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Jelena Puzović, Ph.D., Head of the JVP Srbijavode Public Relations and International Cooperation Sector

Serbia Must Ensure the Conservation of the Precious Resource That is Water

Public Water Management Company Srbijavode engages in numerous activities aimed at overcoming the challenges brought by climate change – implementing projects to develop and...

Uroš Đorđević, Account Executive, Dell Technologies

Pioneer in the New Era of Digital Tech

Dell Technologies is a corporation that’s oriented towards technological innovation and keeps pace with technological trends in every sense, which includes AI Speaking in this...

Ana Toskić Cvetinović, Executive Director, Partners for Democratic Change Serbia

The Rule of Law is Vital Ana

Partners Serbia is an organisation that’s dedicated to advancing the rule of law and developing civil society and institutions in Serbia and around the...

Ioanna Batsialou Ph.D., Director and Owner of the Ioanna Regen Polyclinic

Passion is Key to this Job

Ioanna Batsialou Ph.D. is the director and owner of the Ioanna Regen Polyclinic, which specialises in physical medicine, rehabilitation, mesotherapy, aesthetics and anti-aging treatments Our...

Maja Marić, Country Manager Operations, CPI Property Group

Retail Parks Remain Fashionable

A key part of the company culture at CPI Property Group Serbia, which forms part of a family firm that was founded in the...

Ivan Medenica, Artistic Director and Selector of Bitef, theatre critic and professor at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts

It Is Important To Conserve Energy

The state is obliged not to bury its head in the sand, but rather to simultaneously develop several scenarios for the time to come, and be ready for different trade-offs. Unfortunately, we seem to have been left to the elements.
Ivan Medenica

Summer passes quickly, so we shouldn’t talk about it in the future tense, but rather in the present, and maybe even in the past. This merging of perspectives of time is the best indicator of the situation in which we’ve lived since the beginning of the pandemic, in which we are still living, and will probably live in for the coming months. As a result of the complete uncertainty that accompanies the pandemic of this unknown virus, everything that we are planning today could seem absurd, unnecessary or impossible tomorrow, while it seems as though we’re reliving the same day over and over again. As in the epic poem The Building of Skadar: “what the maestros build in a day / the fairy destroys it all in a night”.

The state is obliged not to bury its head in the sand, but rather to simultaneously develop several scenarios for the time to come, and be ready for different trade-offs. One doesn’t get the impression that this is happening, but rather that we have been left to the elements, which actually suits our society anyway, with our unwillingness to plan anything strategically and over the long term…

Unlike the state, we as individuals have the right to build towers every day on that same sand that will be carried away on the tide of a new morning. We thus have the right to deceive ourselves with some impossible projects, for objective reasons related to the pandemic, but I don’t think that’s good psychologically. That constant effect of betrayed expectations is terribly exhausting.

I don’t think things will return to normal for a long time, but nor do I believe that this situation will change us permanently: I simply think that the recovery will be slow… I fear that it will be particularly difficult for theatres and artists

The most important thing in times like these is to assess which activities we can personally control to a greater or lesser extent, from the professional to the private, and then to invest the most attention and energy in them, because in that way we will get at least some satisfaction, albeit perhaps only psychological satisfaction, but that is also the most important kind.

I don’t think things will return to normal for a long time, but nor do I believe that this situation will change us permanently: I simply think that the recovery will be slow. Paradoxically, I think that first of all, in one way or another, we will raise our immunity, protect ourselves from viruses and restore our health, and that recovery in other areas, primarily economic and social, will progress much slower…

I’m afraid that theatre will be one of the human activities that will recover the slowest, because – paradoxically and unfairly – theatre operations will remain suspended completely until the conditions for more or less normal physical contact are created. Recovery will be slow because it will very possibly be necessary to overcome the audience’s fears of returning to these closed spaces, which now – unlike shopping centres, restaurants, vehicles and gyms – have been unreasonably marked as high risk.

The question is whether and how performers, musicians, dancers and actors will maintain their creative condition in this interim period, and the level it will be at when things normalise. Still, my greatest fear is about the kind of financial consequences the theatre will suffer, whether it will be marked as a luxury and surplus to social requirements, because, obviously, we’ve been able to go without it for months.

Slađana Prica, retired ambassador, member of the Forum for International Relations and honorary president of the UNA of Serbia

Diplomatic Response Overdue

The issue of the so-called ‘self-proclaimed’ Kosovo joining Europe’s oldest political organisation has long been an open question. Attempts have been made and lobbying...

Slobodan G. Markovich, Institute for European Studies and Faculty of Political Science

U.S. Elections More Critical for EU Future than EP Elections

While the EU’s right-wing parties are expected to make gains, these gains shouldn’t be expected to substantially alter the composition of the Parliament or...

Ivana Radić Milosavljević, Assistant Professor in European Studies at the University of Belgrade - Faculty of Political Sciences

Not all Right-Wing Parties are Likeminded

The outcome of the European Parliament election is unlikely to cause a dramatic shift in EU policy, particularly foreign policy, but it could hamper...

Rajko Petrović, Research Associate at the Institute of European Studies

The EU Idea is Stronger than the Outcome of Less Important Elections

The electorate’s shift to the right won’t change the nature and essence of the idea of the European Union, and thus neither will it...

Zoran Andjelković Ascends to Directorship of Serbian Post

Zoran Andjelković has been appointed as the new acting director of Pošta Srbije (Serbian Post), as announced in the...

Business Event Hosts Serbian Employment Service Presentation

In Belgrade on the 15th of May, the Slovenian Business Club, in collaboration with the National Employment Service of...

Golubac Marks Milestone with Inauguration of Eastern Serbia’s First Wind Farm

In a significant development for Serbia's renewable energy sector, Golubac celebrated the grand opening of the "Krivača" wind farm,...

Conference “Thinking Green & Living Clean” Held

On Wednesday, 15 May, the "Thinking Green & Living Clean" conference took place at the Sava Center, marking the...

Serbia and Albania Witness Significant Trade Surge, Reaching 311.4 Million Euros in 2023

Serbia and Albania saw a notable boost in trade exchange, hitting 311.4 million euros in 2023, an 8% increase...

Business Event Hosts Serbian Employment Service Presentation

In Belgrade on the 15th of May, the Slovenian Business Club, in collaboration with the National Employment Service of...

Launch of the Council of European Business Associations and Chambers in Serbia

European business associations and bilateral chambers have established the Council of European Business Associations and Chambers in Serbia (CEBAC),...

EU Commissioner Várhelyi Visits Serbia to Discuss Deepening Integration and Regional Stability Efforts

In a pivotal meeting in Belgrade, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Olivér...

Ukraine’s First Lady Visits Serbia in Historic Diplomatic Move

Ukraine's First Lady, Olena Zelenska, arrived in Belgrade on Sunday, marking a historic visit as the first top Ukrainian...

Opposition Claims Resounding Victory in North Macedonia Elections

The conservative opposition VMRO-DPMNE coalition in North Macedonia has declared a sweeping victory in both presidential and parliamentary elections....

Business Event Hosts Serbian Employment Service Presentation

In Belgrade on the 15th of May, the Slovenian Business Club, in collaboration with the National Employment Service of...

Launch of the Council of European Business Associations and Chambers in Serbia

European business associations and bilateral chambers have established the Council of European Business Associations and Chambers in Serbia (CEBAC),...

EU Commissioner Várhelyi Visits Serbia to Discuss Deepening Integration and Regional Stability Efforts

In a pivotal meeting in Belgrade, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Olivér...

Ukraine’s First Lady Visits Serbia in Historic Diplomatic Move

Ukraine's First Lady, Olena Zelenska, arrived in Belgrade on Sunday, marking a historic visit as the first top Ukrainian...

Opposition Claims Resounding Victory in North Macedonia Elections

The conservative opposition VMRO-DPMNE coalition in North Macedonia has declared a sweeping victory in both presidential and parliamentary elections....
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