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Minister Selaković visits Serbian peacekeepers in Lebanon

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Nikola Selaković, visited the Serbian soldiers engaged in Lebanon within the UNIFIL peacekeeping mission today, and at the same time met with its head, Italian General Stefano del Col, as well as with the Commander of Sector East, which also includes Serbian soldiers, Spanish General Javier Mur Lalaguna.

Minister Selaković spent some time in conversation with our blue helmets and their commander, Lieutenant Colonel Hajrudin Šabotić, emphasizing that the people of Lebanon look with gratitude at the presence of Serbian peacekeepers in the south of that country.

Members of the Serbian Army engaged in Lebanon within the UN mission, as he said, greatly contribute to Serbia's international reputation, and are the pride of their country.

The Minister called on the Serbian soldiers to continue to represent their country in the best way, honorably performing their jobs. In a conversation with the highest ranked UNIFIL officers, Minister Selaković informed himself in detail about the security challenges in the south of Lebanon, and pointed out that Serbia is ready to help Lebanon face the current challenges, not only by engaging peacekeepers, but also by donating food, vaccines and giving advices for overcoming the difficult economic situation.

The head of Serbian diplomacy arrived on a two-day visit to Lebanon yesterday and handed over the first contingent of a total of 40,000 antiviral vaccines donated by Serbia, and announced imminent food aid for the most socially endangered Lebanese citizens.


Selaković met in Beirut with the commander of the Lebanese army and Metropolitan Audi

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Nikola Selaković, met today in Beirut with the commander of the Lebanese army, General Joseph Aoun.

General Aoun thanked Serbia for the donation of anti-covid vaccines, which will be distributed to members of the army, and the head of Serbian diplomacy stated that this help is a great sign of friendship in anticipation of the 60th anniversary of the Non-Aligned Movement.

Minister Selaković informed the host in detail about the economic successes of Serbia in the past years, expressing expectation that Lebanon will also succeed in coping with the challenges of the economic crisis by taking a strategic approach and relying primarily on its own forces. Selaković pointed out that Serbia, thanks to bold fiscal consolidation measures, managed to redirect significant funds to infrastructure development, repayment of expensive loans and industrialization, which led to stable and sustainable growth, which will be among the highest in Europe this year.

In just seven years, thanks to the strategically conceived policy of President Aleksandar Vučić, Serbia managed to reduce unemployment from 26.9 percent to below nine percent, and reduced public debt from 79 percent of GDP to 52 percent. As he reminded, President Vučić personally opened 219 factories in seven years.

The head of Serbian diplomacy expressed his belief that Lebanon, by emphasizing the attraction of investments and industrialization, and by engaging the multimillion diaspora, can reverse economic flows, and Serbia, as a friendly country, is ready to help in different ways. Selaković also met with the Metropolitan of the Greek Orthodox Church, Elias Audi, in Beirut tonight.

Selaković and Metropolitan Audi discussed, among other things, the position of Orthodox believers in Lebanon.

Minister Selaković expressed hope that Metropolitan Audi will have the opportunity to visit Serbia and the Temple of St. Sava, which after many years was completed in a magnificent way by the joint work of the state, church and people, but also our Russian friends, and today is unique in many ways and among the most beautiful Orthodox temples.

 


Selaković: Lebanese officials expressed great gratitude to Serbia for its selfless help

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Nikola Selaković, handed over 20,000 doses of the Sputnik vaccine against the corona virus in Beirut today, the first part of the aid of 40,000 vaccines that Serbia will donate to Lebanon.

"On the first day of my official visit to Lebanon, on behalf of the Government of Serbia and the Republic of Serbia, we handed over to our Lebanese friends the donation of the first 20,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19", said Minister Selaković. The donation of Serbia was received by the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon, Zeina Akar, who expressed gratitude for the donation, and informed the head of Serbian diplomacy about the epidemiological situation in that Middle Eastern country.

Today, on the first day of his official visit to Lebanon, the head of Serbian diplomacy also met separately with the President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, and the Prime Minister of Lebanon, Hassan Diab. Selaković said that at all meetings, Lebanese officials expressed great gratitude to President Aleksandar Vučić, the Government of Serbia, the Republic of Serbia and its citizens for the selfless help we provided with the donation of vaccines, but also for the decision to donate 45 tons of food products to the Lebanese people.

"The people of Lebanon are in a not so simple, but rather challenging situation, one of the most difficult situations since the creation of the Republic of Lebanon", said Minister Selaković. Minister Selaković pointed out that at the meetings, other types of assistance that Serbia could possibly provide to friendly Lebanon were also discussed, as well as various types of improvement of our bilateral cooperation, not only in the field of cooperation between the two foreign ministries, but especially in the field of economy.

"We talked about any Serbian experiences that could serve the people of Lebanon and the Republic of Lebanon, in terms of the economic recovery that this country longs for", Selaković said.

The head of Serbian diplomacy emphasized that Lebanese officials were especially interested in the economic successes of Serbia and everything that has been done in Serbia, especially since 2014 in the field of fiscal consolidation, economic recovery, reindustrialization of the country, serious travel infrastructure construction, but also social, health and educational infrastructure, as well as the key to the success in the fight of Serbia against the corona virus pandemic.

Selaković said that Lebanese officials expressed strong and principled support for the positions of the Republic of Serbia on the issue of protection of our territorial integrity and sovereignty, as well as support for the continuation of the dialogue in seeking a solution for Kosovo and Metohija.

He added that they expressed great satisfaction with the fact that in October this year, 60 years after the founding of the Non-Aligned Movement, Belgrade will once again host dozens of heads of state, government and foreign ministers who will come to our capital from all over the world. Selaković thanked Lebanese officials for their principled and active support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Serbia and handed over an invitation letter to participate in the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Non-Aligned Movement in Belgrade.

The head of Serbian diplomacy will be on the official visit to the Lebanese Republic tomorrow as well, and he will meet, among others, with the UNIFIL commander, Major General Stefano Del Col, and will visit members of the Serbian Army in the UN mission in Lebanon.


Selaković handed over vaccines – a donation from Serbia to Lebanon

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Nikola Selaković, handed over 20,000 doses of the Sputnik vaccine against the corona virus in Beirut today – the first part of the aid of 40,000 vaccines that Serbia will donate to Lebanon.

The donation was received by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon Zeina Akar, who expressed gratitude for the donation, and informed the head of Serbian diplomacy about the epidemiological situation in that Middle Eastern country.

The ministers also discussed the economic situation in Lebanon and the urgent need for energy sources.

Minister Selaković conveyed Serbia's readiness to help friendly Lebanon in other ways in facing the current challenges.

Selaković thanked his Lebanese colleague for his principled and active support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Serbia.

On this occasion, the Minister personally handed the Lebanese Foreign Minister an invitation letter to participate in the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Non-Aligned Movement in Belgrade.


Marking the Remembrance Day of all Serbs who died and were expelled in the armed operation "Storm"

The President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, attended the marking of the Remembrance Day of all the victims and expelled Serbs in the armed operation "Storm" and said that Serbia remembers!

"Today, when we remind ourselves again of what happened in August 1995, the terrible pogrom, the expulsion of more than 250,000 Serbs, the exodus and ethnic cleansing, we, at the same time, and finally, remind ourselves of who we are, what we are, where we come from and where we are going. Thank you all for being here together tonight and for showing how much we love our people", said President Vučić, adding that we will not forget any of the things that the Krajina people had to go through.

"For us, these are not just terrible numbers of victims", ​​said President Vučić and emphasized that Serbia will not forget.

"History has never been rewritten like today. That is why I want to remind us all not only of what others have done to us, not wanting us to exist, but also of what we have done to ourselves, just as if we ourselves did not want to exist", said the President, noting that we must never again allow Serbia to forget its silent heroes.

President Vučić emphasized that we must never again cover our eyes, ears, and mouths in front of something that truly was a pogrom and the downfall of all humanity.

"Pretending that this is not true, avoiding saying it, is a crime not only against the victims, but also against ourselves, every living Serb, people from Krajina, as well as Serbia and its future", said President Vučić and underlined that people can stand up straight and live with themselves and the others without hesitation, fear and doubt, only if they remember.

President Vučić pointed out that Serbia must fight for peace and cradles with children, as well as that not remembering annuls and erases us from the history and the future, depriving us of the right to tomorrow.

"Our mission is a happy future for us and for the new generations! Today's Serbia is based on a clear identity and a culture of remembrance", said President Vučić and reminded that everything that had been neglected for decades had been done, and that a strong Serbia has become the master of its own destiny.

"Eternal glory to you, Serbian martyrs who perished in the "Storm" and all other pogroms. Your children are in their Serbia, taken care of, loved and successful. Sleep peacefully, Serbian falcons, the future of your children is our vow", concluded President Vučić and thanked everyone who showed that night how much they love their country and that Serbia remembers.

Source: www.predsednik.rs

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On-line application for issuing D visas – for employment (24 May 2021)

On-line application for issuing D-employment visas has started in the Republic of Serbia.

Viza D allows entry into the Republic of Serbia and stay between 90 and 180 days. It also enables the regulation of temporary residence in Serbia. If you are sure that you meet the requirements for visa D - for employment and have all the necessary documents, you can apply electronically, at the following link: https://econsulate.gov.rs/


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

 

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.


Selaković invited representatives of members of the NAM to gather in Belgrade in October

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Nikola Selaković, spoke at the Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) today and on that occasion sent an invitation to the representatives of the members to gather in Belgrade on 11 and 12 October, when the 60th anniversary of the first Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement held in Belgrade in 1961 will be marked. Selaković informed the participants of the conference that Serbia would organize this important jubilee of non-aligned countries together with Azerbaijan – which is currently chairing the NAM.

In his address, Selaković reminded that the former Yugoslavia and President Tito, as co-founders of the Movement, gave their contribution to creating a vision of a different world, and that Serbia, as one of the successors of Yugoslavia, is proud of that part of its history.

"The spirit of non-alignment is based on equality, freedom, lasting peace, sovereign equality of states and peaceful cooperation of all peoples, and these values ​​are also woven into the state-building foundations of Serbia", the minister said. Selaković said that the Non-Aligned Movement throughout its history has been a beacon of freedom to all those who sought the right to existence and prosperity in a world that was often ruled, not by the force of law, but by the law of force. He assessed that even today we find ourselves in times of serious global challenges in which the Movement has the opportunity to reaffirm its libertarian traditions and commitment to a world of equals.

"Serbia, as a militarily neutral and politically independent state, will give its most sincere contribution to such goals of the Movement. We hope that by strengthening mutual ties and cooperation, as a group of states and peoples that share the same values ​​and interests, we will strengthen our common capacity to face the challenges of tomorrow. And the challenges are already before us", Selaković pointed out.

The Minister emphasized that international law should be a pillar of political and security architecture of the world, and added that Serbia respects the commitment of the members of the Movement towards the goals and principles of the UN Charter.

"Many members of this movement are aware that by insisting on international law, they are working in their own favor and in favor of preserving regional and global stability," the minister pointed out.

Selaković also said that the COVID-19 pandemic clearly showed that inequality, lack of solidarity and empathy in the world have become very obvious in the roughest way. "Serbia is eternally grateful to all the countries which, such as Azerbaijan, helped us in difficult times. We later extended that chain of solidarity by making vaccines available, not only to our citizens, but also to others in the region. We supported our neighbors with the belief that solidarity is the best investment in a common future", the minister concluded.


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

 

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!


Minister Selaković presented the new e-Consulate service

20 May 2021 Minister Selaković presented the new e-Consulate service 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.

 

On-line application for issuing D-employment visas has started in the Republic of Serbia.

Viza D allows entry into the Republic of Serbia and stay between 90 and 180 days. It also enables the regulation of temporary residence in Serbia. If you are sure that you meet the requirements for visa D - for employment and have all the necessary documents, you can apply electronically, at the following link: https://econsulate.gov.rs/


Non-working days of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Beirut

Due to the state holiday of the Republic of Serbia, The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Beirut will not work from April 30th until May 4th, 2021. First working day after the holidays will be May 5th, 2021.


President Vučić met via video link with representatives of the IMF delegation

President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić talked today via a video link with the representatives of the delegation of the International Monetary Fund led by the Head of the Mission, Jan Kees Martijn. The interlocutors concluded that Serbia's main goal remains to preserve the hard-earned reputation of a fiscally secure country, as well as to continue with a responsible fiscal policy so that public debt does not exceed 60 per cent of GDP, whereby Serbia continues to work on further economic growth.

During the conversation, President Vučić and Jan Kees Martijn especially referred to the incentive measures and adopted three packages of measures to help the economy and citizens, which preserved macroeconomic stability and even achieved a higher employment rate. Martijn commended the responsible economic policy of Serbia and the successful crisis management during the pandemic.

"Serbia achieved one of the best results last year despite the challenges of the pandemic", Martijn said, noting that Serbia was one of the few countries to which the IMF did not adjust the initial projection of the 5% growth rate it gave last year.

President Vučić added that following the first quarter of 2021, Serbia is well on its way to achieving the planned growth of 6% as planned, since one of the main focuses of the Government is investing in large infrastructure projects and intensifying work on attracting foreign direct investments.

"In 2020, Serbia was at the very top in terms of economic growth in Europe, and I am convinced that this year we can enter the first three or four countries in terms of growth", said President Vučić, adding that he was satisfied that Serbia still, despite the pandemic situation, has an extremely strong inflow of investment. President Vučić and Jan Kees Martijn also discussed a new advisory arrangement, which is of special importance in light of the improvement of the general investment climate in Serbia, as well as in the context of even greater investor assurance.

"Given Serbia's tremendous progress over the past eight years, the priority goal of this arrangement will be to preserve the results achieved, but also to provide support for further implementation of structural reforms aimed at even faster, stronger and more sustainable growth", said President Vučić and thanked the IMF and the personal engagement of Jan Kees Martijn in the professional and expert support that Serbia is counting on.

President Vučić pointed out that Serbia will pay special attention to reforms in public companies, and that priorities will continue to be investments in infrastructure, creating an even better climate for investments, greater investments in the environment, science and capital projects, which will further contribute to the long term stable financial growth in the coming years.


Meeting with the World Health Organization Regional Director for Europe

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.


19 April 2021 - WHO describes immunization process in Serbia as impressive

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 immunization of citizens in Serbia.

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

She informed the WHO Regional Director for Europe about the course of immunization 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 immunization 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 immunization 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.


ENTRY REGIME FOR CITIZENS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA AND FOREIGN CITIZENS WITH REGULATED STAY IN THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA

Citizens of the Republic of Serbia and foreign citizens with regulated residence in the Republic of Serbia (have been granted temporary residence or permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia) who come from countries with unfavorable epidemiological situation (all countries) and do not have a negative RT-PCR test for SARS -CoV-2, issued by the reference laboratory of the country from which they come, ie a negative FIA ​​Rapid Antigen test, not older than 48 hours from the date of issuance of the results, for persons coming from the United States, during passport control is given written notice - health warning of the obligation to comply with the quarantine measure at home for 10 days from the date of crossing the state border and are warned of the obligation to report to the competent COVID clinic or territorially competent public health institution within 24 hours of crossing the state border (via electronic application to the electronic address: www.e-zdravlje.gov.rs).

 

The following does not apply:

-to citizens of the Republic of Serbia and foreign citizens with regulated residence in the Republic of Serbia, coming from: the Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Bulgaria, the Republic of Northern Macedonia and Montenegro and Hungary;

-to accredited members of the staff of foreign diplomatic and consular missions and offices of international organizations, as well as members of their families who are holders of special identity cards, ie identification documents issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the General Secretariat of the Government;

-to persons from the border area who perform agricultural work and have agricultural land in the border area of ​​the Republic of Serbia, ie the border area of ​​the neighboring state, and who are obliged to have proof of ownership over agricultural land when crossing the state border to perform agricultural work on that land or a statement by the owner of the agricultural land that the person is performing agricultural work on his land;

-to persons who are residents of the border area and who are employed on the territory of the Republic of Serbia, ie the neighboring state, to whom the employer from the Republic of Serbia, ie the neighboring state, has issued a document on employment;

-to the crew and cabin crew of aircraft whose final destination is the Republic of Serbia;

-to crew members when performing international transport, for the purpose of taking over or unloading goods or for the purpose of transporting persons to or through the Republic of Serbia, in the case of crews:

- freight motor vehicles when performing international road transport. In the case of transit traffic, it is limited to a period not exceeding 12 hours from the moment of entry into the territory of the Republic of Serbia,

- cargo ships transporting goods to one of the domestic ports. In the case of transit navigation on the international waterway on the territory of the Republic of Serbia, it is limited to a period not exceeding 90 hours for ships and 60 hours for self-propelled vessels from the moment of entry into the territory of the Republic of Serbia in the case of upstream navigation. 72 hours for ship formations and 54 hours for self-propelled vessels from the moment of entering the territory of the Republic of Serbia in case of downstream navigation,

ENTRY REGIME FOR FOREIGN CITIZENS

In order to protect against the introduction of infectious diseases into the territory of the Republic of Serbia, persons coming to the Republic of Serbia from countries with unfavorable epidemiological situation (from all countries of the world) are allowed to enter the Republic of Serbia provided they have a negative RT-PCR test for SARS. CoV-2, issued by the reference laboratory of the country of origin, not older than 48 hours from the date of issue and results. If there is a delay in entering the Republic of Serbia, which cannot be attributed to the fault of the passenger but is a consequence of an external event that could not have been foreseen, avoided or eliminated (flight delay, departure of buses, trains, etc.), then the test cannot be older than 72 hours upon entering the Republic of Serbia.

Persons coming from the United States are recognized, under the same conditions, with a negative FIA ​​Rapid Antigen test instead of a negative RT-PCR test.

The restriction does not apply to citizens of the Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Bulgaria, Hungary, the Republic of Northern Macedonia and Montenegro, when they enter the Republic of Serbia from those countries of which they are citizens. Persons who are not citizens of these states, but have been granted temporary residence or permanent residence in those states and who enter the Republic of Serbia directly from these states, are allowed to enter provided that they deliver to the territorially reliable within 48 hours of crossing the state border. to the Institute of Public Health negative RT-PCR test or antigen test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus, issued by the reference laboratory of the Republic of Serbia.

The following does not apply:

1) to foreign citizens in transit through the Republic of Serbia. Transit for foreign citizens is limited to a period not longer than 12 hours from the moment of entry into the territory of the Republic of Serbia;

2) to the crew and cabin crew of the aircraft whose final destination is the Republic of Serbia;

3) crew, personnel and passengers in transit, ie transfer through international airports of the Republic of Serbia;

4) to accredited staff members of foreign diplomatic and consular missions and offices of international organizations, as well as members of their families who are holders of special identity cards, ie identification documents issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the General Secretariat of the Government;

5) to minors up to the age of 12, if the parent, guardian or other person accompanying the child possesses the negative test referred to in item 2 of this Instruction, if necessary;

6) to foreign citizens who have been granted temporary residence or permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia;

7) members of foreign military, police and other security services who are in transit through the territory of the Republic of Serbia or come to the Republic of Serbia for the purpose of performing official tasks with prior notice;

8) to persons who have been fully vaccinated (vaccinated with two doses, ie with one dose - if they have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine) in the Republic of Serbia and who have a certificate issued by a health institution.

Also, it does not apply to:

-foreign nationals when performing international transport, for the purpose of taking over or unloading goods or for the purpose of transporting persons in or through the Republic of Serbia, in the case of crews:

-freight motor vehicles when performing international road transport. In the case of transit traffic, it is limited to a period not exceeding 12 hours from the moment of entry into the territory of the Republic of Serbia;

-cargo ships transporting goods to one of the domestic ports. In the case of transit navigation on the international waterway on the territory of the Republic of Serbia, it is limited to a period not exceeding 90 hours for ships and 60 hours for self-propelled vessels from the moment of entry into the territory of the Republic of Serbia in the case of upstream navigation. 72 hours for ship formations and 54 hours for self-propelled vessels from the moment of entering the territory of the Republic of Serbia in case of downstream navigation;

-buses in regular and international passenger transport, both in transit and in the case when the final or departure destination is the Republic of Serbia; -railway vehicles and train staff;

-humanitarian convoys contracted through diplomacy.

-citizens of neighboring countries from the border area who perform agricultural work and have agricultural land in the territory of the Republic of Serbia, and who are obliged to have proof of ownership of agricultural land or a statement of the owner of agricultural land to perform agricultural work on that land. agricultural works on his land, subject to reciprocity. -

citizens of neighboring countries who are residents of the border area and who are employed in the territory of the Republic of Serbia, to whom the employer from the Republic of Serbia has issued a document on employment, subject to reciprocity.

ENTRY IN SERBIA FOR BUSINESS REASONS

Domestic and foreign citizens entering the Republic of Serbia for business reasons, with prior notification of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, are allowed to enter the Republic of Serbia provided that they submit a negative RT-PCR test or antigen to the Serbian Chamber of Commerce within 24 hours of crossing the state border. test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus, issued by the reference laboratory of the Republic of Serbia.

The Serbian Chamber of Commerce will announce the crossing of the state border without delay and submit to the Ministry of Internal Affairs - Border Police Administration, no later than 24 hours before the expected crossing of the state border. If a negative RT-PCR test or antigen test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus is not submitted within 24 hours of crossing the state border or if the test is positive for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus, the Serbian Chamber of Commerce shall delays shall be notified to the territorially competent public health institute.

- buses in regular and international passenger transport, both in transit and in the case when the final or departure destination is the Republic of Serbia,

- railway vehicles and train staff;

- humanitarian convoys contracted through diplomacy.

-to minors up to 12 years of age;

-to persons who have been outside the territory of the Republic of Serbia for less than 48 hours and possess a negative RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus issued by a reference laboratory in the Republic of Serbia not older than 48 hours from the date of issue. If there is a delay when entering the Republic of Serbia, which cannot be attributed to the fault of the passenger but is a consequence of an external event that could not have been predicted, avoided or eliminated (flight delay / delay, departure of buses, trains, etc.), then the test cannot be older than 72 hours when entering the Republic of Serbia

-to citizens of the Republic of Serbia and foreign citizens who have been granted temporary residence or permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia who have been fully vaccinated (vaccinated with two doses, ie with one dose - if vaccinated with AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine) in the Republic of Serbia have a certificate issued by a health institution or body.

 


Political extremism of Albanians in Kosovo and Metohija is becoming stronger

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.


13.04.2021 - Selakovic: Pristina persists in its campaign of hatred against the Serbian people

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.

  1. Miljana Milic, fifteen years old,
  2. Vladimir Milic, twelve years old,
  3. Miomir Mladenovic, fourteen years old,
  4. Dragan Dimic, three years old,
  5. Julijana Brudar, ten years,
  6. Olivera Maksimovic, twelve years old,
  7. Miroslav Knezevic, thirteen years old,
  8. Dajana Pavlovic, five years old,
  9. Stevan Pavlovic, eight years old,
  10. Marko Simic, two years old,
  11. Milica Rakic, three years old,
  12. Ivan Ivancic, seven years old,
  13. 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


17.03.2021 - The Republic of Serbia in the Month of Francophonie / La République de Serbie au Mois de la Francophonie

The Republic of Serbia as an associate member of the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF), together with the entire French-speaking community around the World, celebrates the Month of Francophonie (le Mois de la Francophonie). For all lovers of Serbian culture and the French language, the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia has prepared an extensive program and the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels invites you to discover the diversity and richness of Serbian culture in French. Please click on the picture above the text.

La République de Serbie en qualité de membre associé à l'OIF, de concert avec toute la communauté francophone dans le monde entier, célèbre le Mois de la Francophonie. Pour tous les amateurs de la culture serbe et de la langue française, le Ministère de la Culture et de l'Information de la République de Serbie a préparé un vaste programme et L’Ambassade de la République de Serbie à Bruxelles vous invite à découvrir la diversité et la richesse de la culture serbe en français. cliquez sur l'image ci-dessus.


8 March 2021 - Selakovic: Fight against all forms of crime is a priority of the Serbian Government

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Nikola Selakovic said today that the fight against all forms of crime was a top priority of the Serbian Government and an integral part of the EU accession process.

"It is also our moral duty, in order to leave a better world for the generations to come", Selakovic said participating via video-link at the 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, held in Kyoto.

Minister Selakovic emphasized that Serbia, in its Second Serious and Organized Crime Threat Assessment from 2019, identified as its goal to eliminate cybercrime, human trafficking, terrorism and irregular migration.

The Serbian Foreign Minister pointed out that our country had established in a timely manner a normative and institutional framework that regulates prevention of abuse in this area, as well as that the Office of the Special Prosecutor for Cybercrime, a special court department and a special police unit were established.

The Minister underlined that, in the field of the fight against corruption, Serbia was guided by the postulates set out in the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the UN Convention against Corruption.

Selakovic pointed out the efforts made by the Anti-Corruption Agency, as an independent state body, to protect the public interest, build individual and institutional integrity and strengthen transparency and accountability of the public administration.

"We strongly condemn all forms of terrorism, including extremism and radicalism, and call for them to be fully eradicated, while implementing the relevant UN resolutions and conventions and the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy", the Head of Serbian diplomacy underscored.

In order to combat these complex phenomena efficiently and successfully, Selakovic said, it was of vital importance to build capacities of our societies and states, while exchanging experiences at the regional and global levels.

Minister Selakovic thanked Japanese Ambassador Hikihara for the skill he showed in conducting the talks on harmonizing and adopting the Kyoto Declaration, which, as he stressed, was an important indicator of the commitment to creating and maintaining the institutional framework for crime prevention as one of the main preconditions for promoting sustainable development goals.

"Back in 1970 when Japan hosted this event for the first time, we demonstrated strong political will to draw attention to the problem. Today, it is incumbent upon us to reaffirm this willingness and resolve and translate it into concrete steps", the Serbian Foreign Minister said.


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


15.02.2021. - The Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia

Video message prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on this occasion, can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jh6idN_HKsQ&ab_channel=MFAoftheRepublicofSerbia

 

 

 


President Vucic: Serbia is ready for dialogue on Kosovo and Metohija, but will refuse being humiliated

President of the Republic and Supreme Commander of the Serbian Army Aleksandar Vucic attended a demonstration of capabilities of one part of Serbian Army units in the "Rastko Nemanjić" barracks in Pancevo. On this occasion, President Vucic stated that Serbia was ready to continue the EU-facilitated dialogue with Pristina at any point, while respecting also the position of the United States as well as the positions of Russia and China.

The President said that he would rather put his "head on the chopping block" than sign any document with a recognition and reminded that he had already once refused to do so in Washington, where there were two versions of the agreement.

He stated that he immediately had his delegation leave the meeting, that he told the U.S. delegation that Serbia would not sign such an agreement, while conveying that Serbia would always endeavour to hold peaceful talks in order to preserve peace, but that it would not take any humiliation.

The Serbian President thanked the U.S. President Joe Biden for the letter of congratulations on the occasion of the upcoming Statehood Day, in which, in addition to the usual emphasis on commitment to promoting economic cooperation, regional stability and democratic values, he unequivocally called for mutual recognition of Serbia and "Kosovo" as a result.

Mutual recognition between Serbia and "Kosovo" is not part of any act of any world organization, the President pointed out and reiterated that Serbia was ready to continue the EU-facilitated dialogue with Pristina at any point, while respecting also the position of the United States as well as the positions of Russia and China.

According to the president, the situation is difficult and will only be increasingly difficult.

"As I told you three days ago, I can see it and I expect it, I can see the situation slowly tightening, because the conflicts between them at the global level have been increasing and intensifying, and then we have to pay the price", the President said.

President Vucic said that said that it was up to our state to continue strengthening the country in the economic sense.

The President added that the role of the army was very important in the highly complex security and political conditions of the modern world, and that was why Serbia needed to do everything it could to deter any potential aggressor and attacks on citizens and the country.

"The policy of strengthening the armed forces will continue at a faster pace", the President emphasized, adding that the goal was for the Serbian Army to play a stabilizing role with regard to the political developments in the region.

According to him, it should be clear to everyone that Serbia was not a punching bag and that not everyone could attack and threaten it like it was the case in the past.

Vucic said that he was pleased with what he saw and that a lot had been done in the previous period, pointing out that the salaries of military personnel would be significantly increased as of April.

President Vucic also stated that investments in the Serbian Army would continue, whom he told that he expected the Army to continue to be the guardian of our country, its integrity and freedom.

"We expect you to be the guardians of our country, its integrity and freedom, the defenders of our people, the guardians of the homeland, the protectors of the interests of the state of Serbia and to be a deterrent factor for every aggressor and anyone who might consider attacking Serbia", Vucic said.

The military exercise called "Spearhead" demostrated the capabilities of the 72nd Special Operations Brigade, and the event, which the President of Serbia and the Supreme Commander of the Serbian Army assessed as very good, was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Nebojsa Stefanovic and Chief of General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces, General Milan Mojsilovic.


Minister Selakovic speaks for Politika: The year of rejuvenation of Serbian diplomacy

26.01.2021.

Serbia's foreign policy positions are naturally being adjusted to the new developments at the international level, but our foreign policy priorities have not changed in a long time. Our top and most important interest is to preserve good-neighbourly relations and stability and peace in the region and, in the same context, to find a peaceful and just solution to the problems in Kosovo and Metohija, Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic said in an interview with Politika daily.

Another lasting interest of ours is full membership of the European Union, because this is the type of society we strive for. At the bilateral level, our goal is to strengthen ties with traditional friends, the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China, but also to build new partner relations with the United States. One of the most important tasks of our foreign policy is to improve the position and protect the rights and identity of our people in the region, as well as to provide various types of support to Serbs in the diaspora. All these are very important and more often than not complementary goals, Nikola Selakovic pointed out.

What kind of relations do you expect Serbia to have with the new U.S. administration?

It is too early to speculate about this in public. The new presidential administration in Washington is currently preoccupied with internal issues and this will be the case for some time. There are people in the team of President Joseph Biden who have dealt with our region, and it is likely that the Balkans and Serbia will be the focus of the U.S. foreign policy at some point. I will remind you that President Vucic and President Biden not so long ago had very substantive talks in Belgrade, after which our President stated that he had the opportunity to talk to someone extremely well acquainted with the situation in this part of the world and an extraordinarily prepared interlocutor. Taking their personal relationship into account, but also the importance of enhancing the ties between Serbia and the United States, we have reason to expect that a meeting between the two presidents will be organized in the foreseeable future. I am sure that the nature and dynamics of the relations between Serbia and the United States will be influenced by the fact that Ambassador Marko Djuric now represents us in Washington, whose presence at President Biden's inauguration ceremony is an important signal and, I believe, a harbinger of positive developments in bilateral relations between our two countries.

How would you describe our country's relations with Moscow, Brussels and Beijing?

Russia is our traditional friend and that friendship goes beyond merely political ties. These are deep spiritual, cultural and civilizational bonds, and it is only natural that we have a mutual interest in improving those ties, even though they are at a very high level. We have a relationship with the People's Republic of China which is, in addition to the sincere iron-clad friendship between our peoples and high political representatives, based on deep trust and mutual support. Full membership of the European Union is Serbia's strategic orientation that all our friends are aware of, but our country does not forget its friendships, but strengthens and promotes them instead, and approaches all with honesty and no ulterior motives. In this context, we do not seek any preferential treatment, but only the right to freely and independently make decisions about our future and relations with all who respect us.

Could Serbia pursue a different foreign policy than the one it is pursuing at the moment?

It is always possible to have a different policy, just look at the foreign policy of Serbia ten, twenty or thirty years ago, examine the results at that time and you will realize how irretrievably expensive that policy turned out to be. Whether a policy is right, at either foreign or domestic level, is measured through its results and effect on the lives of citizens and the fate of the entire state. Our foreign policy priorities are not being defined on a whim, but are instead the result of a serious and deep examination of our complex position and strategic thinking about ways to improve it. Today, Serbia has a better international reputation and credibility than two decades ago, and the main reason for that is that our results have shown how serious and responsible we are as a country. That kind of credibility is not achieved by trickery, but only by hard and well-thought-out work on oneself. And I need to emphasize on this occasion as well that the main inspiration for such an attitude towards politics, the state and its future comes from none other than President Aleksandar Vucic. As Minister of Foreign Affairs, I have the opportunity on a daily basis to see the level of appreciation and respect President Vucic enjoys beyond the borders of our country.

When can we expect the vacant posts of Serbian ambassadors and consuls across the globe to be filled?

That is one of the main tasks for 2021. This will be a year of reinvigoration and I believe also rejuvenation of Serbian diplomacy. Our country, given its size, has a fairly extensive diplomatic network, which provides it with great opportunities for deepening political and economic relations with countries in all parts of the world. But we need more fresh and energetic staff, people who will be the most honourable representatives of a modern and dynamic Serbia. There are such people in Serbia, and we do need a serious rejuvenation, in order to avoid wide generation gaps in our personnel, and to lay the foundations of a modern career diplomacy.

How would you describe your relationship with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic?

President Vucic and I are, in addition to having close and friendly relations, by virtue of the work we do and our constitutional competencies, the closest collaborators in the realization of Serbia's foreign policy goals. This allows me to talk to him often, and on many occasions learn a lot of new and important things. President Vucic is a man who inspires people around him with his strategic and visionary approach to politics, and I am proud to have had the opportunity to be part of his closest team of associates over the years, and to have had him as a kind of political mentor. In any case, his vision of Serbia as a modern, progressive and prosperous state, which independently and on its own will decides on its destiny, is my wish as well and key motivation for political engagement. For only such Serbia is a country that its own citizens, as well as Serbs beyond our borders, can confidently rely on, while also being an inspiration to the entire region. Source: Politika


22.01.2021 - Competition of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia for co-financing projects in the field of translation of representative works of Serbian literature abroad in 2021

The Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the Sector for Contemporary Creativity and Creative Industries, has announced competitions for co-financing projects in the fields of translating representative works of Serbian literature abroad until 2021. The competition is open until March 9, 2021. More information on the conditions and manner of applying is available on the website of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia - https://www.kultura.gov.rs/konkurs/sr/30/600690372a8d5


President Vucic: Serbia is the first in Europe in terms of growth

 

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic pointed out that Serbia is the first in Europe in terms of economic growth, which will be officially confirmed at the end of March, and that this was possible owing to the reform measures taken since 2014 and the rapid opening of the country after the first wave of corona virus. The President pointed out that Serbia had a growth of 5.2 percent in the first quarter, while the Eurozone was at minus 3.2 percent, in the second quarter Serbia had a growth of 6.3 percent, while the Eurozone was at minus 14.7 percent, and in the third quarter, when the Eurozone was at minus 4.3 percent, Serbia's figure was only minus 1.4 percent. Vucic stated that Montenegro, for example, recorded as much as 26 percent minus in the third quarter.

Furthermore, the President emphasized that hospitals were built and renovated in our country, and that two hospitals were built from the ground up in just four months. He said that the state made significant efforts to procure respirators, masks, gloves, protective suits, medicines, everything that was needed, and pointed out that work was being done on 10 general hospitals throughout Serbia, adding that all these were major achievements that were only possible owing to the success of the 2014 reforms, the enactment of the Labor Law, which yielded excellent results, and also through fiscal consolidation measures. "These are unprecedented results for Serbia. Was Serbia ever before the first in Europe in terms of growth rate? We will get the results on 31 March that will confirm that Serbia is number one in Europe. All that was possible thanks to people who believed in difficult changes", Vucic said.

According to the President, this year, as many as six highways will be built in Serbia at the same time, and in this regard, he noted that Bulgaria has announced that the highway from our border to Sofia will be completed by the end of the year, after which it will be possible to use motorway to travel to Istanbul, which is very important to ensure that our country is on a transport route. President Vucic emphasized that in 2020, the so-called year of corona, our country had a net inflow of foreign direct investment amounting to EUR 2.9 billion net, and three billion gross, which means that many foreign companies such as Toyota Tires, Boysen, ZTF and Brose have invested in Serbia even in this year of crisis. The President said that Serbia has the highest average wages in the region, amounting to 511 or 512 euros, and that in February, due to the January increase, the average wage will be 535 or 536 euros, and that only in Belgrade in the last seven years the average wage increased by 180 euros or 40 percent. That President said that Serbia was fourth in the region in terms of salaries before, and that today we are officially the first, and that the difference in relation to other countries will only increase faster. He also pointed out that the employment rate is growing in Serbia as well as that our public debt increased less than in most European countries. This is illustrated by the data that in Italy the public debt surged to 156 percent, in Germany to 87 percent, in France to 114 percent, in Croatia to 88 percent, while in Serbia it is at 57 percent. The Serbian President announced that by Sretenje, 15 February, an additional package of assistance to the economy will be earmarked, and as he explained, it will be a new capital injection for companies, the trade, entrepreneurs, small, medium and large enterprises which, as he said, concerns 1,052,000 people within that system. Vucic specified that it will most likely be help in the form of two or three payments amounting to half a minimum wage each, and that there will also be sectoral aid for tourism, hotel owners, travel agencies, guides, for bus carriers, through another half minimum wage payment.

The President added that efforts will be made to extend the guarantee schemes as well, which proved to be excellent, amounting to 1.5 billion, and this time, through the same system, two more portions amounting to 500 million each could be provided. Vucic said that the first agreements with DFC worth 300 to 400 million dollars are expected in seven days. He also stated that the state will endeavour to help pensioners further, in addition to increasing pensions by 5.9 percent in January, which will be reflected in their first checks in February, and added that pensioners should by March receive symbolic aid in the form of packages with vitamin C, D and zinc, which, as the President said, are small things, but they reflect the state's care and efforts made to protect health. The President announced that negotiations on the procurement of the Chinese vaccine would be completed in the next seven to eight days, after the first quantities of the Pfizer and Sputnik V vaccines have arrived in Serbia, and pointed out that the Chinese vaccine was of exceptional quality, but probably the most expensive, which is why he wrote to the Chinese President and asked for a discount for our country. Vucic thanked the Americans for deciding to sell the vaccine to our country and noted that no one in the region other than Serbia has received it, except for the small quantity that Albania got. He pointed out that our state relied on itself and its own capacities, and that our state leadership anticipated that vaccines within the European COVAX plan would arrive late. The President rejected the claims about bad results of Serbia in the fight against the corona virus and stated that our country has recorded the lowest corona virus mortality rate in the region. He presented statistical information indicating that Slovenia had 144 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, North Macedonia 126, Bosnia and Herzegovina 123, Bulgaria 115, Montenegro 115, Hungary 110, Croatia 107, Romania 85, and Serbia 51. "The mortality rate in the region is as follows: Bulgaria 3.9, Bosnia and Herzegovina 3.7, Hungary 3.11, North Macedonia 3.03, Romania 2.48. Slovenia 2.15, Croatia 1.99, Montenegro 1.4, and Serbia 1.0. This can be seen in the graphs and is no fabrication", the President stressed. He said that the state will fight for vaccines, and that only Serbia, in the Western Balkans, received significant quantities of vaccines, other than a smaller quantity that Albania received, and added that in one day since the registration for vaccination opened, as many as 63,000 persons have registered. President Vucic expressed his belief that the year ahead will be better than the previous one as well as that the corona virus will be defeated through vaccination of citizens.

 

Belgrade, 12 January 2021


Regime of entry into the Republic of Serbia

In accordance with the Decree on Measures for Prevention and Suppression of Infectious Diseases COVID-19 ("Official Gazette of RS" 151 of 15.12.2020), in order to protect against the introduction of infectious diseases into the territory of the Republic of Serbia, the following measures were adopted concerning entry into the territory of the Republic of Serbia, which are valid from January 12, 2021 untill it is necessary due to epidemiological situation:

1. For foreign citizens, regardless of which country they come from (except Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Montenegro), entry into the Republic of Serbia is allowed EXCLUSIVELY WITH A NEGATIVE RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus, not older than 48 hours, issued by the reference laboratory of the state from which come or from which they enter the Republic of Serbia. Passengers must be tested before traveling, because if they do not have a negative test, they will not be allowed to enter the Republic of Serbia.

The obligation to have a negative RT-PCR test does NOT apply to the following categories of passengers:

- children under the age of 12, if the parent or accompanying person has a negative test

- transit through the Republic of Serbia which does not exceed 12 hours

- foreign citizens who have been granted temporary residence or permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia.

2. For citizens of the Republic of Serbia and foreign citizens with approved temporary residence or permanent residence regardless of which country they come from (except Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Montenegro) if they do not have a negative RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus, not older than 48 hours, issued by the reference laboratory of the state from which they come or from which they enter the Republic of Serbia, a QUARANTINE MEASURE at home will be determined, for a period of ten days.

These persons have the obligation to contact the COVID clinic or the Institute of Public Health within 24 hours of crossing the state border, via an electronic application at www.e-zdravlje.gov.rs.

The quarantine measure ceases to be valid if a citizen of the Republic of Serbia or a foreign citizen with an approved temporary residence or permanent residence receives a negative RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus, issued by a reference laboratory in the Republic of Serbia.


Every Serb in the diaspora is potentially a lobbyist

 Our compatriots living abroad are one of the great potentials that the state has not recognized in the right way so far, which is why a different approach is needed to the issue of how to strengthen our diaspora and use the good will of people who are potential lobbyists for the interests of Serbia and the Serbian people, Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic said. "When it comes to Serbs in the diaspora, and especially in the region, this issue has been a kind of an unattended crop which requires a lot of work, and even when a lot is done at once this is not apparent immediately ", Minister Selakovic stated in an interview with Tanjug. He emphasized that the appointment of the Director of the Office for Cooperation with the Diaspora and Serbs in the Region for the first time after almost seven years since this body was formed within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, shows that it is one of the priorities of the Ministry he is at the helm of.

Selaković notes that intensive efforts have been long underway on forming a plan to make the diaspora more visible both outside the borders of Serbia and in the mother country itself. "Every person in the diaspora is a potential lobbyist for the interests of our country and people, and we need to find the right way to use that", he said. That much can be done in that regar Selakovic illustrates with the fact that only in Switzerland, in 24 cities, there are Serbian cultural and artistic associations which amounts to more than 3,000 young people who get together in order to preserve our tradition, culture, the Serbian language and history. "If they were able to set up such associations in 24 cities, it speaks volumes about the enthusiasm of these people. There is so much enthusiasm, energy and love in these people. We need to explore ways to help them and use their good will and potential", the Minister points out. He also cites the example of an emigrant family in Canada, the Varaklic family from southwestern Serbia, who sends Christmas packages for children in the Raska region every year.

He adds that they have so far donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to non-governmental organizations for those needs alone, but he says that we do not see that here. "The state does not recognize this, and these are people who gained success as entrepreneurs working in a distant country, who can be serious lobbyists for Serbia, for Serbian interests, someone who represents us in the best possible way", Minister Selakovic said. Minister Selakovic also pointed out that Arnaud Gouillon has been appointed as head of the Office for Cooperation with the Diaspora and Serbs in the Region and described him as a man of extraordinary energy, great love for the Serbian people, which he showed in his engagement towards Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija, where they were seriously endangered. "By doing so, he showed and set an example to many of our compatriots of what an individual can do. And when one such individual focuses energy, enthusiasm and love for people, on work done within the state administration system, I think that the preconditions have been created for such activities to yield good results", Minister Selakovic said.


New ambassadors will be appointed this year, but the goals remain the same

 

Minister Selakovic:

This year, Serbia could finally have Ambassadors and Consuls General appointed to about a third of the currently vacant positions in the country's diplomatic and consular missions in the world, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selakovic is convinced that most of these positions will be filled, as he points out, by the best possible people. "In the next year, I am convinced that the majority of these vacancies will be filled", Selakovic told Tanjug, emphasizing that the work is being done gradually, because the state wants to show that is has a quality staff who will represent Serbia's interests in the best possible way. The Head of Serbian diplomacy reminded that in a number of diplomatic missions, the four-year mandate of Ambassadors and Consuls General has already expired, so that the procedure for appointing new ones will follow, after their recall. One of the "vacant" spots is the post of the Serbian Ambassador to China. "We are working hard to find the best possible solution for our new Ambassador to China and as we appointed one of the best people in the state system as Ambassador to the United States, who, I am sure, will perform his duties in the best possible way, I am convinced that it will be the same for the Ambassador in Beijing", Selakovic said.

The Minister, who took over the foreign policy sector in the Government a little over two months ago, points out that circumstances in the world, as well as Serbia's position in it, have changed, but that Serbia's foreign policy goals do not change: the country remains strategically committed to European integration and, while pursuing the EU path, it will also strengthen traditional friendships with Russia and China, as well as promote and strengthen new partner relations with the United States. "Relations in the region, good-neighborly relations, regional cooperation are also important for Serbia, because this fits into the set of requirements on the European path. But, even regardless of the European path, it is always important who you live next to, who you live with, what your neighbors are like and what the relations are like in the neighborhood", Minister Selakovic said. He also points out that the issue of Kosovo and Metohija is of inestimable importance, it being the main national and state issue for Serbia and the Serbian people. "When I say that circumstances are changing, but not the goals - the EU and European integration was our goal seven years ago as well, but look at what our room for maneuver was then, in terms of economic aspects, and look at it today.

Circumstances changed, and then you adjust your actions to these changed circumstances, to the best extent possible", Minister Selakovic said. He reminds that foreign policy priorities for 2021 were also outlined by the President of the Republic, and that maintaining peace and stability in the region is the absolute priority. "Only in a peaceful and stable region of the Western Balkans and Southeast Europe can Serbia thrive economically, culturally and scientifically - in every respect. Peace and stability in the region are “sine qua non” without which there is no development and progress. Serbia has acted, is acting and will act as a factor that stabilizes the entire region and maintains peace in the region, showing that it is the region that benefits everyone the most", Minister Selakovic said. Relations in the region have always been complex, and the region, Minister Selakovic noted, is to our great regret, burdened with issues that we cannot have a bearing on, and which concern the past. Serbia's approach is to seek room to influence what is happening today and what will happen happen in the future. In this context, he states that the so-called "mini-Schengen" initiative for market unification of the region, which originated from Aleksandar Vucic and was met with a positive response from the Prime Ministers of Albania and North Macedonia, is one of the opportunities to do much more for the region. "To show how much more we can do if we act together and if we seek our common denominators, and not what separates and divides us ", Selakovic points out.

When it comes to relations with the United States, Selakovic said that one should not expect the great powers to change their positions the way we would like, want or imagine, but that it is important that the Ambassador in Washington, Marko Djuric, also emphasized that his task, among other things, will be to make efforts to change the climate in bilateral relations with the United States - the most important country in the world, as our lacking communication with them in the past seriously affected the position of the Serbian people and Serbia. "I am convinced that Djuric will work seriously on that, together with President Vucic, Prime Minister Brnabic and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and contribute to a large extent to changing that climate", Minister Selakovic said. He points out that it is extremely important for Serbia to promote its partner relations with the United States to a higher level. "This is a country with which we cooperate closely in many areas and a country with which we must strive, and not give up in doing so, to find what we have in common, our common ground and good examples of our cooperation in the past, and to create space for such cooperation in the future as well", Minister Selakovic concluded.


President Vucic: Serbia to remain on the course of a winning policy of stability

Preservation of peace, taking care of the health and better living standard are key for Serbia in 2021, underlined President of the Republic Aleksandar Vucic, convinced that even though the completion of this ambitious and by no means easy task will be anything but straightforward, best results can be achieved by working in concert with the Government, while ensuring security and a future of certainty for the citizens. The President said that Serbia has set for itself great and ambitious goals for the next year, notwithstanding the complex international and regional circumstances, and that it will endeavour to fully preserve peace and stability in the region and the country, while safeguarding the vital national and state interests. "Serbia will remain on the course of a winning policy - the policy of stability", President Vucic said and stressed that our country remains on the European integration path and that it will carefully foster its friendship with Russia and China, while building a friendship with the United States as well. According to the President, Serbia will continue to pursue a winning policy, with the country itself as a top priority, i.e., a policy that will enable Serbia to continue being one of the top three countries in Europe in terms of growth rate in the next two years.

A precondition for that, the President noted, is to crack down on criminal groups, but also to ensure even bigger investments in the police and army forces. "Serbia is the country that recorded the highest growth in Europe in 2020", the President pointed out at the annual press conference and added that he expects to conclude a new arrangement with the IMF, as well as that Serbia, by the end of next year or early 2022, will raise its credit rating to an "investment" one, which will put our country's rating on par with the most developed EU countries. As the greatest success in 2020, Vucic noted that Serbia will end the year with the highest growth rate in Europe, which, as he said, is expected to be from minus 0.75 percent to minus one. "I am proud to be the President of a country that is the European champion in terms of GDP", Vucic pointed out and added that German Chancellor Angela Merkel was also pleased with Serbia's success. According to President Vucic, this result will encourage Serbia to accelerate its European path, while continuing friendships with those who did not turn their backs on Serbia when it was at its darkest hour, namely Russia and China.

The President pointed out that the activities to attract foreign investors will continue, then that work will be done on investments in agriculture, primarily the food industry, new machinery, and digitalization of agriculture. President Vucic also emphasized that the goal is for salaries in the public sector to average between 560 and 570 euros by the end of the year. Only in Belgrade, the average salary would be around 700 euros. President Vucic reminded that the salaries of health care workers will increase by five percent from January 1, while the salaries of others in the public sector will increase by 3.5 percent and an additional 1.5 percent as of April 1, while corporal, private first class and non-commissioned officer army ranks will get an increase of an additional 10 percent. He noted that the minimum wage will be increased by 6.6 percent and so will pensions from January 1, by 5.9 percent, with the plan that the average pension amounts to 270 euros by the end of 2021. The President especially pointed out investments in health care, reminding that two new covid hospitals have been opened and that the renovation and construction of health facilities continues throughout Serbia, while stressing that Serbia is by far the first in the region in terms of hospitalized persons per 100,000 citizens, which is why it has recorded a low mortality rate , and also that Serbia this year has been among the top three countries in the region according to the number of PCR tests performed.

Speaking about tourism, the President said that, next year, efforts will be made on the development of the Danube basin region, from Apatin to Kladovo, that the Ovcar-Kablar Gorge will be developed, as well as our mountain centers. Discussing the field of culture and information, President Vucic said that the implementation of the media strategy and the completion of the reconstruction of the National Theater in Subotica are important for next year, and he announced investments in museums, especially emphasizing the relocation of the History Museum to the train station building. He also stated that the floor heating in the Church of Saint Sava will be completed next year. He pointed out that the state will continue to take care of our citizens in Kosovo and Metohija, that no one can forbid Serbia to help its people, and that Serbia will not give up on helping our people. As he emphasized, Serbia is ready to send medicines and vaccines to the Albanian population as well, and pointed out that in the upcoming period our country will pursue a policy of peace in the region and will endeavour to cooperate with Zagreb, Sarajevo, Podgorica and others.


Serbian Prime Minister the first PM in Europe to receive a Covid-19 vaccine

24.12.2020.

Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Ana Brnabic received today the first vaccine against the coronavirus made by Pfizer company, at the Torlak Institute of Virology, Vaccines and Sera. Brnabic, who is the first European Prime Minister to receive the vaccine, pointed out that this day may be the first since 6 March that we have a reason for a smile on our faces as it marks the beginning of the end of the coronavirus pandemic in Serbia, but also in Europe and the world. As Prime Minister and as someone who leads the COVID-19 Crisis Response Team, I felt obliged to be the first to receive the vaccine, to show that we believe in it, as well as in our institutions - the Medicines and Medical Devices Agency of Serbia and experts who worked round the clock to test the vaccine, she said. Underlining that it was an honour to do this for her country and be the first to pave the way for all citizens, the Prime Minister said that she agreed with President of the Republic AleksandarVucic that the two of them receive different vaccines, so he will most likely receive the next one that arrives, most probably the one produced by China. At the moment we have the Pfizer-BioNTech consortium vaccine, and the vaccines from the Chinese Sinopharm are expected in the near future, as well as certain quantities of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V. She expressed her belief that at the end of the first quarter or the beginning of the second quarter of next year we will have the vaccine of the company AstraZeneca, and after that the vaccine manufactured by Moderna. As we promised, all vaccines licensed in their countries and approved by relevant international agencies will be available to our citizens, and of course they will be tested by all of our agencies and institutes as well, the Prime Minister pointed out. She said that prior to the vaccination of health care workers, Minister of Health ZlatiborLoncar will also receive a vaccine shot as we endeavour to serve as an example and show how confident we are in the vaccines and institutions. Brnabic pointed out that Serbia, not counting Great Britain, is the first country in Europe to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and the third to start a mass immunization and campaign for giving the vaccine - after Great Britain and Switzerland. We achieved something very important and we will not stop even for a moment until the immunization of the population is completed, the Prime Minister said. She specified that our country will receive another 16,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in January, as well as that together with other vaccines we will have a total of one million doses in January, and a total of approximately two million doses during the first quarter of next year. There is a dynamic on which Pfizer delivers vaccines and it varies dependingon the production, and this is the case with deliveries to both Serbia and all other countries worldwide. We expected to receive 10,000 doses from Pfizer-BioNTech in December, however 4,807 doses arrived, the Prime Minister explained. Serbia demonstrated that it is able to fight and succeed if we all work as a team, Brnabic said and called on all not to see the beginning of vaccination as the end of the fight already, but to continue to apply all measures instead. This is to be certain and to be able to help our health care workers, and once the immunity is acquired we will be able to slowly start taking off the masksin 2021, but until then we should not see this as a victory but as the beginning of the end, the Prime Minister concluded. After the Prime Minister, vaccine shotswere also administered to the Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs and a member of the COVID-19 Crisis Response TeamDarijaKisicTepavcevicand to PredragKon who is also on the COVID-19 Crisis Response Team. Furthermore, vaccine shotswere also given to Head of the MMA Department for the Prevention and Control of Nosocomial Infections prof. Dr. VesnaSuljagic and academician PredragPesko, professor of Belgrade and Heidelberg universities and full member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. The first quantities of the vaccine arrived in Serbia on 22 December, and today they will be administered to patrons of nursing homes in Belgrade and Novi Sad. Serbia is the first country in the region to receive a shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. In addition to procuring the vaccine among the first countries in the world, even before EU countries, Serbia is one of the rare countries that managed to build and open two covid hospitals in record time. The hospitals with 930 beds in Batajnica and 500 beds in Krusevac are a major contribution to the expansion of capacities and strengthening the health care system in the fight against coronavirus and, as President Vucic said, represent a monument of the future, that will talk about the accomplishments the state made in a short time. Also, we recall that investments in health infrastructure have been large in Serbia, and since 2016, 80 health centers and clinics have been renovated, and worksare underway onsix large health centers. This way more than EUR 200 million was invested in the reconstruction,construction and equipping of hospitals and more than 300 million in the renovation of clinics andspecialized hospitals, and many have already been completed, such as the University Children's HospitalTiršova, and KBC Zemunnad KBC "DragišaMišović" hospitals. The absolute priority of the Serbian Government is the successful completion of health infrastructure projects that are underway, but great attention is also paid to health workers,whose salaries have, by 2020, been increased by 56.8% for specialist doctors, and 66.9% for nurses, while significant fundingis invested in the education of health professionals,as well as in equipment and working conditions. Like other countries, Serbia has faced great challenges this year, most notably health challenges, and all factors in the state were focused on preventing the spread of the virusand safeguarding the lives and health of citizens. Serbia has faced these challenges better thanmany wealthier and more developed countries in Europe and the world.


Regime of entry into the Republic of Serbia

In accordance with the Decree on Measures for Prevention and Suppression of Infectious Diseases COVID-19 ("Official Gazette of RS" 151 of 15.12.2020), in order to protect against the introduction of infectious diseases into the territory of the Republic of Serbia, the following measures were adopted concerning entry into the territory of the Republic of Serbia, which are valid from December 20, 2020 to January 10, 2021:

1. For foreign citizens, regardless of which country they come from, entry into the Republic of Serbia is allowed EXCLUSIVELY WITH A NEGATIVE RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus, not older than 48 hours, issued by the reference laboratory of the state from which come or from which they enter the Republic of Serbia. Passengers must be tested before traveling, because if they do not have a negative test, they will not be allowed to enter the Republic of Serbia.

The obligation to have a negative RT-PCR test does NOT apply to the following categories of passengers:

- children under the age of 12, if the parent or accompanying person has a negative test

- transit through the Republic of Serbia which does not exceed 12 hours

- foreign citizens who have been granted temporary residence or permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia.

2. For citizens of the Republic of Serbia and foreign citizens with approved temporary residence or permanent residence if they do not have a negative RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus, not older than 48 hours, issued by the reference laboratory of the state from which they come or from which they enter the Republic of Serbia, a QUARANTINE MEASURE at home will be determined, for a period of ten days.

These persons have the obligation to contact the COVID clinic or the Institute of Public Health within 24 hours of crossing the state border, via an electronic application at www.e-zdravlje.gov.rs.

The quarantine measure ceases to be valid if a citizen of the Republic of Serbia or a foreign citizen with an approved temporary residence or permanent residence receives a negative RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus, issued by a reference laboratory in the Republic of Serbia.


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.


Brochure "Serbia- Emerging tech development hub"

The brochure "SERBIA - Emerging tech development hub" you may download on following link.

 

https://innovations.serbiacreates.rs/

https://inovacije.srbijastvara.rs


Ambassador Emir Elfić met with the Prime Minister of Lebanese Republic, HE Hassan Diab

 

 

Ambassador Emir Elfić met with the Prime Minister of Lebanese Republic, HE Hassan Diab, and on that occasion they discussed bilateral cooperation between the two countries, as well as the current political and economic situation in Lebanon.


Ambassador Emir Elfić met with the Minister of Sports and Youth of LR HE Vartine Ohanian

 

 

Ambassador Emir Elfić met with the Minister of Sports and Youth of Lebanese Republic HE Vartine Ohanian and on that occasion discussed bilateral cooperation between the two countries


Ambassador Emir Elfić met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lebanese Republic HEأُNasif Hiti

 

 

Ambassador Emir Elfić met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lebanese Republic HE HأُNasif Hiti, and on that occasion they discussed bilateral cooperation between the two countries, as well as the current political and economic situation in Lebanon.


Ambassador Emir Elfić met with the Minister of Finance of Lebanese Republic HE Ghazi Wazni

 

 

Ambassador Emir Elfić met with the Minister of Finance of Lebanese Republic HE Ghazi Wazni, and on that occasion they discussed bilateral cooperation between the two countries, as well as the current political and economic situation in Lebanon.


DIGITAL CONTENT IN THE FIELD OF CULTURE

In order to facilitate access to cultural contents to the citizens of Serbia as well as to users from other countries during COVID-19 epidemic, the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia made available a large scale of programs of National Cultural Institutions in digital format in different languages (virtual tours, digital audio and video materials, photos, texts, 3D scanned objects, etc). А list of digital cultural content offered by cultural institutions of the Republic of Serbia is on the web site of the Ministry of Culture and Information, as follows: (http://www.kultura.gov.rs/cyr/aktuelnosti/digital-contents----serbian-cultural-institutions-2020 )

Serbian films

1. Next to me (Pored mene, 2015, Сtevan Filipovic, drama, 110 minutes) http://www.fcs.rs/en/films/film-database/?page=film&id=1314

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpKAFB9QUZc

2. Skinning (Šišanje, 2010, Stevan Filipovic, drama, 98 minutes) http://fcs.rs/en/films/film-database?page=film&id=169

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsH6IRftCEI

3. Sheitans Warrior (Šejtanov ratnik, 2006, Stevan Filipovic, SF comedy, 94 minutes) http://www.fcs.rs/en/films/film-database/?page=film&id=152

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgxT0TmisxE


Visa abolishment for citizens of teh Republic of Armenia

We inform you that the Government of the Republic of Serbia has made the decision to abolish visas for citizens of the Republic of Armenia, holders of ordinary passports, according to which they can enter, transit and stay in the territory of the Republic of Serbia for a maximum of 90 days from the date of entry into the Republic of Serbia for a period of 180 days. This Decision shall enter into force on 2 November 2019.


REPUBLIC OF SERBIA CANDIDATE FOR THE UNESCO EXECUTIVE BOARD, 2019-2023

Brochure with all necessary information on the candidature of the Republic of Serbia for the re-election to the UNESCO Executive Board, for the period 2019-2023, is available at the following link 

http://ojdinfo.msp.rs/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/REPUBLIC-OF-SERBIA-CANDIDATE-FOR-THE-UNESCO-EXECUTIVE-BOARD-2019-2023.pdf


Celebration of the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia 02/15/2019

Celebration of the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia 02/15/2019 On the occasion of the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia, the Embassy of the RS in Beirut hosted a solemn reception at Le Royal Hotel, attended by a large number of political and public officials from Lebanon, diplomatic corps and Serbian diaspora. Ambassador E. Elfic In his speech, emphasized the importance of long-standing friendship between the two countries and increased interest in improving the economic relations between the Lebanese Republic and the Republic of Serbia.

 

  

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


MInister of Agriculture from Republic of Serbia visiting Lebanese Republic

Lebanon and Serbia will sign a memorandum of understanding on agricultural cooperation Tuesday, building on caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil’s visit to Serbia in November last year. Serbian Agriculture Minister Branislav Nedimovic announced the memorandum during a visit to Baabda Palace Monday, according to a statement from the president’s office. Nedimovic said that “the chambers of commerce between the two countries will be concerned with identifying agricultural products that can be imported from Lebanon,” according to the statement. Lebanon’s Agriculture Minister Ghazi Zeaiter said that under the agreement, a joint committee between the two countries would be established "to activate the exchange of produce." Nedimovic also handed Aoun an official invitation to visit Serbia from President Aleksandar Vucic, who expressed his intention “to promote bilateral relations between the two countries and to explore means of developing them in all fields.” Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri also received Nedimovic at his Downtown Beirut residence Monday. The Serbian delegation briefed Hariri on the details of the agricultural agreement. Last November, Bassil suggested that Serbia could serve not only as an economic partner but as an example Lebanon can follow to overcome its own economic woes. Bassil referred specifically to how Serbia dealt with its economic crisis and compared it with the Lebanese situation. During Bassil's visit to Serbia on Nov. 28, he and his Serbian diplomatic counterpart discussed the possibility of eliminating entry visas for Lebanese nationals to Serbia, noting that about 27,000 Lebanese citizens had traveled to the country in the past year.

 


Abolished visas for citizens of St. Kits and Nevis and Palau

Тhe Government of the Republic of Serbia, at its meeting on 28 January 2019, adopted a decision to abolish visa requirements for nationals of St. Kits and Nevis and Palau, holders of all types of passports, allowing them to enter, transit through and stay in the territory of the Republic of Serbia for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days from the date of their entry into the Republic of Serbia during a period of one hundred and eighty (180) days, unless there are impediments referred to in Article 15 of the Law on Foreigners. The decision was published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia No.3/2019 of 18 January 2019 and took effect on 25 January 2019.


Meeting with Minister of Sports of Lebanese Republic

On monday, Minister of Sports Mohammad Fneich, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Emir Elfic Ambassador of Republic of Serbia in Lebanese Republic. Discussions featured the general situation, as well the signing the Memorandum of understanding between Lebanese Republic and Republic of Serbia in sports field. 

  


Promotion of tourist capacities of Serbia

In the organiztion of TOS and national air carrier "Air Serbia", workshop was held, and the tourist capacities of Republic of Serbia were presented to the tourist agencies and operators from Lebanon.  The meeting was addressed by Ambassador of Republic of Serbia in Lebanon, H.E. Emir Elfic. 

The aim of the presentation was to get acquainted with B2B meetings and workshops representatives from Lebanese tourism industry, that is, tourist agencies and tour operators with tourist potentials of Serbia. 

Considering that the national airline Air Serbia is organizing 5-7 direct flights on weekly basis on Beirut-Belgrade route, this is an excellent opportunity to increase the number of tourists from both countires through the presentation. In the focus of the presentation was the promotion of TOS, with a more detailed introduction of tourist products and "city break" offers, natural resources and cultural and historical heritage of Serbia. 

 

 

 


Serbia and Lebanon Boost Economic Co-operation – A New Business Horizon

Link: www.diplomacyandcommerce.rs/serbia-and-lebanon-boost-economic-co-operation-a-new-business-horizon/


Abolished visas for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Comonwealth of Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago

The Government of the Republic of Serbia, at its meeting on 25 October 2018, adopted a decision to abolish visa requirements for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Comonwealth of Dominica and Trinidad Tobago, holders of all types of passports, alolowing them to enter, transit through and stay in the territory of the Republic of Serbia for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days from the date of their entry into the Republic of Serbia during a period of one hundred and eighty (180) days, unless there are impediments referred to in Article 15 of the Law on Foreigners. The decision was published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia No. 81/2018 of 26 October 2018 and came into force on the date of its publication for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and Comonwealth of Dominica. For nationals of Trinidad and Tobago the decision took effect on 3 November 2018.

Nationals of the above - mentioned states, all passport type holders, wishing to enter and stay in the territory of the Republic of Serbia for a period exceeding 90 days or to study, reside, take up employment or engage in a media activity or any other activity are required to apply for a visa prior to entering the territory of the Republic of Serbia. 


Study in Serbia

"Study in Serbia" is an initiative of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development with the aim of promoting higher education in Serbia to foreign students and improving services for them. StudyInSerbia is a database of learning opportunities in Serbia. It provides foreign students interested in studying in Serbia through the Erasmus+ programme with an opportunity to find courses available in foreign languages and those providing additional opportunities for exchange students.


Minister of Defence of Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vulin visiting UN peacekeepers in Lebanon

Visiting Serbian Peacekeepers in the South of Lebanon More than a month ago, 177 members of the Serbian Armed Forces joined the peacekeeping forces in the multinational operation UNIFIL in Lebanon. The most important task of the Serbian peacekeepers in Lebanon is to maintain peace along the “Blue line”, and the bases where they are posted are located in the Sectors East and West. Praises and very positive impressions of commanders of the Spanish and Italian contingents to which our “blue berets” are assigned, confirm the fact that our troops execute their task professionally and responsibly, which is supported by their colleagues from the armed forces also engaged in that missions. Although they have just commenced their engagement within the 13th rotation, it seems at the very first glace that our peacekeepers have adjusted well to their daily tasks and life and dynamics that are dictated by the stay in a mission. Everybody already knows and praises their military skills, and they do not complain about the accommodation and food, but the only thing that they all agree about is that they find being away from the family very difficult. However, with the Internet and social networks the communication with the loved ones at home is considerably easier. The daily tasks dictate the dynamics of life and work in the mission, and all peacekeepers are aware that the security situation can change at any moment. Corporal Goran Glišić, Deputy Squad Commander in the 2nd Rifle Platoon stresses that as well and points out that there have been no problems until now and that they have not noticed any drastic changes during the patrols. - Everything is peaceful for the time being and in order. We communicate with the local population in English language, although they speak Spanish language a little as well – says Corporal Đošić adding that monitoring the peace between Lebanon and Israel is their main tasks. His colleague in the base 7-2, Deputy Commander of 3rd Squad in 2nd Rifle Platoon, Corporal Nenad Krstev underlines that they have already adapted to all the conditions offered by the base and that they are satisfied. - During the day, when the patrol is done, we get back to the base. Afterwards, we have some free time. The priority is to monitor the border, or the “Blue line” which is the line of demarcation between Israel and Lebanon. Up till now, in this month and a half, there have been no problems. We hope that it will remain like that in the period to come. We will try our best from our side – Corporal Krstev emphasises. There are several female members of the Serbian Armed Forces among the peacemakers, and one of them is Lieutenant Marina Nikolić, otherwise posted in the “South” Base as a doctor in the surgery. She decided for the mission after having heard good impressions from her colleagues from previous rotations who had described it as a nice experience. - The job requires me to leave the base often, to assist the civilian population. There is a lot of work for a female doctor especially in the villages with predominantly Muslim population, which is evident now since they come more often now that I am here – stresses Lieutenant Nikolić adding that her daily work does not greatly differ from the one in the unit, but that visiting villages where there were incidents, always presents a challenge. According to Corporal Aleksandar Cvetković from Vranje, good preparations prior to the deployment to the mission facilitated their quicker adaptation. - Our primary task in the base is to secure the base and we are engaged 24 hours a day so to speak, but we do have some time to rest. In particular, I work in the video surveillance room where I oversee the cameras. I have got the easier part of the job, but the responsibility is higher – says Corporal Cvetković adding that the teams are in sync and they do their job very well. Corporal Goran Pešić, also from Vranje, is posted as shooter-medic, and he says that the engagement in the mission requires strictly obeying the procedure and caution 24 hours per day. - There have been no incidents and we hope that there will be none – stresses Corporal Pešić. Speaking about the daily life in the mission, he says that he communicates with his family via Internet, social networks and he says that his wife deserves the greatest credit for the care about the children and household since she takes care of everything while he is in the mission. The most responsible commanding officer of our contingent, Senior National Representative in the UNIFIL mission in Lebanon, Lieutenant Colonel Branislav Stevanović, points out that our peacekeepers are engaged within the Spanish contingent on specific tasks characteristic for this area of the operation. - These are the patrols within which observation posts are established, and control of movement along the “Blue line”, particularly in the places where incidents occurred in the previous period between Israeli Armed Forces and Lebanese population. Our task is to control the situation in the area of operation, to assist the Lebanese Armed Forces in establishing a control regime along the “Blue line” and to maintain stability in as long period as possible in the area of operation- underscored Lieutenant Colonel Stefanović. The members of the 13th rotation will also remember their stay in the “country of cedars” by the visit of a delegation of the Ministry of Defence and Serbian Armed Forces led by Minister of Defence Aleksandar Vulin accompanied by the Army Commander Lieutenant General Milosav Simović, 4th Army Brigade Commander Slobodan Stopa and Head of Department for International Military Cooperation Colonel Milan Ranković. The two day visit was an opportunity for the meetings with the most responsible commanding officers in the UNIFIL, and for the conversation with our “blue berets” engaged in that mission. Minister Vulin assessed then that the job of a peacekeeper was very difficult, but that our soldiers had a need to adopt knew experiences, learn something, represent their country, and help people. Currently, the Serbian Armed Forces participate with 322 members in five UN led multinational operations and four EU led operations which places the Republic of Serbia at the ninth place of the contributors in Europe. There are 300 members of the Serbian Armed Forces deployed to the missions of the United Nations.


The abolition of visas fot the citizens of the Republic of Burundi, holders of all passports

Starting from June 2, 2018, holders of all passports of the Republic of Burundi will be able to enter, transit and reside on the territory of the Republic of Serbia for 30 days in the period of one year counting from the first entry. All the citizens of Burundi planning to stay in Serbia for more than 30 days within a year must apply for visa in a nearest Serbian Embassy, before entering Serbia.


Decision on visa exemption for the nationals of the Republic of Azerbaijan, holders of ordinary passports

At its meeting on 24 May 2018, the Government of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Decision on visa exemption for the nationals of the Republic of Azerbaijan, holders of ordinary passports, which will enter into force on 2 June 2018. Under the Decision, the nationals of the Republic of Azerbaijan can enter, transit through and stay in the territory of the Republic of Serbia without a visa, during a period not exceeding 90 days from the date of entry, within period of 180 days, if there are no hindrances defined in the Law on Foreigners.


Government of the Republic of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines adopted on visa exemption for the nationales of the Republic of Serbia

The Government of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines adopted the Decision on visa exemption for the nationals of the Republic of Serbia, holders of all passports for entry and stay on the territory of that country not exceedling 30 days from the date of entry, within a period of one year. The Decision came into force on 21 February 2018.


Abolished visas for citizens of Georgia, holders of ordinary passport

At its meeting of 8. March 2018, the Government of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Decision on visa exemption for the nationals of Georgia, holders of ordinary passports. The Decision is published in the "Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia" No. 18/2018 od 9. March 2018 and enter into force of 8 March 2018. Under the Decision, the nationals of that country can enter, transit through and stay in the territory of the Republic of Serbia withourt a visa , during a period not exceeding 30 days from the date of entry, if there are no hindrances defined in Article 11 of the Law on Foreigners.


Government of the Republic of Columbia adopted on visa exemption for the nationals of the Republic of Serbia

The Government of the Republic of Colombia adopted the Decision on visa exemption for the nationals of the Republic of Serbia, holders of all passports for entry and stay on Columbian Territory during a period 90 days, extendable up to 90 additional days, within a 180 days limit in a calendar year. The Decision came into force on 14 February 2018.


Competition for co-financing projects

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia - the Directorate for Cooperation with the Diaspora and the Serbs in the region, announces the Competition for co-financing projects that contribute to preserving and strengthening the relations of the home state and diaspora, which will last from March 12 th to March 30th, 2018.

The subject of the competition is the co-financing of projects aimed at:

1) Use, learning, keeping and nurturing the Serbian language and Cyrillic script, keeping and cultivating Serbian cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious identity;

2) Improvement of economic cooperation between the Republic of Serbia and the Diaspora.

For detailed information about the contest, please click on link:

 

 

http://www.dijaspora.gov.rs/konkurs-za-sufinansiranje-projekata-organizacija-iz-dijaspore/ 


Decision of the government of the Republic of Serbia on visa exemption for the nationals of the Republic of Suriname- holders of all passports

At its meeting of December 28, 2017, the Government of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Decision on visa exemption for the nationals of the Republic of Suriname, holders of all passports. The Decision is published in the "Offiicial Gazette of the Republic of Serbia" no.119/2017 od December 29, 2017, and enter into force of January 5, 2018 under the Decision, the nationals of the Republic of Suriname can enter, transit through and stay in the territory of the Republic of Serbia without a visa, during a period not exceeding 30 days from the date of entry, within period of one year, if there are no hindrances defined in Article 11 of the Law on Foreigners.


Change of visa regime - Republic of Indonesia (regular passports)

Starting from October 14, 2017, the citizens of the Republic of Indonesia, bearers of regular passports, can enter or transit through the territory of the Republic of Serbia with no prior visa needed. The maximum stay is 30 days (counting from the entry date) in 1 year period.

No-visa policy is valid only for tourism/visit pruposes. You need to apply for visa in the following cases:

- if you intend to become a resident for education/job/other purposes

- if you plan to stay more than 30 days

- if you already have 30 days per 1 year duration of stay in Serbia


Change of visa regime - Thailand (official and diplomatic passports)

Starting from September 08, 2017, the citizens of the Kingdom of Thailand, bearers of official and diplomatic passports, can enter or transit through the territory of the Republic of Serbia with no prior visa needed. The maximum stay is 90 days counting from the entry date.


Change of visa regime - Indonesia (official and diplomatic passports)

Starting from September 02, 2017, the citizens of  the Republic of Indonesia, bearers of  official and diplomatic passports, can enter or transit through the territory of the Republic of Serbia with no prior visa needed. The maximum stay is 30 days counting from the entry date.


Change of visa regime - Iran (regular passports)

Starting from september 02, 2017, the citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran, bearers of regular passports, can enter or transit through the territory of the Republic of Serbia with no prior visa needed. The maximum stay is 30 days (counting from the entery date) in 1 year period.

No-visa policy is valid only for tourism/visit purposes. You need to apply for visa in the following cases:

- if you intend to become a resident for education/job/other pruposes

- if you plan to stay more than 30 days

- if you already have 30 days per 1 year duration of stay in Serbia


Change of visa regime - India (regular passports)

Starting from September 02, 2017, the citizens of the Republic of India, bearers of regular passports, can enter or transit through the territory of the Republic of Serbia with no prior visa needed. The maximum stay is 30 days (counting from the entery date) in 1 year period.

No-visa policy is valid only for tourism/visit purposes. You need to apply for visa in the following cases:

- if you intend to become a resident for education/job/other purposes

- if you plan to stay more than 30 days

- if you already have 30 days per 1 year duration of stay in Sebia


Change of visa regime Kyrgyzstan (official and diplomatic passports)

Starting from July 13, 2017, the citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic, bearers of official and diplomatic passports, can enter or transit through  the territory of the Republic of Serbia with no prior visa needed. The maximum stay is 90 days counting from the entry date.


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On-line application for issuing D visas – for employment (24 May 2021)
President Vučić: We have decided – our goal is the EU, but China is an important partner
Selaković invited representatives of members of the NAM to gather in Belgrade in October
Address by the President of the Republic of Serbia at the session of the United Nations Security Council
Minister Selaković presented the new e-Consulate service
Non-working days of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Beirut
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Meeting with the World Health Organization Regional Director for Europe
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Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb and Ljubljana elected as the new Patriarch of Serbia
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22.01.2021 - Competition of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia for co-financing projects in the field of translation of representative works of Serbian literature abroad in 2021
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Regime of entry into the Republic of Serbia
Every Serb in the diaspora is potentially a lobbyist
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Serbian Prime Minister the first PM in Europe to receive a Covid-19 vaccine
Regime of entry into the Republic of Serbia
STATEMENT BY THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Brochure "Serbia- Emerging tech development hub"
Ambassador Emir Elfić met with the Prime Minister of Lebanese Republic, HE Hassan Diab
Ambassador Emir Elfić met with the Minister of Sports and Youth of LR HE Vartine Ohanian
Ambassador Emir Elfić met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lebanese Republic HEأُNasif Hiti
Ambassador Emir Elfić met with the Minister of Finance of Lebanese Republic HE Ghazi Wazni
DIGITAL CONTENT IN THE FIELD OF CULTURE
Visa abolishment for citizens of teh Republic of Armenia
REPUBLIC OF SERBIA CANDIDATE FOR THE UNESCO EXECUTIVE BOARD, 2019-2023
Celebration of the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia 02/15/2019
MInister of Agriculture from Republic of Serbia visiting Lebanese Republic
Abolished visas for citizens of St. Kits and Nevis and Palau
Meeting with Minister of Sports of Lebanese Republic
Promotion of tourist capacities of Serbia
Serbia and Lebanon Boost Economic Co-operation – A New Business Horizon
Abolished visas for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Comonwealth of Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago
Study in Serbia
Minister of Defence of Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vulin visiting UN peacekeepers in Lebanon
The abolition of visas fot the citizens of the Republic of Burundi, holders of all passports
Decision on visa exemption for the nationals of the Republic of Azerbaijan, holders of ordinary passports
Government of the Republic of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines adopted on visa exemption for the nationales of the Republic of Serbia
Abolished visas for citizens of Georgia, holders of ordinary passport
Government of the Republic of Columbia adopted on visa exemption for the nationals of the Republic of Serbia
Competition for co-financing projects
Decision of the government of the Republic of Serbia on visa exemption for the nationals of the Republic of Suriname- holders of all passports
Change of visa regime - Republic of Indonesia (regular passports)
Change of visa regime - Thailand (official and diplomatic passports)
Change of visa regime - Indonesia (official and diplomatic passports)
Change of visa regime - Iran (regular passports)
Change of visa regime - India (regular passports)
Change of visa regime Kyrgyzstan (official and diplomatic passports)
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