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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...

Zdravko Maksimović, Disaster risk reduction (DRR) expert, specialist in post-disaster and climate change damage and needs assessment; teaching assistant/Ph.D. student at the University of Novi Sad Faculty of Technical Sciences

Citizens Represent Our Weakest Link

The capacities of a system are not measured on the basis of whether a disaster will occur, but rather on the basis of the consequences of such disasters. The speed at which a community is able to return to its pre-disaster state is perhaps even more important

Serbia has been hit by various storms in different seasons this year. Since the beginning of the year, Serbia has been hit by floods caused by watercourses, primarily first order watercourses, bursting their banks. These floods were expected in most locations, so there were also fewer consequences.

Serbia was hit by major floods, primarily of a torrential nature, in May and June. In most areas, these floods hit suddenly. In the month of July, particularly the second half of the month, a large number of local government units in Serbia were hit by storms that included hail. A systemic response to floods – especially when it comes to larger rivers bursting their banks – has been in place since 2014 and have an upward trajectory. However, the storms and hail of July 2023 represent “something new”, i.e., they happened for the first time in recent history, so the existing systemic response is perhaps inadequate.

Alongside funds and communication channels, the notification system implies constructed institutions, established procedures, adequate material resources for recording and notification. Moreover, informing on and responding to various dangers and signalling implies a system of training and exercises, which was unfortunately systematically abolished in Serbia in previous decades.

It isn’t possible to mitigate the consequences of disasters without the participation of citizens, but also the business world, particularly private businesses, as well as local communities

In accordance with the Law, the early warning system in the Republic of Serbia implies the establishment of a 112 (emergency telephone number) system. When it comes to targeted notifications, it is also essential to introduce special systems and communication channels and links (like the ALERT system in the U.S. or some European countries). I expect the early warning system in Serbia to develop alongside the development of the disaster risk reduction and emergency management system.

Citizens, as the first and last link in the chain, depending on their point of view, or rather their position and role, represent the weakest link in the system for multiple reasons. The most important reason is their insufficient knowledge and awareness of the importance and implementing of preventative measures aimed at reducing the risk of disasters. The lack of a special educational programme/subject, such as civil protection and first aid, over many decades, has also led to an insufficient level of training among citizens and their readiness to react in the case of an emergency. As a good example, I would mention the City of Kraljevo and the establishment of simultaneous civil protection exercises in all primary schools every 13 October (International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction). On that day, teaching staff, working independently with school pupils, conduct earthquake and evacuation exercises.

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...

Montenegro’s Independence Day Celebrated

Celebrating Montenegro's Independence Day with an Exhibition on Montenegrin Cyrillic Printing from the 15th and 16th Centuries. In commemoration of...

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...

Montenegro’s Independence Day Celebrated

Celebrating Montenegro's Independence Day with an Exhibition on Montenegrin Cyrillic Printing from the 15th and 16th Centuries. In commemoration of...

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...

Montenegro’s Independence Day Celebrated

Celebrating Montenegro's Independence Day with an Exhibition on Montenegrin Cyrillic Printing from the 15th and 16th Centuries. In commemoration of...

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...
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