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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.


Lockdown in Lebanese Republic, closure of Consular Department for non emergency cases

Due to the new measures in fighting Corona virus in Lebenese Republic, Consular Department of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia will be closed during the lockdown in Lebanese Republic, except for the emergency cases and citizens of 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.


New anti-epidemic measures in force from 20 December

Belgrade, 15 December 2020

Today, the government of the Republic of Serbia adopted new measures proposed by the COVID-19 crisis response team at yesterday's session, which will take effect on Sunday, 20 December. The new measures refer to the entry of both domestic and foreign citizens into our country. Bearing in mind the New Year's and Christmas holidays, a traditionally higher frequency of people is expected at all border crossings. In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, early detection of infected persons and protection of the health of all residents of Serbia, the government has adopted the following measures: Entry into Serbia will be allowed only with a negative PCR test, not older than 48 hours. Citizens of Serbia, who do not have a negative PCR test, must be in home isolation for 10 days. They can be tested in Serbia and if their PCR test is negative, they will no longer be required to be in home isolation. The price of testing on personal request for foreign citizens from today is RSD 18,000, while for citizens of Serbia the price is unchanged until the end of the year and it is RSD 6,000. From 1 January 2021, the price of testing on personal request for domestic citizens will be RSD 9,000. The government of Serbia appeals to all citizens who want to be tested on a personal request to schedule testing exclusively electronically. In line with the increased number of on-demand tests expected in the coming weeks, electronic scheduling is a valuable help, in order to avoid crowds and queues in front of COVID clinics and prevent the risk of potentially infecting citizens. Citizens, foreign citizens with approved residence in our country, as well as foreign citizens without approved residence (tourists), can easily and quickly schedule an appointment in one of 26 laboratories in 23 cities and municipalities in Serbia at eGovernment - https://euprava.gov.rs/usluge/6096. In order to use the eSchedule service for PCR testing on personal request, it is not necessary for citizens to register on the eGovernment portal. You will receive a confirmation that you have successfully scheduled an appointment by the e-mail you provided, as well as an SMS message.


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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