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President Vučić: We have decided – our goal is the EU, but China is an important partner

22 July 2021

We have decided – our goal was and remains the EU, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said in an interview with the German daily "Handelsblatt", adding that there is no alternative for Serbia, but also stressing that China is an important partner for Serbia, and that the task of the state is to take care about the interests of its citizens.

He thus answered the question of what Serbia will choose once it has to choose between close relations with Beijing or the EU. Vučić emphasized that Serbia wants to become a full member of the EU.

"We are connected by history, common culture, EU members are already undoubtedly our most important partners", he explained and added that the trade exchange between Germany and China is 3,000 times higher than between Serbia and China, and, as he noted, even despite that, Serbia's business operations with China are portrayed as a problem.

To the statement that the German Chancellor Angela Merkel did not congratulate the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China, and that he did so, he replied that Serbia is not Germany, but a small country. On additional insistence on what Serbia will do if it has to choose between the EU and China, he underlined that Serbia has already decided, that its goal was and remains the EU membership.

"Our biggest investors are from the EU. The EU accounts for 67% of our trade while 17 percent of the trade is with countries of the region that are all on the way to the EU. We cannot survive without the EU", he added.

"But can we do a lot of good things with China – of course. And we do that, just like Germany does", Vučić pointed out, and to the remark that the quality of the Silk Road projects was being criticized, primarily because of Chinese workers, he answered that the quality of roads or bridges, which Serbia is building with China, is excellent.

"We give jobs to those who submit the best offer to us. That is why I tell Europeans who criticize Chinese projects in our country – offer us a project for one euro more and you will get it", he emphasized.

In that regard, he pointed out that Serbia is building a railway to Northern Macedonia with 600 million euros of EU aid, stating that that offer was better than China's.

"There is often talk of a 180-kilometer railway to Budapest through the territory of Serbia, which is financed by China. But the railway that is being built with the help of the EU from Belgrade to the northern Macedonian border is twice as long and no one is talking about it. It is all too political", he stated.

Asked whether he welcomes the plans of the EU and the USA regarding an alternative initiative to the Silk Road, Vučić said that he supports everything that brings advantages to our region.

"The Chinese want to expand their presence everywhere, but many processes in the West are, frankly, more efficient and without problems. We still have a lot to learn from the West, but we are getting there", Vučić said.

He pointed out that China was an important partner for Serbia and added that when the consolidation of state finances began in 2014, our country received good conditions from China for development projects.

He also stated that a competition for a copper mine was announced in eastern Serbia, at the request of the EU, that no European company had made an offer for six months, and that it had then been taken over by the Chinese.

"Our job is to take care of our people", he said.

He reminded that the Serbian economy grew by 52% in eight and a half years, which for the EU means that Serbia could be a strong member and engine for the entire region.

Explaining how Serbia is developing so well economically, he pointed out that Serbia has an excellent workforce, which speaks English, that society and administration are digitalized, and that it has the most flexible labor law in Europe, as well as consolidated public finances.

He reminded that previously the public debt was at 78% of GDP, and that today it has been reduced, thanks to the strong growth of the economy, to 52%.

"We can afford to give investors an incentive to come", he added, emphasizing that Serbia offers investment assistance, but that, for example, subsidies were not the motive for the arrival of the development center of the company Continental.

He pointed out that, five or six years ago, only Serbia started using the dual education system in this region, which Germany, Switzerland and Austria also use, that tens of thousands of people are in dual education, and that this is appreciated by foreign investors, who, in addition, can work closely with universities as well.

Germany, he stated, is the most important trade partner and the largest investor.

We started with the arrival of small textile companies from Turkey, and now primarily large German companies are coming. Today, 71,000 people work in German companies in Serbia", he explained.

Vučić said that the European perspective is very important for investors, stating that Nidek, Toyo Tires or Mitsubishi are coming from Japan to Serbia because our country is on a stable European path.

Asked if he believes that Serbia will become an EU member in the foreseeable future, he said that he does not complain.

"It is certain that if we had received 45 billion euros of EU aid, we would have been much further economically. Instead, we received 1.6 billion euros from the EU. We are used to achieving our successes on our own", said Vučić.

The President of Serbia reminded that in Croatia, salaries used to be 2.2 times higher than in Serbia, and today they are only 1.7 times higher.

"We are closing the gap with our own efforts. If we were to become a member of the EU, then we would certainly not ask for the biggest subsidies", he assures.

He said that the Serbian path follows the German path to Europe, and that Serbia wants a fair chance.

"I believe Merkel's words. She is at the end of her term and I would not have to praise her anymore. But she gave us stability, freedom of travel to the EU, helped us with the migrant crisis in 2015, and asked the Minister of Economy Altmeier and others to work closely with us", he reminded.

Asked if there were any indications that the new German government would support Serbia in the same way, Vučić expressed confidence that it would be the same.

"I know Armin Laschet, I talked to him while he was the Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia. He is very smart and understands the situation in the Balkans, and he will certainly continue Merkel's policy towards our region as the new chancellor", he added.

Vučić also expressed his belief that Russia, if Serbia's accession to the EU were concretized, would not react similarly as in the case of Ukraine, as this is a sovereign decision of Serbia.

To an additional question in this regard, Vučić pointed out that whenever he met with Vladimir Putin, and there were 18 or 19 meetings, he told him that he was grateful for the traditionally close friendship with Russia, but also that Serbia is on a clear course towards the EU.

"He asked if it was our choice and I answered that EU membership is indeed our goal", he added.

When it comes to "Kosovo", Vučić emphasized that a compromise is needed regarding this issue.

"Only in this way can there be sustainable peace. Serbia wants peace, me as well. Let's stop with the madness of the past. Only then can the whole region become the engine of new growth for Europe", said Vučić.

Source: Tanjug


Serbia has achieved great success in the field of digitalization

20 July 2021

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, stated at a gathering dedicated to digitalization and the IT sector, which was held in New York, that since she became Prime Minister, she is most proud of Serbia's success in the field of digitalization.

Brnabić, who is on a two-day visit to the United States, said that when she was elected Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government in August 2016, she wanted to do everything to change the public administration and what bothered her as a citizen.

She stated that, when she took office as Prime Minister, she knew what her priorities were and that first of all, digitalization needed to be raised to a higher level, that the education reform was supposed to begin, as well as work on strengthening the economy.

I believed in a country that believes in its people, because the Serbian people are creative. From 1 June 2017, we started working as an e-Government, i.e. we started exchanging data electronically, said the Prime Minister.

According to her, our citizens no longer had to go to, say, the Tax Administration, and since then, the public administration has exchanged 50 million documents, which means that citizens did not have to go from office to office for 50 million papers.

Brnabić pointed out that she is proud of what has been done in the field of education since she became the head of the Government, specifying that in September 2017, programming was introduced as a compulsory subject in primary schools.

Nobody believed that we could do that, but we cooperated with the private sector and some social organizations and we succeeded. At the moment, we are far ahead of numerous countries in Europe and the world, said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister pointed out that she was most proud when the cornerstone was laid for the science and technology park in southern Serbia, noting that so far, our country has four science and technology parks.

She pointed out that Serbia has since become one of the most successful countries in the world in the field of technology, and that according to some parameters, it is among the ten countries in the world, or among the five, assessing that this is proof that the country can change quickly.

Answering the question about vaccination, the Prime Minister emphasized that our country has never seen it as a geopolitical issue, but as a health issue.

According to her, Serbia talked with producers from both the East and the West and was among the first European countries to sign agreements with the company Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinopharm.

Unfortunately, many countries have viewed this issue as geopolitical. It did not matter to us, as long as the vaccines were safe, the Prime Minister emphasized and added that this was not the end of Serbia's success, because good organization was also needed.

Brnabić explained that the organization is another important thing in vaccination, because it is a logistically very difficult process, adding that, with the help of digitalization, success has been achieved and that everything we did in the previous years has paid off.

She stated that Serbia quickly established a system through which citizens could express interest in vaccination against the coronavirus and choose which vaccine they wanted to receive, as well as to be informed by a message when to go and get vaccinated.

Now I can log in on my phone, to see how many people have received the vaccine, how many more have registered, so that the effects of digitalization are obvious. We have made everything very efficient and easy for our citizens, the Prime Minister explained.

Answering the question of what she can tell other countries of the world about how to progress faster, Brnabić said that it is important to invest as much as possible in digitalization and education.

You need to teach children how to think, not what to think. Not all children will become IT experts, but what they can learn is an algorithmic way of thinking and how to make decisions, she said.

The Prime Minister mentioned investing in high-speed internet and providing infrastructure for start-ups as an important thing for progress, because more and more economies will be based on start-ups and innovations, emphasizing that people should be helped to start companies and implement their ideas.

Speaking about social networks, she pointed out that fake news has become the biggest problem on these networks and that it will remain so for some time.

This is the biggest challenge I face as Prime Minister, especially during the corona virus pandemic, she said, adding that social networks are also a great opportunity for politicians to communicate with citizens.

Source: www.srbija.gov.rs
Photo: www.srbija.gov.rs


Incidents in Kosovo and Metohija in 2021

January
07/01 The Vučković family house in the village of Babin Most was broken into;
13/01 Petar Petković, Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija, was not allowed to enter;
16/01 At the “Jarinje” CCP, a bus with 40 passengers carrying season’s gift packages for children was not allowed to enter;
20.01 Inspection raided the Health Center in Štrpce, searching for vaccines;
28.01 Igor Popović, Assistant Director in the OKM, was not allowed to enter;

February
02/02 Two Ristić brothers were wounded by firearms in Laplje Selo;
03/02 KLA graffiti were inscribed on the Krstović family house in Goraždevac;
03/02 The mast and flag by the Monument to Serbian victims in Goraždevac were broken;
04/02 Archeological items were stolen from the Hermitage of St Petar of Korisha, near Prizren;
05/02 The Jovanović family house in the village of Mogila was broken into;
10/02 A KLA Billboard was placed in Čaglavica;
10/02 The Vučković family house in the village of Berkovo was broken into;
13/02 The TV PINK and TV Kraljevo crews were not allowed to enter;
15/02 The RTS crew, filming the series „The Right to Tomorrow“ was not allowed to enter;
26/02 Serbian boy M.M. was stabbed by Albanians in Kosovska Mitrovica;
28/02 Team of the Arilje Handball Club was not allowed to enter;

March
03/03 A Serbian house in Gračanica was broken into, money and personal documents were stolen;
04/03 Two Goranis in Globočica were wounded by two Albanian men;
05/03 Serbian boy L.P. was hit in Gračanica by car with an Albanian driver who fled the scene;
06/03 On All Souls’ Day, Orthodox church of St. Peter in the village of Klokot, Municipality of Kosovska Vitina, was broken into and some money was stolen;
06/03 On All Souls’ Day, Orthodox church of Holy Trinity in the village of Parteš, Municipality of Gnjilane, was broken into, and from it were stolen money, a hand-made shroud and an icon;
07/03 A tombstone in the graveyard of the village of Binač was stolen;
07/03 A Serb restaurant-owner in the village of Šilovo, Municipality of Gnjilane, was shot in the leg by an Albanian;
12/03 From the parish house under construction, next to the Church of the Holy Apostle Luke in the village of Vitomirica, Municipality of Peć, construction material was stolen;
12/03 ROSU members searched the premises of the Municipality of Klokot, then searched the family house of the Municipality President and arrested him;
13/03 Church of 40 Martyrs of Sebastes in the village of Drajkovce, Municipality of Štrpce, was broken into and its money was stolen;
13/03 Church of St. Dimitri in the village of Donja Bitinja, Municipality of Štrpce, was broken into;
15/03 Church of St. Kyriako in the village of Gornja Gušterica, Municipality of Gračanica, was broken into, demolished, and looted;
16/03 At the “Jarinje” CCP, Ms. Svetlana Miladinov, Assistant Director in the OKM, was not allowed to enter;
18/03 Church of St. Marko in the village of Šilovo, Municipality of Gnjilane, was broken into, and its money and sound system were looted;
25/03 KLA graffiti were inscribed on the wall of the Health Center in the village of Suvi Do;
27/03 At the “Tabalije” CCP, the Kosovo Police did not allow 17 football players of the FC „Šumadija“ to enter Kosovo and Metohija;
30/03 Ms. Mila Anđelković, a returnee whose family house has been illegally occupied by the Albanians, was arrested;

April
10/04 Serbian youngsters Marko Nikolić and Miloš Rošić, while sitting in a cafe in the north of Kosovska Mitrovica, were attacked by bottles;
12/04 Health clinic in the village of Gojbulja was broken into;
13/04 Teenager Luka Dimitrijević was attacked in Gračanica;
15/04 Albanian flags were waved followed with an attempt of incursion into the Clinical Hospital Center in the north of Kosovska Mitrovica;
16/04 Petar Petković, Director of the OKM, was not allowed to enter;
18/04 Ms. Tamara Grujić, a RTS journalist, was arrested in Vučitrn;
18/04 The front door of the elementary school in Obilić were demolished;
26/04 Lazar Đoršević and his family were attacked by Albanians, while at their own estate in the village of Gojbulja;


May
03/05 The Jaćović family house in Kosovska Vitina was stoned;
03/05 A window was broken on the car belonging to the deacon in Orahovac;
05/05 Miroslav Lukić from Velika Hoča sustained a broken nose after being physically attacked by three Albanians;
06/05 On the St. George’s Day, a group of thugs attempted to remove the Serbian flag from the Bell tower of the church of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Klokot;
06/05 The church of St. John the Baptist, located in the center of the City of Peć, also known as the Metropolitan Church, was stoned and a window got broken;
09/05 The church of St. Petka in Kosovska Vitina was stoned;
09/05 In the village of Suvi Do, Municipality of Kosovska Mitrovica, three shots were fired into the air from the passing vehicle;
10/05 The church of Most Holy Mother of God in Lipljan was stoned;
11/05 The house of returnees Radoje and Miloje Pumpalović in the village of Dubrava, Municipality of Istok, was attacked, for the fifth time within the timeframe of a year;
20/05 The Jaćović family house in Kosovska Vitina was attacked once more;
24/05 In the church of St. Petka in the village of Donja Šipašnica, Municipality of Kosovska Kamenica, front door was burglarized, church was ransacked, and its holy relics were stolen;
26/05 The house of returnee Sreten Stojiljković, near Novo Brdo, was broken into, and his tools and firewood were stolen;
26/05 An outbuilding belonging to Božidar Zdravković from the same village (Ćeranovica Hamlet, returnee village Klobukar, Novo Brdo) was burglarized and a stove was stolen;
30/05 The signpost pointing to the Draganac Monastery in the Municipality of Novo Brdo was shattered.


June
03/06 “Greater Albania” graffiti were inscribed on a Serbian home in Orahovac;

10/06 Kosovo Police raided the Temple of Christ the Savior in Priština, after the liturgy;

11/06 Hate graffiti were inscribed on the Temple of Christ the Savior. Kosovo Police stood by, passively watching the desecration as it went on;

11/06 Ms. Darija Kisić Tepavčević, Minister of Labor, Employment, Veterans' Affairs, and Social Affairs, scheduled to hold lecture to students, was not allowed to enter Kosovo and Metohija;

11/06 A group of 39 Christians believers on pilgrimage were prevented from visiting the monasteries in Kosovo and Metohija;

11/06 Bus carrying Christians believers was kept on hold for more than 5 hours at the “Jarinje” CCP;

12/06 Two buses carrying Serbian athletes and Christians believers was returned from the “Jarinje” CCP
14/06 Graves of families Stojanović and Šarić in Orahovac were desecrated;
19/06 A bus carrying 50 Christians believers from the parts of Central Serbia on route for the All Souls’ Day to Kosovo and Metohija;
20/06 Electrical installation in the church of St. Uroš in Uroševac was stolen;
21/22/06 Minister Vanja Udovičić was not allowed to enter into Kosovo and Metohija;
21/06 The front door of the church of holy Apostles Peter and Paul in the village of Talinovac near Uroševac was shattered, electrical installation taken down, and icons thrown around;
24/06 The family house of Staniša Stojanović in the village of Babin Most, Municipality of Obilić, was broken into, looted, ransacked, and the money was stolen;
26/06 A group of Serbian mountaineers was banned from hiking to the top of the Šar Mountain starting from Štrpce and the Brezovica Ski Center;
27/06 Repeated assaults against Dragica Gašić, the first ever Serbian woman returnee into Đakovica, coupled with the stoning of her apartment, pasting photos of deceased people, and announced protests of NGOs with requests for her eviction;
28/06 Stopping the vehicles with Serbian license plates on the road to Gazimestan while on way to celebrate Vidovdan, seizure of any Serbian symbols; a nun was searched, and a Montenegrin citizen was arrested and, two days later, remanded to a 30-day custody;
On that same day, several Serbian people were arrested just because they were singing the Đurđevdan song and uploading videos to social networks;
29/30/06 In the Gračanica Monastery, the tricolor of the Serbian Orthodox Church was stolen, and the mast on the monastery gate was broken. The photos of the desecrated church were posted on social networks, also depicting a black-clad Albanian holding the flag of “Greater Albania”. Few hours later, there was a video on social networks with that same masked Albanian burning the stolen flag;
30/06 Dragica Gašić was forbidden to install an armored door in her apartment, and the door got confiscated;
30/06 Four persons from Čačak were apprehended at Gazimestan on June 28, brought and interrogated before a prosecutor, over their T-shirts captioned “No Surrender”. According to them, those T-shirts were found in the trunk of their vehicle with Čačak license plates. They were questioned by prosecutor without interpretation, because the alternative to it, as they were informed, was to wait until the next day. They were fined with EUR 400, which they did not pay immediately, so the Kosovo Police system withheld their ID cards;
30/06 In Lipljan, a group of Albanians prevented several Serbian boys and girls to set up a basketball hoop in a local park;
July
01/07 An “ALBANIA UCK” graffiti appeared overnight on a billboard presenting the Monastery of Gračanica on the Gračanica – Laplje Selo road;
01/07 A group of Albanians has beaten up a 13-year-old boy, Nikola P, tearing off the cross around his neck and leaving him in bruises and contusions.
 


President Vučić participates in the Mini Schengen conference

29th June 2021

President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić participated today via a video link in the conference "Mini Schengen" with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, Edi Rama, and the Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev. The officials discussed further steps in regional cooperation, as a process vital to the progress of the Western Balkans and the European path as a whole.

The interlocutors agreed that the countries of the Western Balkans need membership in the European Union, but also that the European Union needs the Western Balkans just as much since the region is surrounded by EU borders and the countries aspiring to membership share common European values.

The President of Serbia and the Prime Ministers of Albania and North Macedonia have expressed the wish that the four European freedoms - the movement of people, goods, services and capital, begin to be implemented as soon as possible throughout the region, and that in this context they will provide full support to the regional common market at the Berlin Process Summit to be held on the 5th July.

"We are aware that only by working together and accepting regional cooperation within various regional initiatives such as the common market, regional Schengen, green corridors or the Berlin Process, can we bring our economies closer, increase the well-being of our people and bring in large investments that would otherwise not be possible for any of us individually", is one of the joint conclusions of this video conference.

The interlocutors agreed to meet in Skopje on July 29th to review the progress in the implementation of existing initiatives and projects and to sign additional agreements between the three countries related to the implementation of the Berlin Process commitments, as well as cooperation and assistance in the event of natural disasters and relief measures for trade, export and import.

"We call on and encourage our colleagues from the region to sign and implement similar agreements, so that the vision of a common political and economic space across the Western Balkans would soon, through the single market, become an important part of our citizens' daily lives," said the Serbian President and Prime Ministers of Albania and North Macedonia.

The interlocutors pointed out that despite the delays in the enlargement process, they will continue to try to identify new ways, policy areas and financial instruments for all three countries to increase their contribution to Europe, strengthen ties with the European Union and gradually integrate the region into the single European market.

Speaking on the Green Agenda, the interlocutors issued a joint call to the European Union and the United States to join countries across the region to support the development of projects that could be invested as soon as possible to improve environmental protection and increase the widespread use of renewables as part of the EU Economic and Investment Plan implementation and the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans.

"Our countries have a huge potential for sustainable growth and development of this sector. We will ask for practical support to find out which projects can improve our region in terms of renewable energy sources for our citizens and for the green energy future of the EU ", said the interlocutors during the "Mini Schengen" video conference and concluded that only regional connecting, with the EU support, can contribute to the overall stability and progress of the entire region and Europe.

Source: www.predsednik.rs
Photo: www.predsednik.rs


Address by the President of the Republic of Serbia at the session of the United Nations Security Council

09. June 2021.

Dear Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, members of the delegations

I would point to a few ongoing issues in my speech that refer to the competences of the Mechanism, namely, the possibility of serving the sentences passed by the ICTY and Mechanism in the Republic of Serbia, with the current practice of disabling early release of the sentenced persons as well as obligation of the Mechanism regarding protection of sentenced persons.

The second part of the speech will be dedicated to issues that are opened by the six –month Report on the work of the Mechanism by Mechanism President Mr. Agius and Report by the Chief Prosecutor Mr. Serge Brammertz, especially regarding current cooperation of the Republic of Serbia and the Mechanism.

The third part of my speech, and I noticed that in many of your statements even today, is going to be the view of Serbia on everything that took place in The Hague Tribunal and what the Tribunal verdicts brought to people in the region of former Yugoslavia.

The Republic of Serbia has initiated before the Security Council, on several occasions, the issue of possibility of serving sentences passed by the ICTY and Mechanism in the Republic of Serbia. Beside the efforts to move this issue from “square one”, not a single response was obtained from the Security Council. The majority of persons that are serving their prison sentences are citizens of the Republic of Serbia, and it comes naturally that the Republic of Serbia is interested in enabling them to serve their prison sentences in the Republic of Serbia.

ICTY and the Mechanism are making references to the Security Council as an institution in charge of dealing with this issue.

I am ready to reiterate here the readiness of the Republic of Serbia to take over obligations and liability for executing prison sentences that the Tribunal or Mechanism passed on the citizens of the Republic of Serbia, under the monitoring of the Mechanism and full respect for the authority of the Mechanism regarding early release.

Mr. President

A particular problem that we are facing with is disturbance by the judicial institutions established in the territory of Kosovo and Metohija, which is within Serbia and which is under Interim Administration of the UN. We are witnesses of attempts of retrial for two citizens that are serving their prison sentences for which they had already been trialed before the ICTY. More concretely, in previous period there was an attempt for hearing of Nebojša Pavković and for obtaining extradition of Vlastimir Đorđević.

I urge on the Mechanism and Security Council to prevent attempts of violation of the principle ne bis in idem, a civilization principle that was confirmed in Article 7 (1) of the Statute of the Mechanism and to disable retrials for persons already convicted by the ICTY, particularly to make sure that it is not done in the territory which is under interim UN administration.

Mr. President,

President of the Mechanism (Mr. Carmel Agius), apart from the regular Report, delivered also on 11 May 2021 a letter to the President of the Security Council, whose subject is the alleged omission of the Republic of Serbia to apprehend and turn over to the Mechanism Petar Jojić and Vjerica Radeta, indicted of contempt of court, claiming that in this way the Republic of Serbia was acting contrary to its obligations towards the UNSC Resolution 1966 (2010) and asking the Security Council to take measures in order to ensure that Serbia meets the alleged obligations in accordance with the Mechanism Statue and Resolution 1966.

The point of the argumentation of the President of the Mechanism comes to that that the Republic of Serbia has the obligation to deprive of liberty and extradite to the Mechanism its citizens accused of contempt of court, regardless of the nature of accusation, circumstances under which such an order was made and consequences that might result from its implementation.

It is about accusations that do not refer to sever violations of international humanitarian law and that are related to a case before the ICTY, which ended in 2018 (Vojislav Šešelj case), by acquitting the defendant in the first instance, and upon the Prosecutor’s complaint the defendant was declared guilty and sentenced to a 10-year imprisonment, which was covered by the time he spent at the UN Detention Unit.

Judge Agius states that Serbia ignores its obligations in accordance with the Resolution 1966 (2010). Quite the opposite- the Republic of Serbia takes seriously its obligations regarding cooperation with the Mechanism. After the warrant for apprehension and extradition of the two persons accused of contempt of court to the Mechanism had been introduced, the Higher Court in Belgrade established that assumptions for their apprehension and extradition to the Mechanism had not been met. The decision is founded on the rules of international law and domestic law of the Republic of Serbia and it is mandatory for holders of the executive power in the Republic of Serbia.

I would remind here that the first decision of a sole judge (Aydin Sefa Akay, 12 June 2018), that was acting in this case was that the criminal prosecution of V. Radeta and P. Jojić for alleged contempt of court was to be forwarded to the judicial authorities of the Republic of Serbia. In procedures that followed, the argument of the alleged unwillingness of the witnesses to cooperate with the judicial authorities of the Republic of Serbia was stated for the first time, and the decision on deprivation of transferring the case to the jurisdiction of the judicial authorities of the Republic of Serbia was based on the respective argument.

The Republic of Serbia expressed its readiness to take over the court procedure against Petar Jojić and Vjerica Radeta on several occasions and it provided appropriate guarantees. Additionally, the Republic of Serbia fully recognizes and accepts the obligation of the Mechanism to monitor trials that were transferred to national courts with the help of international and regional organizations, as well as to take measures envisaged by Article 6 of the Statute of the Mechanism.

I would remind here that the Republic of Serbia extradited to the tribunal all the persons indicted by the Prosecutor’s Office, and among the respective mostly highest political, military and police officials; it enabled presence of vast number of witnesses, delivered extensive documentation. Obligation of the Mechanism, in accordance with the Resolution of this Security Council, is to take measures that enable transfer of cases to national justice system. In previous practice, 13 cases were transferred to Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2 to Croatia and only one to Serbia.

The last but not the least, I want to remind all of you here of the fact that France- of course as a sovereign and independent country- upon request for apprehension and extradition of Florence Altman for publishing documents and contempt of court, refused the request for extradition, with an explanation that it does not extradite its citizens. For far smaller offence you ask as to extradite our citizens Jojic and Radeta, showing both the distrust to Serbian justice and judiciary and Serbian State, as well as a fact that the rule from ancient Rome is still valid – quod licet lovi non licet bovi.

It does not harm to underline that high-level officers and politicians were not trialed for crimes against Serbs, and that crimes against Serbs remained unsanctioned before ICTY and Mechanism. Let me remind you, just as an example that Ademi and Norac case for ferocious crimes against Serb civilians in Medački Džep was left to Croatian justice institutions. Proven crimes against Serbs, like those of Ramuš Haradinaj, Naser Orić, then Ante Gotovina and other indicted for military operation “Storm” that led to a complete ethnic cleansing of Serb population in the big part of today’s Croatia, resulted before the ICTY in acquittals. Many horrible crimes against Serb civilians that were committed in the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and the Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija, and that resulted in ethnic cleansing, simply were not the subject of interest of the ICTY.

What’s very important and not to leave anything unclear, Serbia is a country that condemns all crimes and all criminals who perpetrated them in the region of former Yugoslavia. However, it is interesting that despite often criticism Serbia is the only one that speaks openly and condemns crimes perpetrated by Serb nationals, while in other regional countries they do not speak at all about crimes that representatives of those nations committed against members of Serbian people.

And I want to emphasize once again here in front of you that Serbia condemns terrible crime in Srebrenica and extends its deepest condolences to the families of all killed in that massacre. And there are no “buts” about the respective.

Nevertheless, we are here to analyze results and penal policy of ICTY and the Mechanism and it was such that it has never gained trust among Serbian people, no matter where they live. And not because we Serbs do not acknowledge crime committed by some of our compatriots, but because The Hague Tribunal, with exceptions, was judging only to Serbs and in all three territories of former Yugoslavia- Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo and Metohija, which some of the SC Member States see and name of course, contrary to law and legal norms and UN Resolutions, as an independent state. I would try to plastically prove to you how The Hague justice was tailored even though I know that it will not come to understanding of many of you, but to me it is important because of the history, facts, and school books that will be made in accordance with the facts.

Namely, Serbs were sentenced to totally 1138 years of imprisonment, and to 8 life imprisonments. At the same time, The Hague Tribunal did not sentence a single Croat for crimes against Serbs, neither in actions Medački Džep, nor Flash and Storm. How politically cunning it was done in the Tribunal, and all wrapped in the form of law and justice. Prosecutors of The Hague Tribunal chose on purpose three military and political leaders of Croats, Bosniac Muslims and Albanians, on all three mentioned territories, committed against Serbs. – Ante Gotovina, Naser Orić and Ramuš Haradinaj. It is interesting that following the same pattern, the same pattern, this injustice was shared. Namely, all of them were sentenced in the first instance procedure, with the exception of Ramuš Haradinaj, because not a single witness survived. Gotovina was sentenced to 24 years’ imprisonment in first-instance procedure, while by a mysterious decision of the second instance council and 3:2 judge ratio, the verdict was changed to acquittal. Naser Orić, for crimes against Serbs, was also sentenced in first instance verdict, but by a mysterious decision of the second instance court, and again 3:2 ratio decision was an acquittal and he was set free of any liability. Let me reiterate, all witnesses in process against Ramus Haradinaj, either committed suicide or were killed under very, very strange circumstances.

Let me conclude, I do not want to believe that someone wants to say that there had been no crimes against Serbs, but judging by the verdicts of The Hague Tribunal, no one- absolutely no one- is responsible for those crimes.

Nevertheless, we in Serbia will show responsibility and we will fight for peace, stability and reconciliation in the region.

We ask UN Security Council Member States to help us with rational and pragmatic approach and respect for international law and not by attempts of further humiliation of Serbia. Serbia is a small country, with proud and courageous people, the one that gave the biggest sacrifice during the WWI and WWII; people who wants to leave in peace with their neighbors. And when I am asking you for this, I do not think I am asking for too much.

At the very end, Serbia is the fastest growing country of the Western Balkans region and we cannot progress unless our relations with neighbors, friends and other countries are good, solid and better. That is why- despite the selective justice that was applied in The Hague Tribunal- we will be open for any dialogue, any kind of cooperation and we will look towards the future and not towards the past. And I have only one message for the citizens of Serbia and citizens of Serbian nationality in the entire region- keep your heads up, neither Serbia nor Serbian people are convicted of anything and it is up to us to work even more diligently, to open factories and to fight for our children and our future.

Long Live Serbia! 


INFORMATION ON VACCINATION AGAINST CORONAVIRUS IN SERBIA

 (updated: 4 JUNE 2021)

Vaccination (immunization) in Serbia began on 24 December (earlier than in the majority of European countries). Prime Minister Ana Brnabic received the first vaccine. She was also the first Prime Minister in Europe to receive the vaccine shot.

Serbia was the third country in Europe, after Britain and Switzerland, to start the vaccination. In Serbia, mass vaccination of the population in the fight against Covid-19 launched on 19 January.

Medical staff was the first to receive the vaccine, the immunization of geriatric centres' patrons followed, and the vaccines were then administered to the personnel of the Ministry of the Interior, Serbian Army and other security services, media representatives and others.

In Serbia, citizens express interest to be vaccinated against Covid-19 through the e-Government portal or by phone - via the contact center, upon which they receive a message with the date and time of vaccination appointment.

The Serbian Government informed that it enabled registering for vaccination against coronavirus via Viber app, starting 6 April, which is available through the official info service of the Serbian Government launched on Viber.

As of 9 April, all local governments will start arranging open vaccination posts where citizens will be able to get vaccine shots without prior registration, while the immunization of citizens who registered via e-Government portal or the Viber app will also be carried out at the same time.
Between 10,000 and 15,000 citizens apply for vaccination daily through the e-Government portal.
Citizens are able choose the vaccine they wish to receive, and the following are available: Pfizer-BioNTech, Chinese Sinopharm, Russian Sputnik V and AstraZeneca.
Serbia is one of the few countries that has four vaccines at its disposal.
According to the data, 70 percent of those vaccinated received the Sinopharm vaccine (more than a million citizens), 12 percent received the Pfizer vaccine, 9 percent Sputnik V and 9 percent the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The elderly are constantly pleaded with and invited to apply for the vaccine if they have not already, considering that citizens over 70 years of age are a priority. At the same time, citizens of all ages are invited to register and get vaccinated, since immunization has also begun of those who are not in the priority groups. Medical workers have also been vaccinating residents of smaller and rural areas, who have not registered via e-Government.

The importance of vaccination is constantly emphasized, as well as the fact that it is the only solution in the fight against the Covid-19 virus.

* On 26 April - Director of the Office for e-Government Mihailo Jovanovic said that from tomorrow, vaccination without making an appointment will be possible at all vaccination posts throughout Serbia, with three vaccines available - Pfizer, Sputnik V and Sinopharm.

*There are more than 222 vaccination posts in Serbia, where citizens can appear without an appointment and be vaccinated with any of the four types of vaccine.

*On 6 May - The Government of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Decree on Incentive Measures for Immunization and Prevention and Suppression of the Infectious Disease COVID-19, in order to additionally motivate citizens to get vaccinated and thus achieve collective immunity sooner, which aims to suppress the epidemic, restore basic functions of the health care system and open the economy.

Additional financial support in the amount of RSD 3,000 is planned for all citizens of Serbia who have been vaccinated so far and all those who will receive at least the first dose of the vaccine by 31 May.

As of 12 May, all citizens of Serbia can download the digital green certificate, i.e. the certificate on the vaccination against Covid-19 and the results of various tests for this infectious disease.
The digital green certificate, in addition to personal data - name, surname, personal identity number, gender and passport number, also contains data on whether the person has been vaccinated, the number of doses received, as well as the date of receipt of the first and second dose. Also, this certificate contains the results of PCR, antigen and serological tests, and in order to obtain that certificate it is necessary for citizens to be registered on the eGovernment portal.

*From 3 to 15 June, citizens older than the age of 16 who received at least one dose of the vaccine by 31 May are able to register on the website of the Treasury Administration and receive 3,000 dinars.


According to the latest data, 4.730.000 doses of vaccines were administered in Serbia  2.583.000 received the first dose, while 2.147.000 received both doses.

In percentage terms, 46 percent of the adult population received one dose, while about 35 percent were revaccinated.

Currently, we have enough vaccines in Serbia to immunize 3,115,000 citizens. It is expected that by the end of June, 50 percent of the population will be revaccinated, that is, around 2,800,000 adult citizens of Serbia.

25,000 citizens are vaccinated in Serbia every day.

Belgrade, Nis, Uzice are at the top of the list, according to the number of vaccinated adult citizens.

* Example of Belgrade - 712.923  people were vaccinated, which is 51.2 percent of the adult population, and 616.868  people were revaccinated, which is 44.3 percent of the adult population. In the population between the ages of 65 and 74, 80.4  percent of people have been vaccinated. A total of 1.329.791 doses of vaccines were administered in Belgrade.


*On April 6, President Vucic was vaccinated in Rudna Glava, receiving the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine.

On Thursday, 8 April, Serbia broke its own record for the number of persons vaccinated, when more than 75,000 people were vaccinated. This is a result that, in proportion to the number of citizens, even the most developed countries in Europe and the world cannot take pride in.


PROCUREMENT OF VACCINES

*On 22 December, the first quantities of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were delivered to Serbia. Serbia is the second country in Europe, after Great Britain, to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

*On 16 January, one million doses of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine arrived.

*On 29 January, 40,000 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine arrived.

*On 9 February, a new consignment of 50,000 Sputnik V vaccines arrived from Russia.

*On 11 February, Russian experts arrived in Serbia and discussed with Serbian experts how to start the production of Russian vaccines in Serbia as soon as possible. They visited the Torlak Institute in order to assess the technological and personnel capacities of the Institute for the production of the Sputnik V vaccine.
President Vucic announced that our country will invest in new plants, new equipment that would meet all standards, with the goal of producing the vaccine in our country. The Sputnik V vaccine would be distributed to the region from our country, but also to European countries.

 


* On 10 February, another batch of 500,000 Chinese Sinopharm vaccines arrived in Serbia.

* On 15 February, 40,950 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech company vaccine against coronavirus arrived in Serbia.

*On 21 February, 150,000 AstraZeneca vaccines arrived in Serbia, which have been available at every vaccination post since 23 February. Serbia was the first country in the Balkans to have this vaccine at that point in time.

*On 22 February, 46,800 more Pfizer vaccines arrived in Serbia.

*On 22 February, 50,000 more Sputnik V vaccines were delivered.

*On 28 February, a new consignment of 100,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine arrived (this was a delivery of the second dose of the vaccine - for revaccination), since the first and second doses have a different composition.

*On 1 March, a delivery of 58,500 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines arrived.

*On 4 March - during his official visit to Berlin, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selakovic said that German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas informed him that Serbia would soon receive 300,000 vaccines from the COVAX program (the first doses arrived on 2 April).

* On 5 March, 500,000 more Sinopharm vaccines were delivered.

*On 8 March, 28,080 doses of vaccines by Pfizer- BioNTech company arrived.

*On 11 March – Minister Popovic announced that the production of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine at the Torlak Institute will begin in May, and that Serbia will thus become the first country in the territory of Europe where this vaccine is produced.
The first phase of production of the Russian vaccine in Serbia implies transport of the substance, filling of bottles in accordance with the highest technological standards, packaging and distribution of vaccines in our country and region, and after the establishment of the first phase of production, the preparation of a feasibility study will begin on production in the so-called full cycle, which includes the production of the substance in Serbia. This will require the procurement of complex technological equipment and the expansion of Torlak's production capacities, but estimates are that full-cycle production could begin by the end of this year.

*On 11 March – during his visit to the UAE, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced that it had been agreed that, together with the United Arab Emirates and China, a vaccine against the coronavirus of the Chinese company Sinopharm would be produced in Serbia. President Vucic pointed out that, in addition to the timetable made with the competent Russian minister for the production of the Russian vaccine at Torlak, it was agreed that the factory for the Sinopharm vaccine would be completed and start production from 15 October.

*On 15 March - A delivery of 16,380 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived.

*On 18 March - President Aleksandar Vucic talked via video link with the management of Sinopharm company about the process of procuring vaccines, building a factory of Chinese vaccines in Serbia and building and equipping Serbian hospitals. An agreement on the purchase of another two million doses of Sinopharm vaccines was signed at the meeting.

* On 18 March - President Vucic announced that Serbia will have two vaccine factories and will produce between 30 and 40 million doses a year. The President had talks with the representatives of Sinopharm, while Minister Nenad Popovic discussed the production of the Sputnik V vaccine. (He stated that he expected that in less than a year, the liquid for the vaccine would be produced, and not just packaged.)

*On 22 March - 55,990 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were delivered.

*On 23 March - 100,000 doses of the first component of the Sputnik V vaccine arrived in Serbia.

*On 25 March - The Russian Direct Investment Fund and the Institute of Virology, Vaccines and Sera “Torlak” announced that an agreement has been reached on the production of the Sputnik V vaccine in Serbia. This will make our country the first state in Southern Europe to produce Sputnik V, and the vaccine could be exported to other countries in the region at later stages. The production of the vaccine will start by May at Torlak.

*On 29 March - 23,570 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived.

Serbia paid EUR 4.8 million in advance to the COVAX system, and we donated EUR 2 million for the development of the vaccine through the European Commission. Since no vaccines from the COVAX programme were delivered to Serbia, Serbia procured them bilaterally.

*On 2 April, the first consignment of 57,600 AstraZeneca vaccines arrived through the COVAX mechanism.

*On 5 April, half a million Sinopharm vaccines arrived.

The Prime Minister stated that 2.5 million vaccines were delivered to Serbia from China alone, and that a little less than a million of vaccines were delivered by all other manufacturers.

*On 5 April -  The Torlak Institute signed a Technology Transfer Agreement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund and the Russian pharmaceutical company Generium, under which the Russian side will transmit to the Serbian side data on procedures and technologies required for the production of the Sputnik V vaccine in Serbia.
Minister Nenad Popovic announced that three validation series of the Sputnik V vaccine would be produced in April, and that samples from these validation series would be sent for quality control to the Gamaleya Institute, and after the institute confirms the validity of samples produced at Torlak, our institute would start the production of the vaccine. This is expected to materialize by 20 May this year, and in that way Serbia will become the first country in Europe to produce the Sputnik V vaccine. 

*On 6 April, 106,420 vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech were delivered.
With that delivery, Serbia procured a total of 3.5 million vaccines, paid for all the vaccines, as well as all that we received from the COVAX system.

*On 12 April - 106,470 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived.
*14 April – The first series of control doses of the Sputnik V vaccine was filled at Torlak. The vaccines produced at Torlak will be released in June this year.

*15 April – President Vucic announced that another 211,000 Pfizer vaccines would arrive on Monday, 19 April, as well as that 50,000 doses of the second component of the Russian vaccine arrived on 14 April, and that on 16 April another batch of same quantity was expected, as are another 100,000 doses of the Sputnik V first component on Monday or Tuesday. Chinese Sinopharm vaccines are also expected by the end of this month.

*19 April - 211,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived in Serbia, which is the largest single delivery of that vaccine to our country so far.

* On 23 April – President Vucic said that we have enough vaccines and that vaccination in the region is important. He said that Serbia received the largest number of vaccines against the coronavirus from the Chinese company Sinopharm and then from the Pfizer-BioNTech company, that he expected 36,000 vaccines from the EU, and stressed that it was important for Serbia that citizens in the region were also vaccinated.
"Out of the planned 96,000 vaccines from COVAX, we have so far received 57,000. From the EU out of the total quota of 630,000 doses that should arrive by the end of June, Serbia should receive about 270,000 or 260,000 in proportion to the population, and we will receive only 36,000 vaccines", Vucic stated.
He added that Serbia agreed with that because those vaccines were more important to other parts of our region.
„We believe that as important those vaccines are for us, they are equally important for our neighbours. Everything we have been doing is meaningless if they cannot get the vaccine. People who come to Belgrade and have sports, business and other contacts, it is important for us that they cannot transmit the infection", Vucic stated.
He thanked the EU and COVAX, but noted that Serbia received the most vaccines from Sinopharm, and then from Pfizer-BioNTech.
As he said, Serbia received a significantly higher number of vaccines from the US-German company, by as many as 250,000 doses more than the Russian vaccine.
He pointed out that Serbia was the only country outside the EU that started vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine at the same time as the EU and that, when it comes to the delivery of vaccines, vaccines from Sinopharm and Pfizer-BioNTech companies arrived on time, and deliveries of some other manufacturers were late.
Vucic added that Serbia would continue the vaccination, as well as that it managed to provide vaccines through hard work.

*On 26 April - A new batch of 500,000 Chinese Sinopharm vaccines against coronavirus arrived in Serbia.

*On 5 May - 104.130 doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived in Serbia

* 10. May - 104,130 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were delivered

* 10. May - 20,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine were delivered

* 12. May - 120,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from Covax program were delivered

* 17. May - 104,130 doses of Pfizer-BioNTek vaccine were delivered

* 19. May - 440,000 doses of "Sinofarm" vaccine were delivered

* 19. May - The Russian Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology confirmed the quality of the vaccine produced at Torlak and approved the future production of the "Sputnik V" vaccine at this institute.

* 22. May - 266,000 doses of Sinofarm delivered

* 24. May - 104,130 doses of Pfizer-BioNTek vaccine arrive

* 27. May - 500,000 vaccines "Sinofarm" vaccine delivered
A total of 4.2 million doses of Sinofarm vaccine were delivered, and yesterday's delivery was the last delivery of Sinofarm under contract.
Four million doses of vaccine have been purchased from China and delivered by eight flights since January, and the Chinese Army has donated another 200,000 doses of that vaccine.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 58 planes have arrived in Serbia, which received medical equipment donated by China and local companies, and, in addition, three more freight trains delivered everything that Serbia bought from that country during the pandemic.
*On 3 June - a plane from Russia with components for the Russian vaccine landed in Belgrade. Production of the Sputnik V vaccine will begin today, on 4 June, at Torlak. The vaccines produced in Serbia could appear at vaccination posts in as little as ten days, as Serbia becomes the first country in Europe to produce that vaccine.

VACCINE DONATIONS TO COUNTRIES IN THE REGION AND VACCINATION OF FOREIGNERS

*On 14 February - President Vucic handed over the first batch of 4,680 Pfizer vaccines to Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev, while on 24 February, Minister Loncar handed over another 3,510 doses of Pfizer vaccine to the Macedonian Minister of Health.

*On 17 February - Serbia donated 2,000 Sputnik V vaccines to Montenegro.

*Approximately 5,000 health care workers from the Republic of Srpska have been vaccinated in Serbia so far, and our country will make the vaccination information system available to the Republic of Srpska so that they can use it when they have enough vaccines.

*On 2 March – Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic handed over to the Chairman and Members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina a batch of 5,000 AstraZeneca company vaccines donated by Serbia to Bosnia and Herzegovina, while on 12 March, another 5,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine were delivered from Serbia.

* On 15 March – all employees of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina were vaccinated at a hospital in Uzice, at the request of that court, in cooperation with the Constitutional Court of Serbia, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Serbian Embassy in Sarajevo.

*On 23 March - vaccination of 105 journalists from North Macedonia began at the Public Health Institute in Vranje. AstraZeneca vaccines for Macedonian journalists were provided at the request of the Macedonian Association of Journalists in cooperation with the Journalists' Association of Serbia, and with the support of the Office of the Serbian President.

*On 23 March - President Aleksandar Vucic handed over ventilators and other medical equipment for the Republic of Srpska. The donation was received by Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik.

*On 24 March - The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia (PKS) announced that, in cooperation with the Serbian Government, 10,000 vaccines were provided for businessmen from the region and their employees.

*On 29 March - The President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia announced that 8,500 businessmen from the region were vaccinated in Serbia over the weekend (on 27 and 28 March).


*Serbia donated a total of 40,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine to North Macedonia, the first batch of 20,000 vaccines for the first dose arrived on 1 April, and it was announced that the revaccination doses would arrive in the following period.

39,000 foreign nationals were vaccinated (using AstraZeneca vaccine), who arrived either at the invitation of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce or registered on their own via the e-Government portal. Prime Minister Brnabic stated that the vaccination of people from the region was a huge success and assessed that this was a way to raise common security, because if people in the region were not safe, people in Serbia were not safe either. The most numerous were citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Montenegro

*On 8 April - The Prime Minister stated that Serbia was currently focused on vaccinating its citizens, but that we would endeavour to help friends and neighbours in the fight against coronavirus through vaccine donations.

Around 53,000 foreign nationals who do not have a registered residence in Serbia have applied for vaccination in Serbia, by registering for vaccination via the e-Government portal. Foreign nationals are currently not being vaccinated, but Serbian citizens only, and once they have been vaccinated the option of vaccinating registered foreign nationals will be considered. Vaccination is free in Serbia, and the same applies to foreign nationals who get a vaccine shot in our country.

Advertisements for vaccination through agencies have appeared on social media and the internet, however, it is not possible to make a vaccination appointment in Serbia through any foreign or domestic travel agency, and these are internet frauds.

*On 8 April - The Government has decided to send a donation of 20,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to the Canton of Sarajevo.

*On 9 April - 29 journalists from the Sarajevo Canton Television were vaccinated in Novi Pazar.

On 10 April - Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik stated that he had agreed with the Serbian President that around 20,000 vaccines would be delivered from Serbia to the Republic of Srpska early next week.

*On 23 April –  President Vucic said that Serbia had sent 120,000 vaccines to the region so far, as well as that about 65,000 citizens from the countries of the region were vaccinated in Serbia, which made up a total of about 200,000 vaccines for the people in the region.

* The Returning Point programme for establishing ties with the Serbian diaspora, with the support of the Office for Information Technologies and eGovernment of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, ensured a special date for vaccination of Serbian citizens from the diaspora.

Serbian citizens living abroad will be able to be vaccinated on 15 May in Belgrade, and applications for immunization are available on the website of the Returning Point association https://tackapovratka.rs/poziv-za-vakcinaciju-dijaspore/. The applications were open until Friday, 30 April, 11:59 PM, and everyone who applied will receive a confirmation of the vaccination date as well as the exact time when they should appear at the Belgrade Fair.
Serbian citizens from the diaspora will be able to choose among the Pfizer, Sinopharm and Sputnik V vaccines, while they will receive the second dose at the Belgrade Fair on 5 June. The call is only applicable to Serbian citizens living abroad.
*On 31 May, Prime Minister Brnabic and the Czech Ambassador saw off a shipment of vaccines at the Nikola Tesla Airport.
*On 3 June – The Serbian Government adopted a decision enabling the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina to be vaccinated in Serbia at any location and at any time, free of charge, and receive a vaccination certificate. The Serbian President requested from the Government to enable free vaccination for the citizens of North Macedonia as well.

NOTE:

Due to the noticeable increased interest and a large number of inquiries made to our diplomatic and consular missions regarding vaccination of foreign nationals in Serbia (without a registered permanent residence in our country), but also the arrival of foreign nationals on their own initiative to be vaccinated in Serbia, it is important, in such situations to unequivocally communicate the following in receiving countries, through the media and in direct contact with interested parties:

"Vaccination of foreign nationals, primarily from the region, is a huge success for Serbia. This is a way to raise common security, because without safe people in the region, people in Serbia are not safe either. Most of the foreign citizens who were vaccinated in Serbia came from Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Montenegro.

In recent days, due to great publicity in the media around the world and the well-organized process of procurement of vaccines and immunization in Serbia, there is a great interest in being vaccinated in our country, not only from the region but also from a large part of Western and Central Europe. A large number of inquiries has also been recorded for "vaccine tourism", both of citizens from those parts of Europe, and of tour operators, travel agencies and airlines.

Serbia is currently focused on vaccinating its citizens, but we will endeavour to help our friends and neighbours in the fight against coronavirus, in the period ahead as well, through vaccine donations.

In recent days, the interest of the domestic population in vaccination has increased, and Serbia is making daily records in vaccinating its own population.

Should the possibility arise in the period ahead for vaccination of interested foreign nationals (without a registered permanent residence in Serbia), Serbia will be very pleased and, to the extent of its capacities, endeavour to accommodate such requests as well. In that case, we will inform the public in a timely manner. But we must note that this is not possible at this moment.

Foreign citizens are able express interest in being vaccinated in Serbia via the eGovernment portal, but it is important to note that this is not enough and that it is necessary to receive a confirmation response and an invitation with the date/time and location of vaccination. For this reason it is not advisable that foreign nationals, having only expressed interest through the eGovernment portal or even without doing so (since there have been such examples at vaccination posts), come to Serbia on their own initiative to be vaccinated and thus expose themselves to unpleasant situations and costs."

VACCINATION OF MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS IN SERBIA


The Serbian Government was among the first in the world to enable the immunization of members of the diplomatic corps in Serbia. All four vaccines are available.

Close to 1,300 members of the diplomatic corps, holders of special ID cards (diplomatic, official, consular, etc.), registered and were vaccinated.

*On 13, 18 and 19 February, Sinopharm vaccines were administered. This completed the first round of vaccination. The second round, that is, revaccination with that vaccine, was carried out on 11 and 12 March.

*On 23 February, vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine began. Revaccination using this vaccine was carried out from 16 to 19 March.

Also, vaccination with Sputnik V and AstraZeneca started.

*On 20 March, remaining revaccinations were performed and it was also made possible for members of the diplomatic corps to receive the vaccine, who for certain reasons could not be vaccinated.

 

VACCINATION OF MIGRANTS


*On 24 March, the vaccination of migrants started in the outpatient clinic of the migrant center in Krnjaca. Around 500 migrants have registered.
Head of UNHCR Office in Serbia Francesca Bonelli pointed out that this UN agency was deeply grateful to the Serbian authorities for including the refugees in the vaccination plan.


Selakovic and Linde: Strong partnership between Serbia and the OSCE

May 24, 2021

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selakovic met today with the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden, Ann Linde.
At the joint press conference, Selakovic said that the OSCE was one of the most important international security organizations for Serbia, adding that our country has always been and remains committed to strengthening the OSCE's capacity.
In that regard, he specified that 46 of our citizens are currently engaged with the OSCE missions.
"We are very carefully following the activities and support the priorities set by the Swedish chairpersonship of the OSCE, which Minister Linde had the opportunity to present at the meeting today. We also uphold the efforts of the OSCE aimed at finding a way, in the period ahead, to reach a consensus on the adoption of the OSCE budget for 2021", Selakovic said.
He pointed out that the OSCE was of special importance for Serbia, bearing in mind that there were two OSCE missions on the territory of our country, in Belgrade and Pristina.
"We have exceptional cooperation with the OSCE Mission in Belgrade. OSCE Mission has provided its assistance and support to Serbia's path of reforming its society in the last more than 20 years, and we are convinced that in the period ahead we will have the opportunity to continue this good cooperation," Selakovic said.
He said that a status-neutral approach was extremely important for Belgrade when it comes to Kosovo and Metohija, and added that the OSCE Mission in Kosovo and Metohija was the most visible status-neutral mission in the entire OSCE, including also on the ground, when it comes to our southern Province.
"We received assurances that the well-used practice of respecting this status neutrality by the OSCE will be continued during the Swedish chairpersonship, both in terms of action on the ground and during visits to Kosovo and Metohija and participation of representatives of the provisional institutions of self-government in meetings with OSCE mission in Kosovo and Metohija ", Selakovic said.
He stated that the reforms that are being carried out in Serbian society were also discussed at the meeting.
"We touched on the issues of preserving and protecting human rights, media freedoms, and especially gender equality, greater representation of women in the functioning of our political system and public institutions," Selakovic said.
He said that the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina was also discussed at the meeting as something that was, as he pointed out, essential for the further functioning of the entire region, and not just for the protection of our state and national interests.

The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office emphasized the strong partnership between the OSCE and Serbia concerning the strategic priorities, stressing that Serbia has made general progress and adding that the focus should now be on independence of the judiciary, promotion of free and independent media and the fight against organized crime.
As she pointed out, the OSCE was ready to continue supporting Serbia's path.
Linde emphasized the role of Serbia in supporting regional security and added that it was highly commendable that Serbia offered vaccination to countries in the region.
She said that Sweden would continue to provide strong support to Serbia's EU integration course, adding that she was looking forward to further strengthening cooperation between the OSCE and Serbia, as well as between Sweden and Serbia.


 


Minister Selaković presented the new e-Consulate service

20 May 2021

A new service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs "e-Consulate" was presented in Belgrade today, intended for foreign citizens who apply for a visa and aspire to come to Serbia to work.

On that occasion, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Nikola Selakovic said that this service was one of the indicators of good development of our country, which, as he pointed out, was becoming a magnet for serious foreign companies, which brought a large number of workers from other countries to work in Serbia.

"Not to be pretentious, but completely realistic, this service represents a turning point in the functioning of our system. E-Consulate and digitalization of the procedure for issuing work visas for foreign citizens who want to work in Serbia, is the first electronic service offered by the Foreign Ministry, and I can promise you that this is indeed our first, but by no means the last e-service", Selakovic emphasized.

The Head of Serbian diplomacy pointed out that "e-Consulate" reflected the modernization of an extremely important segment of the activities of diplomatic and consular missions of Serbia, and that we were actually talking about something that was essential for the further development processes of our country.

The Minister recalled that, when the President of the Republic visited the construction site of the Moravian Corridor, he was told that some construction works were delayed because Bechtel company was not issued work visas on time.

“The moment we saw that and heard the President, I alerted the services in the Ministry. We were surprised, as we knew that the issuance of visas in Turkey had a good dynamic, and then we determined that it was actually workers from Bangladesh who applied for a visa through our Embassy in India, where we have a problem with staff shortage”, the Minister explained.

As he added, this is a demanding and laborious task, each of our employees had to receive the documentation on paper, check it, then request additional information, and only then forward it.

"Today, this has been fantastically perfected for our consular officers, all that documentation is submitted in electronic form. We used to have two filters to check the documentation, now we actually have three. And the work is significantly more efficient", Selakovic pointed out.

As he emphasized, this is a service which was promised less than four months ago and it becomes available on Monday, in 95 diplomatic and consular missions of Serbia, i.e. in all our embassies and consulates general.

The biggest result of that endeavor, the Minister pointed out, apart from the advantage it would bring in the future work, was the fact that it was not a project of one state body, but a joint endeavor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IT and eGovernment Office, General Secretariat of the Government, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs, National Employment Service.

“We did an extremely good job in record time. This is to the pride of our Ministry, to the pride of the entire state. I am convinced that in the period ahead, we will further modernize our affairs and make Serbia one of the few countries that has such mechanisms and such state-of-the-art provision of consular services", Selakovic said.

Speaking about the "e-Consulate" portal itself, the Minister explained that there is a cartoon of Nikola Tesla and the building of the old railway station with one crane, which actually symbolizes a historical fact - that Tesla was in Belgrade in the year when it was built.

"Today it is the place behind which the Belgrade of the future is rising, and what we managed to do together is an indicator of something that is the future of Serbia, the development of artificial intelligence, IT and creating conditions for more people to live and arrive here in Serbia in the future seeking good life and employment", concluded the Minister.

The Director of the Office for IT and eGovernment, Mihailo Jovanovic, said that this was the first time that e-services were focused on foreign citizens, which was the case with our citizens so far.

In the period from 1 January 2019 to 17 May this year, the most applications for Serbian visas were submitted at the Embassy in Beijing, 6,766 applications, then in New Delhi - 2,973, Shanghai 2,115, Tokyo 1,798, and Cairo 1,756.

In that period, 1,270 requests were submitted in Algiers, 1,095 in Jakarta, and 1,077 in Beirut.

In terms of their nationality, Serbian D visa for employment is most requested by citizens of China - 9,516 applications, followed by India 1,955, and Ukraine - 673.

 


Vucic: We consider Europe our home

8 May 2021

President Vucic said tonight that the visionary idea of Robert Schuman brought a true victory of the new trust after the Second World War and faith in the unification of differences in peace and solidarity, with the message that Serbia has that faith, as well as hope that it will become a country that will be gladly regarded in the European family of nations.

Congratulating everyone in Serbia and the EU on Europe Day, Vucic reminded that 9 May was also the day when the great victory of freedom is celebrated, which was won with huge sacrifices.

"While the horrors of war were still fresh in memory and Europe was healing the wounds of World War II, it also had people like Robert Schuman who understood that future can only be created based on the reconciliation of nations and their unity", Vucic said at the reception on the occasion of Europe Day.
He pointed out that the European peoples dared to see the recent adversaries as future allies.
"Schuman's visionary idea that peace will be preserved, if the creative forces are commensurate with the dangers that threaten, that Europe will emerge from specific achievements, has brought a true victory of newly found trust and faith in uniting differences in peace and solidarity", Vucic said.
He said that Serbia, although it did not always look like that, had that faith, as well as the hope that our concrete achievements, on the long and not easy path to EU membership, would be adequately valued.
“And that with your help, support and criticism, Serbia will become a country that you will be happy to see in the European community of nations. I believe that with our support, help and criticism, we would also contribute to the EU becoming an even better place to live", Vucic said.
Full membership of the EU, with a compromise solution to the issue of Kosovo and Metohija, is a way to achieve the goal and make Serbia orderly and successful, which would mean that we are on a good, European path, the President of Serbia said.
Vucic said that we still had to make a lot of efforts in reforms, not because someone is asking us to do that, but because we know that it brings us and the country a benefit.
He also pointed out that the reforms in the rule of law were exceptionally important, which were now being approached with much more responsibility.
"In our country, there is a race in who will say that they are more in favour of Europe, while saying under the table that they are the least for Europe. Europe does not belong only to those who would like to use European money, it does not belong to those in the government who say that they are on the European path because they believe that they are in that way preventing the opposition from coming to power, nor to those who think that this is the only way to get hold of power. It belongs to all of us, but we cannot take from Europe only what we like without accepting what we do not like", he explained.
I know, he added, how difficult it is to us in Serbia to hear criticism concerning Kosovo as well as in the field of the rule of law.
"I saw for myself that we are the ones who did not pay enough attention and apply a dedicated approach to the burning problems in that area. I believe that with greater zeal we will be able to change the attitude of the citizens of Serbia and gain greater respect from the EU for what we are doing", he pointed out.
President Vucic also pointed out that the EU was undoubtedly the largest donor, investor, and by far the most important trade partner of Serbia, and recalled that about two-thirds of all trade and even more service activities were EU related and that these were facts, whether someone liked it or not.
He pointed out that seven years ago when he became the Prime Minister, three times fewer people were employed in companies that came from EU countries than today.
"Despite all the problems, it shows how much we managed to do together and make good results, to provide people with life, security at work, to show that we can take care of them more", Vucic said, noting the great EU assistance in the field of education.
He said that during the recent visit to the EU, which he assessed as the best one so far, Serbia received additional support for infrastructure projects, primarily for modernization, i.e. essentially the construction of a new Belgrade-Nis-Presevo railway.
He said that this was confirmed in the letter of the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, pointing out that this was the best letter he had ever received from Brussels.
"I am grateful to Von der Leyen for pointing out that this is a game-changer in our relations. It is a turning point because that support exceeds everything we have done together when you look at the scale, strength and significance of that project", he said.
He said that Serbia and its citizens considered Europe as their home and that is why we wanted to give our best contribution to peace through regional connectivity, the Berlin Conference and mini-Schengen.
"Encouraged by the message of European officials, I hope that I will be able to host them soon so that we can discuss the further acceleration of our European path", Vucic concluded.
Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia Sem Fabrizi hosted a reception tonight on the occasion of marking 9 May, Europe Day. In addition to Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, the reception in the Belgrade City Assembly was attended by Serbian Parliament Speaker Ivica Dacic, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic, European Integration Minister Jadranka Joksimovic, representatives of the diplomatic corps and public figures.
Europe Day was established in memory of the beginning of the creation of the European Union (EU) and the Day of Victory over Fascism in the Second World War. The reception is held in memory of 9 May 1950, when the Schuman Declaration was signed, which laid the foundations of the European Union, a project that brought the longest period without war on the Old Continent.


Source: Tanjug
Photo: Tanjug


Selakovic congratulates Josep Borrell on Europe Day

8 May 2021

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Nikola Selakovic extended a congratulatory message on the occasion of 9 May, Europe Day, to High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, expressing confidence that the idea of uniting in diversity, in peace and solidarity, would continue to be the guiding idea of the European Union. 

"I am deeply convinced that the Republic of Serbia, through a policy of peace and good-neighbourly cooperation, can contribute to the European Union becoming an even better place to live, with the sincere belief that our achievements on the path to membership in the European family of nations will be adequately valued", reads the congratulatory message by Minister Selakovic, adding that the European perspective gave a strong impetus for our country to comprehensively implement political, economic and social reforms with the aim of becoming a full member of the European Union in the foreseeable future.

The Serbian Foreign Minister underlined that Serbia historically, culturally and in terms of values, belonged to the circle of countries united under the flag of the European Union and expressed hope that not only our country, but also our neighbours in the Western Balkans, would have the opportunity in the near future to become a part of what is without a doubt the most successful peace, democratic and economic project in the history of our common continent.

Selakovic also took the opportunity to extend gratitude on behalf of Serbia to the European Union for its assistance in the fight against the infectious Covid-19, emphasizing that our country highly appreciated the expressed solidarity and support in the difficult times of the pandemic outbreak and expressing confidence that the period ahead would see us contribute by joint forces to identifying solutions for overcoming the economic consequences of the corona virus pandemic.


 


Non-working day in the embassy

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia will be closed on Thursday, 13 May 2021 in observance of the Ascension Day. The consular section of the Embassy will be opened only for urgent matters.


INFORMATION ON VACCINATION AGAINST CORONAVIRUS IN SERBIA

 (updated: 26 April 2021)

Vaccination (immunization) in Serbia began on 24 December (earlier than in the majority of European countries). Prime Minister Ana Brnabic received the first vaccine. She was also the first Prime Minister in Europe to receive the vaccine shot.

Serbia was the third country in Europe, after Britain and Switzerland, to start the vaccination. In Serbia, mass vaccination of the population in the fight against Covid-19 launched on 19 January.

Medical staff was the first to receive the vaccine, the immunization of geriatric centres' patrons followed, and the vaccines were then administered to the personnel of the Ministry of the Interior, Serbian Army and other security services, media representatives and others.

In Serbia, citizens express interest to be vaccinated against Covid-19 through the e-Government portal or by phone - via the contact center, upon which they receive a message with the date and time of vaccination appointment.

The Serbian Government informed that it enabled registering for vaccination against coronavirus via Viber app, starting 6 April, which is available through the official info service of the Serbian Government launched on Viber.

As of 9 April, all local governments will start arranging open vaccination posts where citizens will be able to get vaccine shots without prior registration, while the immunization of citizens who registered via e-Government portal or the Viber app will also be carried out at the same time.
More than 1,700,000 citizens applied through the e-Government portal or contact centers. Between 10,000 and 15,000 citizens apply for vaccination daily through the e-Government portal.
Citizens are able choose the vaccine they wish to receive, and the following are available: Pfizer-BioNTech, Chinese Sinopharm, Russian Sputnik V and AstraZeneca.
Serbia is one of the few countries that has four vaccines at its disposal.
According to the data, 70 percent of those vaccinated received the Sinopharm vaccine (more than a million citizens), 12 percent received the Pfizer vaccine, 9 percent Sputnik V and 9 percent the AstraZeneca vaccine.

52% of women are immunized, and most citizens received the "Sinofarm" vaccine.

The elderly are constantly pleaded with and invited to apply for the vaccine if they have not already, considering that citizens over 70 years of age are a priority. At the same time, citizens of all ages are invited to register and get vaccinated, since immunization has also begun of those who are not in the priority groups. Medical workers have also been vaccinating residents of smaller and rural areas, who have not registered via e-Government.

The importance of vaccination is constantly emphasized, as well as the fact that it is the only solution in the fight against the Covid-19 virus.

* On 26 April - Director of the Office for e-Government Mihailo Jovanovic said that from tomorrow, vaccination without making an appointment will be possible at all vaccination posts throughout Serbia, with three vaccines available - Pfizer, Sputnik V and Sinopharm.

According to the latest information, 3.255.000 vaccine doses were given in Serbia, out of which fully vaccinated citizens (having received both doses) account for 1.310.000 (a third of the Serbian adult population). It is estimated that by the end of April, we will have about 40 percent of the adult population vaccinated with the first vaccine dose.

1.200,000 citizens were fully immunized - which means that three weeks have passed since their second dose, or 5 weeks since their first dose in the case of AstraZeneca.

In the age group between 65 and 74, more than 51 percent of the population has been vaccinated, and in the age group over 75, we have 42 percent of those vaccinated.

*On April 6, President Vucic was vaccinated in Rudna Glava, receiving the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine.

On Thursday, 8 April, Serbia broke its own record for the number of persons vaccinated, when more than 75,000 people were vaccinated. This is a result that, in proportion to the number of citizens, even the most developed countries in Europe and the world cannot take pride in.


The goal is to have more than 2,800,000 persons vaccinated, and 2,200,000 revaccinated by the end of May, and more than three million vaccinated and revaccinated persons by the end of June.

Belgrade, Novi Sad, Nis, Uzice and Sremska Mitrovica are at the top of the list with about 36 or 37 percent of vaccinated adult citizens.

*Example of Belgrade – *On 26 April - The millionth dose of the coronavirus vaccine was administered in the capital of Serbia.
40,8 percent of adult citizens have been vaccinated (574.729 citizens), out of which fully vaccinated citizens 402.416 or 28,6 percent. There are additional 18 posts in city municipalities where they can be vaccinated without making an appointment. When it comes to senior citizens, aged 65 to 74, more than 70,2 percent of that population was vaccinated.


PROCUREMENT OF VACCINES

*On 22 December, the first quantities of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were delivered to Serbia. Serbia is the second country in Europe, after Great Britain, to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

*On 16 January, one million doses of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine arrived.

*On 29 January, 40,000 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine arrived.

*On 9 February, a new consignment of 50,000 Sputnik V vaccines arrived from Russia.

*On 11 February, Russian experts arrived in Serbia and discussed with Serbian experts how to start the production of Russian vaccines in Serbia as soon as possible. They visited the Torlak Institute in order to assess the technological and personnel capacities of the Institute for the production of the Sputnik V vaccine.
President Vucic announced that our country will invest in new plants, new equipment that would meet all standards, with the goal of producing the vaccine in our country. The Sputnik V vaccine would be distributed to the region from our country, but also to European countries.

 


* On 10 February, another batch of 500,000 Chinese Sinopharm vaccines arrived in Serbia.

* On 15 February, 40,950 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech company vaccine against coronavirus arrived in Serbia.

*On 21 February, 150,000 AstraZeneca vaccines arrived in Serbia, which have been available at every vaccination post since 23 February. Serbia was the first country in the Balkans to have this vaccine at that point in time.

*On 22 February, 46,800 more Pfizer vaccines arrived in Serbia.

*On 22 February, 50,000 more Sputnik V vaccines were delivered.

*On 28 February, a new consignment of 100,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine arrived (this was a delivery of the second dose of the vaccine - for revaccination), since the first and second doses have a different composition.

*On 1 March, a delivery of 58,500 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines arrived.

*On 4 March - during his official visit to Berlin, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selakovic said that German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas informed him that Serbia would soon receive 300,000 vaccines from the COVAX program (the first doses arrived on 2 April).

* On 5 March, 500,000 more Sinopharm vaccines were delivered.

*On 8 March, 28,080 doses of vaccines by Pfizer- BioNTech company arrived.

*On 11 March – Minister Popovic announced that the production of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine at the Torlak Institute will begin in May, and that Serbia will thus become the first country in the territory of Europe where this vaccine is produced.
The first phase of production of the Russian vaccine in Serbia implies transport of the substance, filling of bottles in accordance with the highest technological standards, packaging and distribution of vaccines in our country and region, and after the establishment of the first phase of production, the preparation of a feasibility study will begin on production in the so-called full cycle, which includes the production of the substance in Serbia. This will require the procurement of complex technological equipment and the expansion of Torlak's production capacities, but estimates are that full-cycle production could begin by the end of this year.

*On 11 March – during his visit to the UAE, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced that it had been agreed that, together with the United Arab Emirates and China, a vaccine against the coronavirus of the Chinese company Sinopharm would be produced in Serbia. President Vucic pointed out that, in addition to the timetable made with the competent Russian minister for the production of the Russian vaccine at Torlak, it was agreed that the factory for the Sinopharm vaccine would be completed and start production from 15 October.

*On 15 March - A delivery of 16,380 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived.

*On 18 March - President Aleksandar Vucic talked via video link with the management of Sinopharm company about the process of procuring vaccines, building a factory of Chinese vaccines in Serbia and building and equipping Serbian hospitals. An agreement on the purchase of another two million doses of Sinopharm vaccines was signed at the meeting.

* On 18 March - President Vucic announced that Serbia will have two vaccine factories and will produce between 30 and 40 million doses a year. The President had talks with the representatives of Sinopharm, while Minister Nenad Popovic discussed the production of the Sputnik V vaccine. (He stated that he expected that in less than a year, the liquid for the vaccine would be produced, and not just packaged.)

*On 22 March - 55,990 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were delivered.

*On 23 March - 100,000 doses of the first component of the Sputnik V vaccine arrived in Serbia.

*On 25 March - The Russian Direct Investment Fund and the Institute of Virology, Vaccines and Sera “Torlak” announced that an agreement has been reached on the production of the Sputnik V vaccine in Serbia. This will make our country the first state in Southern Europe to produce Sputnik V, and the vaccine could be exported to other countries in the region at later stages. The production of the vaccine will start by May at Torlak.

*On 29 March - 23,570 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived.

Serbia paid EUR 4.8 million in advance to the COVAX system, and we donated EUR 2 million for the development of the vaccine through the European Commission. Since no vaccines from the COVAX programme were delivered to Serbia, Serbia procured them bilaterally.

*On 2 April, the first consignment of 57,600 AstraZeneca vaccines arrived through the COVAX mechanism.

*On 5 April, half a million Sinopharm vaccines arrived.

The Prime Minister stated that 2.5 million vaccines were delivered to Serbia from China alone, and that a little less than a million of vaccines were delivered by all other manufacturers.

*On 5 April -  The Torlak Institute signed a Technology Transfer Agreement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund and the Russian pharmaceutical company Generium, under which the Russian side will transmit to the Serbian side data on procedures and technologies required for the production of the Sputnik V vaccine in Serbia.
Minister Nenad Popovic announced that three validation series of the Sputnik V vaccine would be produced in April, and that samples from these validation series would be sent for quality control to the Gamaleya Institute, and after the institute confirms the validity of samples produced at Torlak, our institute would start the production of the vaccine. This is expected to materialize by 20 May this year, and in that way Serbia will become the first country in Europe to produce the Sputnik V vaccine. 

*On 6 April, 106,420 vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech were delivered.
With that delivery, Serbia procured a total of 3.5 million vaccines, paid for all the vaccines, as well as all that we received from the COVAX system.

*On 12 April - 106,470 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived.
*14 April – The first series of control doses of the Sputnik V vaccine was filled at Torlak. The vaccines produced at Torlak will be released in June this year.

*15 April – President Vucic announced that another 211,000 Pfizer vaccines would arrive on Monday, 19 April, as well as that 50,000 doses of the second component of the Russian vaccine arrived on 14 April, and that on 16 April another batch of same quantity was expected, as are another 100,000 doses of the Sputnik V first component on Monday or Tuesday. Chinese Sinopharm vaccines are also expected by the end of this month.

*19 April - 211,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived in Serbia, which is the largest single delivery of that vaccine to our country so far.

* On 23 April – President Vucic said that we have enough vaccines and that vaccination in the region is important. He said that Serbia received the largest number of vaccines against the coronavirus from the Chinese company Sinopharm and then from the Pfizer-BioNTech company, that he expected 36,000 vaccines from the EU, and stressed that it was important for Serbia that citizens in the region were also vaccinated.
"Out of the planned 96,000 vaccines from COVAX, we have so far received 57,000. From the EU out of the total quota of 630,000 doses that should arrive by the end of June, Serbia should receive about 270,000 or 260,000 in proportion to the population, and we will receive only 36,000 vaccines", Vucic stated.
He added that Serbia agreed with that because those vaccines were more important to other parts of our region.
„We believe that as important those vaccines are for us, they are equally important for our neighbours. Everything we have been doing is meaningless if they cannot get the vaccine. People who come to Belgrade and have sports, business and other contacts, it is important for us that they cannot transmit the infection", Vucic stated.
He thanked the EU and COVAX, but noted that Serbia received the most vaccines from Sinopharm, and then from Pfizer-BioNTech.
As he said, Serbia received a significantly higher number of vaccines from the US-German company, by as many as 250,000 doses more than the Russian vaccine.
He pointed out that Serbia was the only country outside the EU that started vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine at the same time as the EU and that, when it comes to the delivery of vaccines, vaccines from Sinopharm and Pfizer-BioNTech companies arrived on time, and deliveries of some other manufacturers were late.
Vucic added that Serbia would continue the vaccination, as well as that it managed to provide vaccines through hard work.

*On 26 April - A new batch of 500,000 Chinese Sinopharm vaccines against coronavirus arrived in Serbia.


VACCINE DONATIONS TO COUNTRIES IN THE REGION AND VACCINATION OF FOREIGNERS

*On 14 February - President Vucic handed over the first batch of 4,680 Pfizer vaccines to Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev, while on 24 February, Minister Loncar handed over another 3,510 doses of Pfizer vaccine to the Macedonian Minister of Health.

*On 17 February - Serbia donated 2,000 Sputnik V vaccines to Montenegro.

*Approximately 5,000 health care workers from the Republic of Srpska have been vaccinated in Serbia so far, and our country will make the vaccination information system available to the Republic of Srpska so that they can use it when they have enough vaccines.

*On 2 March – Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic handed over to the Chairman and Members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina a batch of 5,000 AstraZeneca company vaccines donated by Serbia to Bosnia and Herzegovina, while on 12 March, another 5,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine were delivered from Serbia.

* On 15 March – all employees of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina were vaccinated at a hospital in Uzice, at the request of that court, in cooperation with the Constitutional Court of Serbia, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Serbian Embassy in Sarajevo.

*On 23 March - vaccination of 105 journalists from North Macedonia began at the Public Health Institute in Vranje. AstraZeneca vaccines for Macedonian journalists were provided at the request of the Macedonian Association of Journalists in cooperation with the Journalists' Association of Serbia, and with the support of the Office of the Serbian President.

*On 23 March - President Aleksandar Vucic handed over ventilators and other medical equipment for the Republic of Srpska. The donation was received by Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik.

*On 24 March - The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia (PKS) announced that, in cooperation with the Serbian Government, 10,000 vaccines were provided for businessmen from the region and their employees.

*On 29 March - The President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia announced that 8,500 businessmen from the region were vaccinated in Serbia over the weekend (on 27 and 28 March).


*Serbia donated a total of 40,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine to North Macedonia, the first batch of 20,000 vaccines for the first dose arrived on 1 April, and it was announced that the revaccination doses would arrive in the following period.

39,000 foreign nationals were vaccinated (using AstraZeneca vaccine), who arrived either at the invitation of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce or registered on their own via the e-Government portal. Prime Minister Brnabic stated that the vaccination of people from the region was a huge success and assessed that this was a way to raise common security, because if people in the region were not safe, people in Serbia were not safe either. The most numerous were citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Montenegro

*On 8 April - The Prime Minister stated that Serbia was currently focused on vaccinating its citizens, but that we would endeavour to help friends and neighbours in the fight against coronavirus through vaccine donations.

Around 53,000 foreign nationals who do not have a registered residence in Serbia have applied for vaccination in Serbia, by registering for vaccination via the e-Government portal. Foreign nationals are currently not being vaccinated, but Serbian citizens only, and once they have been vaccinated the option of vaccinating registered foreign nationals will be considered. Vaccination is free in Serbia, and the same applies to foreign nationals who get a vaccine shot in our country.

Advertisements for vaccination through agencies have appeared on social media and the internet, however, it is not possible to make a vaccination appointment in Serbia through any foreign or domestic travel agency, and these are internet frauds.

*On 8 April - The Government has decided to send a donation of 20,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to the Canton of Sarajevo.

*On 9 April - 29 journalists from the Sarajevo Canton Television were vaccinated in Novi Pazar.

On 10 April - Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik stated that he had agreed with the Serbian President that around 20,000 vaccines would be delivered from Serbia to the Republic of Srpska early next week.

*On 23 April –  President Vucic said that Serbia had sent 120,000 vaccines to the region so far, as well as that about 65,000 citizens from the countries of the region were vaccinated in Serbia, which made up a total of about 200,000 vaccines for the people in the region.



NOTE:

Due to the noticeable increased interest and a large number of inquiries made to our diplomatic and consular missions regarding vaccination of foreign nationals in Serbia (without a registered permanent residence in our country), but also the arrival of foreign nationals on their own initiative to be vaccinated in Serbia, it is important, in such situations to unequivocally communicate the following in receiving countries, through the media and in direct contact with interested parties:

"Vaccination of foreign nationals, primarily from the region, is a huge success for Serbia. This is a way to raise common security, because without safe people in the region, people in Serbia are not safe either. Most of the foreign citizens who were vaccinated in Serbia came from Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Montenegro.

In recent days, due to great publicity in the media around the world and the well-organized process of procurement of vaccines and immunization in Serbia, there is a great interest in being vaccinated in our country, not only from the region but also from a large part of Western and Central Europe. A large number of inquiries has also been recorded for "vaccine tourism", both of citizens from those parts of Europe, and of tour operators, travel agencies and airlines.

Serbia is currently focused on vaccinating its citizens, but we will endeavour to help our friends and neighbours in the fight against coronavirus, in the period ahead as well, through vaccine donations.

In recent days, the interest of the domestic population in vaccination has increased, and Serbia is making daily records in vaccinating its own population.

Should the possibility arise in the period ahead for vaccination of interested foreign nationals (without a registered permanent residence in Serbia), Serbia will be very pleased and, to the extent of its capacities, endeavour to accommodate such requests as well. In that case, we will inform the public in a timely manner. But we must note that this is not possible at this moment.

Foreign citizens are able express interest in being vaccinated in Serbia via the eGovernment portal, but it is important to note that this is not enough and that it is necessary to receive a confirmation response and an invitation with the date/time and location of vaccination. For this reason it is not advisable that foreign nationals, having only expressed interest through the eGovernment portal or even without doing so (since there have been such examples at vaccination posts), come to Serbia on their own initiative to be vaccinated and thus expose themselves to unpleasant situations and costs."

VACCINATION OF MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS IN SERBIA


The Serbian Government was among the first in the world to enable the immunization of members of the diplomatic corps in Serbia. All four vaccines are available.

Close to 1,300 members of the diplomatic corps, holders of special ID cards (diplomatic, official, consular, etc.), registered and were vaccinated.

*On 13, 18 and 19 February, Sinopharm vaccines were administered. This completed the first round of vaccination. The second round, that is, revaccination with that vaccine, was carried out on 11 and 12 March.

*On 23 February, vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine began. Revaccination using this vaccine was carried out from 16 to 19 March.

Also, vaccination with Sputnik V and AstraZeneca started.

*On 20 March, remaining revaccinations were performed and it was also made possible for members of the diplomatic corps to receive the vaccine, who for certain reasons could not be vaccinated.

VACCINATION OF MIGRANTS

*On 24 March, the vaccination of migrants started in the outpatient clinic of the migrant center in Krnjaca. Around 500 migrants have registered.
Head of UNHCR Office in Serbia Francesca Bonelli pointed out that this UN agency was deeply grateful to the Serbian authorities for including the refugees in the vaccination plan.

 


Non-working days at the Embassy

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia will be closed on Friday, 30 April, Monday, 3 May and on Tuesday, 4 May 2021 in observance of Easter and International Labour Day. The consular section of the Embassy will be opened only for urgent matters.


INFORMATION ON VACCINATION AGAINST CORONAVIRUS IN SERBIA

 (updated: 23 April 2021)

Vaccination (immunization) in Serbia began on 24 December (earlier than in the majority of European countries). Prime Minister Ana Brnabic received the first vaccine. She was also the first Prime Minister in Europe to receive the vaccine shot.

Serbia was the third country in Europe, after Britain and Switzerland, to start the vaccination. In Serbia, mass vaccination of the population in the fight against Covid-19 launched on 19 January.

Medical staff was the first to receive the vaccine, the immunization of geriatric centres' patrons followed, and the vaccines were then administered to the personnel of the Ministry of the Interior, Serbian Army and other security services, media representatives and others.

In Serbia, citizens express interest to be vaccinated against Covid-19 through the e-Government portal or by phone - via the contact center, upon which they receive a message with the date and time of vaccination appointment.

The Serbian Government informed that it enabled registering for vaccination against coronavirus via Viber app, starting 6 April, which is available through the official info service of the Serbian Government launched on Viber.

As of 9 April, all local governments will start arranging open vaccination posts where citizens will be able to get vaccine shots without prior registration, while the immunization of citizens who registered via e-Government portal or the Viber app will also be carried out at the same time.
More than 1,700,000 citizens applied through the e-Government portal or contact centers. Between 10,000 and 15,000 citizens apply for vaccination daily through the e-Government portal.
Citizens are able choose the vaccine they wish to receive, and the following are available: Pfizer-BioNTech, Chinese Sinopharm, Russian Sputnik V and AstraZeneca.
Serbia is one of the few countries that has four vaccines at its disposal.
According to the data, 70 percent of those vaccinated received the Sinopharm vaccine (more than a million citizens), 12 percent received the Pfizer vaccine, 9 percent Sputnik V and 9 percent the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The elderly are constantly pleaded with and invited to apply for the vaccine if they have not already, considering that citizens over 70 years of age are a priority. At the same time, citizens of all ages are invited to register and get vaccinated, since immunization has also begun of those who are not in the priority groups. Medical workers have also been vaccinating residents of smaller and rural areas, who have not registered via e-Government.

The importance of vaccination is constantly emphasized, as well as the fact that it is the only solution in the fight against the Covid-19 virus.

According to the latest information, 3.163.499 vaccine doses were given in Serbia, out of which fully vaccinated citizens (having received both doses) account for 1.282.971 (a third of the Serbian adult population). It is estimated that by the end of April, we will have about 40 percent of the adult population vaccinated with the first vaccine dose.

950,000 citizens were fully immunized - which means that three weeks have passed since their second dose, or 5 weeks since their first dose in the case of AstraZeneca.

In the age group between 65 and 74, more than 51 percent of the population has been vaccinated, and in the age group over 75, we have 42 percent of those vaccinated.

*On April 6, President Vucic was vaccinated in Rudna Glava, receiving the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine.

On Thursday, 8 April, Serbia broke its own record for the number of persons vaccinated, when more than 75,000 people were vaccinated. This is a result that, in proportion to the number of citizens, even the most developed countries in Europe and the world cannot take pride in.

The goal is to have more than 2,800,000 persons vaccinated, and 2,200,000 revaccinated by the end of May, and more than three million vaccinated and revaccinated persons by the end of June.

Belgrade, Novi Sad, Nis, Uzice and Sremska Mitrovica are at the top of the list with about 36 or 37 percent of vaccinated adult citizens.

*Example of Belgrade – 40,8 percent of adult citizens have been vaccinated (574.729 citizens), out of which fully vaccinated citizens 402.416 or 28,6 percent. There are additional 18 posts in city municipalities where they can be vaccinated without making an appointment. When it comes to senior citizens, aged 65 to 74, more than 70,2 percent of that population was vaccinated.


PROCUREMENT OF VACCINES

*On 22 December, the first quantities of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were delivered to Serbia. Serbia is the second country in Europe, after Great Britain, to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

*On 16 January, one million doses of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine arrived.

*On 29 January, 40,000 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine arrived.

*On 9 February, a new consignment of 50,000 Sputnik V vaccines arrived from Russia.

*On 11 February, Russian experts arrived in Serbia and discussed with Serbian experts how to start the production of Russian vaccines in Serbia as soon as possible. They visited the Torlak Institute in order to assess the technological and personnel capacities of the Institute for the production of the Sputnik V vaccine.
President Vucic announced that our country will invest in new plants, new equipment that would meet all standards, with the goal of producing the vaccine in our country. The Sputnik V vaccine would be distributed to the region from our country, but also to European countries.


* On 10 February, another batch of 500,000 Chinese Sinopharm vaccines arrived in Serbia.

* On 15 February, 40,950 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech company vaccine against coronavirus arrived in Serbia.

*On 21 February, 150,000 AstraZeneca vaccines arrived in Serbia, which have been available at every vaccination post since 23 February. Serbia was the first country in the Balkans to have this vaccine at that point in time.

*On 22 February, 46,800 more Pfizer vaccines arrived in Serbia.

*On 22 February, 50,000 more Sputnik V vaccines were delivered.

*On 28 February, a new consignment of 100,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine arrived (this was a delivery of the second dose of the vaccine - for revaccination), since the first and second doses have a different composition.

*On 1 March, a delivery of 58,500 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines arrived.

*On 4 March - during his official visit to Berlin, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selakovic said that German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas informed him that Serbia would soon receive 300,000 vaccines from the COVAX program (the first doses arrived on 2 April).

* On 5 March, 500,000 more Sinopharm vaccines were delivered.

*On 8 March, 28,080 doses of vaccines by Pfizer- BioNTech company arrived.

*On 11 March – Minister Popovic announced that the production of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine at the Torlak Institute will begin in May, and that Serbia will thus become the first country in the territory of Europe where this vaccine is produced.
The first phase of production of the Russian vaccine in Serbia implies transport of the substance, filling of bottles in accordance with the highest technological standards, packaging and distribution of vaccines in our country and region, and after the establishment of the first phase of production, the preparation of a feasibility study will begin on production in the so-called full cycle, which includes the production of the substance in Serbia. This will require the procurement of complex technological equipment and the expansion of Torlak's production capacities, but estimates are that full-cycle production could begin by the end of this year.

*On 11 March – during his visit to the UAE, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced that it had been agreed that, together with the United Arab Emirates and China, a vaccine against the coronavirus of the Chinese company Sinopharm would be produced in Serbia. President Vucic pointed out that, in addition to the timetable made with the competent Russian minister for the production of the Russian vaccine at Torlak, it was agreed that the factory for the Sinopharm vaccine would be completed and start production from 15 October.

*On 15 March - A delivery of 16,380 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived.

*On 18 March - President Aleksandar Vucic talked via video link with the management of Sinopharm company about the process of procuring vaccines, building a factory of Chinese vaccines in Serbia and building and equipping Serbian hospitals. An agreement on the purchase of another two million doses of Sinopharm vaccines was signed at the meeting.

* On 18 March - President Vucic announced that Serbia will have two vaccine factories and will produce between 30 and 40 million doses a year. The President had talks with the representatives of Sinopharm, while Minister Nenad Popovic discussed the production of the Sputnik V vaccine. (He stated that he expected that in less than a year, the liquid for the vaccine would be produced, and not just packaged.)

*On 22 March - 55,990 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were delivered.

*On 23 March - 100,000 doses of the first component of the Sputnik V vaccine arrived in Serbia.

*On 25 March - The Russian Direct Investment Fund and the Institute of Virology, Vaccines and Sera “Torlak” announced that an agreement has been reached on the production of the Sputnik V vaccine in Serbia. This will make our country the first state in Southern Europe to produce Sputnik V, and the vaccine could be exported to other countries in the region at later stages. The production of the vaccine will start by May at Torlak.

*On 29 March - 23,570 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived.

Serbia paid EUR 4.8 million in advance to the COVAX system, and we donated EUR 2 million for the development of the vaccine through the European Commission. Since no vaccines from the COVAX programme were delivered to Serbia, Serbia procured them bilaterally.

*On 2 April, the first consignment of 57,600 AstraZeneca vaccines arrived through the COVAX mechanism.

*On 5 April, half a million Sinopharm vaccines arrived.

The Prime Minister stated that 2.5 million vaccines were delivered to Serbia from China alone, and that a little less than a million of vaccines were delivered by all other manufacturers.

*On 5 April -  The Torlak Institute signed a Technology Transfer Agreement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund and the Russian pharmaceutical company Generium, under which the Russian side will transmit to the Serbian side data on procedures and technologies required for the production of the Sputnik V vaccine in Serbia.
Minister Nenad Popovic announced that three validation series of the Sputnik V vaccine would be produced in April, and that samples from these validation series would be sent for quality control to the Gamaleya Institute, and after the institute confirms the validity of samples produced at Torlak, our institute would start the production of the vaccine. This is expected to materialize by 20 May this year, and in that way Serbia will become the first country in Europe to produce the Sputnik V vaccine. 

*On 6 April, 106,420 vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech were delivered.
With that delivery, Serbia procured a total of 3.5 million vaccines, paid for all the vaccines, as well as all that we received from the COVAX system.

*On 12 April - 106,470 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived.
*14 April – The first series of control doses of the Sputnik V vaccine was filled at Torlak. The vaccines produced at Torlak will be released in June this year.

*15 April – President Vucic announced that another 211,000 Pfizer vaccines would arrive on Monday, 19 April, as well as that 50,000 doses of the second component of the Russian vaccine arrived on 14 April, and that on 16 April another batch of same quantity was expected, as are another 100,000 doses of the Sputnik V first component on Monday or Tuesday. Chinese Sinopharm vaccines are also expected by the end of this month.

*19 April - 211,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived in Serbia, which is the largest single delivery of that vaccine to our country so far.

VACCINATION OF MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS IN SERBIA

The Serbian Government was among the first in the world to enable the immunization of members of the diplomatic corps in Serbia. All four vaccines are available.

Close to 1,300 members of the diplomatic corps, holders of special ID cards (diplomatic, official, consular, etc.), registered and were vaccinated.

*On 13, 18 and 19 February, Sinopharm vaccines were administered. This completed the first round of vaccination. The second round, that is, revaccination with that vaccine, was carried out on 11 and 12 March.

*On 23 February, vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine began. Revaccination using this vaccine was carried out from 16 to 19 March.

Also, vaccination with Sputnik V and AstraZeneca started.

*On 20 March, remaining revaccinations were performed and it was also made possible for members of the diplomatic corps to receive the vaccine, who for certain reasons could not be vaccinated.


VACCINE DONATIONS TO COUNTRIES IN THE REGION

*On 14 February - President Vucic handed over the first batch of 4,680 Pfizer vaccines to Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev, while on 24 February, Minister Loncar handed over another 3,510 doses of Pfizer vaccine to the Macedonian Minister of Health.

*On 17 February - Serbia donated 2,000 Sputnik V vaccines to Montenegro.

*Approximately 5,000 health care workers from the Republic of Srpska have been vaccinated in Serbia so far, and our country will make the vaccination information system available to the Republic of Srpska so that they can use it when they have enough vaccines.

*On 2 March – Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic handed over to the Chairman and Members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina a batch of 5,000 AstraZeneca company vaccines donated by Serbia to Bosnia and Herzegovina, while on 12 March, another 5,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine were delivered from Serbia.

* On 15 March – all employees of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina were vaccinated at a hospital in Uzice, at the request of that court, in cooperation with the Constitutional Court of Serbia, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Serbian Embassy in Sarajevo.

*On 23 March - vaccination of 105 journalists from North Macedonia began at the Public Health Institute in Vranje. AstraZeneca vaccines for Macedonian journalists were provided at the request of the Macedonian Association of Journalists in cooperation with the Journalists' Association of Serbia, and with the support of the Office of the Serbian President.

*On 23 March - President Aleksandar Vucic handed over ventilators and other medical equipment for the Republic of Srpska. The donation was received by Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik.

*On 24 March - The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia (PKS) announced that, in cooperation with the Serbian Government, 10,000 vaccines were provided for businessmen from the region and their employees.

*On 29 March - The President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia announced that 8,500 businessmen from the region were vaccinated in Serbia over the weekend (on 27 and 28 March).


*Serbia donated a total of 40,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine to North Macedonia, the first batch of 20,000 vaccines for the first dose arrived on 1 April, and it was announced that the revaccination doses would arrive in the following period.

39,000 foreign nationals were vaccinated (using AstraZeneca vaccine), who arrived either at the invitation of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce or registered on their own via the e-Government portal. Prime Minister Brnabic stated that the vaccination of people from the region was a huge success and assessed that this was a way to raise common security, because if people in the region were not safe, people in Serbia were not safe either. The most numerous were citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Montenegro

*On 8 April - The Prime Minister stated that Serbia was currently focused on vaccinating its citizens, but that we would endeavour to help friends and neighbours in the fight against coronavirus through vaccine donations.

Around 53,000 foreign nationals who do not have a registered residence in Serbia have applied for vaccination in Serbia, by registering for vaccination via the e-Government portal. Foreign nationals are currently not being vaccinated, but Serbian citizens only, and once they have been vaccinated the option of vaccinating registered foreign nationals will be considered. Vaccination is free in Serbia, and the same applies to foreign nationals who get a vaccine shot in our country.

Advertisements for vaccination through agencies have appeared on social media and the internet, however, it is not possible to make a vaccination appointment in Serbia through any foreign or domestic travel agency, and these are internet frauds.

*On 8 April - The Government has decided to send a donation of 20,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to the Canton of Sarajevo.

*On 9 April - 29 journalists from the Sarajevo Canton Television were vaccinated in Novi Pazar.

On 10 April - Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik stated that he had agreed with the Serbian President that around 20,000 vaccines would be delivered from Serbia to the Republic of Srpska early next week.

VACCINATION OF MIGRANTS


*On 24 March, the vaccination of migrants started in the outpatient clinic of the migrant center in Krnjaca. Around 500 migrants have registered.
Head of UNHCR Office in Serbia Francesca Bonelli pointed out that this UN agency was deeply grateful to the Serbian authorities for including the refugees in the vaccination plan.


 


Meeting with the World Health Organization Regional Director for Europe

20th April 2021

President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić met today with the Regional Director of the World Health Organisation for Europe Hans Kluge, to discuss cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as cooperation in improving health care in our country and other joint activities.

President Vučić thanked Dr Kluge for his personal engagement and support during the current pandemic, especially for technical assistance and expertise. On this occasion, he informed the WHO official about the results of immunisation in Serbia and plans on how to provide the vaccine to all citizens who want to get it.

Dr Kluge congratulated President Vučić on his leadership and personal commitment to provide vaccines. He emphasised that Serbia, with its good immunisation strategy, ranked among the global leaders, thus becoming an example of humanity and solidarity by enabling vaccination of elderly people in rural areas, foreign citizens and donating vaccines to other countries.

"Serbia has accepted the vaccine as a life-saving product and has not looked at it geopolitically", said Dr Kluge.
 
The two interlocutors agreed that the world should increase production capacities for vaccines, as well as develop new adequate therapies for the fight against COVID-19, and, in this regard, work on increasing the level of citizens' trust in science.

President Vučić informed Dr Kluge about the plans for improving the work of the Institute for Virology, Vaccines and Sera "Torlak".

"We want to make 'Torlak' one of the best vaccine factories in Europe", said President Vučić.


Source: www.predsednik.rs
Photo: www.predsednik.rs


 


WHO describes immunisation process in Serbia as impressive

19 April 2021

Prime Minister Ana Brnabic talked today with World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge about the epidemiological situation and the course of immunisation of citizens in Serbia.

Brnabic expressed gratitude for the cooperation in the fight against the pandemic, technical assistance and expertise, emphasising that the support of this organisation is very important for our country.

She informed the WHO Regional Director for Europe about the course of immunisation of citizens in Serbia, expressing her belief that, thanks to the large number of vaccinated people, we will be able to create collective immunity and return to normal life.

Kluge assessed the immunisation process in Serbia as impressive, and added that Serbia has made a good decision to offer citizens all available vaccines used in the fight against coronavirus.

Expressing concern over the emergence of new strains of the virus, he stressed the need to speed up the immunisation process and show mutual solidarity.

The WHO Regional Director for Europe praised Serbia for the humanity it has shown by donating vaccines to the countries of the region and enabling vaccination for those who do not have a sufficient number of vaccines for their citizens.

The Prime Minister said that Serbia will continue to cooperate with the countries of the region and help in accordance with its capabilities.

When it comes to the project "Roadmap for Health in the Western Balkans 2021-2025", it was stated that, if epidemiological conditions allow, a regional meeting will be held in Belgrade at the end of the year, important for future improvement of cooperation between countries in the field of health challenges.

Source: www.srbija.gov.rs
Photo: www.srbija.gov.rs


INFORMATION ON VACCINATION AGAINST CORONAVIRUS IN SERBIA

 (updated: 16 April 2021)

Vaccination (immunization) in Serbia began on 24 December (earlier than in the majority of European countries). Prime Minister Ana Brnabic received the first vaccine. She was also the first Prime Minister in Europe to receive the vaccine shot.

Serbia was the third country in Europe, after Britain and Switzerland, to start the vaccination. In Serbia, mass vaccination of the population in the fight against Covid-19 launched on 19 January.

Medical staff was the first to receive the vaccine, the immunization of geriatric centres' patrons followed, and the vaccines were then administered to the personnel of the Ministry of the Interior, Serbian Army and other security services, media representatives and others.

In Serbia, citizens express interest to be vaccinated against Covid-19 through the e-Government portal or by phone - via the contact center, upon which they receive a message with the date and time of vaccination appointment.

The Serbian Government informed that it enabled registering for vaccination against coronavirus via Viber app, starting 6 April, which is available through the official info service of the Serbian Government launched on Viber.

As of 9 April, all local governments will start arranging open vaccination posts where citizens will be able to get vaccine shots without prior registration, while the immunization of citizens who registered via e-Government portal or the Viber app will also be carried out at the same time.
More than 1,700,000 citizens applied through the e-Government portal or contact centers. Between 10,000 and 15,000 citizens apply for vaccination daily through the e-Government portal.
Citizens are able choose the vaccine they wish to receive, and the following are available: Pfizer-BioNTech, Chinese Sinopharm, Russian Sputnik V and AstraZeneca.
Serbia is one of the few countries that has four vaccines at its disposal.
According to the data, 70 percent of those vaccinated received the Sinopharm vaccine (more than a million citizens), 12 percent received the Pfizer vaccine, 9 percent Sputnik V and 9 percent the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The elderly are constantly pleaded with and invited to apply for the vaccine if they have not already, considering that citizens over 70 years of age are a priority. At the same time, citizens of all ages are invited to register and get vaccinated, since immunization has also begun of those who are not in the priority groups. Medical workers have also been vaccinating residents of smaller and rural areas, who have not registered via e-Government.

The importance of vaccination is constantly emphasized, as well as the fact that it is the only solution in the fight against the Covid-19 virus.

According to the latest information, 3.020.401 vaccine doses were given in Serbia, out of which fully vaccinated citizens (having received both doses) account for 1.212.997 (a third of the Serbian adult population). It is estimated that by the end of April, we will have about 40 percent of the adult population vaccinated with the first vaccine dose.

950,000 citizens were fully immunized - which means that three weeks have passed since their second dose, or 5 weeks since their first dose in the case of AstraZeneca.

In the age group between 65 and 74, more than 51 percent of the population has been vaccinated, and in the age group over 75, we have 42 percent of those vaccinated.

*On April 6, President Vucic was vaccinated in Rudna Glava, receiving the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine.

On Thursday, 8 April, Serbia broke its own record for the number of persons vaccinated, when more than 75,000 people were vaccinated. This is a result that, in proportion to the number of citizens, even the most developed countries in Europe and the world cannot take pride in.

The goal is to have more than 2,800,000 persons vaccinated, and 2,200,000 revaccinated by the end of May, and more than three million vaccinated and revaccinated persons by the end of June.

Belgrade, Novi Sad, Nis, Uzice and Sremska Mitrovica are at the top of the list with about 36 or 37 percent of vaccinated adult citizens.

*Example of Belgrade – 39,1 percent of adult citizens have been vaccinated (550.473 citizens), out of which fully vaccinated citizens 376.904 or 26,8 percent. There are additional 18 posts in city municipalities where they can be vaccinated without making an appointment. When it comes to senior citizens, aged 65 to 74, more than 68 percent of that population was vaccinated.


PROCUREMENT OF VACCINES

*On 22 December, the first quantities of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were delivered to Serbia. Serbia is the second country in Europe, after Great Britain, to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

*On 16 January, one million doses of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine arrived.

*On 29 January, 40,000 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine arrived.

*On 9 February, a new consignment of 50,000 Sputnik V vaccines arrived from Russia.

*On 11 February, Russian experts arrived in Serbia and discussed with Serbian experts how to start the production of Russian vaccines in Serbia as soon as possible. They visited the Torlak Institute in order to assess the technological and personnel capacities of the Institute for the production of the Sputnik V vaccine.
President Vucic announced that our country will invest in new plants, new equipment that would meet all standards, with the goal of producing the vaccine in our country. The Sputnik V vaccine would be distributed to the region from our country, but also to European countries.


* On 10 February, another batch of 500,000 Chinese Sinopharm vaccines arrived in Serbia.

* On 15 February, 40,950 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech company vaccine against coronavirus arrived in Serbia.

*On 21 February, 150,000 AstraZeneca vaccines arrived in Serbia, which have been available at every vaccination post since 23 February. Serbia was the first country in the Balkans to have this vaccine at that point in time.

*On 22 February, 46,800 more Pfizer vaccines arrived in Serbia.

*On 22 February, 50,000 more Sputnik V vaccines were delivered.

*On 28 February, a new consignment of 100,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine arrived (this was a delivery of the second dose of the vaccine - for revaccination), since the first and second doses have a different composition.

*On 1 March, a delivery of 58,500 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines arrived.

*On 4 March - during his official visit to Berlin, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selakovic said that German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas informed him that Serbia would soon receive 300,000 vaccines from the COVAX program (the first doses arrived on 2 April).

* On 5 March, 500,000 more Sinopharm vaccines were delivered.

*On 8 March, 28,080 doses of vaccines by Pfizer- BioNTech company arrived.

*On 11 March – Minister Popovic announced that the production of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine at the Torlak Institute will begin in May, and that Serbia will thus become the first country in the territory of Europe where this vaccine is produced.
The first phase of production of the Russian vaccine in Serbia implies transport of the substance, filling of bottles in accordance with the highest technological standards, packaging and distribution of vaccines in our country and region, and after the establishment of the first phase of production, the preparation of a feasibility study will begin on production in the so-called full cycle, which includes the production of the substance in Serbia. This will require the procurement of complex technological equipment and the expansion of Torlak's production capacities, but estimates are that full-cycle production could begin by the end of this year.

*On 11 March – during his visit to the UAE, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced that it had been agreed that, together with the United Arab Emirates and China, a vaccine against the coronavirus of the Chinese company Sinopharm would be produced in Serbia. President Vucic pointed out that, in addition to the timetable made with the competent Russian minister for the production of the Russian vaccine at Torlak, it was agreed that the factory for the Sinopharm vaccine would be completed and start production from 15 October.

*On 15 March - A delivery of 16,380 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived.

*On 18 March - President Aleksandar Vucic talked via video link with the management of Sinopharm company about the process of procuring vaccines, building a factory of Chinese vaccines in Serbia and building and equipping Serbian hospitals. An agreement on the purchase of another two million doses of Sinopharm vaccines was signed at the meeting.

* On 18 March - President Vucic announced that Serbia will have two vaccine factories and will produce between 30 and 40 million doses a year. The President had talks with the representatives of Sinopharm, while Minister Nenad Popovic discussed the production of the Sputnik V vaccine. (He stated that he expected that in less than a year, the liquid for the vaccine would be produced, and not just packaged.)

*On 22 March - 55,990 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were delivered.

*On 23 March - 100,000 doses of the first component of the Sputnik V vaccine arrived in Serbia.

*On 25 March - The Russian Direct Investment Fund and the Institute of Virology, Vaccines and Sera “Torlak” announced that an agreement has been reached on the production of the Sputnik V vaccine in Serbia. This will make our country the first state in Southern Europe to produce Sputnik V, and the vaccine could be exported to other countries in the region at later stages. The production of the vaccine will start by May at Torlak.

*On 29 March - 23,570 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived.

Serbia paid EUR 4.8 million in advance to the COVAX system, and we donated EUR 2 million for the development of the vaccine through the European Commission. Since no vaccines from the COVAX programme were delivered to Serbia, Serbia procured them bilaterally.

*On 2 April, the first consignment of 57,600 AstraZeneca vaccines arrived through the COVAX mechanism.

*On 5 April, half a million Sinopharm vaccines arrived.

The Prime Minister stated that 2.5 million vaccines were delivered to Serbia from China alone, and that a little less than a million of vaccines were delivered by all other manufacturers.

*On 5 April -  The Torlak Institute signed a Technology Transfer Agreement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund and the Russian pharmaceutical company Generium, under which the Russian side will transmit to the Serbian side data on procedures and technologies required for the production of the Sputnik V vaccine in Serbia.
Minister Nenad Popovic announced that three validation series of the Sputnik V vaccine would be produced in April, and that samples from these validation series would be sent for quality control to the Gamaleya Institute, and after the institute confirms the validity of samples produced at Torlak, our institute would start the production of the vaccine. This is expected to materialize by 20 May this year, and in that way Serbia will become the first country in Europe to produce the Sputnik V vaccine. 

*On 6 April, 106,420 vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech were delivered.
With that delivery, Serbia procured a total of 3.5 million vaccines, paid for all the vaccines, as well as all that we received from the COVAX system.

*On 12 April - 106,470 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived.
*14 April – The first series of control doses of the Sputnik V vaccine was filled at Torlak. The vaccines produced at Torlak will be released in June this year.

*15 April – President Vucic announced that another 211,000 Pfizer vaccines would arrive on Monday, 19 April, as well as that 50,000 doses of the second component of the Russian vaccine arrived on 14 April, and that on 16 April another batch of same quantity was expected, as are another 100,000 doses of the Sputnik V first component on Monday or Tuesday. Chinese Sinopharm vaccines are also expected by the end of this month.

VACCINATION OF MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS IN SERBIA

The Serbian Government was among the first in the world to enable the immunization of members of the diplomatic corps in Serbia. All four vaccines are available.

Close to 1,300 members of the diplomatic corps, holders of special ID cards (diplomatic, official, consular, etc.), registered and were vaccinated.

*On 13, 18 and 19 February, Sinopharm vaccines were administered. This completed the first round of vaccination. The second round, that is, revaccination with that vaccine, was carried out on 11 and 12 March.

*On 23 February, vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine began. Revaccination using this vaccine was carried out from 16 to 19 March.

Also, vaccination with Sputnik V and AstraZeneca started.

*On 20 March, remaining revaccinations were performed and it was also made possible for members of the diplomatic corps to receive the vaccine, who for certain reasons could not be vaccinated.


VACCINE DONATIONS TO COUNTRIES IN THE REGION

*On 14 February - President Vucic handed over the first batch of 4,680 Pfizer vaccines to Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev, while on 24 February, Minister Loncar handed over another 3,510 doses of Pfizer vaccine to the Macedonian Minister of Health.

*On 17 February - Serbia donated 2,000 Sputnik V vaccines to Montenegro.

*Approximately 5,000 health care workers from the Republic of Srpska have been vaccinated in Serbia so far, and our country will make the vaccination information system available to the Republic of Srpska so that they can use it when they have enough vaccines.

*On 2 March – Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic handed over to the Chairman and Members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina a batch of 5,000 AstraZeneca company vaccines donated by Serbia to Bosnia and Herzegovina, while on 12 March, another 5,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine were delivered from Serbia.

* On 15 March – all employees of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina were vaccinated at a hospital in Uzice, at the request of that court, in cooperation with the Constitutional Court of Serbia, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Serbian Embassy in Sarajevo.

*On 23 March - vaccination of 105 journalists from North Macedonia began at the Public Health Institute in Vranje. AstraZeneca vaccines for Macedonian journalists were provided at the request of the Macedonian Association of Journalists in cooperation with the Journalists' Association of Serbia, and with the support of the Office of the Serbian President.

*On 23 March - President Aleksandar Vucic handed over ventilators and other medical equipment for the Republic of Srpska. The donation was received by Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik.

*On 24 March - The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia (PKS) announced that, in cooperation with the Serbian Government, 10,000 vaccines were provided for businessmen from the region and their employees.

*On 29 March - The President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia announced that 8,500 businessmen from the region were vaccinated in Serbia over the weekend (on 27 and 28 March).


*Serbia donated a total of 40,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine to North Macedonia, the first batch of 20,000 vaccines for the first dose arrived on 1 April, and it was announced that the revaccination doses would arrive in the following period.

39,000 foreign nationals were vaccinated (using AstraZeneca vaccine), who arrived either at the invitation of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce or registered on their own via the e-Government portal. Prime Minister Brnabic stated that the vaccination of people from the region was a huge success and assessed that this was a way to raise common security, because if people in the region were not safe, people in Serbia were not safe either. The most numerous were citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Montenegro

*On 8 April - The Prime Minister stated that Serbia was currently focused on vaccinating its citizens, but that we would endeavour to help friends and neighbours in the fight against coronavirus through vaccine donations.

Around 53,000 foreign nationals who do not have a registered residence in Serbia have applied for vaccination in Serbia, by registering for vaccination via the e-Government portal. Foreign nationals are currently not being vaccinated, but Serbian citizens only, and once they have been vaccinated the option of vaccinating registered foreign nationals will be considered. Vaccination is free in Serbia, and the same applies to foreign nationals who get a vaccine shot in our country.

Advertisements for vaccination through agencies have appeared on social media and the internet, however, it is not possible to make a vaccination appointment in Serbia through any foreign or domestic travel agency, and these are internet frauds.

*On 8 April - The Government has decided to send a donation of 20,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to the Canton of Sarajevo.

*On 9 April - 29 journalists from the Sarajevo Canton Television were vaccinated in Novi Pazar.

On 10 April - Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik stated that he had agreed with the Serbian President that around 20,000 vaccines would be delivered from Serbia to the Republic of Srpska early next week.

VACCINATION OF MIGRANTS


*On 24 March, the vaccination of migrants started in the outpatient clinic of the migrant center in Krnjaca. Around 500 migrants have registered.
Head of UNHCR Office in Serbia Francesca Bonelli pointed out that this UN agency was deeply grateful to the Serbian authorities for including the refugees in the vaccination plan.


 


Selakovic: Political extremism of Albanians in Kosovo and Metohija is becoming stronger

13 April 2021

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Nikola Selakovic warned, at the United Nations Security Council meeting, that the political extremism among Albanians in Kosovo and Metohija was not decreasing, but on the contrary, was becoming stronger.

At the meeting discussing the Report of the UN Secretary-General on the work of UNMIK, Minister Selakovic recalled that the obligation to form the Community of Serb Municipalities  remained unfulfilled for 2,917 days now and that, in fact, 19 April marked eight full years since the agreement was reached in Brussels, while Pristina still refused to follow up on its commitment and enable the formation of the Community of Serb Municipalities. 

The Minister reminded that the current Prime Minister of the provisional institutions of self-government in Pristina repeatedly threatened to unite the self-proclaimed Kosovo and Albania, and that he also stated that the dialogue with Belgrade was low on the list of his priorities.

Minister Selakovic pointed out that it was high time for Albanian leaders in Pristina to show responsibility in fulfilling their commitments, but also a sincere commitment to reaching a compromise solution and building mutual trust.

"Serbia is determined and will not give up on identifying a compromise solution, which will be sustainable for future generations as well. The only way to build lasting peace and stability in our region is by working to build trust and insisting on positive political agendas", Selakovic concluded.

According to the Minister, lasting peace and stability can only be achieved if none of the participants in the dialogue pursued maximalist demands and insisted on the complete humiliation of the other.

He pointed out that the Serbian and Albanian peoples, as the two most numerous peoples in the Western Balkans, needed to find a way to reach reconciliation and a basis for cooperation, both in terms of the economy and in achieving shared prospects for membership of the European Union.

"Belgrade has made sincere steps in that direction, by being one of the initiators of the idea of relaxing the flow of people, goods, capital and services, popularly referred to as "mini-Schengen", the Minister underlined.

Pointing out that Serbia had time and time again demonstrated its commitment to dialogue as the only way towards a peaceful, political solution to the problem in Kosovo and Metohija, Selakovic underscored that the recent elections in the Province confirmed that political extremism among Albanians in Kosovo and Metohija was not decreasing, but on the contrary, was becoming stronger, which could be seen during the recent pre-election process.
Minister stressed that political pressures on Serbs continued even after the election process was completed, by denying Serbs fair representation in provisional institutions as the new so-called government in Pristina decided to assign only one ministry to the Serb community.

"Serb returnees represent a particularly vulnerable category, who spend their every day in fear of being attacked. I remind you that the southern Serbian province is still an area with the lowest return rate of displaced persons in the world", the Minister said and emphasized that, in the last year alone, more than 80 attacks and incidents took place in our southern province, targeting Serbs, their property and religious sites.

It is particularly worrying for the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija, Selakovic noted, that in the previous period, and especially in March this year, there were frequent physical attacks on the property of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

"A striking example of the disrespectful attitude towards Serbian cultural and religious monuments in the Province, whose exceptional universal value UNESCO confirmed by inscribing them on the World Heritage List, is the case of the Visoki Decani Monastery", the Minister underlined.

Furthermore, the Serbian Foreign Minister assessed as concerning the breaking into the Health Center in Strpce by police inspectors and officers, in January this year, who conducted a search aiming to discover Covid-19 vaccines there, originating from central Serbia.

"Although we consider this to be an intrusion into a health care institution, our reaction was restrained this time as well. We did not want our decisions to cause escalation and politicization of activities that are solely aimed at protecting public health. We organized the vaccination of citizens from Kosovo and Metohija at three locations in central Serbia and thus clearly demonstrated that people's lives are the top priority to us", the Minister stressed.

Minister Selakovic stated that Serbia highly valued the activities of UNMIK mission in Kosovo and Metohija and that it supported it in carrying out its work as efficiently as possible and undiminished in scope, aiming to build and preserve security in the Province.

Selakovic said that the international missions in Kosovo and Metohija - UNMIK, KFOR, EULEX and the OSCE mission, under the administration of the United Nations and in line with UNSC Resolution 1244, played a key role in the preservation of peace and protection of the population.

"We support and respect their engagement and efforts made in the framework of their mandates, with the common goal of creating conditions for a peaceful and safe coexistence of the inhabitants of Kosovo and Metohija. The Serb and other non-Albanian population in Kosovo and Metohija have the utmost confidence in the international presence and consider it a guarantor of security and a barrier against the arbitrariness of the provisional institutions in Pristina", the Minister emphasized.

He said that this demonstrated the need that international missions remain engaged in an undiminished scope, in order to consistently implement UNSC Resolution 1244.

Selakovic further emphasized the importance of KFOR international forces and pointed out that any unilateral attempt to assign to someone else or that someone else assumes a part of KFOR's mandate and responsibilities constitutes a violation of UNSC Resolution 1244.

The Minister also noted as unacceptable the unilateral decisions on the formation of the Pristina "Ministry of Defence" and launching the process of transforming the so-called "Kosovo Security Forces" (KSF) into the so-called "Kosovo Army". 

At the beginning of his statement, Minister Selakovic lodged a protest against the abuse of the video format of the session by the representative of Pristina as she had a flag of the self-proclaimed "Kosovo" placed behind her, and the representative of Russia did the same.

Below is an integral version of the speech of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selakovic

Distinguished President of the Security Council,

Distinguished Special Representative,

Esteemed members of the Security Council,

At the outset, I have no choice but to lodge a protest against the abuse of the video format of this session on the part of the representatives of Pristina in order to promote the symbols of the so-called statehood of Kosovo. Despite the fact that the representatives of Pristina were warned on several occasions, including by the President of the Security Council at the previous session, that such abuses of Security Council sessions are absolutely unacceptable and constitute a flagrant violation of the Security Council rules on participation of representatives of the provisional institutions of self-government in Pristina, under Rule 39 of the UN Security Council Rules of Procedure, we are again faced with their reckless disregard for the rules of this distinguished body. Let me reiterate our call for the necessary steps to be taken to prevent such abuses.

It is my great pleasure to address this august body at the meeting on the work of the Mission of the United Nations in Kosovo and Metohija. At the outset, I would like to thank Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr. Guterres and Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMIK Mr. Tanin for the report submitted and for their efforts made towards the implementation of the UNMIK mandate, and also to the members of the Security Council for the continued attention they have devoted to the issue of Kosovo and Metohija. The Republic of Serbia highly values the activities of the Mission of the United Nations in Kosovo and Metohija and supports it in carrying out its work as efficiently as possible and undiminished in scope, aiming to build and preserve security in the Province.

Mr. President,

In the previous period we have faced political instability in Kosovo and Metohija. We recently had elections in the Province, which unfortunately confirmed that political extremism among Albanians in Kosovo and Metohija is not decreasing, but on the contrary, is becoming stronger. We have witnessed Albanian leaders competing among themselves in efforts to find the best way to provoke an incident in Serb communities, in order to score political points of the Albanian electorate. Under the pretext of amending the voter list, a large number of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija were deprived of one of their fundamental political rights - the opportunity to elect their political representatives. Out of approximately 140,000 of citizens of Kosovo and Metohija who were removed from the voter list in the latest election process, 85% are Serbs.

Despite numerous challenges and problems, the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija have shown, by high turnout and a convincing victory of the Serb List which won all ten seats reserved for Serbian representatives, that nothing can stop them from resolutely defending their position. Political pressures on Serbs continued even after the election process was completed, by denying Serbs fair representation in provisional institutions as the new so-called government in Pristina decided to assign only one ministry to the Serb community.

Distinguished members of the Security Council,

Unfortunately, it was not only during the election activities that we witnessed the unreasonable anti-Serb policy being pursued by the provisional institutions in Pristina. This goes to the length of breaking into the Health Center in Strpce, in the south of Kosovo and Metohija, by police inspectors and officers from Pristina, in  January this year, who conducted a search aiming to discover Covid-19 vaccines there, originating from central Serbia, which they did not find. In doing so they demonstrated force and threatened to arrest the director of the Health Center, medical staff and doctors. At a time when the whole world is fighting the pandemic with vaccines being the only way to end this challenge, while Serbia is showing support and solidarity by donating vaccines and medical equipment to all in need in the region, Pristina wants to destroy vaccines only because they originate from central Serbia. As the whole world expresses gratitude to medical doctors, who have made great and heroic sacrifices in combating the virus, the provisional institutions in Pristina are attacking Serbian doctors for doing their job.

Although we believe that intrusions into health care institutions are inadmissible, our reaction was restrained this time as well. We did not want our decisions to cause escalation and politicization of activities that are solely aimed at protecting public health. We organized the vaccination of citizens from Kosovo and Metohija at three locations in central Serbia and thus clearly demonstrated that people's lives are the top priority to us. Serbia continues to be ready to help all in need of assistance, and we call for reason and responsibility, especially in such difficult times.

Mr. President,

Attacks targeting Serbs and their property have been on the rise. In the last year alone, more than 80 attacks and incidents took place in our southern province, targeting Serbs, their property and religious sites. According to the information provided by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo and Metohija, in the second half of last year, the number of incidents increased by more than 30% compared to 2019. Therefore, we cannot agree with the assessment that the "security situation in Kosovo remained stable, with a few incidents reported affecting non-majority communities". Last weekend, for example, an entirely unprovoked physical attack by a group of Albanians on two Serb young men took place in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica.

Serb returnees represent a particularly vulnerable category, who spend their every day in fear of being attacked. The fact that one family of returnees was the target of seven attacks clearly indicates the persistence of those who do not want Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija. There is absolutely no trace of political will in Pristina for 212,995 displaced Serbs who have been living outside Kosovo and Metohija for 22 years to return to their homes. Since 1999, the rate of sustainable return of internally displaced persons in Kosovo and Metohija has been only 1.9%, which according to the UN data is officially the lowest percentage of return of expelled population after a conflict anywhere in the world.

At the same time, while arresting internally displaced persons, Pristina authorities are exerting the strongest of pressures on the Specialist Chambers in The Hague. The aim is to completely prevent the further processing of a number of cases against members of the terrorist KLA, on charges of serious crimes committed during the conflict in Kosovo and Metohija against both Serbs and persons belonging to other nationalities. President of the Specialist Chambers Madam Trendafilova recently warned that, should the pressures continue, this would have very dramatic consequences to the trials in progress. President Trendafilova underlined as highly problematic the phenomenon of witness intimidation, who are key for conducting proceedings successfully and rendering a proper verdict.

Although the wait to raise indictments was far too long, we consider it commendable that efforts have finally been made to punish the perpetrators of numerous serious crimes which were committed during the armed conflicts a little over two decades ago, but also upon the arrival of the international forces to Kosovo and Metohija. For example, no one has been held accountable to this day for the killings and abductions of 17 journalists in Kosovo and Metohija, which is currently the largest number of unsolved cases of murdered and kidnapped journalists in Europe. Furthermore, the perpetrators of any of the mass crimes committed against Serb civilians after 1999 have not been brought to justice. I will remind you of only a few of these cases: 14 Serb farmers were killed in the village of Staro Gracko, 12 displaced Serbs were killed and 43 wounded in the attack on the "Niš Express" bus in Livadice near Podujevo, and in Gorazdevac near Pec unknown persons fired automatic weapons on children who were swimming in the Bistrica river. Two Serb children were killed then, and four were seriously injured.

We expect the EULEX Mission to continue to support the Specialist Chambers and the Specialist Prosecutor's Office, as well as its additional engagement in the field of the rule of law. Special attention needs to be devoted to witness protection, and determining the fate of missing persons.

International missions in Kosovo and Metohija - UNMIK, KFOR EULEX and OMIK are an integral part of the international civilian and security presence in our southern province, under the administration of the United Nations and in line with UNSC Resolution 1244 (1999), and play a key role and make an outstanding contribution to the preservation of peace and protection of the population. We support and respect their engagement and efforts made in the framework of their mandates, with the common goal of creating conditions for a peaceful and safe coexistence of the inhabitants of Kosovo and Metohija. The Serb and other non-Albanian population in Kosovo and Metohija have the utmost confidence in the international presence and consider it a guarantor of security and a barrier against the arbitrariness of the provisional institutions in Pristina. This further demonstrates the need that international missions remain engaged in an undiminished scope, in order to consistently implement UNSC Resolution 1244.

I would like to further emphasize the importance of KFOR international forces and point out that any unilateral attempt to assign to someone else or that someone else assumes a part of KFOR's mandate and responsibilities constitutes a violation of the UNSC Resolution 1244, while also being a potential source of instability and tensions. I will remind you that Pristina, contrary to international law and completely ignoring the interests and positions of the Serb community in the Province, would not abandon its plans to install a new security actor in the territory of Kosovo and Metohija. We consider the unilateral decisions on the formation of the "Ministry of Defence" and launching the process of transforming the so-called "Kosovo Security Forces" (KSF) into the so-called "Kosovo Army" to be unacceptable. I would like to reiterate that such unilateral moves on the part of Pristina constitute a gross violation of the UNSC Resolution 1244 and the Military Technical Agreement, according to which only the International Security Forces, that is KFOR, have the mandate for all military aspects of security in the territory of Kosovo and Metohija.

In this context, an additional reason for concern is the announcement of the construction of the largest base of the "Kosovo Security Forces" in the southern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, which Serbs in the north of Kosovo and Metohija perceive as the most open provocation and threat to their physical safety.


Distinguished members of the Security Council,

It is particularly worrying for the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija that in the previous period, and especially in March this year, there were frequent physical attacks on the property of the Serbian Orthodox Church. In just two weeks, as many as seven Orthodox landmarks in the province were targeted by vandals, at a time when we all remember the March 2004 pogrom against Serbs and Serbian holy sites in Kosovo and Metohija. The condition of the Serbian cultural and spiritual heritage in Kosovo and Metohija is humiliating, including the four monuments that are inscribed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger (Visoki Decani, Holy Virgin of Ljevisa, Gracanica and the Patriarchate of Pec). Numerous administrative and technical barriers are imposed on priestly and monastic communities, which makes it more difficult or even impossible for them to survive on church property.

A striking example of the disrespectful attitude towards Serbian cultural and religious monuments in the Province, whose exceptional universal value UNESCO confirmed by inscribing them on the World Heritage List, is the case of the Visoki Decani Monastery.


Distinguished members of the Security Council,

The reason for the nervous behaviour of Pristina is all too obvious, as the project of the so-called independence today fails to be recognized by more than a half of the United Nations Member States, including five members of the European Union. However, it is high time for Albanian leaders in Pristina to show responsibility in fulfilling their commitments, but also a sincere commitment to reaching a compromise solution and building mutual trust.

I will remind you that the current Prime Minister of the provisional institutions of self-government in Pristina has repeatedly threatened to unite the self-proclaimed Kosovo and Albania in the past. A member of his party publicly said last weekend that the self-proclaimed Kosovo and Albania would be united, I quote, "with rifle and gunpowder, or referendum boxes".

I need not explain why such dangerous ideas constitute a direct threat to peace and stability. They violate Resolution 1244, while continuously destabilizing not only our southern province, but the entire region as well, and in no way contribute to the dialogue process, but instead hamper it again.

We have demonstrated time and time again our commitment to dialogue as the only way towards a peaceful, political solution to the problem in Kosovo and Metohija. Even today, after many years of negotiations, but also failure to fulfill what was agreed and constant unilateral moves and provocations on the part of the provisional institutions in Pristina, we are still ready to sit down at the table and talk.

We are ready for dialogue but not to be blackmailed and threatened and especially not for ultimatums recently presented by Prime Minister of the provisional institutions of self-government in Pristina. I will remind you of his statement that the dialogue will be low on the list of priorities of the Pristina authorities. It is bewildering how Pristina refers to ultimatums completely undermining any chance of dialogue, as the European Union also pointed out, as "principles" and how it persistently insists that Belgrade should recognize the unilaterally declared independence of "Kosovo", upon which, they believe, all else would be resolved. What is the purpose of the dialogue then, if Belgrade is only expected to recognize the so-called Kosovo? Does the dialogue imply that one side should give up everything only for the other to win it all? And does the dialogue, in Pristina's opinion, imply that what was agreed should not be fulfilled?

I will remind you that Pristina still refuses to follow up on its obligations arising from the agreements reached so far and does not agree to discuss their implementation within the dialogue. And the situation is quite simple - in April 2013, the first agreement was signed in Brussels, which envisaged four obligations: one for Pristina and three for Belgrade. Belgrade has fulfilled all obligations, while the only obligation that the provisional institutions in Pristina had - to form the Community of Serb Municipalities - has remained unfulfilled for 2,917 days now. In fact, 19 April marks eight full years since the agreement was reached in Brussels, and of Pristina's failure to fulfill the obligation to form the Community of Serb Municipalities.

Distinguished Mr. President,

Regardless of the discouraging messages heard from Pristina and the fact that the dialogue has been in progress for many years, Serbia is determined and will not give up on identifying a compromise solution, which will be sustainable for future generations as well. Lasting peace and stability can only be achieved if none of the participants in the dialogue pursues maximalist demands and insists on the complete humiliation of the other. The Serbian and Albanian peoples, as the two most numerous peoples in the Western Balkans, need to find a way to reach reconciliation and a basis for cooperation, both in terms of the economy and in achieving shared prospects for membership  to the European Union.

Belgrade has made sincere steps in that direction, by being one of the initiators of the idea of relaxing the flow of people, goods, capital and services, popularly referred to as "mini-Schengen".

As far as Serbia is concerned, we are convinced that the only way to build lasting peace and stability in our region is by working to build trust and insisting on positive political agendas. The inhabitants of Kosovo and Metohija, of any nationality, whether they are Serbs or Albanians, do not deserve anything less.

Thank you for your attention.


Selakovic: Pristina persists in its campaign of hatred against the Serbian people

13 April 2021

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Nikola Selakovic stated today that Pristina further persisted in its campaign of hatred against the Serbian people, which was most drastically seen in the unfounded accusations of mass rapes and genocide.

At the UN Security Council meeting discussing the Report of the UN Secretary-General on the work of UNMIK, Selakovic emphasized that the efforts of the provisional institutions in Kosovo and Metohija to create a narrative about mass rapes of Albanian women were obvious, and that propaganda methods and lies were used for that purpose.

"It is clear that there were victims on all sides in the conflict, as well as that our side has evidence of numerous Serb victims. But the precondition for ensuring the protection of rights that belong to each individual victim is a rational and well-argued approach", Selakovic said responding to the slander of the Pristina representative.

Selakovic underlined that, contrary to the claims of politicians from Pristina about 20,000 raped Albanian women, the information provided by the Commission for the Verification and Recognition of Sexual Violence Victim Status indicates 912 raped persons, however, failing to include in this number the Serb women who were victims of violence.

"Let me emphasize that Serbia condemns every act of sexual violence in conflicts and is committed to achieving justice for all victims. The number of victims certainly does not diminish the horrific effect of this type of violence on each victim individually, but also, speculating on numbers does not contribute to justice being served and leads to politicization and slowing down the reconciliation process", Selakovic said.

Regarding the genocide accusations, Minister Selakovic stated that they only went to prove that Pristina further persisted in its campaign of hatred, propaganda and open hostility towards the Serbian people.

"Through statements given on a daily basis, they attempt to paint a picture that Serbia is to blame for everything and that genocide was committed against Albanians, all in order to hide their own responsibility for the committed crimes", the Serbian Foreign Minister said. 

He underlined that anyone who knew what the definition of genocide implied would understand that it was not Serbia that committed something, but that the Serbian people was instead a victim of the "state-building" project of the Kosovo Albanians, based on the dangerous idea of ethnically clean territories, as evidenced by more than 200,000 expelled Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija.

"We are convinced that the civilized world will not agree to be their accomplice in concealing and covering up their crimes, and that a clear message will be sent to them that they must take responsibility for their actions", Selakovic said.
He reminded that until 1999, around 40,000 Serbs lived in Pristina, and that today there were only about twenty of them, that around 17,000 Serbs lived in Pec, and that today there were only the Serbian nuns in the Patriarchate of Pec, that around 12,000 Serbs lived in Prizren before the war, and that today only 17 families remained there, and that in Urosevac, out of 10,000 Serbs who lived there before the war, only the family of a Serbian priest remained.


Marking the Day of Remembrance of the victims of the NATO aggression

President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic made a statement on the occasion of marking the Day of Remembrance of the victims of the NATO aggression.

"Your Holiness, distinguished Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, distinguished Speakers of the National Assemblies of the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Srpska, distinguished Prime Ministers of the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Srpska, distinguished Ministers of both Governments, dear guests and friends, representatives of the Serbian People from Montenegro, North Macedonia, Croatia, thank you for the fact that we are all together tonight and that the Serbian spirit is unbreakable and invincible.

One child a day and a little more than that. That is the most difficult, sickening and painful number of the NATO aggression from 1999. Killed, stopped, guilty of nothing, having committed no sin, without the right to defence, without the right to justice and without the right to life.

No one has ever been held accountable for this crime, a crime greater than a crime. No one, for the 2,500 killed civilians, but also soldiers and policemen who were only guilty of guarding, protecting themselves and their homes. No one has ever been held accountable for more than 6,000 persons injured.

Even today, 22 years after the aggression, it is not possible to explain that, there is no universal justification, despite all the work done to that end, there is no reason, it makes no sense, and only names remain, as eternal as sin.

Miljana Milic, fifteen years old,
Vladimir Milic, twelve years old,
Miomir Mladenovic, fourteen years old,
Dragan Dimic, three years old,
Julijana Brudar, ten years,
Olivera Maksimovic, twelve years old,
Miroslav Knezevic, thirteen years old,
Dajana Pavlovic, five years old,
Stevan Pavlovic, eight years old,
Marko Simic, two years old,
Milica Rakic, three years old,
Ivan Ivancic, seven years old,
Marko Ivanovic, three years old...

And the list goes on, eighty nine names, not only Serbian ones...

The senselessness of sheer killing did not choose. Sixteen children, aged two to seventeen, from the Ahmetaj and Hasani families, were killed in a convoy returning home to Prizren.

In one headline in the West, this was simply explained as a "tragic mistake". The deaths of Marko Roglic, Milan Ignjatovic, Gordana Nikolic, Irena Mitic, Milica Stojanovic, Bojana Tosovic, Branimir Stanijanovic, our Sanja Milenkovic...could not expect or get even such an explanation.

Those deaths were not tragic, for those who caused them, much less a mistake. It was just an excuse, a miserable excuse.

They were a result of intent and a clear decision, as a severe judgment against one country, its people, its children.

And that is why today we will refrain from speculation in giving a name to everything that happened during the spring of 1999. Because a crime happened, a heinous and terrible one. And it was an aggression, not a bombing, not an intervention, not a campaign, not an operation. An aggression is what happened. An attack on a sovereign country, without a decision of the United Nations, without a sufficient reason that would justify attacking the then Yugoslavia or a neighbouring or NATO country.

No one was attacked by Serbia or the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia at that time. They attacked us, with one goal. To defeat us, to keep killing us, and in the end to take away a part of our territory.

And no matter how much we analyze things today, no matter how harsh and critical we are towards ourselves, our policy and leadership at the time, it is clear that the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Serbia were left with almost no choice then. The choice was horrible, either the loss of territory and people on the one hand, or the complete disappearance of the Serbian state, morals, honour, Serbian spirit, names and surnames. And we could not help but lose. Nineteen big ones attacked one small country, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. They attacked both Serbia and Montenegro. And even when they don't talk about it today, in one of the two independent countries, those are the facts. And that small country, and that small nation, to all nineteen of them so great and powerful, held a lesson in what matters most - honour, morals and love for freedom that a nation can have.

Yes, justice, lest we forget justice. All those nineteen great ones today still silently talk about their military success, avoid answering questions, while - can you imagine, one small, only numerically small Serbian people, that small but magnificent nation, with sadness, tears in their eyes, proudly remembers their resistance and struggle against the nineteen cruel and arrogant ones.

We lost a lot, we lost our fathers, brothers, spouses, children, but the honour and Serbian heart are still there, to protect Serbia, which is eternal and indestructible.

We lost children, we lost people, we lost control over a large part of the territory, we lost billions because of the destroyed infrastructure and economy.

And all that was left for us was the body of a tortured, destroyed country, a country in disintegration, mutilated, looted, wounded, deserted, and guilty, condemned for everything that happened not only in the 1990s, but throughout history.

A country that, even ten years after the aggression, did not have the strength to stand up, rise to its feet, and do anything but be silent, or bow its head and obediently apologize, for everything, even for its dead, even for its murdered children.

Today, it is no longer that failed, tortured, devastated, mutilated Serbia.

Today, it is Serbia, which has found its strength and its pride again.

Serbia, which calls things by their real names.

Serbia, which turned its back on war and defeats, and started working.

Serbia, which rose to stand on its own feet and has a voice of its own.


Serbia, which, even when they don't believe it, they listen to. Which is capable, which is growing, and is no longer part of the problem. Serbia, which is and will be, at least we will do our best to this end, the very solution that enables the entire region to live in peace and understanding.

And that Serbia, today, when there are still many more bombs in the world than vaccines, sends not bombs, but precisely those vaccines to the region. Today, it is ready to produce them as well, and in just a few months we will do just that, but not only for ourselves, but also for others, for the entire Balkans.

We are ready, and we are willing to help.

We are not ready to be and we will not be silent, nor be humiliated again.

We draw the right to that not only from the victims we had, but also from the fact that we stopped looking at others only a long time ago, and looking for fault and guilt only in them, and not sometimes in ourselves as well.

We looked at each other and admitted. Every loss, every defeat and every crime that someone committed in our name, every failure and every wrong policy.

And we are no longer doing anything that could endanger anyone.


We continue to work and work, and grow more and more, gaining strength with only one goal - to be the best in economy and education, health, in culture, science, sports...

And we want to be safe, on our own. We want our army to be much stronger than it was in 1999. So that we never again face a situation that someone is killing our children, destroying the country, or expelling our people.

We want to remain free, to decide our own destiny, and for no one to take everything away from us ever again, and give us nothing.

And that nothing today, and I will repeat it as much as necessary, is the idea of some great, powerful ones, but also those who serve them, the idea that "Kosovo" should recognize us, so that we could recognize "Kosovo".

We do not need that recognition. And Serbia will not allow you to walk over our victims, our history, our past, but also to walk over our future. You will get the answer of reasonable, kind and responsible people. We need a compromise. We need all the obligations that we and Pristina have assumed to be fulfilled, but only we have fulfilled them so far.

And this is not our whim. It is not a phantasmagoria about a Serbian world that we want to create.

Even today, when they threaten us with the formation of a Greater Albania, when they say that the Community of Serb Municipalities is not going to happen, it is ours to be calm, to take care of our people in Kosovo and Metohija, but to send a clear message to all those great, powerful ones that we are not as weak as we were, that we will be able to preserve what is our own, not touching anything that belongs to anyone else. After all, Serbia is not and will not be but a handful of oats that every crow from the whole wide world can eat. As for those who used the strength and power of the nineteen arrogant and cruel ones, I only ask them not to threaten us. Please, please, don't threaten us. They should not think that Serbia is broken and that it will not have the strength to respond. Please, please, our Albanian neighbours, do not threaten us. And we ask all others, who have demonstrated their cruelty towards Serbia, not to help you in that. That is all we are asking and nothing more.

And we will respond to calls for peace, calls for compromise, and always with good will, because we do not want to have children killed again. And we do not want the children of others to suffer again. But do not underestimate Serbia, and do not look at Serbia with the same eyes as you did in 1999.

Today, Serbia is much stronger, much more powerful. Today, Serbia is a united country of togetherness, not a divided one. Today, Serbia is incomparably stronger and better in every aspect than it was in 1999, from the economy to our army. And we will never threaten anyone, we just ask you and request from you to respect us and nothing more.


Today, we are building roads that will connect us, among ourselves, with the region and with the world. Until the end of the year, we will work on eight motorways, on eight routes in the entire Balkans, not only Serbia, eight roads of peace and cooperation.

Only a crazy person would trade this for war, for dead children, for demolition and new loss. And yes, we want to have the closest relations with everyone who took part in the aggression against our beautiful Serbia, we have forgiven a long time ago, but no, we will never forget. And don't ask us to. That one day, every year, we will remind both ourselves and you. The nineteen of you, the most powerful, strongest, greatest in terms of might and force, but not so much when it comes to honour and morality. We will keep remind you and ourselves, just so it would never happen again. Not to us only, but to none other freedom-loving people in the world.

And if we have an offer, today it reads as follows: we are ready to make the whole Balkans a winner, for everyone to win, as long as no one tries to make Serbs the only losers.

And the path to this goal is not difficult at all.

We just need to respect and understand each other and not try to humiliate each other.

And not to touch into what everyone paid the highest and bloodies price for. Freedom. And we, Serbs, know the price of freedom.

Into our right to have it, to keep it and to remember all the victims who are part of it.

And our defeats, our lives and our children are built into ours. And the lives of our heroic pilots, and our giants from Kosare and Pastrik, and our children, innocent, completely innocent, and only guilty of living in Serbia.

This is too high a price to be quiet about it.

Because that would mean that we are ready for another defeat, for another humiliation.

And we are not.

And when all go quiet, we will keep repeating.

A child a day, and a little more. This was how much you killed us. In an aggression that even you did not understand why you carried it out.

And we will keep repeating this, just so it does not happen to us again.

With special reverence, we are fulfilling our obligation to pay tribute to all innocent Serbian victims who laid their lives on the altar of the homeland, both civilians and our heroic soldiers and policemen, the heroes of Kosare, Prizren, Mitrovica.

Today, for us Serbs, life in Kosovo and Metohija is like Via Dolorosa, using their last strength on the road to Golgotha, but we would not be Serbs if we were not capable to "exist in a terrible place".

And today, tonight, I can conclude with one important sentence. On the soil of Europe, there was, and today is stronger than ever, an indomitable, unwavering, unconquerable and never conquered Serbia.

May eternal glory be to all the victims of the NATO aggression and let us all exclaim together - long live free and proud Serbia", President Vucic said.

Source:www.predsednik.rs
Photo:www.predsednik.rs

 


Non-working days at the Embassy

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Stockholm will be closed on Friday, 2 April and on Monday, 5 April 2021 in observance of the Easter Holiday. The consular section of the Embassy will be opened only for urgent matters.


Participation of the representative of the Republic of Serbia at the Conference within the celebration of the "Month of Francophonie" in Sweden, on 24 March 2021

On the occasion of the celebration of the "Month of Francophonie" in Stockholm, the digital Conference „Together beyond the crisis – Sustainable developments for the benefit of Business and Society: Insights from Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, Belgium and Serbia“ took place on 24 March, organized by the "Stockholm School of Economics" and the embassies of the mentioned countries in Sweden.
Nikola Krstić, founder and executive director of the startup "Anoris Technologies" from Serbia, delivered a presentation at the Conference. On that occasion, he presented key aspects of the company's business, with the emphasis on the production of the "smart glove Anora", designed for blind people. He also pointed out how the mentioned company successfully overcame difficulties in doing business, that were caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The organizers of the event assessed his presentation as particularly useful, with the possibility that this business project could be realized in other members of Francophonie and another interested countries as well. 

The Conference can be seen HERE:


Commemorating Remembrance Day of 17 March 2004 - Pogrom in Kosovo and Metohija

President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic participated today in the commemoration of the Remembrance Day of 17 March 2004 - Pogrom in Kosovo and Metohija. He said that exactly 17 years ago, a pogrom took place in Kosovo and Metohija, and that pogrom surpassed all other crimes.

"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest, these words of Elie Wiesel, a camp survivor and Nobel laureate, make it forever incumbent upon us not to remain silent against crime, regardless of who and for what reason committed it", President Vucic stated and added that we remembered and learned every lesson in which we were losers, each one in which we were silent to our own victims, and each one when we were ready to forget.   

"Serbia is no longer weak today, nor is it a country of losers, it does not threaten, but it does not forget either, it is ready for talks, but not for humiliation. Serbia, just like everyone else, has the right to take care of its people, their safety and well-being. The right to life is a fundamental human right and we will always defend it", President Vucic said.

President Vucic said that pogrom surpasses all other crimes, because it is not only an act, but an intention, a policy, a premediated attempt to forcibly cleanse persons belonging to other peoples and faiths from a region or a country.

"We have no right to remain silent to that", said the President of Serbia, emphasizing that we have an obligation to be winners without blood spilled and war, to be the best in the economy, healthcare, sports, education and everything else that implies development and progress.

"We also wish others to work on themselves and be successful, because we are aware that crime is a tool for losers that winners do not need, as they remember, but forgive and move on, while the losers keep spinning in the same vicious circle. We Serbs do not want to be that anymore, we want a future in which we will remember, but from which we will not return. We know what happened and we call it by its real name", President Vucic concluded.

Photo: Dimitrije Goll


Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb and Ljubljana elected as the new Patriarch of Serbia

18 February 2021

Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb and Ljubljana elected as the new Patriarch of Serbia

The Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church elected His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana, PhD, as the new Serbian Patriarch, in its convocation in Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava in Belgrade on 18 February 2021.

Immediately after the election a thanksgiving service was officiated and Many Years was chanted to the Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch Porfirije. Bells at Saint Sava Cathedral in the Vracar district of Belgrade rang a few minutes before 4:00 pm indicating that the 46th Patriarch of Serbia was elected.

Newly-elected Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch Porfirije (Peric) was born on 22 July 1961 in Becej, to father Radivoje and Mother Radojka. He was baptized as Prvoslav. He finished primary school in Curug, and the “Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj” Grammar School in Novi Sad. He was ordained a monk according to the rite of small schime by his spiritual father, then hieromonk Dr. Irinej (Bulovic), at Decani Monastery on Sunday of St. Thomas in 1985.

He graduated from the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade in 1986, when the then Bishop of Raska-Prizren Diocese, future Serbian Patriarch Pavle of blessed memory, ordained him a hierodeacon at the monastery of Holy Trinity in Musutiste.

He attended postgraduate studies in Athens from 1986 until 1990. That year, upon the blessing of Bishop Dr. Irinej of Backa, he joined the monastery of Holy Archangels in Kovilj, where he was ordained as hieromonk and became its abbot.

Many young monks and novices came to the monastery following him. These were the years when the Kovilj Monastery became a spiritual center for many young people: intellectuals, artists, popular actors and rock musicians, especially from Novi Sad and Belgrade. Since then abbot Porfirije has particularly dealt with drug-addicted patients. In 2005, he formed for this purpose a therapeutic community called “The Land of the Living”, which is recognized as the most successful drug-addiction therapy project and, under the leadership of Bishop Porfirije, it has more than a hundred residents in camps throughout Serbia today.

During the ordinary meeting of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade on 14 May 1999 he was elected as Bishop of Jegar, Vicar of the Diocese of Backa.

He defended his PhD thesis Possibility of knowability of God in St. Paul’s understanding according to the interpretation of Saint John Chrysostom at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Athens in 2004.


He became a lecturer at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology - Department of Pastoral Psychology - succeeding famous psychiatrist, academician Dr. Vladeta Jerotic. His lectures have been attended not only by students of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology, but other Belgrade faculties as well.

Together with a group of experts: psychologists, doctors, criminologists, sociologists, Bishop Porfirije founded a civic association that deals with the resocialization of victims of destructive religious sects and cults.

Bishop Porfirije has not been just president of the Steering Board for a decade, but a real spiritus movens of the Humanitarian Fund “Privrednik”, which has provided scholarships for a great number of gifted, but poor pupils and students, regardless of their nationality or religious affiliation.

In 2005, the National Assembly elected him as representative of all Churches and religious communities, to be a member of the Council of the Republic Broadcasting Agency, and in 2008 the RBA elected him its president. As President of the Council of the Republic Broadcasting Agency, Bishop Porfirije supported the long-term interests of society and citizens, unaffected by political influences.

Since then, church radio stations have been heard in the broadcasting spectrum of Serbia. He has made a key contribution to launching of a series of radio and television shows dealing with religious topics.

In 2010, The Holy Assembly of Bishops entrusted him to establish military chaplaincy in the Serbian Armed Forces. The fruits of his labour in that field include not only the suitable legal regulations, but also the selection of military chaplains, the organization and equipping of churches at barracks and performance of the first religious services.

His expert theological works Bishop Porfirije published in magazines both in Serbia and abroad. He participated in a large number of scientific conferences and symposia across the globe.

Bishop Porfirije, as one of the most prominent contemporary Serbian clergymen and intellectuals, has an extremely wide circle of friends, not only in the Homeland, and he fosters personal friendship and close cooperation with priests and representatives of other Churches and religious communities.

He speaks Greek, English, German and uses the Russian language, while his style of communication is always adapted to his interlocutors.

He was enthroned as the Metropolitan of Zagreb and Ljubljana on 13 July 2014 in the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord in Zagreb. The solemn Hierarchal Liturgy was served by Serbian Patriarch Irinej, accompanied by a large number of archbishops of the Serbian Church and other sister Churches, as well as priests and monks, and pious people.


Source: SPC/Serbian Orthodox Church


On the occasion of the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia, on the 15th of February 2021,

                                           

On the occasion of the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia,
on the 15th of February 2021,

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia to the Kingdom of Sweden

                               has a pleasure to invite you
                 to watch the video performance prepared by
           the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia
                                in celebration of this event
                          
Click here  for the video performance
 


Non-working days at the Embassy

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia will be closed on Monday, 15 February and on Tuesday, 16 February 2021 in observance of the National Day of the Republic of Serbia. The consular section of the Embassy will be opened only for urgent matters.


THE COMPETITION FOR CO-FINANCING THE PROJECTS IN THE FIELD OF TRANSLATION OF REPRESENTATIVE WORKS OF SERBIAN LITERATURE

The Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia has launched a Competition for co-financing the projects in the field of translation of representative works of Serbian literature abroad in 2021. More information about the Competition can be found HERE:


Non-working days at the Embassy

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Stockholm will be closed on Wednesday, 6 January and Thursday, 7 January 2021 in observance of  Christmas celebrations. The consular section of the Embassy will be opened only for urgent matters.


Non-working days at the Embassy

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Stockholm will be closed on Thursday, 31 December 2020 and on Friday, 1 January 2021 in observance of New Year celebrations. The consular section of the Embassy will be opened only for urgent matters.


Non-working days at the Embassy

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Stockholm will be closed for clients on Thursday, 24 December 2020 and on Friday, 25 December 2020, in observance of Christmas celebrations. The consular section of the Embassy will be opened only for urgent matters.


Decision of the Government of the Republic of Serbia of 15 December 2020 on new measures regarding the suppression of the COVID-19 pandemic

All information can be found at the link HERE:


J. Joksimović and Roth on Serbia’s negotiations and new methodology

Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimović has held a video meeting today with Michael Roth, the Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office. They have discussed the current epidemiological situation in the two countries and the EU, as well as Serbia’s European integration process.

Joksimović and Roth have also talked about the issues related to the EU’s internal situation, particularly regarding the new seven-year budget, the place and the future of the enlargement policy and the Western Balkans, notably about all aspects of Serbia’s accession process, challenges and expectations from the new methodology, which should bring a faster negotiation process that would be better monitored and directed under stronger political steering.

Joksimović has particularly informed Roth about the fact that the Government of Serbia prepared a concrete implementation plan for the first negotiation cluster on the rule of law, which comprises five rule-of-law chapters that have already been opened, adding that the realisation of the plan has already begun.

“This serious implementation plan includes a repeated initiative sent to the National Assembly for the adoption of constitutional amendments, the adoption of the Action Plan for the implementation of the Media Strategy, as well as the Working Group on monitoring the implementation of the Action Plan and the Working Group on journalist safety and protection”, said Joksimović, according to the press release published by the Ministry of European Integration.

She has also stressed that GRECO recommendations for the fight against corruption have been published in a transparent way, and that further actions will be taken in line with them.

She has further presented all other important segments of Serbia’s reform policy in all six clusters, including Green Agenda, digitisation, Economic and Investment Plan for the WB, and stable and sound macroeconomic indicators, stressing that, therefore, this year, Serbia has again undeniably demonstrated that it deeply and substantively participates in key EU policies and that it is a credible European country.

Joksimović has emphasised that Serbia understands that the EU and member states will need some more time to define the application of the new methodology to Serbia’s negotiation process, and that it is therefore important to maintain a constant and open dialogue so as to direct the process in line with the new methodology.

She has expressed regret that conclusions on enlargement have not been adopted this year and that, consequently, the political Intergovernmental Conference with Serbia has not been held during the German presidency.

On the other hand, the Minister has expressed belief that the upcoming Stabilisation and Association Council will offer an opportunity to discuss all political and economic aspects of Serbia’s process at the highest level.

Roth has thanked Minister Joksimović for the information and issues she shared, as well as for Serbia’s proactive approach regarding reforms and active acceptance of the new methodology.

He has underlined that Germany supports Serbia and the enlargement policy, particularly welcoming all significant steps that the new Serbian Government has already taken, especially regarding cluster 1 – rule of law, where he stressed that they are an important and positive signal for Serbia’s European path.

He has agreed with Minister Joksimović about the need to urgently define the application of the new methodology to countries that are already in the accession process, where clusters of European policies and Serbia’s participation therein become an instrument for measuring progress in the accession process.

He has conveyed that Germany will advocate the holding of the political Intergovernmental Conference with Serbia in the first half of 2021.

The interlocutors have particularly discussed the Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans, agreeing that it represents another proof that the European Union gives strategic importance to a stable and sustainable development of the region, particularly in difficult circumstances of curbing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joksimović has thanked Minister Roth for Germany’s long-term and concrete assistance to Serbia’s European integration, not only at the political level, but also through providing development assistance for financing reform projects, and successful strategic investments that have created a significant number of new jobs.

The interlocutors have also agreed that it is extremely important that, through the COVAX Facility, Serbia has ensured that its access to vaccines procured by the EU will be almost simultaneous with the EU member states’ access.

Source: Tanjug


STATEMENT BY THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

On the occasion of 10 December, the international Human Rights Day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia reaffirms its commitment to the principles and values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted on this day in 1948.

The principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights have been the foundation for the development of international law in this field, and of the international system for the promotion and protection of human rights, as a unique achievement of modern civilization. It is incumbent upon us today to safeguard and strengthen the international system ensuring respect for human rights, to develop human rights standards, control the implementation of commitments, and also to continue cooperating with international and regional institutions on the protection of human rights.

Serbia is fully committed to the universal values of human rights and implementing in practice the international legal instruments relating to human rights. Our continued cooperation with the Human Rights Council mechanisms in the framework of the United Nations, with the Council of Europe and the mechanisms of the OSCE human dimension, represents an important segment of activities carried out by all state authorities, thus demonstrating our consistent commitment to the implementation of international human rights standards.

The international Human Rights Day is an opportunity to point out once again that Serb and other non-Albanian population is being deprived of its rights in Kosovo and Metohija and to call again on the international community to ensure the respect for the guaranteed international human rights norms and contribute to creating conditions for the return of internally displaced persons and giving them back their usurped property.  


President meets the ambassadors of the EU member states accredited to Serbia and the head of the European Union Delegation

The President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić met today the ambassadors of EU Member States accredited to Serbia and the Head of the EU Delegation Sem Fabrizi in the Palace of Serbia, to talk to them about topics such as dynamics of the accession negotiations between Serbia and EU, stability in the region, regional projects, as well as the Economic and Investment Plan presented by the European Commission together with the Enlargement package.

President Vučić once again confirmed that cooperation with the European Union and fully-fledged membership of Serbia remain one of the key foreign policy priorities of our country. He particularly emphasised that in this respect Serbia is honestly dedicated to further and deeper reforms, approaching them with responsibility and seriousness, and that it tries to adopt and apply the best practice through cooperation with institutions of the EU and its member states.

"Serbia will continue being dedicated to the promotion of peace and stability in the region, by improving bilateral relations with neighbours, and by strengthening regional cooperation while respecting all concluded agreements", President Vučić stated, adding that the European future of the Western Balkans is of utmost importance for both stability of the entire region and security and further prosperity of the EU.

Ambassadors pointed out that declarations on the common regional market and the Western Balkans green agenda, which were signed by Serbia and all leaders of the region, received a warm welcome in Brussels and EU Member Stated, and that good and solid connectivity and integration of the region largely facilitates the cooperation of the very Union with the Western Balkans in all areas of joint interest.

"As much as 70% of foreign investments come from the countries whose representatives are sitting here today", Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Sem Fabrizi said, adding that Serbia can rest assured the EU will continue supporting and investing in the Serbian economy. While Covid-19 has put all economies under stress, Serbian economy has resisted and proved its resilience.  With the Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans, the EU will remain Serbia's strongest partner for economic recovery which will support infrastructures, green and digital transition. We welcome the announced reforms in the areas of rule of law, including judiciary reforms and media freedom. This is precisely the base for acceleration of the accession process and we encourage the new government to keep working and implementing in this direction", Fabrizi said.

President Vučić pointed out that Serbia highly appreciates that the EU, despite numerous challenges it is facing has managed to preserve the enlargement issue on its agenda, especially through the recent adoption of a new, changed methodology of the negotiation process.

"In this respect, we expect from the EU that Serbia's accession negotiation dynamics follows and values our reform efforts", President Vučić said pointing out that Serbia is ready to continue working with its European partners on implementation of the reforms and numerous joint projects.

President Vučić particularly noted that Serbia welcomes the Economic and investment plan presented by the EC together with the Enlargement package, and expressed our country's readiness to continue working with the partners in the region on the implementation of this Plan so as to improve the economic potential of the region and achieve better infrastructure connection, which would bring us closer to the single European market.

"In this context, we hope the Multiannual financial framework 2021-2027 will be adopted soon, because that will mean a possibility to use funds designed for reform implementation in Serbia and in the region", President Vučić said, reiterating that Serbia remains on its European path with an honest faith in cooperation with the European partners.

"2020 has been an extremely difficult year for all, especially the impact of COVID–19. When I look at new Government's commitment to implement reforms, the Economic and Investment Plan of the EU, the new methodology and increased cooperation to fight COVID-19, I see 2021 with a much more favourable perspective for progressing the enlargement", Fabrizi concluded.

President Vučić also pointed out that Serbia is prepared to work intensively with the EU Member States on finding an adequate response to the new challenges, such as COVID-19 pandemic.

Belgrade, 8th December 2020


Non-working day in the embassy

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia will be closed on Wednesday, 11 November 2020 in observance of Armistice Day.


The Government of the Kingdom of Sweden has decided to introduce a temporary entry ban to Sweden for the citizens of the Republic of Serbia. The decision will apply until 22 December 2020.

The Swedish Government has decided on 17 July 2020 that the citizens of Serbia and Montenegro are not allowed to entry the Kingdom of Sweden due to Covid-19. The Decision has taken effect on 19 July 2020 and it will apply until 22 December 2020, when there will be a possibility for its reconsideration. 


Non-working day in the embassy

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia will be closed on Friday, 19 June 2020 in observance of Midsummer Day. The consular section of the Embassy will be opened only for urgent matters.


THE TEMPORARY BAN ON ENTRY INTO THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA HAS BEEN ABOLISHED

The Government of the Republic of Serbia passed the Decision on termination of the Decision on closing all border crossings for entry into the Republic of Serbia, as well as the Decision on amendments to the Decision on declaring the disease COVID - 19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 infectious disease.

With the mentioned decisions, which entry into force today, 22 May, 2020, all border crossings of the Republic of Serbia have been opened and from today function in the usual regime for all categories of Serbian and foreign citizens.
Epidemiological measures for all categories of Serbian and foreign citizens have been abolished. Instead of previous measures (home isolation and the obligation to have a negative PCR test), passengers will be given a written notice, during passport control - a health warning about the measures to be followed to prevent the spread infectious diseases of COVID-19.


Non-working day in the embassy

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia will be closed on Thursday, 21 May 2020 in observance of the Ascension Day. The consular section of the Embassy will be opened only for urgent matters.


Non-working days at the Embassy


The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia will be closed from Friday, 17 April until Monday, 20 April 2020 and on Friday, 1 May in observance of Easter and International Labour Day.


INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE SWEDISH MIGRATION OFFICE IN CASES OF EXCEEDING A PERMITTED RESIDENCE IN SWEDEN

To see the Swedish Migration Office Guidelines for overstaying in Sweden, please click HERE

 


Non-working days at the Embassy

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia  will be closed for services with clients Friday 10th of April and Monday 13th of April 2020 in observance of Eastern holidays.


DIGITIAL CONTENTS – SERBIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS 2020

Digital contents – Serbian cultural institutions 2020, press HERE 


COVID-19 virus

IMPORTANT NOTICE!


In order to combat the spread of infectious disease caused by the COVID-19 virus, the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Stockholm informs all citizens of the Republic of Serbia residing in the jurisdiction of this diplomatic-consular mission that work with the visitors shall be limited to emergencies only, starting from 17 March 2020 until further notice.
Working on biometric acquisition, applying for a new passport and handing over travel documents are limited to emergencies, too.
In case of emergency, citizens are kindly requested to contact us by e-mail konzul.rs@telia.com as well as by the telephone number of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Stockholm.


This measure will remain in force for as long as the risk of infection persists, and the public will be informed once it is not implemented any more through the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Stockholm.


In accordance with the recommendations of the Government of the Republic of Serbia we kindly ask citizens who live and work in Sweden or Latvia to postponed traveling to the Republic of Serbia, which are not necessary. Please note that to all Serbian citizens that are coming from abroad will be given the mandatory self-isolation (14 or 28 days). Dual citizens  can enter the Republic of Serbia only with a valid passport of the Republic of Serbia or travel document of the Republic of Serbia.


Information about the measures taken by the Republic of Serbia in order to prevent the spread of infection with the virus Covide -19 you can find on sajtu Vlade Republike Srbije i Ministarstva zdravlja Republike Srbije.

Thank you for your understanding.
 


Reception on the occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Serbia, Stockholm, February 18, 2020

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in the Kingdom of Sweden has organized a reception to celebrate the National Day of the Republic of Serbia, on the 18th of February, at the European House - the headquarters of the EU Delegation in Stockholm. The event was attended by 207 guests, including representatives of the Swedish institutions, headed by the First Deputy Speaker of the Riksdag Ms. Åsa Lindestam and General Director for EU at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs Ms. Helen Eduards, diplomatic corps, Serbian Orthodox Church and Serbian diaspora (members of associations and clubs in Stockholm and Gothenburg, businessmen and artists).
After performance of the Swedish and Serbian anthems, Ambassador Momčilović has opened the ceremony. The Ambassador has briefly recalled the history of Serbian-Swedish diplomatic relations, which this year marks the 103rd anniversary of its establishment, with a focus on situation in the Western Balkans region and current bilateral cooperation, visits of Serbian officials to Stockholm over the past year and the expectation of continued successful cooperation through the organization of high-level visits of the Swedish officials to Belgrade in the upcoming period.
As in previous years, this year reception on the occasion of the Statehood Day was a good opportunity to gather and exchange views with representatives of the Serbian diaspora coming from different parts of Sweden.


The XXII International Drawing and Painting Competition Joy of Europe

City Administration of Belgrade – Secretariat for Culture and Children’s Cultural Centre Belgrade are organizing The XXII International Drawing and Painting Competition Joy of Europe.

The competition is open to individuals, preschools, schools, children’s art studios, children’s cultural centres and similar children’s institutions and associations. Competition is open to all children from 4 to 18 years of age. The topic is free. Works must be original and done without any help, created in 2019 or 2020, and never shown at another international competition or exhibition. Submitted works will not be returned. Deadline for submissions is July 1st, 2020

Send your works to the following address:
Dečji kulturni centar Beograd, Takovska 8, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

Application and further information can be fined
 

https://www.dkcb.rs/radost-evrope/radost-evrope-likovni-konkurs/


Non-working day in the embassy

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia will be closed on Monday, 17 February 2020 in observance of National Day of the Republic of Serbia. The consular section of the Embassy will be opened only for urgent matters.


Ambassador Momcilovic's participation in the event dedicated to Swedish composer Bellman, Stockholm, February 3, 2020.

The lecture, accompanied by concert dedicated to one of the Swedish most famous composer Carl Michael Bellman, was held in the overfull hall of the Swedish Royal Academy, on 3 February. It was about a prominent Swedish artist  from the 18th century who, in addition to composing classical music pieces, was also their performer on the lute.
During the artistic part of the program, when Bellman's compositions were played, a diplomatic trio has performed, including Christian Schoenenberger, piano (Swiss ambassador), Dragan Momčilović, classical guitar (ambassador of Serbia) and Bernard Graf, violin (husband of the Austrian ambassador). Diplomatic trio was followed by Charlotta Huldt, distinguished Swedish opera singer. They played five Bellman's compositions, which were warmly welcomed by the Swedish audience.
Nevertheless, more than two centuries ago, Bellman himself performed in the hall of the Swedish Royal Academy, and every year this prestigious venue is the center of a gathering of Nobel laureates who make their opening keynote speeches.


NATIONAL BANK OF SERBIA - FINANCIAL GUIDE FOR RETURNEES

 

For more informations, please click here: https://www.nbs.rs/internet/latinica/20/plp/finansijski_vodic_za_povratnike.pdf


Non-working day in the embassy

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia will be closed on Wednesday, 1 January and on Thursday, 2 January 2020 due to New Year holidays. The consular section of the Embassy will be opened only for urgent matters.


Non-working day in the embassy

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia will be closed on Tuesday, 24 December, Wednesday, 25 December and Thursday, 26 December 2019 as well on Tuesday, 7 January 2020 due to Christmas celebrations. The consular section of the Embassy will be opened only for urgent matters.


Visit of the Minister of Environmental Protection Goran Trivan to Stockholm, 25-26 November 2019.

Minister of the Environmental Protection of the Republic of Serbia Goran Trivan paid a visit to the Kingdom of Sweden, 25-26 November 2019, during which he met with the Swedish Minister for the Environment and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin, Director General of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency Björn Risinger and Director General of the Swedish Chemicals Agency Per Ängquist. Also, the delegation of the Serbian Ministry of Environmental Protection held a meeting with the Deputy Director for Europe and Latin America at the Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation Christina Hartler.
During the talks, it has been confirmed that Serbia and Sweden have good bilateral relations and that both countries are dedicated to develop even closer cooperation on environmental issues. At the meeting with Minister Lövin, Minister Goran Trivan has presented the activities and results of the work of the Ministry in the context of preparations for the opening of Chapter 27 (Environment) within the process of Serbia's accession towards the EU. Swedish Minister Isabella Lövin has positively assessed Serbia's achievements in improving the environment, expressing support for further efforts in this area as well as for the realization of Serbia's European perspective. At meetings with the representatives of the competent Swedish agencies, it has been concluded that opportunities for strengthening Serbian-Swedish cooperation in the field of environmental protection exist within the framework of the implementation of actuel projects in Serbia, mainly for waste water treatment and municipal waste management, but also of the new projects on a regional, national and local level.


STOCKHOLM: Literary evening dedicated to Peter Handke

Literary evening dedicated to Peter Handke, winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature, took place at the  Pygméteatern in Stockholm, on the 4th of November 2019. The event was organized by Jelena Mila, founder of Stockholm's "New Balkan Film Festival - BaNeFF". Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in the Kingdom of Sweden has also supported and cooperated in realization of this project.
During this literary gathering called "Poem to Duration", Jelena Mila, who is also a dramatic artist, read fragments from Handke's works in Serbian and Swedish languages, accompanied by concert soloist Ljubica Sekulic (Bach's compositions for viola).
After this literary evening attended mostly by representatives of the Serbian diaspora in Sweden, as well as representatives of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Stockholm, there was also a screening of the 1987 movie "The Sky Above Berlin" directed by Wim Wenders, with the screenplay written partially by Peter Handke.


Non-working day in the embassy

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia will be closed on Monday, 11 November 2019 in observance of Armistice Day.


DECISION OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA ON ABOLISHING VISA REGIME WITH THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA

Citizens of the Republic of Armenia, holders of the ordinary passports can enter, transit and stay on the territory of the Republic of Serbia until ninety (90) days from the date of their entry into the Republic of Serbia, for a period of one hundred and eighty (180) days, if there are no obstacles under the Article 15 of the Foreigners Act. A decision will come into force on 2nd November 2019.


Swedish “Royal Dramatic Theatre – Dramaten”

Swedish “Royal Dramatic Theatre – Dramaten” from Stockholm will perform “One Night in the Swedish Summer” on the 2nd of November 2019 at the National Theatre in Belgrade.
More information can be found at the web page of the National Theatre in Belgrade - 

https://www.narodnopozoriste.rs/kraljevsko-dramsko-pozoriste-dramaten-iz-stokholma-2-novembra-gostuje-sa-predstavom-jedna-svedska-letnja-noc


Visit of Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Branislav Nedimović to the Kingdom of Sweden, 19-20 September 2019

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Serbia Mr. Branislav Nedimović has paid a bilateral visit to Sweden, on the 19-20th of September 2019. On that occasion, he had a meeting with Swedish Minister for Rural Affairs Ms. Jennie Nilsson, Director-General of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) Ms. Carin Jämtin and collaborators, Director-General of the Swedish National Food Agency Ms. Annica Sohlström, as well as the representatives of the University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala - Rector at SLU Ms. Maria Knutson Wedel, Rector for International Cooperation Ms. Ylva Hillbur, Heads of Departments for Ecology and Crop Production Ms. Anna Lundhagen and Ms. Carolyn Glinn and Professor Velemir Ninković.
During the talks, Minister Nedimović and Minister Nilson discussed the possibilities for improving cooperation between the two countries in the field of agriculture, especially in the domain of production and export of the Serbian organic agricultural products to the Swedish market. The main topics at the meetings with the high officials of the Swedish National Food Agency and Sida covered comparative practices in the area of product certification and the potential for strengthening trade in agricultural products with Sweden, in particular, the export of Serbian organic dried berries. Meetings at SLU were an opportunity to get information about the model of functioning and organisation of this academic institution, as well as to intensify the existing bilateral exchange of students and academic staff with the respective universities in Serbia.
During the visit, Minister Nedimovic also met with potential Swedish importers of Serbian organic food, who announced a visit to Belgrade in order to get in contact with Serbian fruit-producing and fruit-processing companies.


Meeting of Ambassador Dragan Momčilović with Assistant Minister for Environmental Protection of the Republic of Serbia Biljana Filipović Đušić and National Coordinator of the Ministry of Health for the Protocol on Water and Health Dragana Jovanović, who have participated at the international conference „World Water Week“ in Stockholm, 24-28 August 2019.


CANDIDATURE OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF UNESCO

http://www.thehague.mfa.gov.rs/odrzavanje/uploads/Rep.of_Serbia_Candidate_for_the_UNESCO_2019_2023.pdf


State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Nemanja Stevanovic participated in the High Level Ministerial Conference on the Western Balkans in Stockholm

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Nemanja Stevanovic participated in the High Level Ministerial Conference on the Western Balkans, held in Stockholm on 24 June 2019. The conference was organized jointly for the third time by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden and the European Commission’s Representation in Stockholm. Previous conferences with a focus on the Region were held in Stockholm, in December 2015 and in May 2017.

On this occasion, as part of the High Level Ministerial Conference, the panel discussion on the European perspective and development  of the Western Balkans region was held at the European House, with the introductory addresses by the Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and the EU Commission Director for the Western Balkans Ruiz Calavera, as well as the presentations of the ministers of foreign affairs, state secretaries and other representatives from the Western Balkans  region.

In his address at the panel, State Secretary Stevanovic highlighted Serbia’s dedication to the achievement of the full-fledged EU membership, concrete results of Serbia’s progress in implementing reforms, with a focus on further strengthening good neighborly relations and enhancing regional co-operation. He particularly pointed out the importance of resolving the issue of Kosovo and Metohija as a precondition for the long-term stability in the Region. In this context, in order to return to the Bruxelles dialogue, he underlined the necessity of withdrawing Pristina’s decision on taxing goods from Serbia, as well as to refrain from undertaking other provocative, unilateral measures.

On the margins of the conference, State Secretary Nemanja Stevanovic had a tête-à-tête meeting with the host, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Sweden Margot Wallström, during which Swedish support to the European path of Serbia and the Western Balkans region was confirmed. It was pointed out that the realization of the European perspective of the Western Balkans is important for its stability and prosperity, but also that it is in the long-term interest of the EU. Both sides have identified the need to further strengthen bilateral cooperation between Serbia and Sweden on the economic and investment level.

After the political part of the Ministerial Meeting on the Western Balkans in Stockholm, the business forum was held with the participation of Swedish Minister for trade and Nordic cooperation Ann Linde, representatives of the Swedish Investment and Trade Council – “Business Sweden”, relevant ministers of economy from the Western Balkans and officials of important Swedish companies interested in investing in the Region. In this part of the conference, under the title “Economic development in the Western Balkans – prioritised sectors for the EU and the IFIs funded support”, Serbia was represented by Minister without portfolio in charge of innovation and technological development Nenad Popovic, who presented the development of the innovation environment in Serbia and pointed out the role of the younger generation.


Non-working day in the embassy

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia will be closed on Friday, 21 June 2019 in observance of Midsummer Day.


Non-working day in the embassy

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia will be closed on Thursday, 6 June 2019 in observance of the National Day of the Kingdom of Sweden.


Non-working day in the embassy

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia will be closed on Thursday, 30 May 2019 in observance of the Ascension Day.


The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and Government of the United Arab Emirates

The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and Government of the United Arab Emirates on mutual visa exemption for holders of diplomatic, services, special and ordinary passports
The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and Government of the United Arab Emirates on mutual visa exemption for holders of diplomatic, services, special and ordinary passports, enters into force on 12th of May 2019.
Based on this Agreement, nationals of the Republic of Serbia and of the United Arab Emirates, who are holders of above mention passports, will have the right to enter into, transit through and stay on the territory of the other Party without visa in the period not exceeding 90 (ninety) days during a 6 (six) month period.


Balkan New Film Festival

News related to the upcoming events within the „Balkan New Film Festival“, that will take place in Stockholm, Norrköping and Västerås, 9-14 May 2019, can be found at the web site http://www.baneff.com


Rules on the conditions for the non-commercial movement of pet animals

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia would like to inform that the "Regulation on conditions for the non-commercial movement of pet animals (entry in the Republic of Serbia) that do not require a solution for import and transit, as well as the appearance and content of the form of certificates to these shipments" (the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia no. 20/19 of 03/22/2019) has entered into force. The necessary information and certificates can be found on the website of the Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of the Republic of Serbia:

http://www.vet.minpolj.gov.rs/srb/movement-of-pets


Promotion of tourist potential of Serbia and Belgrade, Stockholm 15 April 2019

Promotion of tourist potential of Serbia and Belgrade was organized in Stockholm on the 15th of April 2019 by National Tourism Organization of Serbia, Tourist Organization of Belgrade, SVT journalist Jovan Radomir and in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in the Kingdom of Sweden.
The reception on this occasion, that took place at the restaurant „Sjö och Land” in central Stockholm, was attended by 70 guests, including the Swedish media representatives, Swedish business community as well as the representatives of Serbian diaspora in Sweden.
At the beginning of the event, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Kingdom of Sweden Dragan Momčilović has welcomed the guests with a brief summary of the historical sites of Belgrade and eminent figures in Serbian history.
In addition, the representatives of National Tourism Organization of Serbia and Tourist Organization of Belgrade, Željka Pudar and Jelena Stanković have pointed out the advantages of Belgrade “as the city with a soul”, and of Serbia as an attractive destination with a wide range of offers, from Kopaonik ski center, natural beauties of Stara planina, Novi Sad as the European cultural capital in 2021, to the music festivals like Exit, Beer fest and Guča.
During the evening, the guests have seen a few short promoting movies about Serbia („See Serbia“, „Soulfood Serbia“) and Belgrade („Visit Belgrade -  feel its love“), with journalist Jovan Radomir as moderator of the evening. They also have had an opportunity to try traditional Serbian food and wines from winery “Toplički vinogradi”.


The 21 International Drawing and Painting Competition Joy of Europe

City Administration of Belgrade – Secretariat for Culture and Children’s Cultural Centre Belgrade are organizing The XXI International Drawing and Painting Competition Joy of Europe.

The competition is open to individuals, preschools, schools, children’s art studios, children’s cultural centres and similar children’s institutions and associations. Competition is open to all children from 4 to 18 years of age. The topic is free. Works must be original and done without any help, created in 2018 or 2019, and never shown at another international competition or exhibition. Submitted works will not be returned. Deadline for submissions is July 1st, 2019

Send your works to the following address:
Dečji kulturni centar Beograd, Takovska 8, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

Za sve dodatne informacije javite se na: е- мail: lidija.senicar@dkcb.rs
Ili na link
:    https://www.dkcb.rs/


Ambassador Dragan Momčilović with the Speaker of the Riksdag Andreas Norlén

Ambassador Dragan Momčilović with the Speaker of the Riksdag Andreas Norlén, at the meeting on the 14th of March 2019.


20 years after NATO bombing

den 24 mars 2019, kl. 12.00,
ABF Stockholm, Sveavägen 41, Sandlersalen

Välkomna till föredrag som ger oss en närmare bild av händelserna på Balkan 1999, samt dess långsiktiga hälso- och miljöförstörelser

NATO bombningen аv Förenta Republiken Jugoslavien (Serbien och Montenegro) började den 24 mars 1999 kl. 19.45. Bombningarna pågick i 78 dagar, till den 10 juni. Den materiella förstörelsen var enorm medan tusentals civila dödades och skadades.
20 år efter, fortsätter Serbien och Montenegro leva med stora långsiktiga hälsoskador, inte minst miljöförstörelse som är resultatet av NATO:s användande av ammunition av utarmat uran.

Historiskt perspektiv presenteras av
PhD Slobodan Jankovic, Head - Centre for Neighbourly and Mediterranean countries, Research Fellow, Institute of International Politics and Economics
Hälsö- och miljöpåverkan presenteras av
PhD Srdjan Aleksic - Lawyer, owner of Aleksic Law Office

Under kvällen visas två dokumentärfilmer
Бомбы которые взорвали мир/The bombs that blew up peace 2017 documentary, Ukraine, 41′
Uranium 238 Moja priča/Uranium 238 My Story, 2018, documentary, Serbia, 21'  - båda textade på engelska.
Föredraget är på engelska med möjlighet till översättning till serbiska och svenska.
FRI ENTRÉ med biljettbokning via mail:
info@srpstvo.com
(ange namn och antal platser)

Arrangör Foundation Empress i samarbete med ABF Stockholm
 

(Photo: WEB archive)


Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström with the Ambassadors of the EU member states and candidate countries for the EU membership


Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström with the Ambassadors of the EU member states and candidate countries for the EU membership, at the meeting at the Embassy of Romania in Stockholm, on the 6th of March 2019. Ambassador Dragan Momčilović has also attended the meeting.

 


Reception dedicated to the celebration of the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia, February 2019

Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Stockholm has organized the Reception on the occasion of celebration of the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia, at the “Europahuset” (EC Delegation Headquarters in Stockholm) on the 28th of February 2019. The ceremony was attended by 150 guests, including the representatives of the Swedish institutions (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency - SIDA, Business Sweden), Embassies accredited to the Kingdom of Sweden from the EU member states, Russia, USA, China, India and other countries from Asia, Africa and Latin America (remarkable attendance at the ambassador level), Serbian diaspora (Serbian clubs, businessmen, journalists and artists), Serbian Orthodox Church and Swedish NGOs.
On that occasion, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Kingdom of Sweden Dragan Momčilović has delivered a welcome speech to the guests, presenting historical facts about the Serbian Statehood celebration, with the view on Serbian – Swedish bilateral relations and the mainstreams of the Serbian foreign policy. Ambassador Momčilović has particularly stressed out our orientation to the achievement of the full-fledged EU membership, regional stability, as well as the Serbian contribution to the European security, proven by significant participation of the Serbian Army personnel in the EU and UN peacekeeping missions during 2018. The reception has got a positive evaluation by the representatives of the Serbian diaspora and by the Swedish invitees who used this ceremony for making mutual acquaintances and conversations.

 


DECISION OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA ON ABOLISHING VISA REGIME WITH FEDERATION OF ST. KITTS AND NEVIS AND REPUBLIC OF PALAU

Citizens of the Federation of St. Kits and Nevis and the Republic of Palau, holders of all passports, can enter, transit and stay on the territory of the Republic of Serbia until ninety (90) days from the date of their entry into the Republic of Serbia, for a period of one hundred and eighty (180) days, if there are no obstacles under Article 15 of the Foreigners Act.
A decision will come into force on January 25th 2019.


Bilateral consultations in security policy between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden

Ambassador Branimir Filipović, Acting Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia for Security Policy, has held bilateral consultations in security policy with Mr.Julius Liljeström, Deputy Director-General  and Head of the Department for European Security Policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden, on the 31st of January 2019 in Stockholm.
During the meeting, as a follow-up of the previous consultations that took place on the 5th and 6th of March 2018 in Belgrade, the officials have shared the experiences about partnership cooperation of Serbia and Sweden within the NATO Partnership for Peace programme, cooperation of Serbia with the EU in security policy, as well as in the field of combating the comtemporary security challenges, participation in multinational peacekeeping operations and missions and cooperation in disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control issues.
During the working lunch, co-hosted by Deputy Director-General for European Security Policy Mr. Julius Liljeström and Deputy Director-General for European Affairs at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ms. Helen Eduards, the counterparts have exchanged views on security situation in the Western Balkans, actuel developments within the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, as well as on the Serbia’s endeavours in the EU Accession process and cooperation with the EU in common security and defence policy.
While visiting Stockholm, Ambassador Filipović has also had a meeting with the officials of the eminent Stockholm International Peace Research Institute  -SIPRI.

31st of January 2019


New Balkan Film Festival – BaNeFF

The seventh „New Balkan Film Festival – BaNeFF“ was held in Stockholm, 19-21 December 2018. The guests of the Festival were directors: Olga Lazebnik from Ukraine, Aleksandar Vujović from Montenegro, Aleksandar Reljić and Miloš Škundrić from Serbia and Milan Petković from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Within the celebration of the Centennial of the First World War and Serbia’s participation, on the proposal of the Serbian Ministry of Culture and Information, programme of the Festival included movies from Serbia – „DUGO PUTOVANJE U RAT/Long road to war“, directed by Milos Skundrić and „SRBI NA KRFU- STO GODINA OD ALBANSKE GOLGOTE/ Serbs on Corfu – A Hundred Years since Albanian Golgotha“, directed by Sladjana Zarić.
The movies’ performances were attended by Swedish public, particularly artists and scholars, as well as by the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Kingdom of Sweden H.E. Dragan Momčilović, who participated in the debate after the films projection.
The jury of the BaNeFF 2018 documentary and short film festival, presented by Mikael Ruttkay (director), Hylin Håkan Pieniowski (director) and Olgica Lindquist (publicist), have decided to give the „Prize for the Best film“ to two movies:  „ISTI/ The Same“ directed by Dejan Petrović, and to „DUGO PUTOVANJE U RAT/Long road to war“ directed by Miloš Škundrić.
The „Prize for the Best Female Achievement“ goes to the director of the „OKUPIRANI BIOSKOP/ Occupied cinema“ Senka Domanović.
Jury decided to give a “Special Prize” to movie „Veruda/ A Film About Bojan“ by Igor Brzinović. 
“FESTIVAL special AWARDS for filmmakers courage to observe” go to:
1)”Бомбы кото рыевзорвали мир/ The bombs that blew up peace”, 2017, documentary dedicated to bombing of Belgrade in 1999, Ukraine, director Olga Lazebnik, 
2) “Enkel/Grandson”, 2018, documentary, Serbia, director Aleksandar Reljić and
3)”Južni potez/ Southern Move”, 2018, documentary, Bosnia and Hercegovina, director Milan Petković.
“Festival Diploma” goes to “The Last Gift”, 2011, short film, Montenegro, directed by Aleksandar Vujović.

 


New Balkan Film Festival – BaNeFF


New Balkan Film Festival – BaNeFF


REMINDER! BaNeFF doc.short 19-21 dec.


Programme of the „Balkan New Film Festival – BaNeFF“

Programme of the „Balkan New Film Festival – BaNeFF“, that will take place in Stockholm, 19-21 December 2018

Ordning på filmvisningar 19 – 21 december 2018, SI, ABF, ZITA

den 19 december 13-17 (sluten visning för skolor)

13.00
The Last Church Bells, 2017, short films, Macedonia, 13'
director Nikolce Popovski

Wieczne Cienie/Nuclear Shadows, 2017, short film, Poland, 15'
director Marek Leszczewski

Enkel/Grandson, 2018, documentary, Serbia, 53'41''
director Aleksandar Reljic
Q&A - GUEST DIRECTOR

15.00
The Last Gift, 2011, short film, Montenegro, 7'
director Aleksandar Vujović
Q&A - GUEST DIRECTOR

Okupirani bioskop/ Ocupied Cinema, 2018, film, Serbia, 87'
director Senka Domanović
Q&A via SKYPE with Director

den 20 december ABF Stockholm 12.00 - 21.00, Sandlersalen

12.00
Kako smo matirali "Žutu damu"/How we checkmatted the "Yellow Lady", 2017, documentary, Serbia, 52'
director Nada Vasić

Veruda - A Film About Bojan, 2017, Croatia 33'
director Igor Brzinovic

Skeftome ta koritsia pou agapisan/I think about the girls who fell in love, 2017, documentary, Greece, 18'
director Giorgos Bougioukos, Spyros Skandalos

13.50
Kraljevski top – istorija srpske krune/The Royal cannon – History of Serbian crown, 2017, documentary, Serbia, 44'
director Velimir Stojanović

Isti/The Same, 2017, documentary, Serbia, 17'
director Dejan Petrović

15.00
Južni potez/ Southern Move, 2018, documentary, Bosnia and Hercegovina, 55'
director Milan Petković

16.00
Srbi na Krfu - sto godina od albanske golgote / Serbs on Corfu - A Hundrad Years Since the Albanian glogotha 2016, documentary, Serbia, 99'
director Sladjana Zaric

18.00
Бомбы которые взорвали мир/ The bombs that blew up peace, 2017, documentary, Ukraine, 41'
director Olga Lazebnik - Q&A - GUEST DIRECTOR

19.00
DUGO PUTOVANJE U RAT/ Long road to war, 2018, documentary, Serbia, 117'
director Milos Skundric , Q&A - GUEST DIRECTOR

21 december ZITA, Salong 2
ZITA BANEFF

The Last Church Bells 2017, Makedonia, 13', no text
director Nikolce Popevski

The last remaining occupant of an old abandoned village communicates with the last remaining occupant of the neighbouring village via the church bell.

The Last Gift, 2011, Montenegro 7', English
director Aleksandar Vujovic gäst

A film about a young mother, who is tempted to abandon her child, due to a set of different life circumstances.


GUESTS:

Olha Lazebnik - Ukraina
Aleksandar Vujovic - Montenegro
Aleksandar Reljic - Serbia
Milos Skundric - Serbia

 


The article about tourist attractions in Belgrade

The article about tourist attractions in Belgrade „Weekend in Belgrade – the best recommendations of Jovan Radomir“, journalist at the Swedish National Television (SVT), published in the Swedish daily newspaper „Expressen“ on the 10th of November 2018.

Click to follow link:

https://www.expressen.se/allt-om-resor/resmal/europa/weekend-i-belgrad-jovan-radomirs-basta-tips/

 

 

 

 


Cultural activities of the Serbian artists who are active in Sweden


Visit of Minister without portfolio responsible for innovation and technological development of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Nenad Popović to Stockholm, 12-13 June 2018

Minister without portfolio responsible for innovation and technological development of the Republic of Serbia Mr.Nenad Popović has paid a working visit to the Kingdom of Sweden, 12-13 June 2018. On that occasion he has held meetings with Swedish State Secretary for the EU and trade Mr.Oscar Stenström, Acting Director-General of the Swedish Innovation Agency – Vinnova Mr.Leif Callenholm, CEO of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences Ms.Tuula Teeri, CEO of Verisec Mr.Johan Henrikson and Vice-President of Ericsson Mr.Ulf Pehrsson. At these meetings, Minister Popović has presented the activities that are undertaken by Serbia in order to develop its innovation infrastructure and entrepreneurship. During the detour at the Ericsson company, Minister Popović held talks with Vice-President Pehrsson and Swedish experts on the possibilities for further investments of this company in Serbia as well as on the application of „5G technology“ that should be demonstrated in Belgrade by the end of this year.

 

Meeting of Minister Popović with Swedish State Secretary for the EU and trade Mr.Oscar Stenström on the 12th of June 2018

Meeting of Minister Popović with Vice-President of Ericsson Mr.Ulf Pehrsson and detour at the Ericsson Studio, 13 June 2018

 

Meeting of Minister Popović with Acting Director-General of the Swedish Innovation Agency – Vinnova Mr.Leif Callenholm, 12 June 2018

 

Meeting of Minister Popović with CEO of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences Ms. Tuula Teeri, 12 June 2018

 

Meeting of Minister Popović with CEO of Verices Mr. Johan Henrikson on the 12th of June 2018


Embassy closed for Midsummer Day

Med anledning av Midsommardagen har konsulära avdelningen stängt fredagen den 22 juni 2018.

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The consular section of the Embassy will be closed on Friday, 22 June 2018 in observance of Midsummer Day.


Visit of Ms. Maja Gojkovic, President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia to Sweden

President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Ms. Maja Gojković has paid an official visit to the Kingdom of Sweden on the 20th and 21st of March 2018, at the invitation of the Speaker of the Riksdag Mr.Urban Ahlin.
On that occasion, Speaker of the Serbian Assembly Ms. Gojković had an official audience with the King of Sweden Hiss Royal Highness Carl XVI Gustav, meetings with the Speaker of the Riksdag Mr.Urban Ahlin and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ms. Margot Wallström, as well as with the Chairman of the City Council in Stockholm City Ms. Eva-Louise Erlandsson Slorach, Chairman and members of the Committee for EU affairs at Riksdag and the Third Vice-Chairman of Riksdag Ms. Esabelle Dingizian. Issues discussed during the visit were related to the Swedish support for the Serbia’s accession process and reforms being implemented on its European path, bilateral cooperation, gender equality implementation and the dialog between Belgrade and Pristina.


OPEN CALL for the Co-Financing of Projects for the Translation of Representative Works of Serbian Literature into Foreign Languages in 2018.

Ministry of culture and Media, Department of Contemporary Artistic Production and Creative Industries announce this OPEN CALL for the Co-Financing of Projects for the Translation of Representative Works of Serbian Literature into Foreign Languages in 2018. Call is open until 16th March 2018. All information on www.kultura.gov.rs link Konkursi, or can be seen here.


Visas are abolished for Indonesia citizens

The Government of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Decision on visa free entry to the Republic of Indonesia, for holders of ordinary passports.
By this decision, the above-mentioned categories may, without prior visa application, enter, transit or stay in the Republic of Serbia up to 30 days during a twelve-month period.


Meeting with the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riksdag

Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Kingdom of Sweden, H.E. Dragan Momcilovic met with the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riksdag Mr. Kenneth Forslund, on the 7th of December 2017. The meeting was dedicated to the improvement of bilateral parliamentary relations between Sеrbia and Sweden.


Reception hosted by His Royal Highness the King of Sweden

Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Kingdom of Sweden, H.E. Dragan Momcilovic attended the diplomatic reception hosted by His Royal Highness the King of Sweden, Mr. Carl  XVI Gustav and Her Royal Highness the Queen Silvia, on the 31st of May 2017.


The Exhibition on the occassion of the Centennial Anniversary of the establishment of Serbian-Swedish diplomatic relations on the 1st of November 2017.

The Exhibition on the occassion of the Centennial Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Serbia and the Kingdom of Sweden was organized on the 1st of November 2017 at the Art Gallery in the center of Stockholm. The Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in Stockholm, H.E. Mr. Dragan Momcilovic welcomed by openning remarks present Serbian and Swedish citizens who were very interested in the concept of the Exhibition as well as the questiones related to the history of the diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The Exhibition encompasess the archivic documents and photographs as the evidence of the development of Serbian-Swedish bilateral relations during a period of time commencing by the Swedish recognition of the Kingdom of Serbia 1882 until the end of the Great War. The openning of the first Embassy of the Kingdom of Serbia in Sweden at the Narvavägen 35 Street in the central Stockholm area on the 1st of November 1917 gave a huge contribution to its further intensity.

 


Meeting of the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in Stockholm, H.E. Mr. Dragan Momcilovic with the President of the Stockholm City Assembly Mrs. Eva -Louise Erlandsson Slorach on the 14th of August 2017. The possibility of improvement of cooperation between Belgrade and Stockholm was disscused during the meeting.


Why Kosovo is ineligible for membership in UNESCO?

Here you can find the Non-paper with arguments of the Republic of Serbia why Kosovo is ineligible for membership in UNESCO.


THE PROCEDURE FOR IMPORTING HUMANITARIAN AID

More details about supporting humanitarian work of the Red Cross of Serbia in its response for the humanitarian refugee and migrant crisis in Serbia you may find here


Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Stockholm won SWETURK Partner of the Year Award 2015

On 24th May Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Stockholm has been awarded Swedish Turkish Business Association SWETURK Partner of the Year 2015. Embassy of the Republic of Serbia has achieved successful cooperation with SWETURK aiming to better inform and promote Swedish companies about investment and trade opportunities in Serbia. This includes promotional events, business delegation visit and open communication with potential business partners in Sweden.

Mr. Dusan Crnogorcevic said: ”Serbia remains committed to progress towards EU accession since the strategic goal is a full-fledged membership of the European Union. EU is Serbia's biggest trading partner with more than 62 per cent of Serbia's foreign trade volume. Today, more than 70 Swedish companies are present in the Serbian market. Tetrapak factory in Serbia has won the title of the best factory of Tetra Pak group in the world”.

The SWETURK Awards have been held since 2013 to reward outstanding individuals and companies.


Conference “Doing Business in Western Balkans: Investments, Suppliers and Trade Opportunities” on 22nd May in Linköping

Doing Business in the Western Balkans: Investments, Suppliers & Trade” is a unique and valuable event that will present suppliers’ database and outsourcing opportunities in manufacturing and ICT  industry in Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. If you are a machinery or equipment manufacturer or supplier, or involved within ICT technologies, this is a conference you don’t want to miss. The event is created to provide attendees with a full understanding of the Western Balkan supplier’s network and outsourcing potentials.

The event is jointly organized by the Chamber of Commerce of East Sweden and Serbian Swedish Business Council in cooperation with the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Embassy of Macedonia and Embassy of the Republic of Serbia to the Kingdom of Sweden.
For more information and registration please check here: http://www.ostsvenskahandelskammaren.se/article.aspx?a=3105185


Serbia ICT Talks in Stockholm: Platform for discussion and networking among ICT professionals

Great success for the event “Serbia ICT Talks” carried out on 25 November in Stockholm by joint organization of the Embassy of Serbia in Stockholm, Serbian Swedish Business Council and Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. Event, inaugurated by H.E. Mr Dusan Crnogorcevic, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in Stockholm, provided a perfect opportunity for discussion about Serbia`s outsourcing potentials and, furthermore, networking among ICT professionals.

Speakers at the conference were set to include Sava Savic, Assistant Minister and Nebojsa Vasiljevic, Senior Advisor from the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications of the Republic of Serbia, Ulf Persson, Vice President, Government & Industry Relations, Ericsson, Dragoljub Nesic, SVP Strategy and Business Development, Versic AB and Andrija Bednarik, CEO of Serbian Business Angels Network and Managing Partner at High Tech Engineering Center.

With inspirational and informational talks from our key speakers, “Serbia ICT Talks” communicated both potentials and challenges of Serbian ICT sector in the outsourcing context. Sava Savic, Assistant Minister and Nebojsa Vasiljevic, Senior Advisor from the Ministry discussed why doing business and outsourcing to Serbia has a number of advantages. They also discussed Serbian strong educational system, as well as improving legislation framework that is increasingly becoming easier and more accessible for investors.

Ulf Persson, Vice President, Government & Industry Relations, Ericsson claims that “Network society is happening in Serbia right now. Serbia has great ICT potential”. Furthermore, Dragoljub Nesic, SVP Strategy and Business Development, Versic AB and Andrija Bednarik, CEO of Serbian Business Angels Network and Managing Partner at High Tech Engineering Center talked about business potentials and risks while being practical and offering readymade business models to make outsourcing to Serbia a successful story.

Serbia ICT Talks is the first event about Serbian ICT market organized in Stockholm aiming to inform and communicate Serbia`s potentials as a trendy nearshoring market with great opportunities for growth and development.

 


Ambassador Crnogorcevic lecture at Stockholm University

The Ambassador of Serbia to Sweden H.E. Mr. Dusan Crnogorcevic delivered a lecture to students at Stockholm University on Monday, 17th November. Students, attending the Masters course in Public Diplomacy and Nation Branding, had an opportunity to listen to the ambassador's views on Serbian history, media influence, foreign relations policy including  full-fledged membership of the European Union and relations with big powers, the challenges facing the country today. The ambassador's lecture provided the starting point for an ongoing project in which students will analyze the perception of Serbian national identity in Sweden and, further, develop appropriate strategies in the area of public diplomacy.

Dr. Ian Richardson, Director of the MSc programme in Strategic Public & Political Marketing at Stockholm University, commented "We're delighted that the ambassador, and his team at the Serbian Embassy, have agreed to work with us on this project. It's a unique opportunity for students on the programme to experience the real world challenges of contemporary diplomacy. Our sincere gratitude goes to the ambassador and everybody at the Serbian Embassy here in Stockholm".


Serbia ICT Talks: How Serbian Gaming Industry Achieved Global Success?

Taking into consideration the fact that hundreds of million people worldwide spend hours on playing games, it comes as no surprise that gaming industry has become exceedingly popular nowadays.Serbian gaming companies have already achieved global success with their creativity, enthusiasm and talented professionals. Serbia ICT Talks will give interesting insights into the most successful companies who have contributed to gaming development in Serbia and once more have demonstrated big talent that exists in this region. Read more...

 


Serbia ICT Talks in Stockholm

Serbia ICT Talks is all about one of Europe’s attractive and vibrant hot spots. Aiming to inform and inspire, Serbia ICT Talks 2014 will communicate Serbian ICT market potentials and business perspectives in the outsourcing context. With an insight from the Swedish ICT companies Ericsson and Verisec, already established in the country, and Serbian ICT professionals, the event aspires to facilitate and enhance cooperation possibilities.

Serbia ICT Talks 2014 is jointly organised by the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Embassy of the Republic of Serbia and Serbian Swedish Business Council. H.E. Mr. Dusan Crnogorcevic, will inaugurate the event. Breakfast Meeting will take place on 25 November at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce Premises, Brunnsgatan 2. Register here: http://www.chamber.se/evenemang/serbia-ict-talks.htm

World Bank: Serbia's comparative advantages are in ICT services, transport services, and food production 

A new World Bank policy note for Serbia highlights key areas of reform that could help the country further benefit from its comparative advantages in several key sectors, expand and diversify its export potential, and increase the role of the private sector.
Although Serbia maintains a strong comparative advantage in ICT services, transport services, and food production the country is not exploiting these advantages and continues to lag regional competitors, claims World Bank.  Food production represents the largest subsector of manufacturing and accounts for nearly 20% of employment in this sector, while ICT services comprise about half of services exports. Read more here:  http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2014/10/02/start-your-engines-unlocking-potential-of-serbian-economy

 


SEEBA presents new IT/Media event “Outsource to Europe 2014”

 

South Eastern European Business Agency SEEBA is proud to announce the next seminar and matchmaking event “Outsource to Europe 2014” taking place at the Royal Coin Cabinet in Stockholm on November 28, 2014. SEEBA is inviting IT/Media companies from South-East Europe to meet Nordic potential partners in Stockholm in November this year.
SEEBA has established several important relations between companies from South-East Europe and Scandinavia in the recent period. The last event “Outsource to Europe 2013” represented a good platform for building connections between these two markets. In order to continue creating and supporting the outsourcing process between these two regions it has been decided to organize the next “Outsource to Europe” event. This year´s topic will be “Collaborate securely” with focus on building secure and trustful relations between Scandinavian and South-East European companies.
For more information about the event, please visit the website:  www.outsource2.eu, or watch the promo video for “Outsource to Europe 2014” event.


City of Niš Announces New Investment Projects

Office of Mayor has announced four investment projects in City of Niš as part of broader efforts to enhance agricultural development, create new jobs and increase economic activities in the City. All investment projects  - including Development of Fruit Growing, Center for Medical Herbs, Production of Compost, Development of Livestock Breeding - are designed to support foreign direct investments in form of public-private partnerships. Agriculture represents a large, untapped resource for the City and creates great Greenfield investment opportunity.   

 

Find more information on these projects please contact Ms Marija Petkovic, Mayor’s Office, City of Niš at marija.petkovic@gu.ni.rs.


Belgrade calls for a dance

The Swedish magazine for tourism "Res" has published an article about Belgrade entitled "Belgrade calls for a dance" which presents hot spots, night life and cuisine of our capital... more you can find here


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