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``Tenth Conference of Medical Diaspora`` in Belgrade, from 20th to 22nd June 2019

Under the auspices of HRH Prince Alexander and Princess Katrine is in the process of organizing the “Tenth Conference of Medical Diaspora”, in Belgrade from 20 to 22 June 2019. 

The aim of the Conference is to gather Serbian doctors from abroad and international medical experts in mission to support Serbian health system by promoting solidarity, friendship and exchange knowledge. 

Partners in the organization of the Conference are Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Ministry of Health, World Health Organization, Faculty of Medicine of University of Belgrade, University Children's Hospital, Medical Association of Serbia and the Royal Medical Board. 

The opening ceremony of the conference will be in the hotel "Hilton" in Belgrade, on Thursday 20th June 2019 at 9:00 pm. First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Ivica Dačić will officially speak to the doctors attending the Conference. 

Reception for all participants of the Conference will be held on 20 June 2019 at the Royal Palace, followed by a dinner in honor of speakers and partners in the organization of the event. 

Website of the "Tenth Conference of Medical Diaspora" is located on the Internet at www.sdm.rs.

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Reception on the Occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Serbia, February/March 2019

On the occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Serbia, the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Toronto organized a Cocktail party at the Serbian Cultural Center of the "Church of All Serbian Saints" on March 4th, 2019, from 7- 9:30 am.

The reception was attended by the bishop of the Canadian Diocese Dr. Mitrofan with the priests, the Minister of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Antic with the delegation, the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to Canada, Mihailo Papazoglu, the Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of Serbia, Kati Caba, MPP tom Rakocevic, members of the Consular Corps, as well as numerous, prominent members of the Serbian Diaspora, representatives of associations, associations, humanitarian organizations. The reception was also attended by the President of the Serbian National Academy in Canada, Žarko Brestovac, winner of the gold medal on the basis of President R. Serbia, numerous journalists of the most important Serbian media in Ontario, "Serbian Television Toronto", "Newspapers", "SAN", "News", "Source" and others. The ceremony was attended by other Canadian and Serbian businessmen, as well as the president and members of the Canadian-Serbian Association of Businessmen "CANSEE" (Canadian Serbian Business Association).

The Reception was supported by the Club of sponsors, which was founded on the initiative of Serbian Consul General Vasilije Petkovic. The members of the Club are the owners of the following companies: Modular Homes, Advanced Coatings, Zoran Kitchens and Bath INC, Delta B Electronic INC, 747 Travel Toronto, JIT Road Transportation, Pirlitor Machine and Tool LTD, Zoran Properties INC, Wyndham Street Investments INC, Interex Constructions INC, Esbee Construction CORP and Royal Meats Barbeque.

After the Choir "Saint Sava" performed the Serbian and Canadian national anthems ,His Grace Bishop, Dr. Mitrofan blessed the event.

As a host of the event, Consul General  V. Petkovic greeted the distinguished guests, thanking the Canadian Diocese of the SPC and sponsors for their contribution to the organization of the Reception of the NAtional Day of the Republic of Serbia, as well as to all the guests and colleagues from the Consular Corps. He briefly presented the circumstances of the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire in 1804 and the adoption of the first modern Constitution of the Principality of Serbia in 1835 and its importance for the later development of our state and society. He expressed his satisfaction with excellent cooperation between the Serbian Consulate General in Toronto, the Diocese of Canada and Serbian community and therefore,  promoting the Serbian Society and it's importance to the Canadian society and Canada as a state.

Ambassador M. Papazoglu emphasized the importance of the development of Serbian-Canadian political and economic relations and in that direction contributed to the Serbian Diaspora, emphasizing, inter alia, the significance of the activities of the "Nikola Tesla Corporation" from Hamilton, which contributed to one of the largest boulevards in that part of Ontario bearing the name of our famous scientist Nikola Tesla. He emphasized the importance of other Serbian associations as well as honorary consulates to improve the position of the Serbian community in Canada. He particularly thanked Canadian-Serbian Association of Businessmen "CANSEE" for continuous work towards the development of economic relations between the two countries.

Special guest, Minister A. Antić thanked for warm welcome saying that wherever  the Serbs are "he always feels at home". He said that Serbia, in its rich history, has gone through many difficult moments, but is determined to find the best solutions to the problems in accordance with the glorious historical and cultural heritage. He highlighted the comparative advantages of investing in the economy of our country, which were recognized by large world companies, among which are Canadian companies as well. In that direction, he informed that during the visit to the International Trade Fair of Mining and Energy in Toronto PDAC, held 2-6. March, had several useful and constructive meetings with Canadian and Ontario businessmen who are interested in cooperation and investment in the Serbian economy.

Canadian ambassador to Serbia Kati Csaba, addressing in a god Serbian language, congratulated the National Day and thanked the organizer of the Reception and the attendees for the invitation and the opportunity to reassure her of the traditional Serbian hospitality. She emphasized that she is professionally and privately very pleased that she was been given the opportunity to serve in Serbia and therefore to met the Serbian people and his tradition and culture. She insisted that Serbian-Canadian relations, which are traditionally very good, have a further rise in the political and economic plan, has been significantly contributed by the Serbian diaspora in Canada.

Member of the Ontario Parliament MPP Tom Rakocevic (the third generation of Serbian immigrants from Montenegro, born in Canada), after he greeted Minister Antic and other distinguished guests, evoked childhood memories in an environment of elderly people who spoke the Serbian language, going  to church and described their homeland with great love. He said that he had never forgotten his origins and that he still largely feels affiliated with the Serbian community in Canada.

After the speeches, a short cultural, artistic program and folk dances were performed by the St Sava folk dance group. Guests were invited to view the exhibition of photographs of the cultural heritage of Serbia with a special reference to Serbian churches and monasteries in Kosovo and Metohia.
 

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

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

This decision will come into force on January 25th, 2019.

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The Literary evening in the Consulate General - Presentation of the book ``Kukasti nad Srbijom``

         

On December 6th, 2018, in the premises of the Consulate General, was held a literary evening about the novel by Dr. Radomir Baturan, "Kukasti nad Srbijom", organized by Serbian OCnsulate General in Toronto and the club of the Serbian intellectuals magazine "People Talk"from Canada.

The plot of the book is dedicated to historical personality, the pilot of the Yugoslav Royal Army, Djordje Stojanovic, who shot down three enemy aircraft, during the twelve days war between the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and Nazi Germany. The further course of events, the betrayal of Nedić's government and the capitulation of the Royal Army, lead to serious, moral and personal tragedies of the protagonist who was a patriot and a soldier as a whole. After exile and living in a foreign country, rehabilitated in the 1980s, the main hero returns to his homeland when he thought it needed him again in 1999 - when NATO alliance bombed Serbia where he was killed in one of the attacks of NATO aviation on a train with Serbian civilians in Grdelica Canyon

Writer and  lector Dušica Ivanović, as well as moderator of the literary evening; professor of world literature Đorđije Mučibabić; BA of Russian Literature Nikola Gligorević and author of the novel PhD Baturan were participating in the debate on the book.  MA Aleksandar Bojičić performed several compositions by domestic authors on the acoustic guitar.

In his introductory speech, Consul General Vasilije Petković, pointed out that the contribution of the territorially small but courageous, hearty and proud Serbia in both world wars was remarkably great and that we should keep our memories of contributing individuals to the Serbian history and society for the future generations.

The book  "Kukasti nad Srbijom" depicts the life of an ordinary Serbian soldier-pilot, his moral and life deterioration due to difficult historical circumstances, as well as the rise as he realizes that he may once again, at the end of his life, return to his father's bumper again.

Participants of the debate, as well as guests of a literary evening, concluded that a man can have only one country wherever he is - and that is the one in his heart.

At the end of the literary evening, PhD R. Baturan presented a book  "Curator of the Mesesia" to Consul General V. Petkovic, as a gift with personal inscription: "To Mr. Vasilije Petkovic, Consul General of Serbia in Toronto, for his personality, gratefulness and help in organizing  all the literary evenings of the magazine "People Speak" in Consulate General, I give this to the author, his favorite novel. For the life and soul of the Serbian people and Serbia, Radomir Baturan ".

 


LECTURING AND PHOTO EXHIBITION ABOUT CANADIAN MEDICAL MISSIONS IN SERBIA AND BALKAN FRONT DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR ON THE OCCASION OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMISTICE AT THE FACULTY OF MEDICAL SCIENCE OF THE TORONTO UNIVERSITY

              Left: Serbian Consul General V. Petkovic opening photo exhibit at the lobby of the Faculty of Medical Science in Toronto; Right: Cheirman o f the Board of the Serbian Heritage Academy of Canada Mr. Zarko Brestovac and Serbian Consul General V. Petkovic lieng wreath bellow the Memorial plaque dedicated to the members of the Canadian Medical Corps engaded in Serbia and Balkan front during WWI.

       Part of the participants at the Lecturing about Canadian Medical Missions in Serbia and Balkan war during WWI (front row: CG of R. Korea, CG of Moldova, CG of Hungary, CG of Greece; Behind: CG of Austria, representative of CG of RF, ret. Head of Military-Police Academy of the Canadian Armed Froces etc.). 

              Left: Serbian Consul General V. Petkovic during his introductionray speech at the Lecturing; Right: On behalf of the Serbian Heritage Academy of Canada, Phd. Mr. Rajko Rey Radojevic, professor of history during his speech at the classroom of the Faculty of the Medical Science of the Toronto Unviersity.   

ON THE OCASSION OF THE COMMEMORATING OF THE ARMISTICE
IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR

The Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice in the First World War entitled "The Canadian Medical Mission in Serbia and on the Balkan Front in the First World War" was held on November 7, 2018 at the Faculty of Medical Science of the Toronto University, organized by the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Toronto and the "Serbian Heritage Academy of Canada".  As a part of the Commemoration, a thematic lecturing and an exhibition of war photographies were organized as well.

The Commemoration was attended by representatives of the Canadian Veterans Associations, members of the Consular Corps, representatives of the Canadian SPC Diocese, prominent members of the Serbian Diaspora, professors and students from Toronto University, York University, Ryerson University and other guests.

On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Consulate General, Consul General Vasilije Petkovic laid a wreath in front of a memorial plaque dedicated to the members of the Canadian Medical Corps. The plaque has been set up by the Serbian Heritage Academy of Canada in the 80`s of the 20th century in Memorial hall of the Toronto University`s Faculty of Medicine, for their valor and contribution to the Allied victory on the Thessalonica front, treating Serb civilians and Serbian and allied soldiers. Among Canadian volunteers was Lester Pierson, late Prime Minister of Canada in a period from 1963 to 1968, who was the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 for the establishment of the UN military peacekeeping force.

In his introduction speech, Consul General of the Republic of Serbia in Toronto Vasilije Petkovic, pointed out a historical link between the Serbian and Canadian people and casts light on the participation of Canadian volunteers in the medical corps at the Thessaloniki front. These brave and humane women and men, as well as one of the most important Canadian figures, in their history, late Prime Minister Lester Pierson, left Canada and their comfortable life, either upon call of duty or voluntarily in order to come in a war-affected Serbia and together with the wounded, hungry, lacking medicines and medical devices, passed through the Albanian Golgotha participating in their own way at the Thessalonica front. Most of them happily survived horrors of the WWI, but some, unfortunately, did not survive, either killed in action or passed away suffering from diseases and infections, the same ones they were treating Serbian soldiers from.

Consul General Vasilije Petković pointed out the fact that most Canadians, unfortunately, are not aware of the historical and the great humanity of their fellow citizens and ancestors in Serbia during the First World War, but that the Serbs in Serbia and Canada, as well as the state of Serbia, did not forget their offered hand and help, when it was most needed. The Serbian Heritage Academy of Canada also set up a memorial plaque at the Museum of the Serbian Medical Society in Belgrade, on which is written bilingually in English and French: ``Thank you Canadians/Mercies Canadian``, the inscription that speaks enough for its self.

At the end of his introduction speech, Consul General Vasilije Petković presented to the audience flower "Ramonda Serbica" or "Ramonda Nathaliae" informing them about the history and significance of the flower, as a symbol of the rebirth and resurrection of the Serbian army after the tremendous efforts, passing through the Albanian Golgotha and the glorious breakthrough at the Thessalonica front in World War I.

On behalf of the "Serbian Heritage Academy of Canada" PhD.  Rajko Rej Radojevic (living and working in Canada for more than 50 years) gave a comprehensive lecturing on the topic of Serbian participation and contributions in the First World War as well as the participation of the Canadian medical corps on the Thessaloniki front. He presented historically available, proven and confirmed data on names and biographies before, during and after the Great War of all Canadian volunteers within the medical corps.

After the lecture,  the guests visited the photo exhibition dedicated to the Canadian medical corps members and their activities at the Thessalonica front, including photo of late Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pierson.
A catalog with a short overview of the lecture and exhibition with photographs was presented to all visitors, and in addition, a VIP guests were given a book ``Serbia 1914-1918, a Gallant Ally``,
along with the badge of the flower "Ramonda Serbica".

 

Ramonda Serbica or Ramonda Nathaliae

                                         
Also known as Serbian Ramonda and Serbian phoenix flower, is a species in the Gesneriaceae family. It is one of the few European representatives of this family, found in Southeast Europe - Southern Balkans. The flower was discovered near city of Niš (Nish) in Serbia in 1874 by Serbian botanist Josif Pančić  and scientifically described in 1884 by Sava Petrović, well known Serbian medical doctor at that time. The flower Ramonda Serbica is known for its ability to be revived when watered, even when fully dehydrated.                                                                         

Therefore the flower is considered as a symbol of the Serbian Army's struggle and resurrection after devastating retreat over the Albanian mountains to Greece, during World War I. By wearing Ramonda Serbica, we honour and commemorate Serbian and Allied victims and Armistice Day in the WWI, which have the same meaning like wearing  the British Remembrance Day Poppy flower.                                                                                                                      

The other name Ramonda nathaliae was given after Serbian queen Natalija Obrenovic, who was queen of Serbia from 1882 to 1889 as wife of king Milan I Obrenovic.                                                                                                                     

The Green and black background of Ramonda Serbica represents the Colours of  the Commemoration Medal  of the Retreat trough Albania assigned to the soldiers participated in the Great War.


Invitation to the Lecturing and Photo Exhibition on "Canadian Medical Missions in Serbia and the Balkan Front during the First World War"


Changes in visa regime with Islamic Republic of Iran

At the Session held on October 8, 2018, the Government of the Republic of Serbia passed the Decision on termination of the validity of the Decision on the abolition of visas for entry into the Republic of Serbia for citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran, holders of ordinary passports.

Beginning on October 17, 2018, citizens of Islamic Republicof Iran, holders of ordinary passports, will need a visa to enter, transit and stay on the territory of the Republic of Serbia.


Solemn unveiling of the Memorial plaque on the Occasion of the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Armistice in the First World War, under the patronage of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Ottawa.

    

Coming from the left: Serbian CG in Toronto, Mr. Vasilije                    Memorial Plaque  

Petkovic, H. E. Canadian ambassador to Serbia,

Mrs.  Kati Csaba, Mayor of Ottawa, Mr. Jim Vatson,

Serbian Ambassador to Canada, Mr. Mihailo Papazoglu

and members of Serbian embassy in Ottawa.  

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The Assignment of the Golden Badge and the Charter of the Cultural and Educational Community of Serbia in the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia, Julz 2018.

The Assignment of the Golden Badge and the Charter of the Cultural and Educational Community of Serbia to the meritorious Serbs in Canada. Winners (in the middle), Žarko Brestovac - "Golden badge" and on behalf of the Serbian National Academy (SNA) - "Charter", Gordana Laković, general scorer of SNA, July 2018.

 

Golden Badge and Charter winners, Žarko Brestovac and on behalf of SNA, Secretary General, Gordana Laković, July 208th.

 

Zivorad Ajdacic, Secretary General of the Serbian Cultural and Educational Community, holds the opening word during assignment of the Golden Badge and the Charter, July 2018.

 

Živorad Ajdačić, Secretary General of Serbia's Education and Culture Association, presents a reproduction of Karadjorde painting to Vasilije Petković, Consul General of the Republic of Serbia in Toronto, July 2018.


News - Archive
``Tenth Conference of Medical Diaspora`` in Belgrade, from 20th to 22nd June 2019
Reception on the Occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Serbia, February/March 2019
OPEN CALL for the Co-Financing of Projects for the Translation of Representative Works of Serbian Literature into Foreign Languages in 2019
DECISION OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA ON ABOLISHING VISA REGIME WITH FEDERATION OF SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS AND REPUBLIC OF PALAU
The Literary evening in the Consulate General - Presentation of the book ``Kukasti nad Srbijom``
LECTURING AND PHOTO EXHIBITION ABOUT CANADIAN MEDICAL MISSIONS IN SERBIA AND BALKAN FRONT DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR ON THE OCCASION OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMISTICE AT THE FACULTY OF MEDICAL SCIENCE OF THE TORONTO UNIVERSITY
Invitation to the Lecturing and Photo Exhibition on "Canadian Medical Missions in Serbia and the Balkan Front during the First World War"
Changes in visa regime with Islamic Republic of Iran
Solemn unveiling of the Memorial plaque on the Occasion of the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Armistice in the First World War, under the patronage of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Ottawa.
The Assignment of the Golden Badge and the Charter of the Cultural and Educational Community of Serbia in the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia, Julz 2018.
Unveiling of the Monument dedicated to Dr Lazar Jovanovic
Law on Amendments to the Law on Citizenship of the Republic of Serbia
Event of the Promotion of the Book
Competition for co-financing projects
Presetation of the New Issue of the Journal "People Say"
GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES ADOPTED ON VISA EXEMPTION FOR THE NATIONALES OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA
ABOLISHED VISAS FOR CITIZENS OF GEORGIA, HOLDERS OF ORDINARY PASSPORT
GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF COLUMBIA ADOPTED ON VISA EXEMPTION FOR THE NATIONALS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA
Abolished Visas for Citizens of Four Countries of the Caribbean Region and Two Countries of the Latin American Region
Consular Fee Payment
The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Republic of Guatemala on the аbolition of visas for holders of diplomatic and Official passports, entered into force
National Day of the Republic of Serbia
The Decision on visa exemption for entry in the Republic of Serbia for the nationals of the Republic of the Guinea Bissau
THE DECISION OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN ON VISA EXEMPTION FOR THE NATIONALS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA, HOLDERS OF ORDINARY PASSAPORTS
Decision on visa exemption for the nationals of the Republic of Indonesia, holders of ordinary passports
Parliamentary Friendship Group for Cooperation with the Republic of Serbia