Thursday, February 21, 2019

Anders Samuelsen, Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs

EU Accession Cannot Be Rushed

Contemporary Russian Art

Art Explosion

Gordana Popović, Panel Coordinator, ERC, EC

Serbian Researchers Should Be More Visible

Comment By Boško Jakšić

Comment By Boško Jakšić

Kosovo, between Camp David and the Kremlin

H.E. Tomáš Kuchta, Ambassador of Czech Republic

Fear of Populism Ahead of EU Elections

Tamara Daltroff, Director General at EACA

Tough & Inspiring Times

Current Issues

Adir El Al, CEO of AFI Serbia

Business Philosophy of Simplicity

The most beautiful solutions are simple – a philosophy of success

Vesna Kukić Lončarić, JYSK Country Manager WB

Scandinavian values

The Danish Royal Court has been our regular customer for years and we're very proud of that fact

Simon Trpčeski, pianist

Virtuoso With an Ethno Soul

Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski (1979) performs alongside the world’s foremost orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Dutch Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne, the Helsinki Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the New Japan Philharmonic, the China Philharmonic and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He also regularly performs solo recitals in all cultural capitals

Frank Baumann, Director, Goethe-Institut Belgrade

Bridge Between Serbia and Germany

The Goethe-Institut is a cultural institution from Germany that has been promoting and advancing German language learning for nearly 50 years and that fosters international cultural cooperation

Olivera Zulović, Affluent Clients Manager, Societe Generale Bank

Avantage – Keeping Up With Your Success

Avantage premium business model offers clients superior banking expertise and service, which saves time, but also money

Tanja Jelić, Expositur

Facilitating Serbian Business in Germany 

Agency “Expositur” makes it easier for enterprises from Serbia to enter the world of entrepreneurship in Germany, providing them with support before, during and after the establishment of their company, advising on conditions for working and hiring employees, as well as help in running their business

Vladimir Bošković, Sberbank member of the Executive Board

Reliable Partner to Exporters

The international rating agency Brand Finance has pronounced Sberbank the strongest bank brand in the world. A new member of the Sberbank Serbia Executive Board speaks about the great responsibility that this recognition imposes on all of its staff

Ana Laušević, Corporate Communications Manager at Arriva Serbia

We are Mobility Partner of Choice

Arriva, one of the biggest transport companies in Europe, provides transport services of the highest quality in 14 European countries, and in Serbia has been the first choice for travel since 2013

Sandra Lazarević, Head of the PR and Marketing Communications Department at Banca Intesa

On Top of the Game

Banca Intesa is the largest bank in Serbia. It has built its leadership on product quality and innovation, toplevel service and a business model centred around customer satisfaction

Jelena Bauder, Bauder Medical

Online Education is a Priority

“Bauder Medical” has organised many major business events, such as conferences, symposiums, congresses, expert meetings and seminars, and has many thousands of satisfied users

Tamara Bekčić, Director and Co-founder of Agency Chapter 4 in Serbia

International Award as the Additional Incentive

The success we've achieved is based on the effort of every team member and the trust we've built up with our clients, both of which we are particularly proud. We're satisfied with what we have achieved, but we're striving for even better results

Jelena Trninić, Public Affairs and Communications Manager, The Coca-cola Company Serbia

Doing Business the Right Way

For a company that was created over 130 years ago and that has more than 500 brands and nearly 4,000 unique products globally, the key to success is in the synergy of the exciting beverages it produces and their unique story

Branka Petronijević, Marketing Director, Crowne Plaza

Digital Breaks All Boundaries

People talk about InterContinental with great respect because it is a corporation with 13 hotel brands. One of them is Crowne Plaza, which has the highest service ratings thanks to the reviews of satisfied guests and their sharing opinions and recommendations

DNA Communications

Brands Learn From Fails, Like People

This year, DNA Communications will celebrate its 18th birthday. Looking back at the market over the last two decades and everything that happened... we indeed feel proud. We are coming of age. It is not that we have just survived, but we have grown instead, year by year. Changed. That’s what growth is about, isn’t it?

Jasna Dugalić, Deputy Managing Director, Direct Media Serbia

A New Era Has Begun

The start of 2019 was marked by a change in the visual identity of Direct Media and an announcement that regional marketing will enter a new evolutionary phase. The company is rejoicing about this, as it has the support of the United Group, which – as a technological giant – is constantly in the process of innovating its services and monitoring new trends

Nevena Kurtović, Managing Director, Fussion Communications

A Good Idea & Freedom Bring Results

It is important for communications to find that fine line between the old and the new world. We can’t ignore communication trends, but we mustn’t accept blindly and uncritically everything that is being served to us

Mirko Grujičić, Data Center Products Category Manager, Fujitsu Eastern Europe, Russia and Africa

We Live in a Digital World

Fujitsu is a global technology leader, providing up-to-date digital strategies and information technologies. Without their innovative solutions, developed to meet users’ needs, it is impossible to imagine business or everyday life

Advertising Trends In 2020 and Beyond

Integration of All Marketing Technologies

Internet and social media, in particular, have changed advertising techniques forever, making them more advanced and opening the way for new trends

Marina Grihović, Founder and CEO of PR and Media Consulting Agency Headline, and Digital Communications Agency Dkit

Humour is at the Heart of Successful Campaigns

Headline agency began its second decade with great ambitions, plans and eagerness to respond to all the challenges of the profession. New communication channels are seen both as a challenge and an opportunity

Sonja Ćetković, Director, Poslovi.infostud

Employer Branding in its Full Breadth and Complexity

We're witnessing the fastest and most challenging changes to face the labour market in the last 15 years. Employment has grown, a large number of capable workers have left Serbia, the attractiveness of some professions has risen, while some have declined, the business environment has changed, and the behaviour and expectations of the (un)employed have evolved

Anja Vujnović, Head of Marketing and Public Relations, JUBMES Bank

Our Clients Dictate the Challenges

This year, JUBMES Bank marks a full four decades of successful business. It has from the very beginning been strategically orientated towards corporate clients, focusing on small and mediumsized enterprises, but not neglecting retail banking

Snežana Petrović, Communications Manager, Lafarge Serbia

Challenges are an Opportunity, Not a Problem

This year, the Beočin cement plant celebrates an important jubilee - 180 years of successful operations. All our employees who today work at Lafarge Serbia are proud of the company's rich tradition, while building a better future

I&F McCann Grupa

The Science Creative Behind Ideas

Along with the digital transformation of its businesses, the I&F Grupa has transformed itself in order to offer clients its own vast analytical and technical resources, and to help them translate data into effective communication with consumers. In so doing, the agency follows the best global standards, offering an integrated response to its clients, a one-stop-shop for all their needs

Maja Anđelić, CFO, I&F Grupa

The Only Constant is Change

The only constant, it is said, is change – and that’s never been truer than it's been in the worlds of advertising and business consulting over the past few years

Aleksandra Kožul, PR and Digital Director, Novaston Marketing Consultancy

We Have Given Shopping a New Dimension

Novaston was established as an independent real estate, asset and property platform in which Novaston Marketing Consultancy operates. Among other things it was established to improve the concept of the retail park that exists in other countries

Jovana Vukotić, Adriatic Region Head Of Communications and Government Affairs, Siemens

The Future is Digital

Pioneering technologies and business models built on them have been an integral part of Siemens' DNA for 170 years. The company has recognized the importance of digitalization as one of the key drivers of economic andsocial progress

Mirko Mandić, CEO, SVA

Entire Society is Behaving Like the Slowly Boiling Frog

SVA is a creative agency for market communications, public relations and the management of reputations that has already amassed 29 years of experience in using its campaigns to shift boundaries and change views of business, brands, markets, strategies etc. SVA is large enough to respond to any challenge, yet small enough to remain flexible

Sonja Marić, Marketing Director At Uniqa Osiguranje (Insurance)

We Convert Risk Into Opportunity

The UNIQA Group has been operating for more than two centuries as one of the leading European companies, due to its excellent familiarity with opportunities and the strength of its authentic brand. It moves boldly out of its comfort zone and proves surprising again and again with its campaigns

Natalija Racković, General Manager & Co-owner of V+O Communication

Holistic Approach to Communications

V + O Communication recently celebrated 10 years of work in Serbia and on this occasion made an internal review of what had been done so far. They were more than satisfied with their own achievements

Mirjana Višnjić, General Manager, We Media Agency

Authenticity Appreciated

The We Media Agency does not have a long tradition, but its marketing and PR strategies are the talk of the town both among clients and colleagues, because they always offer something new. They are learning every day and are improving themselves to justify the client’s trust

Danijela Čabarkapa, JBAS Executive Director

We’re Ready to Share Our Experiences

Our aim is to increase the involvement of Japanese business circles in the creation and further improvement of conditions for doing business in Serbia by providing recommendations and examples of the successful practises of JBAS members, as well as Japan itself.

Radoš Gazdić, Acting Director of the Development Agency of Serbia (RAS)

Investors Recognise Us as an Attractive Destination

The Development Agency of Serbia (RAS) has around a hundred active projects at any given moment, which confirms the fact that Serbia is an extremely attractive investment destination. At the same time, there is a growing number of foreign investments that imply the transfer of higher-level technology. In the period ahead, RAS will continue to work intensively on the inclusion of local companies in international supply chains.

Focus: Start-ups

When Can We Expect the First Serbian Unicorn?

This autumn saw American software cloud company Nutanix acquire Serbian- American start-up Frame for 165 million dollars, representing the most expensive acquisition of a Serbian start-up to date. As some believe, if everything goes well, Frame represents the first ‘unicorn’ to come from Serbia. But is this a one-off or a sign of a growing start-up community in the country?

Martina Larkin, Head of Europe and Eurasia, World Economic Forum

Yes, The Western Balkans Can Leapfrog The Digital Divide

With an agenda focused on producing firm commitments towards common goals, there is considerable expectation that, by the next time the Western Balkan leaders meet in Davos in 2019, they will already take some important steps towards forging a new regional strategy for transformation that's in line with the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Dejan Savić, Head Coach of the Serbia Men’s National Water Polo Team

Guardian of Sport’s Culture

I watched Dejan Savić throughout this entire playing career. From the age of 14 (1989), when Ratko Rudić gave him a chance in the Partizan first team and thus opened the door to him, as an extraordinary talent, all the way until 2010, when he retired from playing while at Red Star. He played in Spain, Italy and Russia, earning a great many friends everywhere. Alongside that, from the first to the 444th match for the national team, so many stories adorned with trophies, medals and individual awards

Satoshi Abe, General Director of the JETRO Vienna Office

Japanese Companies Ready to Discover Serbia & See

While some prominent Japanese companies already operate in Serbia, huge potential for further cooperation has yet to be explored. The investments by Yazaki and Mayekawa were a good start and today many Japanese companies are carefully watching how successful they are in Serbia. In efforts to provide more information to potential Japanese FDI, Serbian can learn from the Czech example

Naoki Tsukada, General Manager of the Mitsubishi Corporation's Belgrade Liaison Office

New Strategy for a New Era

Recognising that businesses have life cycles that are influenced by environmental and other factors, Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) will re-profile its portfolio by proactively demonstrating the company’s strengths through the implementation of its mid-term corporate strategy by 2021

Hideya Kobayashi, Chief Representative, Balkan Office, JICA

We Want to Contribute to Serbian Society

As of 2019, JICA will launch a new programme in which Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers, young and energetic Japanese youngsters, will work with Serbian people in the local community on rural development, disaster prevention and support for people living with disabilities. I would take this opportunity to ask the Serbian people to provide a warm welcome for these young people

Goran Pekez, Chairman of the Board of Directors of JBAS

Serbia an Important Developing Market

We must work stronger to promote opportunities to do business in Serbia among Japanese business circles and spread the word in larger circles, as trade cooperation can be enhanced between Serbian and Japanese companies in both Europe and Serbia.

Embassy of Israel announces Property & Infrastructure Development conference

Ambassador of Israel to Serbia H.E. Alona Fisher Kamm hosted a cocktail reception announcing the 4th Property & Infrastructure Development conference. Read more

EBRD Transition Report 2018-19

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the National Bank of Serbia present the "EBRD Transition Report 2018-19" Read more

Novak Đoković wins seventh Australian Open title

Serbian tennis player Novak Đoković won against Rafael Nadal from Spain 6-3, 6-2, 6-3, and achieved the record seven Australian Open titles! This is the...

EU and Japan create world’s biggest free trade zone

Almost all tariffs on trade between the European Union and the world's third-biggest economy have been removed. European companies could save around a billion...

High level of agreement with Russia on all issues

President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić said today that he told President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin that Serbia has always...

France, Germany Ramp Up Pressure Over Alstom – Siemens Deal

France and Germany raised pressure on the European Union’s competition chief to approve the merger of Alstom and Siemens’ rail businesses, warning that thwarting...

Sweden Warns of E-Currency Scam

Sweden's Riksbank has repeatedly raised the idea of 'e-krona' or digital currency in recent years, but last month reiterated that a project launched in...

Davos 2019

Calls for Global Cooperation

World leaders in favor of international cooperation and free trade struck back against the wave of populist nationalism that has featured more prominently than usual at the latest gathering of elites in Davos, Switzerland

10th Mikser Festival announced

24-26 May 2019, Dorćol

13th CorD Charity Masters: 14 April 2019

14 April 2019, Belgrade Marathon

41st International Tourism Fair

21-24 February, Belgrade Fair

Contemporary Russian Art

Art Explosion

Recent years have seen a boom in Russia’s contemporary art scene. In addition to renowned art institutions such as The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Multimedia Art Museum or the Tretyakov Gallery, a contemporary art explosion is sweeping an entire country; with art galleries and workshops opening, street art moving into the spotlights and festivals like Moscow’s Biennale of Contemporary Art showcasing works by today’s finest artists, while Russian artists are showcased in an increasing number of institutions and exhibition spaces all around the world

Milorad Milinković, Director, Screenwriter, Football Commentator

We’re Living in Tech-noir

Milorad Milinković is shooting a television series called Kljun [Beak], which he says will be Panonian film-noir, based on a clash of mentalities

Dates: 1st – 15th February 2019

Surajkund International Crafts Mela (Fair)

A splash of colour, the rhythm of drum beats and joie de vivre come together at Surajkund in Faridabad, Haryana (India), during the first fortnight of February every year.

Spain - Contemporary Art

Modern-Day Conquest of the Contemporary Art World

It does not come as a surprise to anyone that Spain has an extraordinary art heritage, with masters such as Diego Velazquez and Francisco Goya hailing from the country. But Spain doesn’t have to be too attached to its past when it comes to art, as it also has many contemporary achievements: its new centres, galleries and museums for contemporary art are praised as being some of the best in the world. Here we explore three of these fantastic art venues, in Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona

Boris Miljković, Creative director of Serbian National Television (RTS)

No Room to Create the New

Boris Bota Miljković's artistic video works have been exhibited at New York's MoMA and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston