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Foreign Minister Selaković meeting with the Head of the EU Delegation and the Ambassadors of the EU Member States


The Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selaković met today with the Head of the EU Delegation Emanuel Giofre and the Ambassadors of the EU Member States accredited to Serbia.

Minister Selaković informed the ambassadors present about the Conclusion of the National Security Council, which was adopted by the Government of Serbia on February 27 - regarding the situation in Ukraine. 

The Serbian Foreign Minister said that Serbia deems the outbreak of the crisis and conflict in Ukraine deeply regretful, emphasizing that Serbia considers it very wrong to violate the territorial integrity and sovereignty of any state, as in the case of Ukraine. In this regard, Foreign Minister Selaković reiterated that Serbia very clearly insists on the respect for the principles of international law, pointing out that this is the foundation of the Serbian foreign policy.

FM Selaković underscored that Serbia gives fully supports the negotiations between the two sides and all credible international efforts to find a peaceful and political solution to the crisis in Ukraine.

Mr. Selaković pointed out that Serbia will continue to consistently maintain peace and stability in Southeast Europe in these challenging times, emphasizing that modern challenges also show that all disagreements on our continent must be resolved by peaceful means and dialogue.

Selaković: Maintain high-level political dialogue and economic cooperation between Serbia and Germany


Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Nikola Selaković met with Bundestag Member from the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Rapporteur for the Western Balkans Adis Ahmetović today.

Minister Selaković emphasised Serbia’s strong commitment to achieving the best possible cooperation with Germany in all fields, as well as its desire to continue the high-level political dialogue with Germany during the tenure of Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Congratulating Mr. Ahmetović on his appointment as the Rapporteur for the Western Balkans, Minister Selaković expressed his hope that he would in this capacity further improve the relations between Germany and the region of Western Balkans, as well as strengthen the dialogue within the region.

Minister Selaković highlighted Germany's role as one of Serbia’s top economic partners and major investors in Serbian economy, and his expectation that this positive trend in foreign trade and use of investment opportunities would continue. He thanked Germany for its support to Serbia's European path, and stated that Serbia expected Germany’s further support in the opening of new clusters.

Minister Selaković also noted the major importance of the Berlin Process for Serbia, as a forum providing support to Western Balkan countries in their EU integrations through concrete projects and measures, and emphasised Serbia’s commitment to the Open Balkan Initiative. He stressed that Serbia would continue to promote peace and stability in the region, as its foreign policy priority.

As regards the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, Minister Selaković reasserted Serbia’s commitment and readiness to continue the dialogue, but noted that the other side was constantly obstructing it and failing to meet its obligations.

In this context, Minister Selaković expressed concern over the fact that Pristina had not allowed any voting in the referendum on amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia. He also emphasised that Serbia expected major international community actors to make efforts in order to enable Serbian citizens in Kosovo and Metohija to vote in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.

Belgrade to get Centre for Fourth Industrial Revolution


Prime Minister Ana Brnabic attended today in Geneva the signing of the Agreement on the Establishment of the World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Serbia, the first of its kind in the Western Balkans.

The agreement was signed at the headquarters of that forum by Director of the Office for Information Technologies and eGovernment Mihailo Jovanovic and Managing Director and Head of the Forum's Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Jeremy Jurgens.

The centre in Serbia will be the 16th in the network of centres of the World Economic Forum in the world and the first in the region of the Western Balkans.

The new centre will start operating on 1 March and will function as a non-profit organisation and a platform for public-private partnership and cooperation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, while the focus of work will be on artificial intelligence and bioengineering.

This centre will work within the Serbian government’s Office for Information Technologies and eGovernment and will cooperate with scientific institutes, state institutions and the private sector.

The signing of this document was also attended by founder and Executive Director of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab and President of the World Economic Forum Borge Brende, with whom Brnabic had previously met.

Addressing the press, Brnabic pointed out that this agreement is the result of many years of joint work between Serbia and the World Economic Forum.

We started talking in 2018, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, then 2020 hampered us a bit, but we continued to plan in 2021 and here we are today, she said.

According to her, the centre will be focused on the development of artificial intelligence, biomedicine and biotechnology, and on the ways in which digitalisation can raise the productivity of companies and the entire economy.

This is what further leads to higher salaries, a better standard of living, as well as to an economy that is mainly based on knowledge, creativity and innovation, Brnabic emphasised.

Today, we have received great recognition for everything that Serbia has done in the field of digitalisation, development of high technologies and paradigm shift – from an economy that was based on labour-intensive investments to digital development.

That is why this agreement shows that Serbia has been recognised as one of the leaders in the economy and IT industry in the last six years, the Prime Minister pointed out and assessed that this is the announcement of the beginning of an even closer cooperation between Serbia and WEF.

She added that they will have a joint meeting with the 16 WEF centres for the fourth industrial revolution in the world every month, at which they will talk about what each of them is doing, since each has a different focus.

That is how we will hear what everyone is doing every month, learn from each other and I am sure that the centre in Belgrade will be one of the best, the Prime Minister said.

According to her, this gives us visibility, the opportunity to further establish Serbia as an investment destination, a country good for living and investing in new technologies and knowledge.

Jovanovic said that the ecosystem formed around the centre will use the infrastructure of the National Platform for the Development of Artificial Intelligence, the Centre for Genome Sequencing and the future bioeconomic centre – BIO4 Campus.

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