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Sign up for the first online puppet show - Supermouse

In cooperation with our friends from children's theater Lane (Decje Pozoriste Lane) and Serbian educational center (Serbian educational center), we have prepared for all children around the world another art workshop.
The author of the show is our dear Olivera Olja Jelkic.
The show will be broadcasted on Zoom platform in two terms: April 17. and April 24.
Send your application to email: srpskiedukativnicentar@gmail.com

The application needs to be included:
- First and last name of the child
- Place of residence
- The date you are signing up for

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Project “Serbian Kolo”

The Serb National Federation invites Serbs around the world to be a partner in producing the unique project “Serbian Kolo.”

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Selaković: Priština persiste à faire sa campagne de haine contre le peuple serbe

Le 13 avril 2021

Le ministre des Affaires étrangères Nikola Selaković a constaté ce soir que Priština persiste à faire sa campagne de haine contre le peuple serbe, ce qui ressort le plus drastiquement en accusations sans arguments de viols massifs et de génocide.

Selaković a souligné, lors de la session du Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU dédiée au rapport du Secrétaire général de l’ONU sur le travail de la MINUK, que les tentatives sont manifestes des institutions intérimaires du Kosovo et Metohija de créer le narratif sur les viols massifs des Albanaises, utilisant à cet effet les méthodes de propagandes et de mensonges.

«Il est clair qu’il y avait des victimes de tous les côtés dans le conflit, et que notre partie dispose de preuves sur nombreuses victimes serbes. Mais la condition préalable pour réaliser la protection des droits de chaque victime individuelle c’est une approche rationnelle et argumentée», a dit Selaković, répondant aux calomnies de la représentante de Priština.

Selaković a relevé que, face aux allégations des politiques de Priština sur 20.000 Albanaises violées, il y a les données de la commission de vérification et reconnaissance de statut de victime de violence sexuelle au Kosovo et Metohija, qui ont des informations sur 912 personnes violées, parmi lesquelles pour autant les femmes serbes victimes de violence ne figurent pas.

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Selaković: L’extrémisme politique des Albanais au Kosovo et Metohija de plus en plus fort

Le 13 avril 2021

Le Ministre des Affaires étrangères de Serbie Nikola Selaković a averti, lors de la session du Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies, que l’extrémisme politique parmi les Albanais du Kosovo et Metohija ne faiblissait pas, au contraire il devenait de plus en plus fort.

Selaković, à la session où a été discuté le rapport du Secrétaire général de l’ONU sur le travail de la MINUK, a rappelé que l’obligation de former l’Association des municipalités serbes n’a pas été remplie il y a 2.917 jours déjà et qu’en fait le 19 avril sera huit ans depuis l’accord fait à Bruxelles, Priština refusant toujours de remplir son obligation et permettre la mise en place de l’Association des municipalités serbes.
Le ministre a rappelé que l’actuel président du gouvernement des institutions intérimaires d’administration autonome de Priština avait menacé à plusieurs reprises de l’union du Kosovo autoproclamé et de l’Albanie, et que le dialogue avec Belgrade figurait très bas sur sa liste de priorités.

Comme il a dit, il était grand temps que les leaders albanais de Priština fassent preuve de la responsabilité dans l’accomplissement des engagements pris, mais aussi du dévouement sincère à l’aboutissement à une solution de compromis et à l’établissement de la confiance mutuelle.

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On-line application for visa D

The development of the On-line application for D visa is in the final phase and after it is finished, people applying for D Visa based on employment, will be able to fill in the application electronically and attach the necessary documents and proof of payment of the consular fee. This application will facilitate the procedure of submitting the request and contribute to the efficiency of the procedure itself.



Marking the Day of Remembrance of the victims of the NATO aggression, 24 March 2021

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.

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Commémoration du Jour du Souvenir des victimes de l'agression de l'OTAN

Le Président de la République de Serbie Aleksandar Vučić s'est adressé à l'occasion de la commémoration du Jour du Souvenir des victimes de l'agression de l'OTAN

"Votre Sainteté, Honorable Président de la Présidence de Bosnie-Herzégovine,Honorables  Présidents des Assemblées nationales de la République de Serbie et de la République Srpska, Honorables Présidents des gouvernements de la République de Serbie et de la République Srpska, Honorables Ministres des deux gouvernements, Chers invités et amis, représentants du peule serbe du Monténégro, Macédoine du Nord, Croatie, merci d'être ici tous ensemble ce soir encore et parce que le peuple serbe est inébranlable et invincible.

Un enfant par jour et un peu plus. C'est le chiffre le plus lourd, le plus difficile et le plus douloureux de l'agression de l'OTAN de 1999. Tués, stoppés, innocents, ils n'avaient commis aucun crime, sans droit à la défense, sans droit à la justice, sans droit à la vie.

Personne n'a jamais été tenu responsable pour ce crime, crime plus grand que le crime. Personne pour 2500 civiles tués, mais aussi des militaires et des policiers coupables seulement d'avoir gardé, protégé eux-mêmes et leurs foyers. Personne n'a jamais été tenu responsable pour plus de 6000 blessés.

Ce n'est pas possible de l'expliquer même aujourd'hui, 22 ans après l'agression, il n'y a pas, malgré les efforts, de justification universelle, pas de raison, pas de sens, il ne reste que des noms en guise du péché éternel.

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22nd anniversary of the beginning of the NATO aggression against Yugoslavia 24.3.-10.6.1999

Today is the first day of the saddest days that Serbia (at that time still in Yugoslavia) went through. No justification for this act of NATO and its members that took part in “Merciful angel” (?!)
https://twitter.com/SRBinCanada/status/1374679220622917633

Today we mark the 22nd anniversary of the beginning of the NATO aggression against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
Forgive but never forget.

VIdeo: https://twitter.com/MFASerbia/status/1374636101701361670



La République de Serbie au Mois de la Francophonie

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 Ottawa vous invite à découvrir la diversité et la richesse de la culture serbe en français.

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Serbia in the Month of 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 Ottawa invites you to discover the diversity and richness of Serbian culture in French. 



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, 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.

8 March 2021


 

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Happy International Mother Language Day

The Directorate for Cooperation with the Diaspora and Serbs in the region is launching a campaign for the preservation of the Serbian language, on the occasion of the International Mother Language Day, February 21.

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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.

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President Vučić receives credentials of the newly appointed Ambassador of Canada

President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić received today the letters of credence from the newly appointed Ambassador of Canada, Giles Norman, and welcomed him emphasising that he takes office in Belgrade in the year when Serbia and Canada mark a significant jubilee - 80 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations.

President Vučić and Ambassador Norman stated that the jubilee is both an opportunity to strengthen political dialogue and an incentive to develop partnership and Serbian-Canadian ties in all areas.

President Vučić expressed satisfaction that Canadian investments are on the rise because that means that the Serbian market has proven to be a good place to invest. He expressed hope that, in addition to mining and energy, other economic areas will be of interest to Canadian business people. He also said that in Serbia we could use Canada's experience in environmental protection.

The two interlocutors expressed hope that a direct airline between Belgrade and Toronto would be opened soon, which would contribute not only to the improvement of economic relations but also to a better connection between Serbia and Canada's citizens. On that occasion, they pointed out that the Serbian community, which lives on Canadian soil, represents an important bridge between the two countries.

President Vučić also expressed gratitude for the support that Canada provides to Serbia's European path, emphasising that our country is seriously approaching reforms, especially in the area of the rule of law.

Ambassador Norman welcomed Serbia's commitment to a solution to the Kosovo and Metohija issue through dialogue.

Ambassador Norman expressed respect for how the Serbian authorities are successfully responding to the challenges of the pandemic. He also informed President Vučić about the plans for the production of the vaccine developed by Canadian experts.

Belgrade,
17th February 2021



Video message of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia on the occasion of the Statehood Day


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Illumination of Niagara Falls in the colors of the Serbian tricolor - Serbian Statehood Day

Niagara Falls live CAM on February 15, 2021 at 22:00 pm

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Happy Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia!

Message from The Ministery of Foreign Affairs for the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia!

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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.

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

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.

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The competition for co-financing a project in the field of translating representative works of Serbian literature abroad in 2021

The Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia has announced a competition for co-financing a project in the field of translating representative works of Serbian literature abroad in 2021, which will be open from January 19 to March 9, 2021. You can read about the details at the following link:

https://www.kultura.gov.rs/konkurs/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 minus 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.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia wishes you a Happy New Year

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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.



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

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.



The Prime Minister of Serbia is the first European Prime Minister to receive the anti-covid vaccine Belgrade, December 24, 2020

Today, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, received the first vaccine against the coronavirus of the company "Pfizer" at the Institute for Virology, Vaccines and Serums "Torlak".

Brnabic, who is the first European Prime Minister to receive the vaccine, pointed out that today may be the first day since March 6 to have a reason to smile because it marks the beginning of the end of the pandemic in Serbia, but also in Europe and the world.

As the Prime Minister and someone who leads the Crisis Staff for the Protection of Public Health from COVID-19, I felt obliged to be the first to receive the vaccine to show that we believe in it, but also in our institutions - the Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices of Serbia and experts who worked day and night to check the vaccine, she said.

The Prime Minister, emphasizing that she is honored to do something like this for the country and to be the first to open the way for all citizens, conveyed that she reached an agreement with the President of the Republic Aleksandar Vučić on the two of them receiving different vaccines, and he will most likely receive the next one to arrive, most likely Chinese.

According to her, at this moment we have the vaccine of the "Pfizer-Biontek" consortium, and those from the Chinese "Sinofarm" are expected in the near future, as well as certain quantities of the Russian "Sputnik V".

She expressed her belief that at the end of the first quarter or the beginning of the second, we will have the vaccine of the company "Astra-Zeneka", and after that the "Modernina".

As we promised, citizens will have at their disposal all vaccines that have permits in their countries and approvals of relevant international agencies, and of course all our agencies and institutes will pass, the Prime Minister pointed out.

According to her, before the start of vaccination of health workers, the vaccine will be received by the Minister of Health, Zlatibor Lončar, because we are trying to be an example and show that we are safe in vaccines and institutions.

Brnabic pointed out that Serbia, not counting Great Britain, is the first country in Europe to receive the "Pfizer-Biontek" vaccine, and the third to start mass immunization and a campaign for giving the vaccine - after Great Britain and Switzerland.

We have done a great thing and we will not stop at any 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 vaccine from the "Pfizer-Biontek" consortium 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.

We have the dynamics of deliveries of "Pfizer" vaccines and as their production varies, so does the delivery not only to Serbia, but also to all countries of the world. We expected 10,000 doses from "Pfizer-Biontek" in December, and 4,870 doses arrived, the Prime Minister explained.

"Serbia has shown that it can fight and succeed in that if everyone works as a team," Brnabic said, and still appealed to everyone not to understand the beginning of vaccination as if the fight was over immediately, but to continue to respect all measures.

Let's be safe and help health workers, so in 2021 we will slowly take off our masks when immunity is gained, and until then we should see this not as a victory, but as the beginning of the end, the Prime Minister concluded.

After the Prime Minister, the vaccine was received by the Minister of Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs and a member of the Crisis Staff for the Protection of Public Health from Infectious Diseases COVID-19 Darija Kisić Tepavčević, as well as a member of the Crisis Staff Predrag Kon.

The vaccine was received by an epidemiologist and the head of the Department for Prevention and Control of Nosocomial Infections of the Military Medical Academy, Prof. Dr. Vesna Šuljagić, as well as academician Predrag Peško, professor at the Universities of Belgrade and Heidelberg and a regular member of SANU.

The first quantities of the vaccine arrived in Serbia on December 22, and today they will be received by the users of old people's homes in Belgrade and Novi Sad.

Serbia is the first country in the region to receive the "Pfizer-Biontek" vaccine.

In addition to the procurement of vaccines among the first countries in the world, even before the EU countries, Serbia is one of the few countries that built and opened two Kovid hospitals in record time. Hospitals with a capacity of 930 places in Batajnica, ie 500 places in Krusevac, greatly contribute to increasing the capacity and strengthening the health system in the fight against the corona virus and practically, according to President Vučić, represent a monument of the future and speak of actions taken by the state in a short time.

Also, as a reminder, investments in health infrastructure in Serbia were large, and since 2016, 80 health centers and dispensaries have been renovated, and work is underway on six large health centers. Thus, more than 200 million euros have been invested in the renovation, construction and equipping of hospitals and more than 300 million in the renovation of clinics and specialized hospitals, and many works have already been completed, such as the University Children's Clinic Tirsova, KBC Zemun, KBC "Dragisa Misovic" .

The absolute priority of the Government of Serbia is the successful completion of the started health infrastructure projects, but great attention is also paid to health workers, whose salaries have been increased by 2020 by 56.8% to specialist doctors, 66.9% nurses, and significant funds are invested in the education of health personnel, as well as in the equipment and conditions in which they work.

Like other countries, Serbia faced great challenges this year, primarily health, and all factors in the country were focused on preventing the spread of the virus and preserving the lives and health of citizens. Serbia has faced these challenges better than many richer and more developed countries in Europe and the world.


 


STATEMENT BY THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF REPUBLIC OF SERBIA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs denies the allegations of some domestic media that Serbian citizens on temporary work abroad will be obliged to pay taxes on income earned by foreign employers, not only in the country of temporary residence, but also in Serbia.

We believe that the catastrophically intoned texts, based on insufficiently researched facts, on a topic that most directly concerns a large number of citizens of the Republic of Serbia abroad, unreasonably create concern among our citizens, which can be concluded from the increased number of their inquiries to diplomatic and consular missions of Serbia.

We appeal to the residents of Serbia who are temporarily abroad not to pay attention to incorrect sensationally intoned texts on this topic, because, when it comes to taxation procedures for that category of our citizens, nothing will fundamentally change in relation to the previous practice.

In the hope that behind the irresponsible and inaccurate media articles on this topic, there is no evil intention, but misunderstanding, we emphasize that Serbia is doing and will continue to do everything to help its diaspora in every way.

Cyrillic version:
http://mfa.rs/sr/index.php/pres-servis/saopstenja/22942-2020-12-23-14-17-29?lang=cyr


 


New anti-epidemic measures in force from 20 December

December 15, 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.

https://www.srbija.gov.rs/vest/en/165008/new-anti-epidemic-measures-in-force-from-20-december.php


 


Online Toronto Serbian Film Festival December 17-27th, 2020

Link:
https://watch.eventive.org/serbianfilmfest/play/5fc943423d87df0063f3a842?fbclid=IwAR1tqKmtDHiIEd0FbhFAwASw_bp6ZLTVwLhfqOGsbY_yUlkobdMdfVvc6pE


Tenth Media Conference of the Diaspora and Serbs in the Region on December 29, 2020. December 9, 2020

The Association of Journalists of Serbia (UNS), with the support of the Directorate for Cooperation with the Diaspora and Serbs in the Region of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, organized the Tenth Media Conference of the Diaspora and Serbs in the Region on December 29, 2020.

Due to the KOVID 19 pandemic, the conference will be held through ZOOM application. The topic of the Tenth Conference will be the work of the media, organizations and associations of Serbs from the region and the diaspora during the pandemic caused by the KOVID 19 virus, as well as whether and how the pandemic affected the quality of work and economic sustainability of media activities in the diaspora and region.

The second part of the Conference will present the UNS website www.umrezavanje.rs launched on the occasion of the Tenth Jubilee Conference, with the idea of ​​representing a platform for networking media and organizations of Serbs from the region and the diaspora with their home country.

Applications for participation in the conference of interested representatives of the media, associations and organizations can be sent to the e-mail address ana.petronijevic@uns.rs until December 17 this year.

 


PRESS RELEASE OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

On the occasion of December 10, the International Human Rights Day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia expresses again it`s commitment to the achievements and values ​​of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted on the same day as today, 1948.

The principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were a principal base for the international law in this area, as well as international systemic promotion and protection of human rights, as a unique civilization achievement of modern times. Our obligation today is the best preservation and strengthening of the international system for the preservation of human rights, the development of human rights standards, control over the implementation of the undertaken obligations, as well as cooperation with international and regional institutions on issue of the human rights.

Serbia is fully committed to the universal values ​​of human rights and practical implementation it`s instruments. Our continuous cooperation with the implemetation of it`s instruments of the Human Rights Council within the United Nations, as well as with the Council of Europe and the mechanisms of the human dimension of the OSCE, represents the effect of the activities of all state institutions and illustrates our decision-making process for the fullfilment of all standards of the human rights.

International Human Rights Day is an occasion to once again point out the disenfranchisement of the Serb and other non-Albanian populations in Kosovo and Metohija and reiterate the call to the international community to respect guaranteed international human rights norms and contribute to creating conditions for the return of internally displaced persons and their property.
 



Book of Condolences

Following the passing away of His Holiness the Archbishop of Peć, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch Irinej, a virtual Book of Condolences has been opened by the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Ottawa.

 



Serbian Patriarch Irinej reposed in the Lord

His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia passed away. Church bells tolled in Belgrade and many people flocked to the capital's main SaintSava cathedral to mark his death at the age of 90, a decade after becoming Patriarch.

Official web site: http://www.spc.rs



Remembrance Day - Laying of the wreath

Members of the Embassy of Serbia in Canada laying of the wreath on the occasion of the Remembrance Day - Marko Markovic, First Counselor, H.E. Dejan Ralevic, Ambassador and Jelena Srdanovic-Dzelebdzic, Consul, November 11, 2020 in Ottawa

Video - Twetter



NEW MEASURES FOR PASSENGERS IN INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC WHEN ENTERING CANADA

In order to prevent the spread of the COVID 19 virus, the Canadian government has adopted new protective measures concerning passengers in international traffic.
As of November 21, 2020, all air passengers whose final destination is Canada will be required to provide appropriate travel information, contact, and a self-isolation plan for 14 days before they board their flight, through the "ArriveCAN" application, which is available as a mobile application or signing online, as a secure and easy way introduced to help passengers comply with these border measures.

Passengers entering Canada by land or overseas from November 21, 2020, must provide certain information through the said application. Within 48 hours of arrival in Canada, all passengers are required to confirm that they have arrived at the place of quarantine or isolation, and must complete daily self-assessment of COVID 19 symptoms for a period of 14 days.
Penalties for non-compliance with measures range from verbal warnings to a fine of C $ 1,000.



SERBIA - Emerging tech development hub

 

 https://innovations.serbiacreates.rs

 

 

 


 


Да не заборавимо! Lest we forget! Da ne zaboravimo!



DECISION on co-financing of projects for the Diaspora, July 8, 2020

Decision on co-financing of projects whose quality contributes to the preservation and strengthening of ties between the home country and the diaspora:

https://www.dijaspora.gov.rs/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/odluka-dijaspora-2020-postpisana.pdf (serbian)



ELECTIONS OF MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT 2020

We would like to inform you that the elections for members of parliament of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia will not be organized at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Ottawa, since the condition from Article 52 of the Law on Elections of Members of Parliament of the Republic of Serbia, which provides that at least 100 persons with the right to vote needs to register for voting, was not met.



SERBIA OPENS BORDERS
Serbia has opened borders to foreigners without restrictions, dropping a requirement to submit a coronavirus test or undergo a quarantine.

The new regulation is due to come in effect on May 22nd, 2020.

https://www.dijaspora.gov.rs/en/



SPECIAL RETURN FLIGHTS TO SERBIA

7.5.2020

Air Serbia has launched repatriation flights to Serbia. These are special flights that will be organized on an ad-hoc basis for the purpose of returning our citizens to the Republic of Serbia and which will be performed with payment of compensation. AirSerbia has launched a dedicated Repatriation website on its website where interested travelers can get more information on flight dates, fares and travel conditions.

Interested travelers can apply by sending a completed form and a scanned first page of their passport to repatriation@airserbia.com The registration form can be found at www.airserbia.com/informacije/letovi/repatrijacije. We emphasize that these are not flights within the regular traffic of the company, but rather special flights that are subject to special conditions of carriage.

All our citizens interested in these flights MUST contact this Embassy in order to obtain special permit for transit from Canada to Serbia without which will not be possible to board an overseas flight.

Currently, flights from Paris, Frankfurt, Vienna and Zurich to Belgrade are planned for:

  • Paris, May 11 (price 295 EUR)
  • Frankfurt, 12 May (price 255 EUR)
  • Vienna May 13 (price 155 EUR)
  • Frankfurt May 14 (price 255 EUR)
  • Zurich May 15 (price 225 EUR)

All prices include taxes.

Please note the following:

  • Air Serbia is entitled to delay the flight by up to 48 hours from the scheduled travel date to accommodate enough passengers.
  • Passengers will be informed of the exact time of flight no later than 24 hours before the start of the trip
  • Funds paid are not refundable. Refunding of paid funds is only possible in case the flight does not occur the planned date, ie no later than 48 hours from the planned date of travel.
  • According to current information, citizens of the Republic of Serbia as well as foreign nationals with permanent or temporary residence in the Republic of Serbia are allowed to enter Serbia.
  • Passengers have the option of carrying one hand luggage up to 8 kg and one luggage up to 23 kg. Extra luggage of 23 kg is charged EUR 50.
  • Tickets are purchased after sending the registration form and the first page of the passport exclusively through the AirSerbia Contact Center.
  • Unused scheduled flights tickets for the flights that have been canceled for COVID-19 reasons cannot be used on this flight.
  • All passengers will receive pre-flight protective masks provided by AirSerbia Passengers must wear masks during the flight for health care purposes.

For any additional information, passengers can call the following phone numbers:

  • for calls from France: +33 1 78900459
  • for calls from Germany: +49 69 20756
  • for calls from Austria: +43 720 775338
  • for calls from Serbia: +381 11 3112123

Please note that travelers must make themselves familiar with the possibility of entry into the countries mentioned above, as well as of the health conditions applicable upon arrival.



IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Due to the outbreak of the CORONA virus, all biometric passport acquisitions in the Embassy of Serbia in Ottawa are suspended until further notice.

In case of an emergency, and for all other inquires, before you come, please contact us at the following e-mail:

embassyserbiaottawa@gmail.com

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation

 


GOVERNMENT OF SERBIA: CONTACTS AND ACCOUNT NUMBERS FOR DONATIONS AND ASSISTANCE

Considering the large number of calls and proposals for the provision of humanitarian aid and for sending various donations to combat COVID-19, the Government of the Republic of Serbia has opened a special e-mail and phone numbers for all questions and proposals on donations, as well as official donation accounts.

Anyone wishing to provide humanitarian assistance or have questions regarding assistance needs can contact ironfriendship@gov.rs and telephone +381 64 8350 478 and +381 11 292 7499.


https://www.dijaspora.gov.rs/vlada-srbije-kontakti-i-brojevi-racuna-za-upucivanje-donacija-i-pomoc/


 


INVITATION TO CITIZENS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA WHO ARE HEALTHCARE PROFFESIONALS ABROAD

 

The point of return is a platform whose mission is to provide the Serbian diaspora with information on all ways of contacting Serbia, as well as assistance and circulation of information for individuals who wish to return to the country.

More information at https://tackapovratka.rs/

 



DIGITAL CONTENTS IN THE CULTURE AREA

Ministry of Culture and Information has set up new sites for the population in the Republic of Serbia and abroad in the field of culture titled - Coronavirus: Digitization to Support Citizens and the Economy

http://kultura.gov.rs/lat/aktuelnosti/   (serbian version)

Digital solidarity:

https://www.digitalnasolidarnost.gov.rs/

 

The Cultural Heritage Browser:

https://culture.rs/

 

 



IMPORTANT INFORMATION

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

March 19th, 2020

  • LATEST DECISION OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA ON CLOSURE OF THE NIKOLA TESLA AIRPORT IN BELGRADE IN ORDER TO PREVENT THE CORONA VIRUS - COVID 19 PANDEMIC

For the latest information on closure of the Nikola Tesla International Airport in Belgrade and other measures taken buy the Government of the Republic of Serbia in order to  prevent coronavirus - COVID - 19 pandemic, please click  on the links below:

http://www.mfa.gov.rs/sr/index.php/teme/corona19172020?lang=cyr

http://www.mfa.gov.rs/en/themes/covid173202019

March 16th, 2020

  • DECISION OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA  ON THE DECLARATION OF COVID - 19 AS AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE

Тhe Government of the Republic of Serbia at its session held on 15.03.2020. Adopted a Decision amending the Decision on the declaration of COVID-19 disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 infectious disease, item 4 of the Decision, with the aim of preventing the spread of this infectious disease on the territory of the Republic of Serbia, respectively, to protect against the introduction of infectious diseases into the territory of the Republic Serbia, the competent authorities of the Republic of Serbia shall temporarily prohibit the entry into the Republic of Serbia of all foreign nationals.

This measure will not apply to:
1) crews of freight motor vehicles when carrying out international road transport. In the case of international transit carriage of goods by road, it shall be limited to a period not exceeding 12 hours from the moment of entry into the territory of R. Serbia;
2) crews of cargo ships transporting goods to one of the domestic ports. In the case of transit navigation on an international waterway in the territory of R. Serbia, the same is limited to a period not exceeding 90 hours for ships and 60 hours for self-propelled navigation from the moment of entry into the territory of R. Serbia in the case of upstream navigation, ie for a period not exceeding 72 hours for ships and 54 hours for self-propelled navigation from the moment of entry into the territory of R. Serbia in the case of downstream navigation;
3) fleet staff of railway vehicles entering the border station zone established by interstate agreements;
4) crews and cabin crew of aircraft whose final destination is the Republic of Serbia or in transit through the international airports of the Republic of Serbia;
5) persons who have obtained consent for entry into the Republic of Serbia from the Government Working Body consisting of representatives of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure;
6) humanitarian convoys under the obligatory escort agreed upon through diplomatic channels.
7) accredited members of staff of foreign diplomatic missions and consular posts and offices of organizations, as well as members of their families who hold special identification cards issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Government of the Republic of Serbia;
8) foreign nationals who have been granted residence or permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia.

Citizens of the Republic of Serbia coming from countries or areas with intensive transmission of COVID-19 disease, or outbreaks of the epidemic, namely: the Swiss Confederation, the Republic of Italy, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Romania, the Kingdom of Spain, the Federal Republic of Germany, the French Republic, the Republic of Austria, the Republic Slovenia and the Hellenic Republic are sent to isolation for 28 days, and to domestic residents from other countries a measure of placing them under medical supervision for 14 days (isolation at home) is determined.

We note that the implementation of these measures will be strictly controlled, and that any non-compliance will be most severely punished by the prescribed legal penalty.

Special attention is given to dual citizens that they can enter the Republic of Serbia only if they present their passport of the Republic of Serbia.

The decision came into force on 03/15/2020 and remains in force until further notice.



CORONA VIRUS: RECOMMENDATION TO SERBIAN NATIONALS ABROAD

In accordance with the measures taken by the Goverment of the Republic of Serbia to prevent the spread and control of infectious disease COVID-19, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends that citizens of the Republic of Serbia who reside abroad should postpone any travel to the Republic of Serbia that is not necessary, especially if they are planning to come from countries, ie areas with intensive transmission of COVID-19 disease.

Information about procedure at the border crossing when passengers entering to the Republic of Serbia:

https://covid19.rs/

https://covid19.rs/algoritam1/

https://covid19.rs/algoritam2/



ELECTIONS IN SERBIA 2020

NOTE ABOUT ELECTIONS
 

Parliamentary local election in Serbia will take place on April 26th, 2020. Please find information below:

Parliamentary local election in Serbia (Cyrillic)

Parliamentary local election in Serbia (Latin)


 


OPEN CALLS OF THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND INFORMATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA

On January 31, 2020, the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia announced:

1. Open call for co-financing projects for translation of representative works of   Serbian literature abroad in 2020;
2. Open call  for financing or co-financing projects in the field of cultural activities of Serbs abroad in 2020.

Contest texts and related application forms are available on the Ministry of Culture and Information website at www.kultura.gov.rs. The deadline for submission of applications is March 16th, 2020.

For additional information, please contact the Ministry of Culture and Information by email:  mladen.veskovic@kultura.gov.rs .


 


COMPETITION FOR CO-FINANCING PROJECTS OF THE DIASPORA AND THE SERBS IN THE REGION


We would like to inform you that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia - Directorate for Cooperation with the Diaspora and Serbs in the region (MSP - USDSR), has opened Competition for co-financing projects that will, by their quality, contribute to preserving and strengthening the ties between the homeland and the diaspora and the homeland and the Serbs in the region.

The competition will be open from January 20th to February 10th, 2020. For more information, please click here.


 


The decisions on co-financing projects of Diaspora and Regional Serbs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia has arrived at the Decisions on co-financing projects that contribute to the preservation and strengthening of the relations of Serbia and the Diaspora and Serbia and the Serbs in the Region on June 19th, 2019.

Decisions on co-financing projects can be downloaded at the following e-mail addresses:

http://www.dijaspora.gov.rs/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/ODLUKA-DIJASPORA-2019.pdf

http://www.dijaspora.gov.rs/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/ODLUKA-REGION-2019.pdf


 


OPEN CALL for the Co-Financing of Projects for the Translation of Representative Works of Serbian Literature into Foreign Languages in 2019

MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND MEDIA
Department of Contemporary Artistic Production and Creative Industries

announces this

OPEN CALL
for the Co-Financing of Projects for the Translation of Representative Works of Serbian Literature into Foreign Languages in 2019

The scope of this Open Call is co-financing of projects for the translation of representative works of Serbian literature into foreign languages.

The overarching goal of this Open Call is the translation of representative works of Serbian literature into foreign languages.

Submissions in the following literary fields are eligible under this Open Call for the translation of representative works of Serbian literature into foreign languages: poetry, prose, drama, children’s literature (other than picture books and textbooks), anthologies and thematic selections and theoretical works in the fields of culture and arts intended for the wider readership.

Translations of classic works of Serbian literature and works acclaimed by the expert community will be given priority for support.

Announcement Translations 2019 - Form ENGL.doc

http://www.kultura.gov.rs/cyr/konkursi/konkurs-za-sufinansiranje-projekata-u-oblasti-prevodjenja-reprezentativnih-dela-srpske-knjizevnosti-u-inostranstvu--u-2019--godini-


 

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Public lecture at Ottawa University by Prof. Dalibor Sokolović from University of Belgrade

The Slavic Research Group of the University of Ottawa, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
University of Ottawa in co-operation with the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Ottawa, H. E. Ambassador Mihailo Papazoglu:

Public lecture " Two Centuries of Serbian Independance and Linguo-cultural Heritage"
by Prof. Dalibor Sokolović, Department of Philology
University of Belgrade

Poster (click for more details)


 


 


Dedication of the plaque commemorating the Centennial of the end of World War I

Dedication of the plaque commemorating the Centennial of the end of World War I, where Canada and Serbia fought as allies, by His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa and His Excellency Mihailo Papazoglu, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia,Thursday, July 26th 2018.

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GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES ADOPTED ON VISA EXEMPTION FOR THE NATIONALES OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA
Тhe 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 exceeding 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 Mart 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 of 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 without 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
Тhe 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.

 


Priredjen Dan Srbije u Kanadi

Dan Srbije organizovan je u glavnom gradu Kanade, Otavi, kao deo manifestacije "Otava pozdravlja svet" i proslave 150 godina kanadske konfederacije.

Ambasada Srbije odgovorila je na poziv kanadskih vlasti upućen diplomatskim predstavništvima različitih država da jednodnevnim programom predstave svoju zemlju.

Predstavljanje Srbije organizovano je u saradnji ambasade i lokalne doseljeničke zajednice odnosno crkveno-školske opštine (CŠO) Sveti Stefan.

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Serbian-Canadian economic relations

BELGRADE, Sept. 2 (Beta) - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic on Sept. 1 described Serbian-Canadian relations as excellent to Canadian former Minister of  Forin Affairs John Baird, but said economic cooperation was in need of much improvement as Serbia had many opportunities to offer to Canadian investors.

Baird also voiced a desire to bolster the two countries' bilateral ties, especially economic, stating that Serbia offered huge potential to Canadian investors, particularly in the fields of mining and pharmaceutical production, Nikolic's office announced.

Nikolic said Serbia had taken a principled stand on the Ukrainian crisis and that there would be no sanctions against Russia, but noted that Belgrade respected the territorial integrity of Ukraine. On the topic of Ukraine, Baird stressed that it was his country's firm position that it was unacceptable for one man to wage wars in Europe in the 21st century. He also stated that Canada was looking forward to Serbia's chairing of the OSCE in 2015 and was certain that it would be a success.


VUCIC, BAIRD: SERBIA - CANADA RELATIONS GOOD

BELGRADE, Sept. 2 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Canadian former Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird on Sept. 1 described bilateral ties as good, but added that it was necessary to further boost cooperation, primarily economic. Vucic underlined the importance of the agreement on strategic economic cooperation from 2012, which laid ground for several projects of Canadian companies in Serbia, particularly in the energy domain, read a statement from the government.  He added that the agreement on inciting and shielding investments, inked on Sept. 1, would contribute to the further promotion of bilateral economic cooperation and encourage new investments by Canadian firms, according to the statement. The prime minister also thanked Canada for its post-flood relief aid.

Baird said that the bilateral relations should be strengthened at the highest political and economic level. He added that Ottawa understood Serbia's foreign policy position regarding the EU and Russia, particularly in the context of the Ukrainian crisis. During his stay in Serbia, Baird toured the regions most affected by the May floods and announced a possible new relief aid contingent.


INVESTMENT PROTECTION AGREEMENT SIGNED WITH CANADA

BELGRADE, Sept. 1 (B92) - Serbian Minister of Trade Rasim Ljajic and Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird an investment promotion and protection agreement between the two countries. The document was signed on Monday at the Serbian government headquarters in Belgrade, in the presence of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic. Ljajic noted that the agreement constitutes a continuation of excellent economic cooperation between Serbia and Canada, and a step forward in completing the legal framework for improving economic, trade relations between the two countries.

The agreement sends a clear message to Canadian investors that Serbia adheres to international legal standards when it comes to investors' rights and is a safe investment destination. The minister noted that 50 Canadian companies are doing business in Serbia, 13 of which are engaged in geological exploration. “Canadian companies secured 80 percent out of a total of 126 licenses for various kinds of exploration that Serbia has issued. They have so far invested 125 million dollars in explorations, and we expect that the sum will go up in the coming period”, he said. Ljajic mentioned that, two years ago, Serbia and Canada signed an agreement on strategic economic cooperation which covers all fields of interest, primarily the energy, mining sectors, manufacturing industry, fields of infrastructure, agriculture and food production.

 

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Information concerning the Agreement on Social Security between Canada and the Republic of Serbia, which entered into force on December 1, 2014.

(ENG): http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/services/pensions/international/countries/serbia.shtml 

(FRE):  http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/fra/services/pensions/internationales/pays/serbie.shtml

Application forms for Canadian benefits for persons living in Serbia

Application for Canadian Old Age, Retirement and Survivors Benefits
•         (ENG):  http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=isp5054srb&ln=eng
•         (FRE):  http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=isp5054srb&ln=fra
Application for CPP Disability Benefits
•         (ENG):  http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=isp5053srb&ln=eng
•         (FRE):  http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=isp5053srb&ln=fra
Application for CPP Child’s Benefits
•         (ENG):  http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=isp5055srb&ln=eng
•         (FRE):  http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=isp5055srb&ln=fra

 

Application forms for Serbian benefits

Application for Serbian Old Age Pension
•         (ENG):  http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=cansrb2&ln=eng 
•         (FRE):  http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=cansrb2&ln=fra
Application for Serbian Disability Pension
•         (ENG):  http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=cansrb3&ln=eng
•         (FRE):  http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=cansrb3&ln=fra  
Application for Serbian Survivor Pension
•         (ENG):  http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=cansrb4&ln=eng
•         (FRE):  http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=cansrb4&ln=fra



 


Document - Why Kosovo is ineligible for membership in UNESCO?

16. 10. 2015.

Why Kosovo is ineligible for membership in UNESCO?


 


Letter form Serbian Heritage Museum


 


DACIC: SERBIA SUPPORTS OSCE EFFORTS IN UKRAINE

BELGRADE, June 25  - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said in Vienna on June 24 that he supported the OSCE's efforts to calm the crisis in Ukraine. Opening a three-day annual OSCE conference on security entitled "Current Security Challenges and the Role of the OSCE", Dacic said that Serbia's experience in the dialog between Belgrade and Pristina could be employed to help deal with different issues after it took the OSCE chair in 2015. Speaking about the Ukrainian crisis, Dacic reiterated that Serbia supported the sovereignty and territorial integrity of every member of the U.N. and that it strongly supported the OSCE's efforts to calm the crisis in Ukraine. Dacic will participate in a meeting gathering the foreign ministers of the OSCE "trio" in Vienna where he is scheduled to discuss the most important questions in the organization's sphere of operations with OSCE chairman Didier Burkhalter and his Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimk.


 


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