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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...

Žarko Petrović, Team Leader on Resilient Development at UNDP Serbia

Flood Prevention Investments Yield Results

Instead of the existing frequency of every four to five years, we can now expect Serbia to be hit by drought every year. These changes can be mitigated, and their consequences reduced, if we apply the emergency measures that have already been defined in national strategic documents as soon as possible

Our country is the most vulnerable in Europe when it comes to climate change. Testifying to this claim is the fact that the average temperature in Serbia has already increased by 1.8°C as of this year, while the global average is 1.1°C, and this summer is the hottest on record. This year’s floods and winds testify to the dangers of climate change. Moreover, Instead of the existing frequency of every four to five years, we can now expect to be hit by drought every year, and we can expect severe droughts as much as four-five times every 10 years. These changes can be mitigated, and their consequences reduced, if we apply the emergency measures that have already been defined in national strategic documents as soon as possible. UNDP assists the Government in this area. It is particularly important to work on the construction of an irrigation system and advanced announcements of droughts in the region of Central Serbia.

Some advances are already evident. It rained almost as much as in 2014 this year, although incomparably less damage and fewer losses were sustained. And the Interior Ministry’s Emergency Situations Sector and the civil protection units of local governments responded successfully. The Government of Serbia, through the Ministry for Public Investment, adopted national programmes for family housing, as well as bespoke public facilities, in order to ensure schools are ready for September. It is particularly important that the investments in prevention following the 2014 floods yielded results. The least damage was sustained in areas where investments were made in training employees and improving procedures. That is a great lesson for the Government, local governments and other countries that are considering public investment priorities.

This year’s heavy rains caused the least damage in areas where employees were trained and procedures improved. That’s a great lesson for the national and local governments, but also a roadmap for public investment

Numerous municipalities and cities in Serbia today regularly inform citizens electronically about weather problems and their possible consequences, as well as providing advice on how to protect themselves and their property. It is important not to limit oneself to a single way of providing notifications. People with visual and hearing impairments, the elderly, and those who do not have mobile phones also need to receive timely information.

Thanks to financial support from the EU, the Geoportal of the Republic Geodetic Authority has a Risk Register, where it is possible to check the extent to which a certain building or location is threatened by landslides, floods, forest fires and other hazards by searching the cadastral parcel, address or name of the object.

The EU has also – in cooperation with UNDP, the Interior Ministry and the Ministry for Public Investment – allocated over 16 million euros that has helped to train over 1,000 local stakeholders throughout Serbia to respond to emergencies, as well as rescuers of the Mountain Rescue Service of Serbia. Preparations are also underway for a new national strategy for emergency situations. Moreover, vehicles for forest fires, ambulances and decontamination vehicles have also been procured. Special attention has been paid to strengthening the local civil protection system: municipalities and cities in the Western Morava basin have received equipment and mobile anti-flood systems, which they use in emergency situations, and the construction of the first training centre for municipal civil protection units should soon begin in Kraljevo.

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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