (DCP) in Brussels. It is possible to do this no later than five days before the conclusion of the Unified Voters Register (by 02 April 2016), in the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, Boulevard du Regent 53, 1000 Bruxelles, by post or by e-mail embassy.brussels.mfa.rs

Togedher with the request you should submit valid Serbian passport, ID card or driving license vith personal identification number.

Personal checking insight into the Unified voters Register can be made via the link http://birackispisak.mduls.gov.rs/javniportal

If it is found that the voter is not entered in the Unified voters Register, he has to submit the Request for registration simultaneously with the Request for voting abroad to the DCP. The both documents will be sent via DCP to the competent municipal or city administration of the last place of residence of the applicant before leaving the country, or the last place of residence of one of the parents.

Request for data entry for voting abroad can be downloaded HERE,

Request for registration in the Unified voters list can be downloaded HERE.

Information on legal regulations for the conduct of elections (Law on the Election of Deputies, Operation and conduct of elections for deputies, Organizer for performing election activities for the elections, etc.) is available on the official site of the Republic Electoral Commission www.rik.parlament.gov.rs


28/2/2016 The performance by violinist Nemanja Radulovic at a concert in BOZAR

 

At the concert of the National Orchestra of Belgium, on Sunday, at 15.00, Romanian composer Lawrence Foster and Serbian violinist Nemanja Radulovic performed. The repertoire included the works for violin and orchestra of Enescu, Bartok and Mendelssohn. Specific and virtuoso performance of Nemanja Radulovic has sparked a standing ovation in the full hall Henry le Boeuf in the cultural center of BOZAR in Brussels.


29/02/2016 Study visit of the 5th class participants of Advanced Security and Defence Studies to Brussels

 

The 5th class participants of the Advanced Security and Defence Studies (VSBO) with representatives of the state administration and civil society, within the framework of study visits to the EU institutions and NATO, had the opportunity to meet with ambassadors V.Arsič, D.Lopandić and M.Udovićki and exchange information on cooperation the Republic of Serbia to the Kingdom of Belgium and the EU institutions and NATO.

Panel discussion was led by colonels Z.Lučić and A.Milenković.


22/02/2016. Book of Condolences for two staff members of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Libya

On the occasion of tragic deaths of Sladjana Stankovic and Jovica Stepic, staff members of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Libya, who lost their lives on 19 February 2016, a Book of Condolences will be opened at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Belgium, Boulevard du Regent 53, 1000 Brussels, on Monday, 22 February 2016, from 14h00 to 16h00 and on Tuesday, 23 February 2016, from 10h00 to 16h00.


17/02/2016 Liege- Ceremony of homage to King Albert I and the deceased members of the Belgian Royal Family

 

The official commemorative ceremony in honor of King Albert I and the deceased members of the Belgian Royal Family was organized by the City of Liège and the association “Roi Albert Ier”. The ceremony took place at the Esplanade du Roi Albert I in Liège. The consul Ana Kosovac was the representative of the Serbian Embassy and laid garland at the monument of King Albert I.

The ceremony was attended, also by representatives of USA, Germany, France, Italy, Great Britain and Romania. After laying a garland, the anthems of the European Union and Belgium were officially played, and the children from the local kindergarten sing the song for King Albert I.


17/2/2016 Foundation of the Belgian branch of the Organization of Serbian Students Abroad (OSSI)

 

At the Catholic University of Leuven, on 17th February 2016, the launch of the Belgian branch of the Organization of Serbian Students Abroad was marked. This is the thirteen branch during the 18 years of successful work of this Association. The event also served to celebrate the National Day of the Republic of Serbia and 160 years since the birth of Nikola Tesla.

Mrs. Vesna Arsic, the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Kingdom of Belgium, Mr. Aleksandar Jakovljevic, president of OSSI and Mr. Ivan Gligorijevic, one of the founders of start-up company mBrainTrain from Belgrade and PhD from Leuven addressed the gathered students.

After the official part, Serbian wine and food were served by Embassy of the Republic of Serbia and the Representation of the Republika Srpska in Brussels.


15/2/2016 Celebrating National Day of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels

 

On the occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Serbia, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels, Mission to the EU and Mission to the NATO, organized the reception for Serbian Diaspora, held on 15th February 2016.On that occasion Serbian specialties were served, handmade by the staff of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia and the Missions of the Republic of Serbia in the EU and NATO.

The guests were welcomed by the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia, Vesna Arsic, who, in her speech, highlighted the importance of this date for Serbian history. Beside her, the Ambassador of the Mission of the Republic of Serbia in the EU, Dusko Lopandić was present as well as the Ambassador of the Mission of the Republic of Serbia in NATO, Miomir Udovicki.

The diaspora turnout was extreme.


15/2/2016 Dressing of the statue of Manneken Pis in Serbian National Costume

 

Within the framework of the celebrations of the Serbian National Day, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, in cooperation with the City of Brussels and the Order of Friends of the Manneken Pis, organized jubilee of the dressing of Manneken Pis in the Serbian national costume on 15 of February.

The ceremony of the donation of the costume to the Brussels City Museum and the first dressing of the statue in Šajkača (traditional Serbian hat) and Opanci (traditional Serbian shoes), was launched in 2011. The costume is the creation of the „Zаnаtskа rаdionicа zа izrаdu nаrodnih nošnji i opаnаkа – KIRI“ from Belgrade.

Many of guests and tourists had opportunity to try special Serbian bread-pogača and strong spirit-sljivovica.


13/2/2016 Celebrating National Day of the Republic of Serbia in Luxembourg

 

On the occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Serbia, the Serbian Cultural Center of Luxembourg in Luxembourg organized the reception for Serbian Diaspora, held on 13th February 2016, at which local specialties were served, prepared by the members of the Center and the Embassy provided Serbian wines.

The president of the Serbian Cultural Centre welcomed the guests and Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia, Vesna Arsic in her speech, highlighted the importance of the Sretenje Constitution, as well as the historical moment which preceding the Constitution.

 

Drama artist from Luxembourg, Milica Dupont read a text about the history of this holiday, and academic musician Natasha Grujović performed a few old Serbian songs on the accordion.

The reception was followed by a significant number of Serbian diaspora and some Embassies and Mission to the EU staff.


14/01/2016 New Years’ Reception of VOKA-Limburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Voka-Limburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry, organized New Years’ Reception, on 14January 2016, which was attended by 2,800 entrepreneurs, representatives of the government and political life, as well as 30 representatives of the diplomatic corps in Belgium.The newly appointed president of VOKA-Limburg, Francis Wanten informed the participants with the results that VOKA members achieved in the previous year, as well as their attitudes regarding government reforms.


28/12/2015 Convention on the Avoidance of Double Taxation between the Republic of Serbia and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

 

The Convention on Avoidance of Double Taxation between Serbia and Luxembourg was signed on 15 December in Luxembourg by the two ministers of finance, Mr. Pierre Gramegna and Mr. Dušan Vujović.

Conclusion of the Treaty (Tax treaty/Convention) provides for:

- a complete protection of residents of both Serbia and Luxembourg, from the international double taxation;

- stimulation of capital investment by the residents of one Contracting State in the economy of the other Contracting State;

- development of cooperation between the tax authorities of the Republic of Serbia and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, which reduces the possibilities for tax evasion by their residents.

Considering all mentioned, it can be concluded generally that application of the treaty provides for the legal precondition for more efficient work and competitiveness of the companies of the Republic of Serbia in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, i.e. companies of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in the Republic of Serbia, which is a significant contribution to development of bilateral economic and financial cooperation.

Тhe treaty would be effective starting from January 1, 2017.


07/12/2015 Opening of the exhibition of Slavko Krunic in Leke-Diksmuide

 

On Saturday, 5th December 2015, in the Belgian town of Leke the opening of the exhibition of the Serbian academic painter, Slavko Krunic (portraits, oil on canvas), in the gallery of Sabine Paemel whose artistic program is aimed at international cooperation. The exhibition will last until 15 January 2016.

The gallery is beautifully decorated and it is particularly interesting that the owners open their house to visitors on weekends, which are also equipped with numerous works of art by different artists. The owners of the gallery, as well as our artist Krunic were satisfied with the visit of representatives of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia.


27/11/2015 NEW INFORMATION CONCERNING SECURITY MEASURES IN BRUSSELS

The alert level of threat in Brussels, like in the other parts of Belgium, felt from fourth to third degree, 26.11.2015, following the decision of the National Security Council of the Kingdom of Belgium.

Citizens are advised to pay attention to areas with a high concentration of people, as well as to facilitate and provide safety checks to be carried out.

Metro begins with the normal functioning of today, in the presence of the army and police.

Schools and kindergartens will be operated under increased security.

Regarding the maintenance of mass gatherings and events, each case will be considered separately and will be performed concrete security check.


24/11/2015 NEW INFORMATION CONCERNING SECURITY MEASURES IN BRUSSELS

The Crisis Center of the Kingdom of Belgium informed that the fourth level of alert remains in Brussels until Monday, 30.11.2015. The third level of the rests for the other parts of Belgium, by the same date. Recommendations for the behavior of citizens in the region of Brussels, on the occasion of the fourth warning level remain the same as yesterday:

- Avoid places with large concentrations of people, as far as possible;

- If it is necessary to participate in a meeting, contact the organizer, and check whether the meeting is held and whether the organizer had taken all the security measures necessary for the meeting;

Shopping malls, metro and restaurants in the city center remain closed.

Schools and kindergartens begin to work on Wednesday, 25th November 2015, as well as the metro.

Police will pay particular attention to schools, kindergartens, nurseries and metro when they start working.


23/11/2015 NEW INFORMATION CONCERNING SECURITY MEASURES IN BRUSSELS

The Crisis Center of the Kingdom of Belgium has published new guidelines for the behavior of citizens in the region of the city of Brussels, on the occasion of the fourth level of warning for Monday, November, 23 2015:

- Avoid places with large concentrations of people, as far as possible;

- If it is necessary to participate in a meeting, contact the organizer, and check whether the meeting is held and whether the   organizer had taken all the security measures necessary for the meeting;

Shopping malls, metro and restaurants in the city center remain closed.

Schools and kindergartens do not work on Monday.

As soon as new information is on disposal, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia is going to publish it on the site.


19/11/2015 Commemoration of the 2015 Armistice Day in World War I

 

On the occasion of 11th November, Armistice Day in World War II, the ambassador of Serbia in Belgium, Vesna Arsic and Consul Ana Kosovac visited the cemetery Robermont in Liege and laid garlands at the monument to Serbian soldiers killed at the Belgium territory and Allied monument which is dedicated to all the Liberation forces in the First world War.

The ceremony was attended, also by representatives of France, Italy, USA, Great Britain, Poland, Russian Federation, Belgium and the Federal Republic of Germany. After laying a garland, officially raised flags of the European Union and Belgium, with the anthems.

Representatives of the city of Liege, with which the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia has very good cooperation, they were, as every year, caring hosts with great care related to the monuments located at the cemetery in this city.


19/11/2015 The movie "Enclave" by Goran Radovanović on the festival in Brussels

 

 

The film "Enclave", directed by Goran Radovanović, will be shown at the 15th competition of Mediterranean Film Festival in Brussels, which will be held from 4 to 11 December in "Botanique". The film deals with the subject of the position of Serbs who remained to live in Kosovo and Metohija after 1999 in small isolated communities - enclaves.

What happens when someone dies in the enclave, and the cemetery is located outside, in enemy territory? In this story, with many complications, an eighty-year-old man will still be buried, thanks to his grandson, ten-year-old boy who dared to do something impossible for both communities, Serbian and Albanian - to love and make friends on the opposite side.

Screening of the movie will be on Wednesday 9 December at 21.30 hours (Botanique) and Thursday 10  December at the cinema "Aventure". For further information see: http://www.cinemamed.be/


19/10/2015 PRESENTATION OF THE SERBIAN FILMS AT THE FILM FESTIVAL CINE-EAST IN LUXEMBOURG

 

 At the film festival CINE-EAST (films from Central and Eastern Europe) in Luxembourg, two Serbian films were shown: "No One's Child," directed by Vuk Ršumović and "Logbook Srbistan" directed by Želimir Žilnik.

After the film, debate followed with the director Želimir Žilnik and Luxembourg directors who have prepared similar film, and one expert on refugees. The discussions were about the topics from the film which is dedicated to migrants on their way to Western Europe pass through Serbia.

After the movie and debate, held a cocktail, prepared by members of the Serbian Cultural Centre in Luxembourg and representatives of the Embassy of Serbia in Brussels.


17/10/2015 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 the UN whose Article 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 Council 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 oBf 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 Serbian orthodox monasteries are inscribed on the 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 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 international 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.


10/09/2015 OPENING OF THE SPECIAL PURPOSE ACCOUNT TO COLLECT DONATIONS AND TO ESTABLISH THE USE OF FUNDS OF DONATION FOR MIGRANTS

Based on the Resolution of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, a special account is opened, dedicated to raising funds and identifying ways of using donations for migrants and the instructions were made to deposit funds.

Exchange dedicated multi-currency account opened at the National Bank of Serbia Ministry of Finance - Treasury evaporated - dedicated multi-currency account for payment of funds for the collection of donor and humanitarian assistance to migrants:

Payment instructions - EUR

SWIFT MESSAGE FIN 103

FIELD 32A: VALUDE DATE - AMOUNT

FIELD 56A /INTERMEDIARY/:     DEUTDEFF  

FIELD 57A / ACC. WITH BANK/  DE20500700100935930800 / NBSRRSBG

FIELD 59:  (BENEFICIARY) RS35908504642019323074,  MINISTARSTVO FINANSIJA UPRAVA ZA TREZOR

FIELD 70:  DETAILS OF PAYMENT


30/09/2015 ESTIMATE MARKET VALUE OF THE PROPERTY

We invite interested compan to submit an offer for estimate market value of the property of  the building - Avenue Emile de Mot 11, 1000 Brussels.

For additional information, call the phone +32 2 647 2652 , or e - mail: embassy.brussels@mfa.rs

Offers send electronically or by mail. The deadline for submission of offers is 06.10.2015. at 12:00 h.


22/09/2015 ACTION FOR COLLECTION OF HUMANITARIAN AID FOR ACCEPTANCE OF REFUGEES IN SERBIA

On the occasion of the current crisis with the increased influx of refugees, the governments of foreign countries, NGOs, business and other organizations, have expressed their interest to provide financial and material assistance to the Republic of Serbia in securing better conditions for temporary reception and accommodation of migrants. We take this opportunity to inform you in detail about the documents (in Serbian and English) adopted and established by the Red Cross of Serbia:

1. The procedure of import of humanitarian aid - Procedura uvoza humanitarne pomoći

2. The required humanitarian assistance to refugees and migrants in the winter- Potrebna humanitarna pomoć za izbeglice i migrante u zimskom periodu

Contact with the Red Cross of Serbia E-mail: indep@redcross.org.rs Phone: +381 11 30 32 125 ext. 214, 215, 217 Also, useful information can be found on the official website of the Customs Administration of the Republic of Serbia - www.upravacarina.rs


08/12/2015 PURCHASE OF BOILERS FOR CENTRAL HEATING FOR THE EMBASSY

We invite interested companies to submit offers for the purchase and installation of boiler for central heating, oil output, of 80 kW in the building of the Embassy , Avenue Emile de Mot 11, 1000 Brussels .

For additional information, call the phone +32 2 647 2652 , or e - mail: embassy.brussels@mfa.rs

Offers send electronically or by mail. The deadline for submission of offers is 17.08.2015. at 10:00 h.

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07/7/2015 Vladimir Stankovski won the first prize in the Cartoon Festival in Knokke-Heist

 

On Saturday, the 4th July 2015, in the Belgian coastal town of Knokke-Heist the festival of comic books, with a tradition of over 50 years, was open. On that occasion, the awards were delivered for the best cartoons in 2015. The cartoonist from Serbia, Vladimir Stankovski won the first prize for the caricature "Scritch Screetch", while the second prize went to the cartoonist from Austria, a third to the caricatures author from Australia.


01/06/2015 Brussels half marathon, the participation of our citizens

 

Popular Brussels half-marathon or 20-kilometer race, which was organized on Sunday, May 31st, saw the participation of numerous citizens of Serbia, among them a number of employees at the Embassy of the Republic Serbia to Belgium, the Mission of Serbia to the EU and the Mission of Serbia to NATO.

Preparations for the next race have already started, those who will run with us will be those definitely arriving to the finish!


22/05/2015 Participation of Minister Dačić at a ministerial meeting of the Council of Europe

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Ivica Dačić has visited Belgium, where he took part in the 125th ministerial meeting of the Council of Europe, within the framework of the Belgian presidency to this organization.

During his visit he also met with the ministers of Belgium and Bosnia and Herzegovina, current and next presiding country to the COE, as with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Cooperation. Serbia is chairing the OSCE during 2015.


29/5/2015 Change transit forms in humanitarian activities

The request for the issue of passes for free passage of toll highways, in humanitarian activities was changed in accordance with the notice PE Roads of Serbia, as follows: >>>


05/27/2015 The visit of the Committee on Defense and Internal Affairs of the National Assembly to the Embassy and the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU in Brussels

As part of the study tour, organized by the OSCE Mission to Serbia, representatives of the Committee for Defence and Internal Affairs of National Assembly, led by President Marija Obradovic, visited the Embassy and the Mission of Serbia to the EU.

Ambassadors V.Arsić and D.Lopandić briefed Committee members on the activities of the Embassy and Mission of Serbia to the EU in Brussels, as well as elements of bilateral cooperation of the Republic of Serbia with the Kingdom of Belgium and topics of importance for Serbia in the EU accession process.


26/5/2015 Shutting down the sub-account opened for the payment of assistance to Serbia

By the order of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, diplomatic and consular missions of the Republic of Serbia abroad extinguished sub-accounts for the payment of assistance to Serbia (floods). In the future, funding for aid to Serbia is going to be paid on a regular account of the diplomatic and consular missions of the Republic of Serbia (the Embassy in Brussels), in the ING account:

IBAN: BE08 3101 2551 0713,   BIC: BBRUBEBB,   with remark "Floods relieves".


20/5/2015 Minja Subota and the TV show „Muzički tobogan“ in the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels

 

As part of the promotional campaign „My Serbia“ aiming to promote Serbia as a tourist destination to the Serbian diaspora, 20th May 2015, Embassy of the Republic of Serbia and the National Tourism Office of Serbia, organised a musical workshop, held for the Serbian children living in Belgium by the living legend, singer and composer for children Mija Subota. Approximately 130 children, accompanied by their parents, took part in this original version of the TV show „Muzički tobogan.

 

On the second day of the campaign „My Serbia“, 21st May, in the movie theatre „Aventure Cinema“ in Brussels, a presentation of the Serbian tourism campaign and the Belgian premiere of the film „The Disobedient“ of the Serbian director Mina Đukić, were organised. The second day of the campaign included participation of numerous Belgians and Europeans, many of which did not have the opportunity to discover the beauties of our country.


09/05/2015 Marking the 70 anniversary of victory over fascism in the cemetery Evere

 

Organized by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Belgium and in the presence of representatives of the diplomatic corps and Belgian organizations that foster the memory of the victims of World War II, the 70th anniversary of the victory over the fascism. The ceremony of laying the wreaths on the Monument commemorating the citizens of the former USSR and at the Memorial of death Belgians was organized in the cemetery Evere in Brussels.

Embassy of the Republic of Serbia was represented by the ambassador V.Arsic and military attaché B.Milovanovic.


8/05/2015 marking the 70 anniversary of the liberation of Nazi camps

 

In the presence of the King's envoy Colonel General Francois Hendrix and many representatives of the Belgian military and civil institutions and diplomatic corps , in Liege is marked, on 8 of May, the 70 anniversary of the liberation of Nazi camps. Homage to the many military and civilian victims of the Second World War was held in front the Monument to victims of the resistance, who lost their lives during the period 1940-1945.godine.This Monument was erected by the Belgian King Baudouin on 8 of May 1955.

On behalf of the Republic of Serbia laurel wreath were laid by V.Arsić ambassador and military attaché B.Milovanovic.


04/5/2015 Short visit of the Serbian handball team to Brussels

Senior handball team of Serbia, on the way from Reykjavik, where had played a match with the national team of Iceland, in the framework of qualifications for the European Championship 2016, came to Brussels.

During the break, the team met the Consul at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, Ana Kosovac.

Embassy of the Republic Serbia wishes our handball team much success in further qualifications and we hope they will participate in the European Championship 2016 in Poland.


30/4/2015 Visit to Asylum center in Kapelen, Belgium

In order to better address the issues of asylum seekers, the delegation of the Embassy of the Republic Serbia from Brussels, composed of Ana Kosovac, Consul and Srdjan Cvijic, economic adviser, visited the Center for asylum Kapelen, near Antwerp. The center is led by Fedazil, and is located in an abandoned military basis, which was remodeled with all the advantages and provides satisfactory accommodation for asylum seekers.

The center has a capacity of 354 places. At the time of the visit members of the Embassy, the Centre was filled by 295 people, including six citizens of the Republic of Serbia.


29/4/2015 Serbia at the Balkan Trafik Festival in Brussels

 

On Friday 24th April 2015 NIS, Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in the Kingdom of Belgium and the Mission of Serbia to the EU, organised a round table on the topic of investment opportunities in Serbia, „Serbia and the EU: Challenges and the opportunities ahead“. The speakers at the Round Table were: Aleksandar Antić. Minister of Energy and Mining in the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Urban Rusnak, Secretary General of the Energy Charter, Michael Karnitschnig, Head of Cabinet of Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for the European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations and many others.

Following the round table, the coctail organised before the begining of the concert of the famous Serbian musician Goran Bregović, saw participation of important institutional representatives from the EU and Belgium, amongst which, Kristalina Georgieva, Vice President of the European Commission for Budget & Human Resources, Maroš Ševčovič, Vice President of the European Commission for the Energy Union, Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport, Tanja Fajon, member of EP and speaker for socialdemocrats group for Serbia and many others.


14/03/2015 Eleventh anniversary of the pogrom of Serbian and other non-Albanian population in Kosovo and Metohija

 

Eleven years ago, on March 17th and 18th 2004, a violent unrest broke out in Kosovo and Metohija. Nineteen people were killed; eight of them Serbs and 11 Albanians lost their lives in the fight against the international security forces.954 people were injured, more than 900 Serbian, Roma and Ashkali homes were torched, 4,000 people were expelled from their homes, nearly a 100 Serbian churches and monasteries were destroyed and desecrated.

Six towns and nine villages were ethnically cleansed, 935 Serbian houses and ten public buildings were destroyed, burned or severely damaged. Moreover, 72 UN vehicles were destroyed. During the violence 39 temples of the Serbian Orthodox Church were destroyed and burned to the ground, including 18 cultural monuments, such as the temple Bogorodica Ljeviška in Prizren (UNESCO listed). Priceless cultural heritage, thousands of icons, frescoes and other religious relics, old and rare books, documents of the Serbian Orthodox churches in Kosovo and Metohija were lost, accounted missing, damaged or destroyed.

Motive or pretext for the Pogrom was the local media campaign in which the Serbs were accused of forcing with dogs the boys of Albanian origin from the village of Zubin Potok to cross the river in which one of them was drowned. UNMIK police investigation found that the allegations were false, and international police spokesman at the time stated that, “surviving boys were under strong pressure from Albanian journalists and politicians to accuse the Serbs from the neighbouring villages”. First protests of Kosovo Albanians began in the southern part of Mitrovica in an armed attack on Serbs who live in the northern part of the city.


09/3/2015 Opening of the exhibition in Muntpunt in Brussels

 

In Muntpunt, Cultural Centre in Brussels, the exhibition Parol ! was opened on 05.03.2015.The theme of the exhibition was a collaboration with prisoners during their stay "between four walls". The project involved several countries: Belgium, Italy, Poland, Greece and Serbia. Featured are different forms of cooperation with prisoners: psychodrama, writing haiku poetry, and painting. Representatives of the Republic of Serbia, Belgrade ApsArt group, opted for an original program: presented Glossary of prison slang-Prison for beginners, in Serbian and English, made in collaboration with former prisoners, as well as touching drawings of wards from the Home for Children Vasa Stajić.


23/02/2015 Visit the Flemish Parliament

 

Ambassador V.Arsic visisted the Flemish Parliament on 23 of February.In a very pleasant talks with the main speaker of the Parliament J.Peumans, they exchanged information on the current political, econimic and cultural relations between Republic of Serbia and Kingdom of Belgium andregion of Flanders also.

Speaker of teh Parliament emphasized the full support of the Republic of seria in the EU integration process.


19/02/2015 Members of the Club for United Nations visit the Embassy

 

Members of the Club for the United Nations, studying at the Belgrade Faculty of Political Sciences, in the framework of their visit to international institutions in Brussels, met with ambassadors of the Republic of Serbia to Belgium and EU, V. Arsić and D. Lopandić

. Ambassadors presented to the students some basic elements of their activities in Brussels, and sent a message that the doors of our diplomatic missions are always open to similar initiatives, especially when they could help in educating the youth.


19/2/2015 Celebrating National Day of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels

 

On the occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Serbia, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels organized the reception for Serbian Diaspora, held on 13th February 2015. The reception started with a mini concert by Teodor Blagojevic (horn) and Sara Vujadinović (piano), which is a postgraduate student at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, in the class of the professor Aleksandar Madzar.

After the concert, there was a cocktail party, at which local specialties were served, prepared by the staff of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia and the Missions of the Republic of Serbia in the EU and NATO.

The guests were welcomed by the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia, Vesna Arsic, who, in her speech, highlighted the importance of the Sretenje constitution, as well as the historical moment which preceding the Constitution. Beside her, the Ambassador of the Mission of the Republic of Serbia in the EU, Dusko Lopandić was present as well as the Ambassador of the Mission of the Republic of Serbia in NATO, Miomir Udovicki and representatives of Serbian diaspora in Belgium.


15/02/2015 Visit of the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of Belgium

Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia Vesna Arsic to Belgium has visited on 12 February the Lower House of the Parliament of the Kingdom of Belgium and met with its president Siegfried Bracke.

Among other things the interlocutors discussed bilateral cooperation, investment and strengthening economic cooperation as well as the possibilities of bilateral parliamentary cooperation and inter-parliamentary group Belgium-Serbia, whose members later this month are supposed to visit Serbia.


12/2/2015 Meeting with Theo Franken, Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration in the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium

 

On February 11th, Ambassador Vesna Arsic met Theo Franken, Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration in the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium.

Both sides expressed satisfaction with the cooperation and willingness to continue cooperation in the same direction.


12/2/2015 Day of mourning in the Republic of Serbia

Due to the death of six construction workers, citizens of the Republic of Serbia, who died in a fire on the Russian Yamal Peninsula, today is declared a day of mourning in the Republic of Serbia.

On all official institutions of the Republic of Serbia, as well as the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels will be lowered flags to half-mast.

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3/2/2015 Dressing of the statue of Manneken Pis in Serbian National Costume – Celebration of the National Day of the Republic of Serbia

 

On Thursday 12th February 2015 at 11.30 AM, within the framework of the celebrations of the Serbian National Day, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, in cooperation with the City of Brussels and the Order of Friends of the Manneken Pis, will organise a 5th jubilee of the dressing of Manneken pis in the Serbian national costume.

The ceremony of the donation of the costume to the Brussels City Museum and the first dressing of the statue in Šajkača (traditional Serbian hat) and Opanci (traditional Serbian shoes), was organised in 2011, the year when Serbia was a host country at the Brussels Holiday Fair. The costume is the creation of the „Zаnаtskа rаdionicа zа izrаdu nаrodnih nošnji i opаnаkа – KIRI“ from Belgrade.


2/2/2015 Salon des Vacances/Vakantiesalon 2015

 

As in previous years, from 5th to 9th of February 2015, Serbia is participating at the Brussels Tourism Fair. The stand of the National Tourism Office of Serbia (no. 5306) is located in the hall 5 of the Brussels Expo. Serbia was the host country of the Salon des Vacances/Vakantiesalon in 2015.

On Thursday 5th of February at 14.00, Ambassador Vesna Arsić will speak at the press conference at which the representatives of the National Tourism Office of Serbia and the Tourist Organisation of Belgrade will present Serbia's tourism offer for the following year.

As every year the Embassy and its economic counsellor Srdjan Cvijic are helping the organisation of the fair. For additional information on the fair you can write to srdjan.cvijic@mtt.gov.rs or directly visit the wabe page of the fair here (http://www.salondesvacances.eu/fr/)


29/1/2015 Commitment of the costs of emergency treatment of our insured abroad on the basis of the Agreement on Social Security – Republic Health Insurance Fund information

Based on the agreements that regulate the use of health care during a temporary stay in the other Contracting countries has been determined, inter alia, that the confirmation of the right to use this kind of protection can be extremely subsequently issued at the request of the foreign insurance carrier, unless issued before going on a trip.

This procedure assumes that foreign hospitals that received our insured notify the insurer in the place of residence, who sends a request for the submission of the required form. Along with the application, the insurer shall submit a medical report, notice of the expected period of treatment and others. However, increasingly the procedure for paying the costs of treatment are not implemented in the way agreed and foreign hospitals directly, via fax or email, informing the Republic Health Insurance Fund, or diplomatic or consular mission that is our Insured admitted to hospital and request the issuance of certificates.

In the occasion that a foreign hospital directly addresses the diplomatic or consular mission will be sent directly to the address of the holder of the insurance temporary place of residence, which should be addressed by the Republic Health Insurance Fund, established in bilingual form, in order to implement the agreed procedure.

More information can be found at: http://www.rfzo.rs/index.php/zastita-ino-actual/hitna-pomoc-u-ino-actual


25/1/2015 Celebrating St. Sava in Brussels, Antwerp and Luxembourg

 

On the occasion of celebrating St. Sava, 25.01.2015, in the Church of Saint Sava in Brussels the liturgy was served and Saint Sava Academy, which was, together with the Serbian language teacher, prepared by the children of the Supplemental school in Brussels. The liturgy was followed by a luncheon.

The celebration, with the solemn program, was held in Antwerp and Luxembourg, too.

 


28/1/2015 „Parol! Writing and art beyond walls, beyond borders“ - Exhibition – creative cooperation between artists and prisoners

 

In the cultural centre Muntpunt in Brussels, from 5th of March to 4th of April 2015 an exhibition „Parol! Writing and art beyond walls, beyond borders“ will be organised. Exhibition Parol! Is a result of cooperation between several cultural and art centers and organisations and 13 prisons, spread over 5 countries. (Italy, Greece, Poland, Serbia and Belgium). The exhibition includes works that are the result of creative cooperation between artists and inmates from different prisons, that took place between 13th June 2013 and 5th March 2015. Over the last year results were shown to the outside world on several occasions. Following organisations participated in the project: Flemish organisation Creatief Schrijven vzw, cultural centre Muntpunt from Brussels, Greek organisation for therapy through art Amaka, training centre from Italy that works with prisoners Cascina Macondo, organisation for rehabilitation and social inclusion of prisoners from Poland Fundacja Slawek and the Centre for Theatre Research ApsArt from Serbia that actively works on the social inclusion of prisoners (http://www.apsart.org/index.php?id=35).

The press viewing of the exibition will take place on 5th March 2015 at 17.30 at the Cultural centre Muntpunt located on the following address: Place de la Monnaie 6, 1000 Bruxelles.


13/1/2015 New Year celebration of VOKA - Limburg

 

Ambassador Arsić and the economic counsellor Srđаn Cvijić took part in the New Year celebration organised by the VOKA - Limburg 8th Jаnuаry 2015. More than 2800 companies and approximately 30 ambassadors took part in the celebration. In his welcome speech president of VOKA Paul Kumpen emphasized the word revolution, in doing business, he called for greater investment in the research and development field to foster youth employment, as well as unavoidable rationalisation in the public sector.

The Embassy and its economic counsselor cooperate with VOKA Limburg since 2010. Last event, coorganised with the company Metes and its owner Eduard Rutten, was an successfull conference „On enterpreneurs“ representing investment opportunities in Serbia that took place 6th October 2014. More than 50 companies participated at the Conference. Two companies from the province of Limburg already invested in Serbia: aforementioned Metes (metal industry) and Dirаfrost (frozen fruit).


12/1/2015 Exhibition „Faceless“ from 22nd of January to 8th February in Brussels

Exhibition „Faceless“ will take place from 22nd January to 8th February, within the framework of the international conference on Data Protection (Computers, Privacy & Data Protection • International Conference), in the cultural centre De Markten . The Exhibition includes works of numerous renown artists including Marina Abramović. „Faceless“ is curated by Serbian (Netherlands based) artist Bogomir Doringer. After Brussels the Exhibition will be hosted by the Museum of the City of Belgrade.


12/29/2014 Concert in the Royal Belgian Academy

 

The violin and piano duo Dejana Sekulic and Nao Momitani will hold a concert at the Royal Belgian Academy on January 8, at 18 pm. The program will consist of the works made by the members of the Academy - Jean-Pierre Deleuze, Jacqueline Fontyn, Victor Kissine, Claude Ledoux, Benoît Mernier, Krzysztof Penderecki and others.

For more details please check the official web presentation of the Academy, where you can find the invitation (entrance to the concert is free but by invitation only). http://www.academieroyale.be/cgi?g=fr&pag=774&tab=87&rec=1914&frm=0


12/22/2014 The movie "Barbarians" by Ivan Ikić was rewarded at the Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen in Brussels

    

 

 

The movie "Barbarians", directed by Ivan Ikić, was rewarded on the Thirteenth edition of the Festival of the Mediterranean films, which lasted from December 5th to 12th.

The first director’s movie got the “Cineuropa” reward.


12/22/2014 Study visit to the Belgian MFA

 

Organised by the Belgian Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ten Serbian civil servants (coming from the MFA, Office for the EU integration, and the Cabinet of Minister in charge of the EU integration) participated in the seminar on the EU negotiation technique.

The program was conceived within the Federal Ministry’s project on supporting the EU candidate states in their negotiation.


13/12/2014 Promotion of Serbian wine and „rakija“ in Arlon

 

On Saturday 13th December 2014, a promotion of Serbian wine and rakija from the producers: Aleksаndrović, Dibonis, Vršаčki vinogrаdi and others was organised within the framework of a charity Christmas fair in Arlon. The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia Participated at the event.

The organiser of the Serbian stand was the new distributer of Serbian wine and spirits, a company Serbel, owned by Mr. Vladimir Pavlović. Mr. Pavlović lives for a number of years in this part of Belgium bordering the Grand Dutchy of Luxembourg (see photo 1). Mr. Vincent Magnus, Mayor of Arlon, with his spouse, visited the Serbian stand and in a conversation with the economic counsellor Mr. Srdjan Cvijic, disscussed the possibilities of establishing a closer cooperation between the City of Arlon, this part of Belgium and our country.

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05/12/2014 - Charity concert for children from Obrenovac

 

In the organization of Philip Bone, with the support of the Embassy of the Republic Serbia in Brussels, on 05 and 06 December, charity concerts took place at the Academy of Music in Dilbeek in Belgium in order to collect humanitarian aid for children from the areas damaged by floods that have engulfed R. Serbia this year, especially for children from Obrenovac.

 

The concert was presented by the students of the Academy of Music, of which some are of Serbian origin. The audience was composed of parents and representatives of the Diaspora of the Republic of Serbia, but also the ordinary music lovers attended.

The concert raised over 3,000 Euros, which will be given to the music school in the town of Obrenovac for providing musical instruments.


28/11/2014 Commemorating the 100 anniversary of the First World War – Serbian Cultural Centre in Luxemburg

 

On Friday 28th of November, on the occassion of the 100th aniversary of First World War, Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg and the Serbian Cultural Centre in Luxembrug, organised the screening of the film „Where the Yellow Lemon Blooms“ with an appropriate tourist presentation of Serbia. The scenario for the film was written by Milovаn Vitezović, while the film was directed by Zdrаvko Šotrа. With Dragan Nikolić as a story teller, the film leads through the events that led to the retreat of the Serbian King Peter the First, regent Alexander Karadjordjevic, government, army and people to the Greek island of Corfu (Kerkyra).

Before the screening of the film Ambassador Vesna Arsić and Marko Katanić, on behalf ofg the Serbian Cultural Centre, address the public. The event hosted Christine Martin, head of the Welcom and Integration Office of the Ministry for Family and Integration of the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg, Gaston Vogel, one of the most prominent lawyers and public figures in Luxemburg , as well as many other guests from Luxemburg and other countries residing in the Grand Duchy (Spain, Czech Republic, France, Croatia, Russia, Brasil etc.). On behalf of the Embassy the event was organised by the economic counsellor Srdjan Cvijic and consul Ana Kosovac.

Serbian Cultural Centre, with its Serbian language school, is registered as an NGO and it is entirely financed by the voluntary contributions of the Serbian community in Luxemburg.

For additional information on the event and the Serbian Cultural Centre in Luxemburg please see here


11/24/2013 Uglješa Šajtinac, Serbian laureat of the 2014 European Prize for Literature

 

Serbian writer Uglješa Šajtinac is among the 13 laureats of the prestigious European Prize for Literature which is given for the 2014.

Awards were given by the European commissioner for culture Tibor Navračić, who explained that this award „makes a strong path for the respect of the rich and differentiate diapason of the culture of our continent“.

Achieving the award, a writer could expect some broader possibilities for his works to be translated and published, with the support of EU funds.


11/24/2013 Laying wreaths for Armistice Day in the First World War

Serbian ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium Vesna Arsić laid wreaths at the Serbian monument in the Allied cemetery Robermont and at the Allied monument in Liège.

Serbian army alongside its Allies led the liberation war in which the country, in proportion to its size, had the highest losses (25% of the total population and 38% of male age 15-65) compared to other countries in both camps.

A similar fate (occupation, enormous civilian casualties, fierce battles on the national territory during the entire duration of the war) is associated with both Belgium and Serbia being the main victims of the horrors of war 1914 – 1918.


19/11/2014 Celebrating Đurđic in Antwerp

 

On the occasion of celebrating Đurđic, 15.11.2014, in the Church of Saint George in Antwerp the liturgy was served with the parent priest Milan Zivanovic and several priests and deacons. The liturgy was followed by a luncheon with an appropriate artistic performance by the Cultural Club Moravac from Dusseldorf.


10/11/2014 Exhibition of works by Tatjana Žuljević

      

 

After years of working with jewelry, an artist born in Serbia who lives since 1998 in Belgium, turns towards photography, refraction and color-filled light that neutralizes the everyday’s grayness.

The works by Tatjana Žuljević will be shown on Saturday, November 15th from 10 am to 18 pm at GCM-A, Berlarij 104, 2500 Lier.


11/3/2014 The movie "Barbarians" by Ivan Ikić at the Festival Cinéast in Luxembourg

 

The movie "Barbarians", directed by Ivan Ikić, has taken part, along with anorher movies “West Berlin” by Dragana von Petrović and "The Priest’s children" in the International Film Festival of Central and Eastern Europe, Cinéast in Luxembourg.

The Embassy of Serbia was hosting a reception during the Balkan movies day in the Cinématheque.


28/10/2014 Central commemoration of the biginning of the First World War in Nieuwport and Ypres

28.October this year, in Belgium was being held Central Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.

The first one was being held in Nieuwport, focused to the Belgium`sYser front, the flooding of the Yser plain and the role of the Belgian king at the time , King Albert I.

 

The second, in Ypres, remembers the role of Allie`s defence efforts for the town of Ypres and the many who died there. The Ceremony was attended by the Belgium royal family and representatives of 83 invited countries.


23/10/2014-Student Marko Ceperkovic spoke at the opening of the academic year at the European College in Bruges

At the opening ceremony of the new academic year at the European College in Bruges, the audience was addressed, on behalf of all students (who come from 51 countries), by the student from Portugal Ms.A.L.Pereira and Marko Ceperkovic, student from Serbia.

They sent a message that students will contribute to the diversity of European values, respect for human rights, social cohesion and freedom. Four students, originally from Serbia, attend this academic year.


10/10/2014 Degree Conferring Ceremony – Training Center of the Port of Antwerp (APEC

On 10th October 2014 the degree conferring ceremony of the „Break Bulk Cargo“ Semminar was held in the City Hall of Antwerp. The semminar was organised by the Training Center of the Port of Antwerp (APEC). According to the custom, the diplomatic representatives of the countries from which the students are coming from attend the closing ceremony of the semminar. The certificate to Eva Verner (Port of Senta) was handed over by Marc Van Peel, President of the Port of Antwerp and the Deputy-Mayor fo the City of Antwerp and economic counsellor Srdjan Cvijic. (On the photograph)


10/09/2014 Exchange of instruments of ratification of the Convention on social security between the Republic of Serbia and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

The instruments of ratification of the Convention on social security between Serbia and Luxembourg were exchanged by the two ambassadors to Belgium H.E. Jean-Jacques Welfring and H.E. Vesna Arsić.

The Convention between the two countries will enter into force on 1 November 2014.


6/10/2014 Conference „On enterpreneurs“ - presentation of the investment opportunities in Serbia to Belgian companies

On Monday 6th October 2014, in the organisation of VOKA-Limburg and the company Metes (Metech DOO in Serbia), in the presence of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia (Ambassador Arsić and economic counsellor Cvijić), a conference „Debate of enterpreneurs“, series of presentations of local companies, took place. The Conference was attended by approximately 50 owners of companies, mainly from Belgium. On this occassion activities of the company Metes in Belgium and Serbia were presented to them.

Eduard Rutten, owner of the company Metes, spoke about the business climate in Serbia and the opportunities for foreign investors offered by the Free Zone Smederevo. The main message was that Metes, through activities in Serbia, offers to its partners reshoring possibilities, i. e. Return of internationalised production operations from far-away countries to Europe (Belgium and Serbia). In this way not only that the working places in Belgium are being saved but the new ones get created thanks to business conditions in Serbia.


09/25/2014 Official Serbian Army Guard orchestra participates at the International festival of military orchestras in Liege

Official orchestra of the Republican Guard of the Army of Serbia has performed at the International Festival of Military Music, which, on the occasion of the centenary of the First World War, was organized in Liege.

In addition to the orchestra of the Serbian Army Guard, under the baton of Captain Alexander Đurov, the Royal Belgian Navy Orchestra, the orchestra of the Italian Army Bersaglieri Tramonti-Crosta and orchestra of the First Infantry Regiment of Epinal (France) were presented at the festival as well.

In front of the audience consisting of the officials of the region and the city of Liege, military and diplomatic corps as well as the citizens gathered in the courtyard of the former Archbishop's Palace in Liège, orchestras performed the national and the European anthem, and our military orchestra performed the pieces "Marš na Drinu", "Tamo daleko" "March King Milan Obrenović's march," "King Alexander’s march", movie soundtrack "Vangelis - 1492" and others.


25/9/2014 Meeting with SITA, UNITEE and TUSKON

On Thursday 25th September 2014 Ambаssаdor Vesnа Arsić and economic counsellor Srdjаn Cvijic met with the representatives of the Serbia International Trade Association (SITA), UNITEE and TUSKON. UNITEE brings together 52 business associations in 17 EU Member States with overall membership of 10 000 enterpreneurs. Companies members of UNITEE are predominantly small and medium enterprises. Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON) is one of the leading employer organisations in Turkey with approximately 40 000 members with a representative office in Brussels.

The meeting was organised on the occassion of the visit of SITA to Brussels. Cooperation of Embassy and UNITEE dates back from 19th September 2012. when we jointly organised a Conference „Entrepreneurs meet Embassies – Serbia“. 41 representative of companies from Belgium and the Netherlands (35 from Belgium, 6 from the Netherlands) attended the event. Companies present were largely from the following sectors: building and infrastructure, ICT, food industry, textile, transport and furniture. Some of the companies present as a result of the meeting started doing business with Serbia.

As a follow-up to the aforementioned conference in 2012 a trade mission of UNITEE to Serbia was planned.  


09/22/2014 Centenary of the first enemy flag capture in Herstael

The Embassy of Serbia took part in the celebration of the centenary of the capture of the first German flag on the Western Front during the First World War, in Herstael.

After the reconstruction of the battle and symbolic return of the flag to the German ambassador, a representative of the Belgian King, the officials of the region and the city of Liege and diplomatic representatives to Belgium have laid wreaths at the monument of the city-martyr Herstael.


21/9/2014 54th Anniversary of the Free Municipality of Ilot Sacre

On Friday 19th September and Saturday 20th September, a 54th anniversary of the Free Municipality of Ilot Sacre took place. The Embassy, as it was the case in the previous years participated at the event.

The Free Municipality of Ilot Sacre and the Belgrade Skadarlija established a formal cooperation in 1984. This cooperation was re-activated in 2011 at the iniciative of the Embassy, its economic counsellor and the National Tourism Organisation of Serbia on the occassion of the Salon des vacances/Vakantiesalon in Brussels of which Serbia was a host country, and the official visit of the delegation of the City of Brussels, Free Municipality of Ilot Sacre to Belgrade from 19th to 22nd April 2012.  


17-18/09/2014-study visit to the province of Brabant

Directorate for international affairs of the Flemish government and De Warande organized a two days study visit to the province of Brabant ( 17-18 September ) for the ambassadors of European, Asian and African countries.

The visit included a sugar rafinery Tirlemontoise, SESVanderHove company that produces sugar beet seed and Palm brewery, company Imec and Luciad, which have managed to position themselves as world leaders in the field of nanotechnology and geospatial software, as well as neurological laboratory of the University KU Lueven and Photonics Innovation Center of the Brussels University. Company Colruyt has presented its business philosophy of „more for less“in the retail sector.

After visiting these companies and research centers, during the study tour, ambassadors met with representatives of a number of companies that are members of the De Warande, as well as with a governor of province of Brabant ( Lodewijk De Witte) and head of the Cabinet of minister–president of the flemish government ( Mark Andries) who spoke about the future development programs


09/16/2014 Basketball World Cup finals

Employees of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels, the Serbian Mission to EU and the Serbian Mission to NATO organized a joint public viewing of the World Cup finals in basketball between the national teams of Serbia and the United States.

They were joined in supporting the national team by minister without portfolio in the government of the Republic of Serbia in charge of European integration J. Joksimovic, as well as by the delegation of the Office for European Integration, which were at the same time visiting Brussels.

We are full heartedly congratulating our team for the winning of the silver medal in Madrid.  


13/09/2014/ Opening ceremony of Special Olympics Summer Games 2014.Antwerp

„The games are open“-said the Queen Mathilde of Belgium, after the spectacular opening ceremony of the Special Olympics in the EXPO Palais 12 in Brussels. At the opening ceremony, in adition to the participants, coaches, sports officials and many guests, also were present Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, President of the EC H.van Rompuy, Prime minister E.Di Rupo and J.Rogge former president of the International Olympic Committee.

The torch that was burned on 4. of September in Alexandroupolis in Greece, arrived on 9 September in Brussels, previously worn 450 km through Belgium. 2000 participants from 58 countries of Europe and Eurasi competing in 10 disciplines.

Member of the Serbian winning Olympic volleyball team Vanja Grbic, tennis legend Justine Henin and world supermodel and philanthropist Natalia Vodjanova, caried Olympic flag.

Serbian team has 47 partisipants, who are struggling in 6 games:football, basketball, athletics, table tennis, swimming and bawling.

Exquisite choreography conveyed a message of friendship and enjoyment of the game to people who have special needs.  


10/09/2014 Special Olympics European Summer Games in Antwerp

 

Special olymics Europian Summer Games

Special Olympics European Summer Games in Antwerp 2014 – dinner in the catering school in Aarschot  

10th September 2014

 

On the occassion of the Special Olympics European Summer Games in Antwerp 2014 and the participation of the delegation from Serbia in the games, Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in the Kingdom of Belgium, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Serbia Aleksаndаr Dаvidović, in cooperation with the Belgian hosts (Special Olympics Committee, the cities of Aarschot, Begijnendijk, Rotselaar, Tremelo and the catering school SIMA), with support of the Delhaize Group and the National Tourism Organisation of Serbia, organised a welcoming dinner for the teams, trainers and their Belgian hosts. Apart from other guests from the 4 Belgian towns, David Geerts, member of the Belgian federal parliament and the president of the Inter - Parliamentary Group Belgium - Serbia attended the dinner.

The dinner was prepared by the Serbo-Belgian chef Nјegoš Kаličаnin, star of the television programme, „My Kitchen, my rules“ in the production of the TV B92 and Emotion Production. The pupils and teachers of the catering school SIMA helped Mr. Kаličаn to prepare the dinner.

On the occassion of the dinner welcoming speeches were held as well as two promotional films of the National Tourism Organisation of Serbia were screened: Lyfestyle Serbia and Soulfood Serbia.

Special Olympics games were founded in 1968. A total of 57 international delegations, 2000 sportsmen and sportswomen, 7000 trainers and 700 referees are taking part in the SO2014 in Antwerp. The delegation from Serbia is amongst the numerous ones with a total of 67 members.

The opening ceremony of the Special Olympics will be held at 15:00 on Saturday 13th September 2014. Special Olympics last until 20th September 2014.  


08/05/2014 President of Serbia attending the Memorial ceremony in Liege

The President of the Republic of Serbia H.E. Mr. Tomislav Nikolic attended the central memorial ceremony in Liege on August 4, with dozens of heads of state and government gathered at the invitation of the King of Belgium, to commemorate the first day of the First World War on the Western Front.

After the ceremony, the President of Serbia laid wreaths at the monument to the Belgian King Albert and the graves of the fallen Serbian heroes on the Allied cemetery Robermont.


07/10/2014 Pranarom International – aid to population affected by floods in Serbia

9th July 2014 Ambassador Vesna Arsić and Economic Counsellor Srdjan Cvijic visited the factory of the company Pranarom International in Lessines (Wallon region). Pranarom is an investor in the sector of production and distillation of essential oils in Serbia. The purpose of the visit was discussion on the extension of business of this company in Serbia. On the occassion of the visit Ambassador Arsić officially handed over the Certificate of Appreciation to the company for their aid to the population affected by floods in Serbia.

(On the photo Ambassador V. Arsić, Economic Counsellor S. Cvijić, Director of the company Jean-Francois Baudoux and Gordana Stanković)


07/01/2014 Jelena Vucinic concert in Mons

On 29 of June, in Mons, as a part of tree-day classical music festival organized by the province of Hainaut, on the initiative of the Royal Conservatory of Mons and the Royal Orchestra of Parlament of Walloni, in addition to proffesional musicians, the opportunity for young artist was given to show their musical talent.

Serbia was presented by a concert of young bassist player Jelena Vucinic, accompained by Belgian pianist Alexandre Climent y Garcia.They performed the works of L.Karepetyian, G.Bottesini, S.Koussevitsky, F.Mompou, et al.


06/30/2014 Study visit of the representatives of the air transport sector (secundary airports and local authorities) from Serbia to Belgium

The study visit of the representatives of the secundary airports („Ponikve“ and „Konstantin the Great“) and local authorities (cities of Užice and Niš) was held from 9th of June to 12th of June 2014. The delegation was headed by prof. dr. Zoran Perišić, mayor of Niš and Saša Milošević, mayor of Užice. The visit was organised by the Embassy and Wallonie Brussels International.

The highest level meetings with the representatives of the airports of Charleroi and Liege had the purpose to establish direct institutional cooperation between the Serbian and Belgian airports as well as to establish a joint approach to commercial operators in order to establish direct flights between the above mentioned secundary airports.


06/30/2014 Study visit of the Serbian ports to the ports of Belgium

Study visit of the representatives of the Serbian ports to Belgian ports of Antwerp, Beverdonk and Liege took place from Monday 23rd of June to Thursday 26th of June. The visit was organised by the Embassy, Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, APEC Training Center of the Port of Antwerp, Port of Liege and AWEX.

The purpose of the visit was transfer of positive experience of the Belgian port sector to Serbia as well as establishing of closer institutional cooperation that will make possible better connections and faster development of the Serbian ports.

Moreover, Embassy and the Mission of Serbia to the EU organised a pannel discussion “Sustainable navigation in the context of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR)”. This pannel discussion presented one of the activities within the Danube Week in Brussels. Apart from the members of the delegation of Serbian ports other participants at the event came from various institutions such as: the European Commission, representatives of European regions, diplomatic core, bilateral contacts from Belgium etc.


06/19/2014 Floods in Serbia, listings of the most needed material

An updated list of essential need for the elimination of consequences of floods in Serbia, specifically the list of equipment for rescue and work on the water, the urgent need for agricultural products and family hygiene package can be downloaded here.

Thank you for any help, we will try to keep you up to date with all the activities, and at the same time, we invite you, as much as you can, to spread this appeal and share with your friends and within the community.


06/10/2014 Commemoration of the Victims of The Second World War graveyard in Menen

June 8th, at the cemetery in Menen, there was a memorial to the victims of World War II, organized by representatives of the Flemish city of Menen and the resistance movement in Belgium. Ceremony followed the passing of the torch from the German camp in Flossenburg and laying wreaths at the monument dedicated to the victims of World War II in Belgium. 296 Serbian nationality prisoners were in Flossenburg during the Second World War, of which 39 died in the camp.

Commemoration was attended by the ambassadors of Serbia and Hungary and ministers advisors / counselors of Embassy of the United States, Poland and Germany.


06/10/2014 Visit to Ypres/Yser and the “Flanders’ Field Museum”

Ambassador Vesna Arsić paid a visit to the city of Ypres, during which she met with the Bourgmestre Mr. Jan Durnez, Mr. Shepenom Verschoore in charge of the WWI commemoration and their associates.

She exchanged with her interlocutors some views on the anniversary and the cooperation that could be organized in this regard (thematic exhibition and a documentary about the participation of Serbia in the First World War etc.).

After the meeting, there was an organized tour of the museum "Flanders' Fields", which is the most visited museum in Belgium (annual visit of 300 to 350 thousand people ), which shows in a very modern way the battles of Ypres and the conflict in Belgium, with a focus on individuals and their testimonies as well as the terrain that made its appearance during the war.


06/06/2014 Give a hand to the flooded Balkan - charity concert of young musicians from Conservatory of Ghent

Young musicians originating from flooded areas of the Balkans: Hiwote Tadesse-Croatian-Ethiopian musician viola and cello musician Charles Filipan borns in Zagreb, Vanja Skokovic-violin player born in Sarajevo, Tina Czech, violin player from Slovenia with colleagues: Veera Voordeckers piano player from Estonia, Sara Brito Brito flute player from Spain, and Miles Walter piano player from the United States, organized on the sixth of June charity concert in the hall of the Conservatory of Gent. On program were Schubert, Waxman, Part, Leclair…

The concert was attended by the ambassadors of Serbia and Croatia and minister-counselor of BiH . Collected sum will be credited to the accounts of embassies of Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, opened to collect donations for the flooded areas.

Again the young musicians have shown a high degree of solidarity with those in the recent floods Balkan lost their lives or part of the property.


06/05/2014 Humanitarian aid to the population affected by floods in Serbia

On Wednesday 4th June 2014 the employees of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Mission of Serbia to the EU, Mission of Serbia to NATO and the military representation of Serbia to NATO participated in the joint action of loading the truck of collected aid for the population affected by floods.

Overall, estimated value of collected goods is approximately 20 000 Euro. We would like to use this opportunity to thank all our Belgian friends, representatives of the diaspora and others that wholeheartedly contributed to this humanitarian action.

We owe special gratitude to the company BAT from the region of Wallonia that financed the transportation of the above mentioned goods to Serbia.


06/04/2014 Humanitarian concerts in Belgium “For Serbia with heart”

Organized by a group of Serbian citizens residing in Belgium and supported by the Embassy or Serbia in Belgium and Alden Biesen Zomeropera festival, the Humanitarian concert “For Serbia, with heart” was performed on Monday, 02 June 2014 in Brussels. The purpose of this event is raising donations for the Serbian citizens affected by the recent floods.

Esteemed Serbian pianist Milica Ilić has gathered acclaimed artists from seven countries performing classical arias of Gounod, Verdi, Weber, Weil, Mozart, Lehar and others. The performers were as follows: Julia Rodriguez (soprano, Spain), Sarah McCourt (soprano, Ireland), Mariana Castello-Branco (soprano, Portugal), Helene Bracke (mezzo-soprano, Belgium), Christian Lujan (baritone, Columbia), Denzil Deleare (tenor, Belgium), Mirei Arai (piano, Japan) i Milica Ilić (piano, Serbia).

In addition to this event, we are organising another concert in Ghent, scheduled for 09 June 2014 and supported by the International Opera Academy of Ghent.


06/02/2014 Serbia Flood Relief by SMS in Belgium

From 2nd June 2014, it is possible to support the population affected by floods in Serbia via SMS in Belgium.

Sending the SMS with the text SER to number 4666, the amount of 1 EUR is donated. SMS number will be active until 30th June 2014 after which Belgian operators will transfer the entire amount of the donation to the special account of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Belgium.


05/28/2014 Opening of the Exhibition of Serbian and ex-Yugoslav comic book in the Belgian Comic Strip Centre 3rd June 2014

On 3rd of June 2014 at 18:30 the official opening of the exhibition „100 Years in the Balkans: The Comic Strip in Resistance“ will take place in the Belgian Comic Strip Centre. The Opening will be organised in the presence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Kingdom of Belgium H. E. Ms. Vesna Arsić.

The Address of the museum is:

Rue des sables 20, 1000 Bruxelles/Brussel


05/27/2014 An excellent answer to the humanitarian aid appeal

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia wishes to inform you about the huge ammount of the humanitarian aid collected and brought to the embassy’s premises.

In the days to come, this material will be gradually sent to Serbia.

A lot of goods were collected in Antwerp as well.

Take a look at the video clip made in Antwerp.

Video clip 1

as well as the video that the Honorary Consul of Republic of Serbia to Flanders Aleksandar Davidovic made for the Flemish television:

Video clip 2

The premises of the Serbian cultural center in Luxembourg were too small to receive all the goods:

A similar quantities were collected in the Serbian orthodox church of Saint Sava in Molenbeek, Bruges, Gent, Liege, Waterloo and other collective centers.

 

Thank you all, and let’s keep up the good work !


05/23/2014 Current information on the floods, donations and humanitarian aid


05/21/2014 Floods in Serbia, humanitarian aid in Belgium and Luxembourg

A) Financial donations

Those wishing to do so, may support flood victims by making payments in the following ways:

1/Bringing the cash depository to the Consulate of the Embassy (Boulevard du Régent 53, 1000 Brussels), for which they would get a receipt and the Gratitude document

2/ donating through the special account - special account for Belgium and Luxembourg for humanitarian aid to those affected by floods in Serbia was opened (no extra charge for international transfer).

AMBASSADE DE SERBIE

IBAN: BE72 3631 3501 1916

SWIFT: BBRUBEBB

or

- Donating through the following special accounts of the Government of the Republic of Serbia (extra charging for international transfer required):

1. Serbian Dinar account 840-3546721-89, purpose of payment: assistance to flood-affected areas.

2. Account in foreign currency, bank account No 01-504619-100193230-000000-0000 - Ministry of Finance – Treasury, Belgrade, special account for assistance to flood-affected areas,

IBAN RS35908504619019323080 

with instructions as follows:

PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS - EUR

SWIFT : NBSRRSBG

BENEFICIARY : MINISTARSTVO FINANSIJA UPRAVA ZA TREZOR

 

PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS - USD

SWIFT : NBSRRSBG

BENEFICIARY : MINISTARSTVO FINANSIJA UPRAVA ZA TREZOR

 

3/ In order to help the victims the official PayPal account has been opened: floodrelief@gov.rs Via this account, donations can be made from around the world! (You can also access this via: http://www.floodrelief.gov.rs/eng/)

 

B) Donations in goods

Goods can be brought to the Embassy of Republic Serbia. The address is: Boulevard du Regent 53, 1000 Brussels. The Embassy will then dispatch the goods to Serbia.

For those who want to deliver directly their donations/goods to Serbia, please contact the Embassy to obtain a cover sheet, to expedite the proceedings with the customs authorities of Republic of Serbia.

List of urgent and most needed supplies provided by Red Cross include following:

- mattresses

- blankets, duvets

- linen / bed sheets

- beds (folding cot beds, tent beds, bunk beds)

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

- diapers for children and adults

- rubber boots

- Aseptol for disinfection of the reception centers

- bottled water

- canned food

 

Serbian Red Cross urges not to collect clothing, since, due to the priority needs and the currently available amount, there is no room in the warehouses of the Red Cross for its storage.

For all individuals or companies who would like to donate medical supplies, please ask for detailed instructions regarding procedures for the approval of importing drugs and medical devices on the website of the Embassy (http://brussels.mfa.gov.rs/ or via e-mail: embassy.brussels@mfa.rs).

It is advisable to make a short phone call to arrange your drop off for goods via: 02 647 26 52 or 02 647 57 81


05/23/2014 Serbian Cultural Centre in Luxembourg collecting aid for the population affected by floods in Serbia

We are informing you that the Serbian Cultural Centre in Luxembourg is collecting aid for the population affected by floods in Serbia. The Serbian Cultural Centre is located on the following address:

 

31,rue J.B.Nothomb

Luxembourg-Begen

 

Volunteers of the Centre are collecting aid every day from 17h00 to 20h00.

On Thursday 22nd of May Ambassador Vesna Arsić and Economic Counsellor Srdjan Cvijic visited the Cenre (see the photo below). Great quantity of already collected goods will be transfered to several points in Serbia thanks to the help of the government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.


05/23/2014 Big Heart of the employees of the European Investment Bank

In only a few hours, employees of the European Investment Bank collected significant amount for helping the population affected by floods in Serbia. The collection of the money continued yesterday and today. The money will be transfered to the special account of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in the Kingdom of Belgium and the Great Duchy of Luxembourg openned for this purpose.

Vice President of the European Investment Bank, Dario Scannapieco, during a meeting with the Ambassador Vesna Arsić and economic counsellor Srdjan Cvijic, said that this initative demonstrates not only institutional determination of EIB to help Serbia in its European integrations path but also personal dedication of the employees to the job that they are doing. The initative for the collection of aid came from Annabelle Assemat and several other employees of EIB.

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, on behalf of all citizens, thanks the employees of EIB on the expressed solidarity and fullhearted support in this tragic moment.


05/21/2014 A three-day mourning, book of condolences at the Embassy

On the occasion of the large number of the large number of casualties in catastrophic floods in Serbia, May 21, 22 and 23 were declared days of mourning in the whole of Serbia.

A book of condolences is opened at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels, Boulevard du Regent 53, 1000 Bruxelles, on Wednesday, May 21st from 14 am to 16 pm, and on Thursday May 22nd and Friday May 23rd from 10 to 12 and 14 to 16 hours.


05/21/2014 The procedure dispatch of humanitarian aid from the EU

The procedure to dispatch humanitarian aid from the EU to the Republic of Serbia can be found at the following link.


05/19/2014 Floods in Serbia, humanitarian aid

Republic of Serbia was hit by the rainfall that caused the biggest floods in the last hundred years.

Over 25 thousand people have been evacuated from their homes, dozen of towns are abandoned, hundreds of thousands of people remained without electricity.

The floods claimed the lives of more than 20 of our citizens, and some cities may remain permanently abandoned as witnesses of this great tragedy. Dead livestock, destruction of crops, damage to property are yet to be calculated. First estimations go around 1 billion euros dammage.

Along the large number of employees of the Ministry of Interior, the Serbian Army and others, the help for the devastated regions have come with numerous volunteers from Serbia and the region.

International assistance is coming from the EU member states, Russia, USA, UAE, Japan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Israel, and others.

The Serbian government has opened dinar and foreign currency accounts at which those who want to help victims of floods can deposit money.

Those wishing to do so, may support flood victims by making payments on the following special accounts of the Government of the Republic of Serbia:

1. Serbian Dinar account 840-3546721-89, purpose of payment: assistance to flood-affected areas.

2. Account in foreign currency, bank account No 01-504619-100193230-000000-0000 - Ministry of Finance – Treasury, Belgrade, special account for assistance to flood-affected areas,

IBAN RS 35908504619019323080, with instructions as follows:

PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS - EUR

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 INSTRUCTIONS - USD

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

FIELD 59: /RS35908504619019323080

(BENEFICIARY) MINISTARSTVO FINANSIJA UPRAVA ZA TREZOR

FIELD 70: DETAILS OF PAYMENT

 

The Crisis Staff was formed within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to coordinate activities related to collecting aid and donations from abroad.

Crisis Staff can be contacted by phone or via the internet +38166806-60-20 or e-mail kriznistab@mfa.rs


05/19/2014 Floods in Serbia, humanitarian aid in Belgium and Luxembourg

Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is active in assisting to disaster victims. Here by we appeal to all the people of good will and heart to join in the efforts to help!

By any mean they could - even just sharing the information is helping! In order to help the victims the official PayPal account has been opened: floodrelief@gov.rs

Via this account, donations can be made from around the world! (You can also access this via: http://www.floodrelief.gov.rs/eng/)

For an alternative method of payment from Belgium and Luxembourg, the Embassy is working on arranging account dedicated to this cause. Further information to come.

Donations in goods can be brought to the Embassy of Republic Serbia. The address is: Boulevard du Regent 53, 1000 Brussels. The Embassy will then dispatch the goods to Serbia.

For those who want to deliver directly their donations/goods to Serbia, please contact the Embassy to obtain a cover sheet, to expedite the proceedings with the customs authorities of Republic of Serbia.

List of urgent and most needed supplies provided by Red Cross include following:

- mattresses

- linen / bead sheets

- beds (folding cot beds, tent beds, bunk beds)

- diapers for children and adults

- socks

- underwear

- children's clothing

- flashlights

- batteries for flashlights

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

- Aseptol 5P

- rubber boots

For all individuals or companies who would like to donate medical supplies, please ask for detailed instructions regarding procedures for the approval of importing drugs and medical devices on the website of the Embassy (http://brussels.mfa.gov.rs/ or via e-mail: embassy.brussels@mfa.rs).

It is advisable to make a short phone call to arrange your drop off for goods via: 02 647 26 52 or 02 647 57 81


19/5/2014 Announcement of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia in relation to the state of emergency provoked by floods and donation of necessary aid in medicines and medical equipment

In relation to the state of emergency provoked by natural disasters, numerous people from Serbia and abroad, wishing to donate necessary medicines and medical equipment, contacted the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia. As a result of the state of emergency, it is necessary to provide additional amounts of certain groups of medicines and medical equipment for which there is an increasing need of the population.

Ministry of Health informs that, in order to safeguard health of the patients, it is not possible to accept direct donations from individuals in form of medicines and medical equipment, due to insufficient information regarding their storage and procurement.

All legal entities and individuals wishing to donate medicines, medical and other equipment registered in the Republic of Serbia, can do so through the producer or whole-seller delivering a donation to the Central Pharmacy of the Clinical Centre of Serbia, that takes further care of distribution to all medical institutions on the territory of the Republic of Serbia, according to their declared needs.

In the case of donations of unregistered medicines, import of the donation is conducted with the approval of the Medicines and Medical devices of Serbia, on the basis of following documents: HACCP (Hazard analysis and critical control points - issued by competent EU authority) and certificate of the analysis of the medicine from the producer. Import of unregistered medical equipement is also done with the approval of the Medicines and Medical devices of Serbia, on the basis of following documents: the Statement of compliance, CE certificate and a proof that the medical equipement is distributed and sold in the country of the producer.

The Agency will deal with the import of donated medicines and medical equipment urgently within 24 hours. The donation agreement is concluded with the the Central Pharmacy of the Clinical Centre of Serbia.

The list of most essential medicines, medical and other equipement can be downloaded here.

For additional information all potential donors can call the following telephone numbers: +381(0)11/3614-666 and +381(0)11/3616-257, or write to the following email: lekovi@zdravlje.gov.rs

 

We thank you in advance for your help!


8/5/2014 „EU Strategy for the Daunbe Region: business opportunities in Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Serbia“

On Thursday 8th May 2014, Flanders Investment and Trade and Wallonia Export Investment, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia and the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, organised a semminar „EU Strategy for the Daunbe Region: business opportunities in Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Serbia“.

On the one hand, the purpose of the semminar was to inform Belgian companies on the structure and opportunities provided by the EU strategy for the Danube, on the other hand its goal was to promote investment and business opportunties in the four countries. Speakers on the semminar were: Ambassadors of the four countries, representatives of Flanders Investment and Trade and Wallonia Export Investment, representatives of the governments of four countries in charge of the Danube strategy, as well as the Chairman of the Belgian-Serbian Business Association Hugo Van Veghel. His speech, together with the presentation of Sanja Knežević, from the European Integration Office of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, caused great interest amongst the audience to participate in the projects of the Danube strategy in Serbia as well as doing business with the country in general.


6/5/2014 „Visit to the stand of Serbian companies at the Brussels Seafood fair“

6th May 2014 Ambassador Vesna Arsić and economic counsellor Srdjan Cvijić visited the stands of the Serbian companies Squadra, Tunalux and Kristal that exhibited at the stand of the Swiss Import Promotion Programme at the Euro Seafood fair. This is the first time that Serbian companies participate as exhibitors at this renown seafood fair.

The company Squadra is dedicated to importing, processing and distributing (including export to CEFTA and EU countries) of forzen, fresh and raw fish and seafood. Tunalux and Kristal are young companies that have joined forces to produce innovative and healthy range of processed seafood products e.g.: chevapchichi, sausages, ham from fish.


29/4/2014 „Tourism in Serbia – press conference“

On Tuesday 29th April 2014 within the premisses of the Embassy of Serbia in Brussels a press conference dedicated to the promotion of the Serbian Tourism in 2014 was organised. The Conference was organised by the National Tourism Organisation of Serbia, Embassy of the Republic of Serbia and Air Serbia. More than 50 specialised journalists from the world of tourism participated at the conference, including representatives of several daily newspapers (e.g. La Derniere Heure) as well as representatives of several important touroperators at the Benelux market.

The program of the conference included speeches from the Ambassador of Serbia to Belgium Vesna Arsić, Darija Butigan from the National Tourism Organisation of Serbia and representative of Air Serbia in the Benelux market Srdjan Joksić, as well as the screening of the promotional film of the National Tourism Organisation of Serbia for 2014 and video stories from the package Lifestyle Serbia.


23/04/2014 Archaeological Conference on the Caričin grad (Justiniana Prima)

Society for the cultivation of classical archeology and Byzantine period of the Free University of Brussels (ULB) is organizing a conference given by Bernard Bavant (CNRS, Strasbourg) on the archeological site Caričin grad (Justiniana Prima), a city that was built by Emperor Justinian on the territory of today's Serbia.

The conference will be held on Thursday, April 24, from 18 to 20 pm in the amphitheater AY.10, campus Solbosch, building A of the ULB.


25/03/2014 Visit of the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of Luxembourg

Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Vesna Arsić has visited the National Assembly of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and met with its president Mars Di Bartolomeo.

Bilateral cooperation was discussed, investments and the ways to boost the economic cooperation as well as the possibilities of bilateral parliamentary cooperation and inter - parliamentary group of Luxembourg and Serbia. The officials agreed that we should together work to strengthen the new image and positive recognition of Serbia within the EU, after the commencement of negotiations for full membership to the EU.

The same day in Luxembourg, ambassador met with the new Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Mark Angel, with whom she discussed some specific issues of cooperation and joint projects between the two countries.


24/03/2014 The commemoration of the bombing of Serbia 1999-2014

During the 79 days of bombing at least 2,500 people were killed and more than 12,500 people were wounded and injured.

Attacks on Serbia began on March 24th 1999. while the last attack took place on June 10th, at 13.15 near Kosovska Kamenica.

1008 members of the army and police were killed or lost in action, of which 659 members of the military and 349 police officers. There was around 6,000 heavier or slightly wounded civilians, among them 2700 children.

Total damage is estimated at tens of billions of dollars. NATO war losses in manpower and technology have never been disclosed.

The decision of the intervention against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was made for the first time in recent history, without the approval of the UN Security Council.

Yugoslavia was invaded on the pretext that the blame for the failure of the talks in Rambouillet and Paris on the future status of Kosovo and Metohija was on its side only.

After the decision on rejection of foreign troops confirmed by the Serbian Parliament, which proposed that the UN forces oversee a peaceful solution of the conflict in Kosovo, NATO has launched, March 24th 1999. at 19.45 its air strikes with cruise missiles and aircrafts, in many areas of Serbia and Montenegro.

The alliance began its strikes from the ships in the Adriatic Sea, the four air bases in Italy, supported by strategic operators who took off from bases in Western Europe and later the United States. First were targeted barracks and army air defense facilities in Batajnica, Mladenovac, Pristina and other towns.

The bombing destroyed and damaged 25,000 houses, damaged 470 kilometers of roads and 595 kilometers of railways. Also were damaged 14 airports, 19 hospitals, 20 health centers, 18 kindergartens, 69 schools, 176 cultural monuments and 44 bridges, while 38 were destroyed.

During the intervention 2300 fair strikes were carried out aiming some 995 facilities across the country, and 1150 combat aircraft launched approximately 420,000 missiles with the total weight of 22,000 tons.

NATO also launched 1300 cruise missiles, over 37,000 "cluster bombs," which killed around 200 civilians and injured hundreds, and used a prohibited ammunition with depleted uranium. One third of the power capacity of the country was destroyed, two oil refineries were bombed in Pancevo and Novi Sad, while NATO forces used for the first time so-called graphite bombs to disable the power systems.

After very active diplomatic actions the Military-Technical Agreement in Kumanovo was signed June 9, 1999. but the last missiles fell on Serbia on June 10th, at 13.15 near Kosovska Kamenica, meaning that the bombing of Serbia lasted 79 days.

NATO Secretary-General ordered a cease of fire on June 10th, with which began the withdrawal of FRY and Serbian police forces from Kosovo.

That day, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1244, and around 37,200 KFOR troops from 36 countries were sent to the province of Kosovo and Metohija "with a mission to preserve peace and security."


17/03/2014 Extraordinary parliamentary elections

On Sunday 16th March 2014 in the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels extraordinary parliamentary elections took place. At the Brussels polling station 149 citizens of Serbia with permanent or temporary residence in Belgium or Luxembourg registered for voting.


14/03/2014 „Unplugged“ film of Mladen Kovačević at the Millenium International Documentary Film Festival

Documentary film „Unplugged“ of the Serbian director Mladen Kovačević will be screened within the framework of the avant-premiere of the Millenium International Documentary Film Fesitval in Brussels, 31st March 2014 at 18:30 at the centre CIVA (address below). 

“Unplugged” is an existential allegory about blowing into leaves, rattling between the most primitive of instruments and the most universal escapism of music. Meet Josip, amateur inventor set out to decode the artistry of leaf-playing, and the last leaf-players – Vera, ex private detective, and Pera, the know-it-all peasant – in the autumns of their lives, still going for the verdant leaves. Music has rarely been so offbeat.

Studied film in Belgrade, at LIFS in London, and CTFTVS and AFDA in South Africa (for a feature length student film "Shroud", earned a "Student of the year" award). His work includs the following films: documentary feature “Unplugged”, an offbeat architectural documentary “Palace”, a documentary about the family of carnival stunt bikers “The Wall of Death, and All That” etc.

producer: Horopter, Beograd / Helmi Films, Helsinki

directing: Mladen Kovačević

screenplay: Mladen Kovačević

director of photography: Pablo Ferro Živanović

editing: Nataša Damjanović

music: Nemanja Mosurović

duration: 52 min

The screening starts at 18:30 in the CIVA

Le Centre International pour la Ville, l'Architecture et le Paysage

Rue de l'Ermitage,55 à 1050 Ixelles

Téléphone:02 642 24 50

Trams : 81,83,94

Bus :54 à l'arrêt "Bailli"

For additional information about the festival please click here and about the film here .


14/03/2014 Tenth anniversary of the Pogrom, "Crime Without Punishment"

Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels to mark this sad anniversary on March 19th at 19 am in the premises of the Embassy at 53 Boulevard du Regent, 1000 Brussels, with the documentary film "Crime without punishment" being shown. We invite you to join us.

Ten years ago, March 17 and 18 2004 the violence broke out tremendously in Kosovo and Metohija. Nineteen people were killed; eight of them Serbs and 11 Albanians lost their lives in the fight against the international security forces. Two citizens of Serbian nationality are still accounted missing. More than 954 people were injured, more than 900 Serbian, Roma and Ashkali homes were torched, 4,000 people were expelled from their homes, nearly a 100 Serbian churches and monasteries were destroyed and desecrated.

Six towns and nine villages were ethnically cleansed 935 Serbian houses and ten public buildings were destroyed, burned or severely damaged. 72 UN vehicles were equally destroyed. During the violence 39 temples of the Serbian Orthodox Church were destroyed and burned to the ground, including 18 cultural monuments, such as the temple Bogorodica Ljeviška in Prizren (UNESCO listed).

Priceless cultural heritage, thousands of icons, frescoes and other religious relics, old and rare books, documents of the Serbian Orthodox churches in Kosovo and Metohija were lost, accounted missing, damaged or destroyed. International prosecutors and judges in Kosovo prosecuted seven cases of destruction of churches and the 67 people were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 21 months to 16 years.

Motive or pretext for the Pogrom was the local media campaign in which the Serbs were accused of forcing with dogs the boys of Albanian origin from the village of Zubin Potok one of whom was drowned in the river. UNMIK police investigation found that the allegations were false, and international police spokesman said at the time that the “surviving boys were under the strong pressure from Albanian journalists and politicians to accuse the Serbs from the neighboring villages”. First protests of Kosovo Albanians began in the southern part of Mitrovica in an armed attack on Serbs who live in the northern part of the city.

Ten years after the March violence in the province, Serbia continues alerting the international community to the ever-present threat to the local Serbian population and continuous campaign of intimidation carried out by the Kosovo ethnic majority. The incidents in Kosovo, which are listed in the report of the UN Secretary-general were a part of an orchestrated campaign of intimidation directed towards Kosovo Serbs, in order to perceive with the ethnic cleansing and total annihilation of the Serbian cultural and religious heritage. More than 200,000 non-Albanians were expelled from Kosovo and Metohija since June 1999, and that in the past year only around 50 internally displaced Serbs returned to their place of origin. The international community then rated the "ethnic violence" against the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija "planned and well orchestrated".

After the Pogrom against Serbs, 270 Albanians were arrested, 143 of them convicted, most of the fines, and 67 of them were sentenced to prison, but not the main actors of the political structures of the former KLA. Albanian extremists’ terror was later condemned by the UN Security Council and the EU; the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on April 29 2004 passed a relevant resolution. Even ten years after the expulsion, most victims of the March pogrom against the Serbs have not returned to their homes, many are still in collective centers, container settlements or other people's houses in the status of internally displaced persons.

It is expected that, within the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, the issues of protection of cultural and historical heritage and enabling the permanent return of internally displaced persons to Kosovo and Metohija will be one of the most important chapters of dialogue that is already for a year successfully carried out with the active support of the EU High Representative for Foreign affairs Mrs. Catherine Ashton.


11/03/2014 Winery Aleksandrovic at the Wijnkoopbeurs 15th and 16th March 2014 - Flanders Expo Gent

The Embassy of Serbia invites to visit the stand of Winery Aleksandrović at the Wijnkoopbeurs in Gent.

Winery Aleksandrović owns 75 hectares of their own vineyards and has an annual production of around 300,000 bottles of high quality wines. Their wines received awards at the most prestigious global competitions such as Decanter (London), IWSC (London), Mundusvini (Germany), AWC (Austria) and many more.

With a long history in wine makin dating prior to the Second World War, Winery Aleksandrović is one of the leading Serbian wine producers. For further information about Winery Aleksandrović please visit their web page here (http://www.vinarijaaleksandrovic.rs/)


06/03/2014 Serbian national under 21 team beats Belgium

Serbian national team under 21 played and won against Belgium in Leuven by 3:0. Mitrović (Anderlecht) scored two goals, while Brašanac (Partizan, Belgrade) scored one.

The match was played for the European championship qualifications (group 9).


3/03/2014 Third class VSBO participants visit to Brussels

Participants of the third class VSBO in the study tour to Brussels, visited the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, the Mission of RS to the EU,and the Mission of RS to the NATO. Ambassador V.Arsić, ambassador D.Lopandić and Charge d'Affaires K.Milosavljević briefed the participants with the basics of the work of these DCR and missions, as well as the current political and economic situation in Belgium and EU.Participants expressed a high level of interest in this topic, and among them were representatives from Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.


17/02/2014- Liège - Commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the death of prince Albert and 75th anniversary of the inauguration of Albert Canal

On 17th February, 80th anniversary of the death of prince Albert and 75th anniversary of the inauguration of Albert Canal ceremony was held, organized by Administrative Council, responsible for cherishing Prince Albert I memories, army command of Liège and representatives of province of Liège and city of Liège. 

Representatives of allies in the Great War (ambassadors of Great Britain, France, Greece, Serbia as well as ministers-advisers and military attachés of Russia, USA, Australia, Italy and Serbia’s embassies) attended the ceremony and laid wreaths.

This was one of many ceremonies that will be organized for marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War.


15/02/2014 Serbia celebrates its National day in Brussels

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Mission of Serbia to EU and Mission of Serbia to NATO organized a reception for the 15th February, National Day of the Republic of Serbia.

The reception was attended by many officials of the host country, international institutions presented in Brussels and dipkor.


14/2/2014 Dressing of Manneken Pis in the Serbian national costume

Mаnneken Pis, one of the symbols of Brussels, was for the 4th time in a row dressed in the Serbian national costume from the region of Šumadija. The organisers of the event were, like previous years since 2011, Embassy of the Republic of Serbia to the Kingdom of Belgium, Department for Culture of the City of Brussels and Order of Friends of the Manneken Pis.

The Serbian National Costume for Manneken Pis, that is part of the collection of the Museum of the City of Brussels, was produced by the Studio „Kiri“ from Belgrade. First dressing of Manneken Pis in the Serbian national costume was organised simultaneously with the Brussels Tourism Fair (Salon des Vacances/Vakantiesalon) 2011 to which Serbia was the partner country.

This year event was attended by numerous locals, tourists, representatives of the Serbian community in Belgium including Serbian students studying at Belgian universities, representatives of the Embassies of the Western Balkans region countries and media.


13/2/2014 Official opening of the showcase „Belgian investors in Serbia“

On the occasion of the Serbian National Day (15.2), 13th February 2014 the showcase „Belgian investors in Serbia“ was officially opened.

The Embassy and its economic counsellor Srdjan Cvijic participated in the realisation of the project with following companies: Delhaize Group (retail chain), Crop's (frozen fruit production), Purаtos (bakery, patisserie and chocolate sector), Metes (metal industry), Energozelenа (operating a rendering plant in Serbia), Prаnаrom International (pharmaceutical industry) and Louis Blockx (production of industrial bags).

The purpose of the project „Belgian investors in Serbia“ was dissemination of information on the business climate and investment potentials in Serbia. Some of the products in the showcase were especially designed for this project.


22/01/2014 Serbia began negotiations for membership in the European Union

With the first intergovernmental conference held in Brussels on January 21th 2014, Republic of Serbia has formally started negotiations on its full membership to the European Union. Serbia's goal is to open during this year at least four chapters, to conclude the negotiations by 2018, and to be admitted in the European family by the year 2020.


10/12/2013 Tender for repairs on the building of the Embassy of Serbia

All interested companies to submit bids for the following repairs on the building of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia:

  • Supply and installation of roof area 126x80m2
  • Repair of zinc surfaces
  • Protection of the floor in the room of 21m2
  • Removing the ceiling of 21m2
  • Supply and installation of a new ceiling of 21m2
  • two coats of paint to 21m2
  • cleaning the site and tossing trash

The offer should include material and labor.

Offers should be submitted electronically or through the post. Deadline for submissions is 15:00 December 19th 2013.


05/12/2013 Embassy of Serbia is acquiring two computer servers

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia is interested in purchasing two computer servers with specifications as follows:

  • 2 CPUswith 8 cores , operatingfrequencyof at least 1.8 GHz
  • RAM memory 64GB , DDR3
  • 3 hard disks 300GB , SAS , 10K rpmHotPlug 2.5 "
  • Opticaldrive SATA DVD RW
  • OpticalNetworkCardPCIe 8Gb FC Dual Port HBA
  • 2 power suplies, 460W
  • Controller RAID ( 0,1)

All interested companies for this purchase should have included in their offer assembling and testing of servers and guarantee for all of Europe.

Offers should be submitted electronically or by post. Deadline for submissions is 15:00 December 13th 2013.


4/12/2013 Preparatory meeting on participation of Republic of Serbia representatives in 2014 Special Olympics European Games which will be held in Antwerp

The 2014 Special Olympics European Games will be held from 13 - 20 September 2014 in Antwerp. More than 2,000 athletes from 58 countries are expected to compete in 11 sports including 47 athletes from Republic of Serbia who will compete in: athletics, swimming, basketball, bowling, football and table tennis.

Ambassador Vesna Arsić and honorary consul Aleksandar Davidović held a preparatory meeting with Carin Goris, representative of organisational board of Special Olympics European Games, and Aarschot, Begijnendijk, Rotselaar i Tremelo representatives of municipality of Flemish province Brabant that will host Republic of Serbia team and their companions (68 people) in preparatory period from 9th till 13th September.


05/12/2013 Milić of Mačva paintings in the gallery Albert Premier

Thirteen years after the death of the Serbian artist Milić of Mačva gallery Albert Premier presents us the opportunity to view some of his pieces, as well as some of the other artists: which will be open from 5 December 14th January of 2014. year.

Milic of Mačva had 11 solo exhibitions from 1974. to 1998. in this gallery, and several shared ones. Belgian "Le Soir", wrote about him as "the legendary heroic witness of Serbia, as it is for us Bruegel for his Brabant".

Painter whose works adorn the Tate Gallery in London, the Vatican or Florence museum, museum of the city of Kruševac, Šabac National Museum and many others, who belongs to a large list of the most 20th century Serbian painters such as Bata Mihajlović, Vlada Veličković, Ljuba Popović and others.

Address 45, rue de la Madeleine - 1000 Bruxelles

For more information, refer to: http://www.artsite.be/albert1/


29/11/2013 Pavilion of Yugoslavia from the Brussels World’s Fair 1958 in the high school in Wevelgem: Education programme and exhibition „Thinking Yugoslavia in Europe Today“

In the former pavilion of Yugoslavia of the architect Vjenceslav Rihter, designed for the Brussels World’s Fair in 1958, transported and transformed in the high school of the Flemish linguistic community (St Paulus College) in Wevelgem (West Flanders) 1960, on Friday 29th November 2013 begins a one-year project „Thinking Yugoslavia in Europe Today“. 220 pupils of this school, of the age 14 to 16, will work on this project all through the school year 2013/2014. Within the framework of the project „Thinking Yugoslavia in Europe Today“, an artistic exhibition with the same name, whose realisation was supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Belgium, will be officially opened in the great hall of the school in Wevelgem. The exhibition includes canvas prints of the works of sculptor and painter Vojin Bakić: sculpture „Stevan Filipović“ in Valjevo (Serbia) and the monument „Victory of the revolution of the peoples of Slavonia“ in Kamenska (Croatia) and other works. The exhibition will last until 20th May 2014.

Driven by the name „Yugoslavia“, largely incomprehensible to the pupils, that still stands on the building of the school/pavilion below its name, the pedagogical team of the Flemish high-school lead by the director Henk Milecamp decided to dedicate a one year multidisciplinary programme of the school to the studying of Yugoslav uniqueness. The project, involving a pedagogical team of 7 professors (geography, history, French language and literature, music and arts) covers the following topics: anti-fascism, equality, social justice, emancipation, self-government (break-up with Stalinism), Yugoslav surrealism, Yugoslav musical and artistic modernism - in short, uniqueness of the „architecture of the Yugoslav project", in its poetic and political form. Having in mind the unbreakable tie between anti-fascism and the European identity, and the central role of history of the antifascist struggle of the nations of Europe in the educational curricula of the member states of the European Union, this Belgian pedagogical institution gladly embraced the proposal to revive the memory of Yugoslav anti-fascism and other unique facets of the Yugoslav project.

Serbian, Yugoslav, Belgian and German artists, writers and researchers, gathered around the publishing house „Edicija Yugoslavia“, artistic collectives „Emigrative art“ from Belgium and „Škart“ from Serbia, worked on the conception and organisation of the project. Renown Belgian documentary film-maker Sarah Vanaght, in cooperation with the director Nina de Vroome, is making a film about this one year project dedicated to Yugoslavia in Wevelgem.

This educational programme presents a continuation of the one-semester workshop „Thinking Yugoslavia 20 Years Later“ realised in November 2011 on the International Law Department of the ULB.

220 pupils of the (St Paulus College) amongst other invitees will attend the official opening of the exhibition and project this Friday. On the same day, a „Yugoslav“ course will be organised by Ivana Momčilovic (Belgium), Ljubomir Jakić (Belgium), Slobodan Karamanić (Germany). The opening of the exhibition will include musical programme performed by the German artists Homan and Underdorben, screening of the clips of the Milutin Kosovac's movie from 1971, "19 girls and a sailor", with Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg playing the role of Yugoslav partisans, screening of Mirza Idrizović's film "Azra" from 1988, with a famous Serbian actress Dara Džokić playing the main character in the film about gender empowerment, concert of the violinist Dejana Sekulić playing the works of the famous Serbian and Yugoslav composer Ljubica Marić, whose music „illustrated“ the Pavillion of Yugoslavia of the Brussels World’s Fair 1958.

The Pavilion of Yugoslavia (coeval of the famous symbol of Belgium and Brussels – the Atomium) was amongst the smallest in the World's Fair, but according to the opinion of architects from around the World at the time one of the most impressive. Made from glass and iron it had the goal to represent the modernism of the Yugoslav ideas as well as to promote tourism and scientific discoveries of Yugoslavia at the time. The Pavilion of Yugoslavia is one of the few conserved pavilions from the World's Exhibition in Brussels.


22/11/2013 Film "Circles" by Srdjan Golubovic on the festival in Brussels

The film "Circles", directed by Srdjan Golubovic, will be screened at the 13th Mediterranean Film Festival in Brussels, which will be held from 5 up to 12 December in "Botanique", in the official competition selection.

The movie "Circles" is inspired by the heroic deed of a young Srdjan Aleksic, who at the beginning of the 1990s wars tried to save the life of a neighbor of other ethnicity, but in the attempt was killed by his fellow comrades. This film is Serbian 2013 candidate for the Oscar reward.

Screening of the film will be on Tuesday, December 10th at 19.15, for more information see here .


20/11/2013 Laying wreaths for Armistice Day in the First World War

Serbian ambassadors to the Kingdom of Belgium and the European Union, Vesna Arsić and Duško Lopandić, laid wreaths at the Serbian monument in the Allied cemetery Robermont and the memorial "Last Post" in Ypres/Leper. Serbian army alongside its Allies led the liberation war in which the country, in proportion to its size, had the highest losses (25% of the total population and 38% of male age 15-65) compared to other countries in both camps. A similar fate (occupation, enormous civilian casualties, fierce battles on the national territory during the entire duration of the war) is associated with both Belgium and Serbia being the main victims of the horrors of war 1914 – 1918.


4/11/2013 Presentation of the works of Dragan Velikić in the book-shop „Europa Nova“

On Monday 4th November 2013 the litterary work of the Serbian autor Dragan Velikić was presented in the book shop „Europa Nova“ in Brussels (http://www.europanova.be/). „Europa Nova“ promotes literature of Eastern and South Europe and the Balkans. It was founded with a goal to present to the Brussels and wider Europena public contemporary litterature of the new member states of the EU and candidate countries. Apart from its primary role to provide to the Brussels litterary public the original and translated works of writers from Eastern Europe and the Balkans, „Europa Nova“ organises on a monthly basis conferences on which writers from the above mentioned countries are presented. As far as Serbian writers are concerned the presentation of Svetlаnа Velmаr-Jаnković took place on 22nd April 2013 (presented by Svetlаnа Čečović) and presentation of Drаgаn Velikić on 4th November 2013 (presented by Tijana Popović, linguist and translator from Belgrade and Brussels).


H. E. Ambassador Vesna Arsić presented her Letters of Credence to the King of Belgium H. M. Albert II

On May 9, 2012 Mrs. Vesna Arsić presented her credentials as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Serbia to The Kingdom of Belgium to His Majesty King Albert II.
Ambassador Arsić expressed her assurances that high level bilateral relations and understandings that have been established between Republic of Serbia and Kingdom of Belgium will also continue in the future.
 


„Discover Serbia“ - European Movement – Belgium - 21st February 2012 – Brussels

On the occassion of granting the candidate status for membership in the European Union to Serbia, European Movement in Belgium and the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia organised a cultural event entitled „Discover Serbia“. After opening speeches dedicated to the promotion of Serbia to Belgian public, a screening of the documentary film „Day of Youth“ from the Serbian director Jelena Jovčić, was organised. The Q&A session with the author of the film was followed by a concert by a mixed Serbian-Belgian rock& roll band „Petarda“. At the end of the evening, to accompany the tasting of the Serbian specialties, the public had the opportunity to listen to the brass orchestra „Braća Kadrijevi“. This event is part of the series of presentations of European Union member states that the European Movement in Belgium organises for its members.

 

 

 

 

 

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