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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...

Milan Nedeljković, Dean And An Associate Professor At FEFA, Belgrade

Risks Aren’t A Good Friend To Investment

Political risk and uncertainty aren’t good friends to a stimulating investment environment. As such, any rise in the perception of increased political risk for foreign investors in Serbia implies a reduction in their interest in investing in the country

During all periods of serious geopolitical disturbances, significant economic challenges and risks are faced by small, open economies like Serbia’s. In the event that the conflict in Ukraine becomes protracted, we can expect – regardless of Serbia’s commitment to sanctions against Russia – continued inflationary pressures and a slowdown in Serbia’s economic growth during 2022 and 2023. At the same time, the currently announced (according to the latest interest rate projections published by the U.S. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank until 2024) tightening of monetary policy in developed countries will lead to tighter conditions for borrowing and servicing existing debt, which will have a negative impact on the budgets of households over the next two years, but also company balance sheets and investment decisions. In the case of the scenario that you mention in the form of sanctions imposed against Russia, I don’t think either decision would lead to a catastrophic scenario for the Serbian economy and a shortage of basic necessities.

In the event that the conflict in Ukraine becomes protracted, we can expect – regardless of Serbia’s commitment to sanctions against Russia – continued inflationary pressures and a slowdown in Serbia’s economic growth during 2022 and 2023

However, Political risk and uncertainty aren’t good friends to a stimulating investment environment. As such, any rise in the perception of increased political risk for foreign investors in Serbia implies a reduction in their interest in investing in the country, particularly now that the global liquidity cake is shrinking and investors are becoming even more selective in the decisions they make. And that’s the case whether it relates to foreign direct investment or portfolio investments that are also important for the functioning of the domestic financial market and financing the start-up community. On the flip side, the imposing of sanctions against the Russian Federation brings with it the risk of the terms of the gas arrangement being changed and the seventh largest market for exports of Serbian products and services (accounting for just under 5% of total exports in 2021) being lost. Thus, from an economic perspective, decision makers should have already implemented measures to minimise the negative implications of some of these risks materialising.

This implies credibly curbing inflationary pressures, through time-adjusted and limited increases in targeted fiscal levies/reducing certain tax burdens, and concerted efforts to improve the business environment. On the other hand, it is essential to launch new initiatives aimed at diversifying the country’s energy sources. All told, as with the fundamentals of finance, if we are aware that a risk exists, then it is necessary to hedge as soon as possible, if that hasn’t already been done on time.

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...

Serbia Leads as Top Apple Exporter to Russia

Russia imported a total of 178,300 metric tons of apples from the beginning of the year until May 26,...

Croatia Leads Europe in Coastal Water Quality

According to a recent report by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency, Croatia has the cleanest coastal...

Montenegro Receives €76 Million EU Investment to Boost Rail Infrastructure

Montenegro is improving its rail infrastructure with a €76 million investment from the European Union. The European Investment Bank...

Construction Begins on German PWO Factory in Čačak

The German Ambassador to Serbia, Anke Konrad, alongside Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and PWO Group Serbia Director Carlo Lazzarini,...

Serbia Celebrates Africa Day with Grand Ceremony at Palace of Serbia

In a grand ceremony at the Palace of Serbia, the nation marked Africa Day, celebrating the rich and enduring...

Croatia Leads Europe in Coastal Water Quality

According to a recent report by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency, Croatia has the cleanest coastal...

Montenegro Receives €76 Million EU Investment to Boost Rail Infrastructure

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Construction Begins on German PWO Factory in Čačak

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Concept Mercedes-AMG PureSpeed

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Western Balkans Chambers of Commerce Sign Tourism Cooperation Memorandum in US Congress

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Croatia Leads Europe in Coastal Water Quality

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Montenegro Receives €76 Million EU Investment to Boost Rail Infrastructure

Montenegro is improving its rail infrastructure with a €76 million investment from the European Union. The European Investment Bank...

Construction Begins on German PWO Factory in Čačak

The German Ambassador to Serbia, Anke Konrad, alongside Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and PWO Group Serbia Director Carlo Lazzarini,...

Concept Mercedes-AMG PureSpeed

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Western Balkans Chambers of Commerce Sign Tourism Cooperation Memorandum in US Congress

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