The projects “New beginning” and “ICT Hub” are two initiatives with the same underlying philosophy: innovation and entrepreneurship are the major drivers of an economy.
The Swiss Embassy hosted a reception at its residence in honour of the 723rd anniversary of Switzerland. Swiss Ambassador to Serbia H.E. Mr. Jean-Daniel Ruch gave a welcome speech in which he remarked, “Switzerland and Serbia have been nurturing traditionally good relations thanks to mutual understanding”.
As a sign of gratitude for all the support after 2014 floods which hit Serbia, the Norwegian Ambassador in Serbia H.E Arne Sannes Bjornstad Norwegian Ambassador to Serbia has been nominated for the charter of the Honorary Citizen of Belgrade.
On the occasion of Belgium’s National Day, the ambassador of Belgium and Mrs. Leo D’aes organised a festive reception at their residence, on 27th July, day of their 25th silver wedding anniversary. In a festive atmosphere, the guest, including Speaker of Parliament Maja Gojkovic, Deputy Prime Minister Udovički, and Minister of Defense Djordjevic, enjoyed Belgian beers and other culinary specialties.
Around 350 fans of Kpop (Korean pop music) gathered from all over Serbia to attend the event “Kpop World Festival Serbia 2016”, which was held on 26th July at Belgrade’s Dom Omladine Youth Centre. This competition, organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, was held in Belgrade for the first time and brought together a large number of fans of Kpop music, who competed in singing and dancing to the songs of their favorite bands from Korea.
The Embassy of France marked its traditional national holiday on 14th July with a reception organised to commemorate the occasion by the Embassy of France and Ambassador H.E. Christine Moro, which was attended by numerous guests, including Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić and other representatives of the government and state administration, as well as members of churches and religious communities and representatives of the cultural and public life of Serbia.
Representatives of EKO SERBIA, with representatives of the Agency for Traffic Safety, at a press conference on, 21 July 2016, officially announced the start of partnership and cooperation and on this occasion a protocol on cooperation was signed with which EKO pumps joined the summer campaign of prevention of traffic accidents titled ‘Drive Fresh’.
The “Sukat Shalom” Synagogue in Belgrade hosted a formal reception on the occasion of the departure of H.E. Israeli Ambassador Josef Levi after a five-year term. In his farewell speech, Ambassador Levi thanked his Serbian friends for their cooperation, particularly Prime Minister Vučić and Minister Stefanović. He added that the flags of the two nations flying at the synagogue represent the past and future of the Israeli and Serbian people.
On the occasion of the opening of EU accession negotiation chapters 23 and 24, the Italian Embassy in Belgrade organised the screening of two short films on the contribution of the Directorate for Development Cooperation of the Government of Italy, the sector of social protection of children and young people in Serbia through the financing of two projects: „Strengthening institutions for the decentralisation of social services“ and “Support to the process of de-institutionalisation for children with special needs in Serbia”, which are being conducted by the Region of Emilia Romagna and UNICEF.
H.E. Ambassador of Belarus to Serbia Vladimir Chushev organised a reception at Dedinje’s Villa “Jelena” to mark the national holiday of the Republic of Belarus - Independence Day. “Today the main result of our independence is peace, inter-ethnic harmony and decent living conditions for our citizens,” said Ambassador Chushev.
Kruševac, Valjevo, Vršac, Sombor and Smederevo are the most successful cities, while Bečej, Svilajnac, Veliko Gradište, Ruma and Apatin are the most successful municipalities when it comes to the issuing electronic construction permits in the first six months of implementation of the new system.
H.E. U.S. Ambassador to Belgrade Kyle Scott hosted a reception to mark the occasion of U.S. Independence Day, 4th July, at which he wished everyone “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. Ambassador Scott explained that Americans are marking the 240th anniversary of the declaration of “a new nation dedicated to the universal right to human dignity, political engagement and economic progress”.
For the first time in the history of the domestic market Coca-Cola has established cooperation with local artists, who have created six completely unique styles of bottles.
An official reception of the Embassy of Canada in Serbia marked the National Day of the country, at which H.E. Ambassador Philip Pinnington said that relations between the two countries are good, based on the work of a large number of people, and that the key link in our relations is formed by the Canadian companies that are investors in Serbia.
Belgrade has long been an international city accustomed to hosting travellers, but over the past year the city has seen arrivals of a different kind: just during the month of July, a daily average of 1,200 asylum seekers were present in Belgrade, which is a vital transit point on their journey towards the EU.
On the occasion of handing over the presidency of the Council of the European Union from the Netherlands to Slovakia, a ceremony was organised in Belgrade and attended by H.E. Slovakian Ambassador Dagmar Repčeková, H.E. Dutch Ambassador Hendrik van den Dool, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, Oscar Benedict, ambassadors of EU member states and representatives of the Serbian government and NGO sector.
The presidents of Serbia and Montenegro, Tomislav Nikolić and Filip Vujanović, opened the new “Montenegrin House” in Belgrade, assessing that this building should contribute to further deepening the two countries’ friendship. “Montenegro has decided for this to be the ‘Montenegrin House’ in Belgrade, which will not only be defined by diplomacy, but rather with maximally affirm the partnership with Serbia in the interests of the two countries and peoples, with the function of advancing relations,” said Vujanović.
H.E. Ricardo Fernando Fernández, Argentine Ambassador to Serbia, hosted a ceremony at his residence on the occasion of his country’s national holiday – marking 200 years of Argentine independence, thus marking 200 years of the Declaration of Independence of the United Provinces of the Rio de La Plata.
AmCham held an annual meeting with leading editors and economics journalists in Klub Književnika restaurant. The gathering was an excellent opportunity for Vera Nikolić Dimić, AmCham Executive Director, to recognize the guests’ cooperation and reporting on AmCham issues and to present the AmCham Board members and results achieved by the organization in last year.
Apostolic Nuncio to Serbia, H.E. Luciano Suriani, organised a reception at Belgrade’s Hotel Metropol Palace marking “The Pope’s Day” – the third anniversary since Pope Francis was elected and the 50th anniversary of the reestablishment of the Nunciature in the Belgrade Apostolic Nuncio in Serbia.
A two-day conference entitled “Italy-Serbia Business Links - Local Infrastructure”, organised by Confindustria in Serbia, in collaboration with the Assolomabarda Association, companies EU Build and BET and the Serbian Chamber of Commerce (SCC), with help from Banca Intesa and companies Magip and Buck, took place on the premises of the SCC.
The closing ceremony of the Mathematical Grammar School Cup, which took place at the National Assembly, saw the school’s director, Srđan Ognjanović, present a letter of gratitude to Tatjana Matić, State Secretary at the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, for her “selfless support given to young talent” and for “long-standing successful cooperation”.