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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 minus of 6.3 percent, while the Eurozone was at minus 14.7 percent, and in the third quarter, when the Eurozone was at minus 4.3 percent, Serbia's figure was only minus 1.4 percent.
Vucic stated that Montenegro, for example, recorded as much as 26 percent minus in the third quarter.

Furthermore, the President emphasized that hospitals were built and renovated in our country, and that two hospitals were built from the ground up in just four months.

He said that the state made significant efforts to procure respirators, masks, gloves, protective suits, medicines, everything that was needed, and pointed out that work was being done on 10 general hospitals throughout Serbia, adding that all these were major achievements that were only possible owing to the success of the 2014 reforms, the enactment of the Labor Law, which yielded excellent results, and also through fiscal consolidation measures.


"These are unprecedented results for Serbia. Was Serbia ever before the first in Europe in terms of growth rate? We will get the results on 31 March that will confirm that Serbia is number one in Europe. All that was possible thanks to people who believed in difficult changes", Vucic said.

According to the President, this year, as many as six highways will be built in Serbia at the same time, and in this regard, he noted that Bulgaria has announced that the highway from our border to Sofia will be completed by the end of the year, after which it will be possible to use motorway to travel to Istanbul, which is very important to ensure that our country is on a transport route.

President Vucic emphasized that in 2020, the so-called year of corona, our country had a net inflow of foreign direct investment amounting to EUR 2.9 billion net, and three billion gross, which means that many foreign companies such as Toyota Tires, Boysen, ZTF and Brose have invested in Serbia even in this year of crisis.

The President said that Serbia has the highest average wages in the region, amounting to 511 or 512 euros, and that in February, due to the January increase, the average wage will be 535 or 536 euros, and that only in Belgrade in the last seven years the average wage increased by 180 euros or 40 percent.


That President said that Serbia was fourth in the region in terms of salaries before, and that today we are officially the first, and that the difference in relation to other countries will only increase faster. He also pointed out that the employment rate is growing in Serbia as well as that our public debt increased less than in most European countries. This is illustrated by the data that in Italy the public debt surged to 156 percent, in Germany to 87 percent, in France to 114 percent, in Croatia to 88 percent, while in Serbia it is at 57 percent.

The Serbian President announced that by Sretenje, 15 February, an additional package of assistance to the economy will be earmarked, and as he explained, it will be a new capital injection for companies, the trade, entrepreneurs, small, medium and large enterprises which, as he said, concerns 1,052,000 people within that system.

Vucic specified that it will most likely be help in the form of two or three payments amounting to half a minimum wage each, and that there will also be sectoral aid for tourism, hotel owners, travel agencies, guides, for bus carriers, through another half minimum wage payment.

The President added that efforts will be made to extend the guarantee schemes as well, which proved to be excellent, amounting to 1.5 billion, and this time, through the same system, two more portions amounting to 500 million each could be provided.

Vucic said that the first agreements with DFC worth 300 to 400 million dollars are expected in seven days.

He also stated that the state will endeavour to help pensioners further, in addition to increasing pensions by 5.9 percent in January, which will be reflected in their first checks in February, and added that pensioners should by March receive symbolic aid in the form of packages with vitamin C, D and zinc, which, as the President said, are small things, but they reflect the state's care and efforts made to protect health.

The President announced that negotiations on the procurement of the Chinese vaccine would be completed in the next seven to eight days, after the first quantities of the Pfizer and Sputnik V vaccines have arrived in Serbia, and pointed out that the Chinese vaccine was of exceptional quality, but probably the most expensive, which is why he wrote to the Chinese President and asked for a discount for our country.
Vucic thanked the Americans for deciding to sell the vaccine to our country and noted that no one in the region other than Serbia has received it, except for the small quantity that Albania got.

He pointed out that our state relied on itself and its own capacities, and that our state leadership anticipated that vaccines within the European COVAX plan would arrive late.

The President rejected the claims about bad results of Serbia in the fight against the corona virus and stated that our country has recorded the lowest corona virus mortality rate in the region.

He presented statistical information indicating that Slovenia had 144 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, North Macedonia 126, Bosnia and Herzegovina 123, Bulgaria 115, Montenegro 115, Hungary 110, Croatia 107, Romania 85, and Serbia 51.

"The mortality rate in the region is as follows: Bulgaria 3.9, Bosnia and Herzegovina 3.7, Hungary 3.11, North Macedonia 3.03, Romania 2.48. Slovenia 2.15, Croatia 1.99, Montenegro 1.4, and Serbia 1.0. This can be seen in the graphs and is no fabrication", the President stressed.

He said that the state will fight for vaccines, and that only Serbia, in the Western Balkans, received significant quantities of vaccines, other than a smaller quantity that Albania received, and added that in one day since the registration for vaccination opened, as many as 63,000 persons have registered.

President Vucic expressed his belief that the year ahead will be better than the previous one as well as that the corona virus will be defeated through vaccination of citizens.

Belgrade,12 January 2021


 


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

2 January 2021

    

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.

Source: Tanjug


 


Every Serb in the diaspora is potentially a lobbyist

3 January 2021

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.

Source: Tanjug


 


 


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

December 29th,  2020

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

Belgrade, December 23, 2020

                                             

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.


 


STATEMENT BY THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

December 10, 2020

 

On the occasion of 10 December, the international Human Rights Day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia reaffirms its commitment to the principles and values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted on this day in 1948.

The principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights have been the foundation for the development of international law in this field, and of the international system for the promotion and protection of human rights, as a unique achievement of modern civilization. It is incumbent upon us today to safeguard and strengthen the international system ensuring respect for human rights, to develop human rights standards, control the implementation of commitments, and also to continue cooperating with international and regional institutions on the protection of human rights.

Serbia is fully committed to the universal values of human rights and implementing in practice the international legal instruments relating to human rights. Our continued cooperation with the Human Rights Council mechanisms in the framework of the United Nations, with the Council of Europe and the mechanisms of the OSCE human dimension, represents an important segment of activities carried out by all state authorities, thus demonstrating our consistent commitment to the implementation of international human rights standards.

The international Human Rights Day is an opportunity to point out once again that Serb and other non-Albanian population is being deprived of its rights in Kosovo and Metohija and to call again on the international community to ensure the respect for the guaranteed international human rights norms and contribute to creating conditions for the return of internally displaced persons and giving them back their usurped property.  



 


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.

 


 


Winners of the Golden Badge and the Charter awarded by the Cultural and Educational Association of the Republic of Serbia

September 11. 2020

Тhe golden badges of the Cultural and Educational Society of the Republic of Serbia in 2019 for their contribution to spreading the cultural and traditional values of the Serbian people in Canada are actress, author and director of the Serbian Theater in Toronto Ljiljana Stošić Marković, artist and sculptor Ljiljana Otašević, actor and director Srđan Rajšić, painter Vladimir Stjepanović and Consul General of the Republic of Serbia in Toronto Vasilije Petković, while the "Kir Stefan Srbin" choir from Toronto and SKUD "Oplenac" from Toronto received the Charter.


 


Day of Serbian unity, Freedom and National flag

September 15th, 2020

Day of Serbian unity, Freedom and National flag

Serbia and Republika Srpska are celebrating a joint holiday for the first time - the Day of Serbian Unity, Freedom and the National Flag. It is celebrated on September 15th, the day when the Thessaloniki front was broken through in 1918 close to the end of the First World War.

In all municipalities in Serbia and the Republika Srpska, squares and central streets are decorated with the National and State flags of the Republic of Serbia. This holiday will be jointly celebrated in Serbia and Republika Srpska and in all areas where Serbs are around the world, symbolizing the unity of the Serbian people.

The timeless symbolism of this date is reflected in the fact that it is the day when in 1918, after more than two years, the Thessaloniki front finally broke through and the process of liberation of Serbia began, which ended on November 1, in just 45 days.

"In the fall of 1918, the breakthrough of the Thessaloniki front began. Few of the allied forces in World War I could then have imagined that this side battlefield would soon gain such importance, and that about 62,000 soldiers of a state that many no longer even believed would decide the outcome of a victory that was practically ended the First World War. "


 


NIkola Tesla Day - July 10th, 2020, Niagara Falls

July 10th, 2020

Nikola Tesla Day - July 1oth, 2020 Commemoration. Due to the current situation related to the coronary virus pandemic, as well as the state of emergency in Ontario and imposed protective measures by the Governemntofn Ontario, the ceremony had an unofficial character.

However, despite the limiting factors, a number of people from the Serbian community in Ontario appeared, as well as children from the Serbian school Nikola Tesla from Niagara Falls, wearing Serbian folk costumes and holding  Serbian and Canadian flags.

The informal ceremony was attended by its organizer and host Borislav Zivkovic, the Coordinator of the Serbian school, the Serbian Orthodox Priest of the Church of St. George in Niagara - rev. father Milorad Delic, Member of the Federal Parliament of Canada (MP) - Tony Baldinelli, Mayor of Niagara Falls - Jim Diodati and Consul General of the Republic of Serbia in Toronto - Vasilije Pektovic.

Students of Serbian School Nikola Tesla from Niagara Falls, coordinator of the Serbian School Borisalv Zivkovic, CG RS in TO Vasilije Petkovic and rev. father Milorad delic ( by the monument).

MP Tony Baldinelli, Mayor of Niagara Falls Jim Diodati and CG RS in TO Vasilije Petkovic.

CG RS in To Vasilije Petkovic and Coorditanor of the Serbian School Borisavl Zivkovic.


 


RESULTS OF THE COMPETITION ON CO-FINANCING PROJECTS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO THE PRESERVATION AND STRENGTHENING OF THE RELATIONSHIPS OF SERBIA AND THE DIASPORA AND THE SERBIA AND SERBS IN THE REGION BY PUBLIC CALL FROM MAY 18TH TO JULY 1ST 2020

July 8th, 2020

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THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA TERMINATED THE DECISION ON CLOSING ALL BORDER CROSSINGS FOR ENTERING TO THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA

May 22nd, 2020

The Government of the Republic of Serbia passed the Decision on termination of the Decision on closing all border crossings, the Decision on termination of the Decision on closing border crossings, as well as the

Decision on amendments to the Decision on declaring COVID-19 infectious disease.
With the mentioned decisions, all border crossings of the Republic of Serbia have been opened and, as of today, May 22, 2020, they are functioning in the usual regime. Members of the competent state authorities will perform standard border checks, in accordance with the Law on Border Control and other relevant regulations (the credibility of allegations regarding the place of departure and intended stay, circumstances related to the purpose of travel, etc.).

Also, the amendments to the Decision on declaring the COVID-19 disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, a contagious disease, lifted the ban on entering the Republic of Serbia, as well as epidemiological measures for all categories of domestic and foreign citizens, which means that for entering the Republic of Serbia foreign citizens no longer need a special permit.

We draw your attention to the fact that holders of travel documents and passports of countries with which the Republic of Serbia has a visa regime, must submit a visa application at the nearest diplomatic and consular mission, no later than 4 weeks before the scheduled departure, in accordance with applicable regulations.

All persons entering the Republic of Serbia, instead of previous isolation measures and the obligation to possess negative PCR test, will be given a written notification during passport control about the measures to be followed in order to prevent the occurrence, spread and suppression of the infectious disease COVID-19.

We draw special attention to foreign citizens with approved temporary residence in the Republic of Serbia, and whose validity expired during the state of emergency, the validity period will be extended and they can enter the Republic of Serbia until June 1, 2020.


DIGITAL FORMAT OF THE CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL HERITAGE OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA

DUE TO THE SITUATION COUSED BY THE CORONAVIRUS COVID 19 PANDEMIC, THE ACCESS TO THE VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS, EXIBITIONS AND LECTURES OF THE CULTURAL, HISTORICAL AND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA HAS BEEN ENABLED. 

FOR DETAILED INFORMATIONS, PLEASE CLICK the links BELLOW:

1.  Digital solidarity

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

2.  The Cultural Heritage browser 

https://culture.rs/

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CENTRAL CELEBRATION OF THE STATEHOOD DAY OD THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA IN THE CITY OF NIAGARA FALLS

On the occasion of the Statehood Day of the Repubic of Serbia, with the courtesy of Niagara Parks and the City of Niagara Falls, on February 20th, 2020, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Ottawa and the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Toronto, organised Central celebration of the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia in the City of Niagara Falls.  Honouring the Republic of Serbia, the falls of Niagara has been illuminated in the colours of Serbian flag.

TO all citizens of the Republic of Serbia, Serbian community in Canada and Serbian diaspora in the World, we congratulate the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia. 


 


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  .
 


 


PRESENTATION OF THE SERBIAN-CANADIAN MAGAZINE FOR LITERATURE AND CULTURE ``PEOPLE SPEAK``

For more information, please click here.


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

Dear fellow citizens,

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.

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NATIONAL BANK OF SERBIA - FINANCIAL GUIDE FOR RETURNEES

FOR MORE INFORMATIONS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

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Exhibition of Medals, orders, charters and photographs from the Great War

For more informations, please click here.

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The Decision on the abolition of visas for the citizens of the Republic of Armenia

We are pleased to inform you that on October 24, 2019, the Government of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Decision on the abolition of visas for the citizens of the Republic of Armenia. Pursuant to the Decision, holders of ordinary passports issued by Republic of Armenia, may reside in the territory of the Republic of Serbia, without a visa, for a maximum of 90 days in a 180-day period, counting from the date of first entry. The decision enters into force on November 2, 2019.


THE DECISIONS ON CO-FINCNING PROJECTS OF DIAPSORA 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



 


Serbian Flag Raising Ceremony

On Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 15:00, the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia organized the Raising Ceremony of the Flag of the Republic of Serbia in Queen's Park - Provincial Parliament of Ontario.

The Raising Ceremony of the Serbian state flag and intoning the anthem, as well as the presentation of an appropriate cultural and artistic program, was the act of honoring the arrival and settlement of the first Serbs in Toronto and Ontario in 1903.

The Event was blessed by Father Jovan Marjanac, secretary of the Serbian Diocese in Canada who conveyed personal greetings and blessings of the bishop of Serbian Diocese in Canadian, Dr. Mitrofan (was attending the gathering  of the Holy Archdiocese in Belgrade).

For this occasion, Students of the Serbian School "St. Sava" at the Church of All Serbian Saints in Mississauga, performed Serbian and Canadian anthems.

During the Serbian anthem "God's give us justice", the flag of the Republic of Serbia was raised by Mr. Zarko Brestovac , Serbian-Canadian, the bearer  of the Medal of St Sava and the Golden Medal for merits in promoting Serbian culture and humanity, ordered by the President of the Republic of Serbia  and two young members of the SCA “Oplenac” from Toronto, Miss. Milka Batak and Mr. Uroš Krtolina in their Serbian traditional folk dresses.

The Flag Raising Ceremony was attended by the MPP Tom Rakocevic, who thanked Consul General V. Petkovic for the initiative of performing the Serbian Flag Raising Ceremony. MPP Rakocevic conveyed to Consul General Vasilije Petkovic a personal congratulations of the leader of the New Democratic Party Mrs.  Andrea Horvat, the leader of the Official oposition in Ontarian Parliament on this occasion; Head of the Protocol of the Ontario Government, Mr. Jonathan Sauve pointed out the extraordinary cooperation with Consul General Vasilije Petković which is contributing to the achievement of better relations between the Canadian province of Ontario and R. Serbia; Lieutenant Colonel of Military Police Academy and Citizen Judge Mrs. Nancy Siew informed that she had the opportunity to work with immigrants from all parts of the world, knowing that that each one fo them was carrying some "story and the burden of the past,".  Mrs. Siew pointed out that in the new homeland, however, the emigrants should work together for a better future of coming generations.

Special guest, Secretary General of the Cultural and Educational Association of Serbia (CEAS), Mr. Zivorad Ajdacic, greeted the Ceremony as he said, "a very important gathering". He commended the Serbian Consulate General`s activity on the accomplishment of the entire event and pointed out that it is proof that Serbia "is concerned about its citizens in the diaspora, as the Serbs abroad are concerned about the Serbia, who were assisting whenever is necessary." He appealed to young generations of Serbian immigrants to never forget their origins and to keep their ties with Serbia wherever they live and work in the World.

Canadian-Serbian artist, Ms. Lily Otasevic highlighted the excellent education she gained in Serbia, which enabled her to achieve success in Canada in her field of work. "Serbian Canadians are blessed with the values of both countries, Serbia and Canada".

Consul General of the Republic of Serbia in Toronto, Vasilije Petković, said that the Serbian Flag Raising Ceremony in Queen`s Park is the act of honoring the arrival and settlement of the first Serbs in Ontario, which represents a connection between the first Serbian immigrants and their successors living and working today in Canada. He pointed out that no generation of immigrants had forgotten their old Serbian countries, but remained in close contact, helping and preserving the memory of the Serbia in their new home.  First Serb settlled in Toronto was a certain Sremac Herceg in August 1903. The first Serbian Orthodox Church was built in Hamilton in 1913.

By increasing the number of Serb emigrants, there was a need for establishing the consular representation. The first Yugoslav Consulate General in Toronto was opened in 1953, representing the interests of the SFR Yugoslavia at the time. Finally, since the breakup of the federal state and the state union of the Serbia and Montenegro, starting from June 5, 2006, the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Toronto, serves the citizens of the Republic of Serbia and all Serbs who live and work in the jurisdiction of this Consulate General.

Consul General Vasilije Petkovic pointed out that Serbian community in Ontario and Canada is organized, educated and well-informed and with its preserved culture and identity significantly contributes to the development of Canada as a society and the state. The Serbian Diaspora in Ontario is one of the most important communities, which has a good organizational scheme. There are many associations, organizations, cultural and artistic societies, humanitarian organizations, sports associations and each on e of them, in its own way, marks, preserves and promotes Serbian values.

The Serbian community in Canada and Ontario is one of the active Serbian communities in the World. This is reflected in numerous awards that organizations and individuals have received as a reward for their achievements. For example, this year, CEAS awarded seven awards of which five Golden badges and two Charters to the members of the Serbian Community in Ontario and Canada.

Some activities tha tare promoting Serbian values, were carried out in cooperation of the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia, the Serbian community in Canada and the Canadian diocese of Serbian Orthodox Church, which represents a kind of "Earthly Trinity: the Church, the People and the State". "We are together stronger, and it is in the spirit with our national slogan, which should always be remembered:" Only the Unity save the Serbs, "said the Consul General Vasilije Petkovic.

"The Serbs living in Canada, the Serbs who temporally stay here, the Serbs in all Serbian countries, have nothing to be ashamed of.  On the contrary, we have a lot of reasons to be proud of. Therefore, when this ceremony ends and when all of us go back to our homes, offices or anywhere else, we should be proud for being Serbs.

Cultural and artistic program was held thanks to the "SCA Oplenac" from Toronto and the Cocktail reception was held within the premises of the Ontario Parliament building, thankfully to the Serbian-Canadian 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, Interex Constructions INC and Royal Meats Barbeque.


 


Victory Day, May 9th - Paying respect to the innocent victims of the Second World War

On the occasion of May 9th, the Victory Day in Europe, Consul General of the Reupublic of Serbia in Toronto, Vasilije Petkovic, laid a wreath at the Holocaust Memorial center in Toronto, which, was dedicated to all innocent victims, including those who had been exterminated in the concetration camp of Jasenovac in the Natzi papet state of ``Independent State of Croatia``, run by the Ustasha government, during the Second World War.

The Memorial Center was built by the ``Canadian Society for Yad Vashem``, who had been established in 1986 in order to preserve the memory of crimes committed against Jews in concentration camps during the Second World War. The aim of this memorial complex is to teach younger generations about the terrible period of history, as well as to remind the publicity that something like this shoudl never happen again. 

The Memorial Center was designed by the founders of the "Canadian Association Yad Vashem", who survived the Holocaust, David Smuskovic and Peter Silverman. Part of the Serbian community in Toronto also contributated to the construction of the Center.

The names of all concentration camps from the Second World War, including Jasenovac, are written at the foot of the obelisk. The name of this camp is also engraved in capital letters on on of the paths leading to the Obelisk on whose top is the eternal fire.

The eternal memorial flame was lit in 1991, and the memorial walls were set up in 2001. The historical story of the Canadian victims of the Holocaust is engraved in eight memorial walls. On one of them are written the names of the non-Jews who saved the lives of the Jews and besides their names, there are flags of their states or nationality. Among the other flags there is also Serbian, beside the name of the Jovanovic family.

Consul General Vasilije Petkovic laid wreath with a message: "Honoring the Innocent Victims, May 9th, 2019,  Consulate Genral of the Republic of Serbia, Toronto", under the inscription of the Jasenovac concentration camp.



 


Commemoration of the civilian victims of the NATO aggression in 1999, held in the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Toronto

On the occasion of the beginning of NATO Aggression on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) in 1999, a  Commemoration of the civilian victims was been held in the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Toronto,  with a reference to the Pogrom in Kosovo and Metohija in 2004.

During his presentation, Consul General Vasilije Petkovic said that NATO aggression on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia bigen 20 years ago on MArch 24th, 1999, following the failed negotiations on the resolution of the crisis in Kosovo and Metohija in Rambouillet and Paris in February and March 1999. After the negotiations, the FRY Assembly decided not to accept the article of the Agreement on the presence of foreign troops in its territory, after which, at that time, the NATO Secretary General, Javier Solana ordered on MArch 23rd 1999, the launch of air strikes, which was in fact a decleration of war.

The offered Rambouillet Agreement was practicaly an ultimatum, in a sense, as it was the ultimatum of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the Kingdom of Serbia, demanding the presence of foreign inspectors on Serbian territory. In both cases, a request for the presence of foreign investigative bodies and military forces in the territory of a sovereign state was unacceptable for our country.

On March 24, 1999, at 19.45 hours, air strikes on Serbia began and Yugoslavia declared the state of emergency that night. During the 11 weeks of bombing, about 2,500 civilians were killed, including 79 children, and 1,008 members of the Armed forces of FRY.

In addition, infrastructure, businesses, health facilities, media outlets and military facilities were severely damaged, which not only slowed down, but also reversed the Serbian economy on longer therm

NATO aggression was a terrible crime against the Serbian people, which continues even today trough its consequences. There were many examples of bombardment of civilian targets and refugees that couldn`t be definde as "collateral damage" because "it was obviously that these were non military targets".

Although NATO propaganda wanted to show military action as part of the humanitarian action in order to resolve crisis in Kosovo and Metohia, the most vulnerable civilians were the residents of our Serbian southern province of Albanian nationality, who fled to as a refugees to central Serbia. In such two attacks, out of 185 in total, 30 newborn babies were killed, which, beside Milica Rakic and other innocent children and civilians, was an unaccountable war crime in the modern era of Europe.

Last year, the Serbian Parliament formed a State Commission for investigating the NATO bombing in 1999, and it`s impact to the health of Serbia's citizens and the environment.


 


"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.


 


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.


 


By the order of the President of the Republic of Serbia , Mr. Zarko Brestovac, the President of Serbian Heritage Academy of Canada, receives Gold Medal of Merit for Public and Cultural Activities

 

 

The Presidnet of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Aleksandar Vucic decorates Mr. Zarko Brestovac, President of the Serbian Heritage Academy of Canada with the Gold Medal of Merit for Public and Cultural Activities.  Mr. Zarko Brestovac is very well known member of the Serbian society in Canada for his patriotism, humanity, philanthropy and as a donator.  


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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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.


Consular Fee Payment

Dear citizens of the Republic of Serbia, Dear Customers of the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Toronto,

Hereby we inform you that In order to improve services of the Consulate General, starting from November 15th, 2017, it will be possible to pay consular fees by debit card (not credit card), through installed POS terminal at the Consulate General's office.

Cash payments are acceptable no longer. In case the custemer do not have debit card, will be provided with writen instruction by the Consulate General how to pay trough the bank account. 

For persons living and working in distant parts of the jurisdictional area of the Consulate General (Manitoba and Saskatchewan), consular fees may be paid through Мoney Оrder or Certified Cheque, but only for consular services that do not require personal presence in the Consulate General.

With respect, at your service,

Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Toronto


ON DIASPORA AND SERBS OF THE REGION

The Republic of Serbia attaches particular importance to relations with the Diaspora and Serbs of the region, as best reflected in the Declaration of the Government of the Republic of Serbia proclaiming the relations between the home country and the Diaspora the relations of the greatest state and national interest (2006), the Law on the Diaspora and Serbs of the Region (2009) and in the Strategy of preserving and strengthening relations between the mother country and Diaspora and between the mother country and Serbs of the region (2011).

Through the network of its diplomatic and consular missions in foreign countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia is making every effort, by using all available capacities, material and human resources, as well as diplomatic instruments, to meet the needs of its nationals and people of Serbian descent in foreign countries and to help them foster their national identity, language, culture and customs. By rendering an effective and quality consular protection and services, organizing education and information in their mother tongue, assisting them in establishing and managing clubs and associations, and by ensuring them contacts with business and other organizations in the mother country, they are encouraging them to cooperate among themselves, to intensify contacts and relations with the mother country, and to work tirelessly for the promotion of their overall economic, scientific, cultural, information, sports and other ties with the mother country. Our wish is that the Serbian Diaspora worldwide and the Serbs of the region look upon the diplomatic and consular missions of the Republic of Serbia as “their home” that they should turn to for assistance and solution of their problems in a foreign country, to obtain information about the mother country and realize their educational, cultural and other individual and group interests. In addition, the diplomatic and consular missions of the Republic of Serbia are the addresses at which they may find partners for discuss on business cooperation with economic partners in the Republic of Serbia, either in respect of investment, joint ventures, trade, tourism or any other form of mutually beneficial economic cooperation.

Information available on the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the diplomatic and consular missions of the Republic of Serbia intended for the Diaspora and Serbs of the region should provide basic information, facilitate mutual contacts and serve as an encouragement for further cooperation.

 

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