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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...

Vladimir Đurđević, Full professor at the Institute of Meteorology, Faculty of Physics, University of Belgrade

Lesson Not Learned

The 2014 floods should have represented a clear call that it is necessary to adequately improve the flood defence system. Given that this obviously didn’t happen, the fact that there is still a high risk of possible damage and losses comes as no surprise

A ccording to the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN’s Country index), Serbia currently ranks as the third worst country in Europe. The countries that have a lower rating are Bosnia-Herzegovina and Albania. This is a complex index with a value that depends on two key dimensions. The first dimension is the vulnerability of individual sectors to climate change, which considers six sectors: public health, food production, water resources, infrastructure, human habitat and ecosystem. The second dimension of this index is readiness to adapt to altered climatic conditions, considering the components of economic, social and governance readiness. If we observe only the part of the values of the index that relate to the vulnerability of individual sectors to climate change, Serbia is in the worst position among countries in Europe. In global frameworks, Serbia is in the middle of this list when it comes to both the aggregate index and when it comes to vulnerability.

One of the reasons for this high vulnerability is the fact that, in the case of Serbia, climate change brings a significant increase in the number and intensity of extreme weather events and climate extremes, and that first and foremost means heatwaves and high temperatures, droughts, extreme precipitation and accompanying storms, which can have negative consequences on public health, agricultural production, water supply etc., but also increase the risk of floods, forest fires and habitat loss for certain plant and animal species etc.

It would be good if recent experiences caused by major storms don’t remain yet another missed opportunity, but rather a clear call that we must make adaptation to climate change one of the priorities

Adaptation to climate change represents a way to improve this currently unfavourable situation. 

Unfortunately, Serbia has yet to adopt an umbrella document that would represent a solid basis to conduct this complex process, and the first such document is only expected to be adopted in the months ahead, or with the adoption of the Programme for Climate Change Adaptation.

Serbia’s lack of preparedness to handle climate change, and the absence of adequate plans and programmes, is also reflected in the consequences of events that we’ve witnessed over the last few months. Such a situation is more than clear if we observe the consequences of the floods that took place in late May and early June and impacted more than 80 municipalities in Serbia, as well as the consequences of July’s stormy weather. We also had devastating floods less than ten years ago, in 2014, which made it abundantly clear to us that climate change is no longer a risk of the future, but rather that it already has a direct and measurable negative impact on our lives. That plainly didn’t happen.

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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