Live With Reforms

As well as witnessing the commencement of EU accession negotiations, 2016 will also bring the adoption of several new laws in Serbia in order to facilitate long-awaited, thorough and deep-rooted economic reform

The Serbian government has already warned that this year will be a difficult one, due to this reform, adding that this is a price that will have to be paid by the whole of society in order for it to progress.

Similar warnings were announced at the beginning of last year, while business conditions this year are far more challenging due to the parliamentary and local elections, the migrant crisis, an unstable European and global economy, terrorism and undefined international politics.

In this issue of the CorD, we have asked some of our most distinguished business leaders to comment on the operations of their companies in such complex conditions.

Gordana Brasic

Topic: Sustainable Business in the Existing Business Environment and Measures for Greater Efficiency

Leadership Based on Sustainable Development

Thanks to its commitment to sustainable development, the Henkel Company has achieved excellent results and maintained its leadership position successfully for many years. “To Achieve More with Less” is the idea at the core of Henkel’s sustainability strategy, which the company uses as a guideline for all its business processes and activities.

Jasmina Knezevic

Topic: The most rational solution in terms of regulating private practices to the benefit of health workers, the state and patients

Health Insurance Reform Needed

Private medical practice is a very young sector. Until 1989, the laws of the former Yugoslavia did not allow private practice. Now, years later, there are around 1,500 private healthcare facilities (general hospitals, specialised hospitals, community health centres and polyclinics).

Jelena Pavlovic

Topic: Export and production growth lead to the expansion of production and the creation of new jobs in Serbia

Record Export and Production, 200 New Workers Hired

Expanding production and focusing on export remain among Philip Morris’s strategic priorities, we more than doubled our export last year, while our export has increased fifteen-fold compared to five years ago. Back in 2010, we exported to just three countries, while by year’s end 2015 the products produced at our Niš factory were sold in over 60 countries. 

Nikola Vujacic

Topic: Agribusiness as an engine of regional development, and opportunities for Serbia to become a hub

Via Education and Efficiency to Greater Profit Margins

Agriculture and the food industry are among the key sectors for the development of the economies of Serbia and the region, as well as being sectors that can make us competitive on the global market. Serbia truly has sufficient abilities to become a regional leader, considering its huge agricultural potential. 

Dimitrije Knjeginjic

Topic: Priorities and goals of the new Lafarge Holcim Group

Transforming Commercial and Market Approach

Lafarge Serbia is part of the Lafarge- Holcim Group, which was established in July 2015 following a merger between Lafarge and Holcim, the two leading building materials companies.

Free Access to the Western Balkan Labour Market

Little Guys Support Each Other

Creating a single labour market in the framework of the Open Balkan initiative is useful, but also has limited scope. It will contribute to...

Unwrapping the Carrot

EU Growth Plan

The EU’s Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans possesses significant transformative potential and is capable of reshaping the region’s economic landscape and...

Are the Recent Elections A Pebble or a Boulder in the Government’s Shoe?

Nobody Knows What’s Good Over the Hill

The post-election political situation in Serbia is like a top suspense story, in which democracy will either triumph or perish, regardless of whether we...

What Positive Developments Have Been Achieved in Serbia When It Comes Our Struggle for a More Sustainable Planet?

Optimism in Green

Serbia is taking modest but commendable strides towards a green future, with notable progress achieved on sustainable initiatives and environmentally conscious practices In this month’s...

French Embassy and Institute in Serbia Launch ‘Rhythm of French Culture’ Event Series

The French Embassy and the French Institute in Serbia are organising an event called Rhythm of French Culture. This year,...

Albania to Utilize Drones in Anti-Cannabis Campaign

Albania is set to enhance its anti-cannabis efforts by deploying advanced drone technology, announced Interior Minister Taulant Bala. Starting...

Serbian Red Cross Launches Pioneering Migration Platform

Responding to a significant increase in migrant numbers, the Serbian Red Cross has unveiled a cutting-edge digital platform, earning...

Ghana to Open Embassy in Belgrade

Ghana is set to open an embassy in Belgrade, as announced by Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić following a...

Maserati’s Balkan Expansion: New Showroom Opens in Belgrade

Delta Auto Group has unveiled an exclusive Maserati showroom in Belgrade, setting new luxury benchmarks in line with the...

Maserati’s Balkan Expansion: New Showroom Opens in Belgrade

Delta Auto Group has unveiled an exclusive Maserati showroom in Belgrade, setting new luxury benchmarks in line with the...

Peter Pellegrini Wins Slovak Presidential Election

Peter Pellegrini, the candidate from the ruling coalition, won the second round of the presidential elections in Slovakia, securing...

Strategic Energy Partnership Established Between Serbia and France

The Serbian Government adopted a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Serbia and French Electric Power Company (EDF),...

Serbia-France Innovation Forum Begins: Innovate for the Planet! Play Green!

At the Serbia-France Innovation Forum titled 'Innovate for the Planet, Play Green', which commenced at the Palace Serbia, French...

EU and EP Finalise €6 Billion Support for Western Balkans

The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have finalised a deal to provide an additional six...