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Milan Marković, General Manager, Smurfit Kappa Belgrade

Returning Treated Water to the Danube

Here Milan Marković, General Manager of Smurfit Kappa Belgrade, shares his insights about the company’s legacy and innovative strides in environmental protection Founded in 1921...

Bogdan Gavrilović, Managing Director, WTO Serbia

Transport and Logistics Without Borders

World Transport Overseas is one of the fastest-growing logistics companies in Eastern Europe, with branches in Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Serbia,...

Vesna Jovanović, Director, EurologSystem

Connecting Italy and Serbia by Rail

EurologSystem, which is set to commemorate two decades of successful operations in 2025, transports an average of 500,000 tons of goods annually, primarily agricultural...

Branko Milikić, Business Development Director at Halcom Serbia

Innovations in Digital Banking

Halcom is a leader in the domain of digital banking and banking solutions. This company has spent 30 years enabling the safe and efficient...

Dragana Ašić Ratkovac, Business Manager Consulting & Tax Advisor at Unija Consulting d.o.o. Beograd

Our View of the Tax World and What’s Important

The success of companies in today’s world depends, among other things, on the ability to adapt to constant amendments to tax laws. My experience...

Natalija Perišić, Associate Professor at the University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Political Science

Short-Sighted Policies Exposed by the Pandemic

The COVID-19 epidemic has shown the great importance of sectors like health, education and social policy, which were devastated in the previous period as a result of mistaken policies. Allocating funding for them should be understood and conceived as an investment in the future

The new government must place the greatest emphasis on the economy. It would simultaneously prove disastrous if the emphasis on the economy is not balanced with the implementation of measures in other areas and fails to take into account the general situation in society. It would be disastrous to have economic logic that doesn’t consider the consequences of the economic and financial crisis, the aging of the population and the emigrations of young people. In that sense, it is essential that investments in the economy take into account the situation in the areas of health, education and social policy in general. Costs for the latter can and should be conceived in such a way that they have the character of an investment. We have seen the significance of all of them during the COVID-19 epidemic.

Healthcare will certainly be an area that is emphasised due to the current situation and expectations of the development of the situation. However, healthcare was in an unenviable situation even without this epidemic. It has been devastated in various ways over the years, with the direct or indirect impact of health policy. Unclear relations between the public and private health sectors, long waiting lists for diagnostics and treatment, bans on hiring in the public sector, departures abroad of doctors and nurses – these are just some indicators of the problems confronting the healthcare sector.

It would be disastrous to have economic logic that doesn’t consider the consequences of the economic and financial crisis, the aging of the population and the emigrations of young people

The current epidemic has exposed those problems to the very core, but it did not create them. The protraction of the health crisis can be expected even after the end of the epidemic. It will then be time to “pay up” for treating all those illnesses that were postponed during the epidemic. Education will also be in focus as a result of the epidemic, although this sector is also facing a number of crises that are unrelated to the epidemic. Their indicators range from the poor achievements of Serbian school pupils on PISA tests to peer-to-peer violence.

Social protection, which should represent one of the automatic stabilisers of the poor economic situation, is facing demands for a reduction in already modest resources. I can no longer count the situations in which people cite domestic partner violence, poor treatment of children and the elderly, inadequate protection mechanisms for persons deprived of the ability to work etc. Finally, all types of migration – emigrations of young people, immigrations and transits of irregular migrants – and a lack of integration measures will also intensify after the opening of borders, which requires the State to have a dedicated approach.

It is important for the state to approach all these areas proactively. It is important for measures in different areas to be implemented in a coordinated manner and with the same common goals, in order to enhance their impact. It is important to hear the voices of citizens, who are the users of these systems.

By Emmanuel B. Nyirinkindi, IFC's Vice President of Cross-Cutting Solutions

Public-Private Partnerships Key to Serbia’s Green Future

Five years ago, dark, polluted water with a foul smell trickled down from the Vinča landfill, sending toxic pollutants into the Danube. The landfill,...

Comment by Zoran Panovic

Growth Plan

Late April saw the European Parliament give the green light to the Growth Plan for the Western Balkans, with the Council of the European...

Dr Aleksandar Mitić, Institute for International Politics and Economy

Cooperation with China Raised to the Highest Level in Europe

Both Germany and France desire close cooperation with China, so any criticism of Serbia’s close relations with China is an example of double standards I...

Slobodan Zečević Ph.D, Institute for European Studies

Delicate Seesaw

France and Germany have contrasting views on cooperation with China, but the internal reasons for such views don’t automatically relate to their stance regarding...

Mickoski Proposes New Government for North Macedonia

Hristijan Mickoski, leader of VMRO-DPMNE and the designated Prime Minister of North Macedonia, has formally submitted his proposed cabinet...

King Frederick X Inaugurates First Section of Undersea Tunnel Connecting Denmark and Germany

King Frederick X of Denmark has inaugurated the first segment of the ambitious 18-kilometre Fehmarn Belt tunnel beneath the...

Belgrade Hotel Union Sold for €6.2 Million

Hotel Union, a historic landmark in Belgrade, has been sold for 727 million dinars (€6.2 million) at a public...

French Firms Suez and Vinci to Oversee Wastewater Treatment in Belgrade

The Serbian government has enlisted French companies Suez International SAS and Vinci Construction Grands Projets for the design, construction,...

Dušan Živković Named New CEO of Elektroprivreda Srbije

Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) has announced the appointment of Dušan Živković as its new Chief Executive Officer, following a decision...

Mickoski Proposes New Government for North Macedonia

Hristijan Mickoski, leader of VMRO-DPMNE and the designated Prime Minister of North Macedonia, has formally submitted his proposed cabinet...

King Frederick X Inaugurates First Section of Undersea Tunnel Connecting Denmark and Germany

King Frederick X of Denmark has inaugurated the first segment of the ambitious 18-kilometre Fehmarn Belt tunnel beneath the...

Belgrade Hotel Union Sold for €6.2 Million

Hotel Union, a historic landmark in Belgrade, has been sold for 727 million dinars (€6.2 million) at a public...

Public-Private Partnerships Key to Serbia’s Green Future

Five years ago, dark, polluted water with a foul smell trickled down from the Vinča landfill, sending toxic pollutants...

German Voters Dominate, Malta Least Represented in Upcoming European Parliament Elections

As the 2024 European Parliament elections draw near, set to take place from 6 to 9 June, Eurostat has...

Mickoski Proposes New Government for North Macedonia

Hristijan Mickoski, leader of VMRO-DPMNE and the designated Prime Minister of North Macedonia, has formally submitted his proposed cabinet...

King Frederick X Inaugurates First Section of Undersea Tunnel Connecting Denmark and Germany

King Frederick X of Denmark has inaugurated the first segment of the ambitious 18-kilometre Fehmarn Belt tunnel beneath the...

Belgrade Hotel Union Sold for €6.2 Million

Hotel Union, a historic landmark in Belgrade, has been sold for 727 million dinars (€6.2 million) at a public...

Public-Private Partnerships Key to Serbia’s Green Future

Five years ago, dark, polluted water with a foul smell trickled down from the Vinča landfill, sending toxic pollutants...

German Voters Dominate, Malta Least Represented in Upcoming European Parliament Elections

As the 2024 European Parliament elections draw near, set to take place from 6 to 9 June, Eurostat has...
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