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MINISTER OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA MR. MLADEN ŠARČEVIĆ PAID A VISIT TO SWITZERLAND, 27 – 29.11.2017.

Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development Mladen Šarčević paid a visit to Switzerland, 27-29 November 2017. On that occasion, he attended a celebration on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the work of the Serbian language School, where he addressed the audience.
During his stay in Switzerland, Minister Mladen Šarčević met with Johann Schneider-Ammann, Minister of Economy, Education and Research, Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, Director-General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Manuel Sager and Ursula Renold, Head of Division for Comparative Education System Research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.
The main topic was cooperation in the field of dual education, since the establishment of a successful system of this type of education is of great importance to Serbia.

 

 

 

 

 


Famous Serbian movie director Emir Kusturica in Geneva, 31 October, 2017

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Bern organized two events with the famous movie director Emir Kusturica on the 31st of October 2017 in Geneva.
The first event was held at the Institute of International and Development Studies, where Emir Kusturica had a lecture „Multiculturalism today“, about the role of different cultures in the ongoing process of globalization.
Among visitors there were representatives of the diplomatic corps, international organizations, the City of Geneva, students and professors from the Institute for International and Development Studies, and members of Serbian diaspora in Switzerland.
The second event was held in the Maison des Arts de Grütli, where Emir Kusturica attended the screening of his film "Super 8 Stories" and talked with the audience about his films.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Exhibition of photos by Dinko Denovski, 23.6.2017.

     The Embassy of Serbia organized an exhibition of photographs about Belgrade, taken by Dinko Denovski.
     With the support of the City of Belgrade, Secretariat for Culture, photographs were created at unusual locations and feature the mystical world of underground passages, tunnels and bunkers.
      The guests were welcomed by H.E. Ambassador Snezana Jankovic, followed by the author Dinko Denovski and anthropologist Miodrag Simovic from the Center for Urban Development of the City of Belgrade.


 


Famous Serbian poet Ljubivoje Rsumovic visited Switzerland, 17-18.6.2017.

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia  organized a visit of one of the most famous Serbian children's poets Ljubivoje Rsumovic.
During his stay in Bern Ljubivoje Rsumovic met with Serbian children who live in Switzerland and with Serbian writers in this country.


 


The concert of contemporary music

The concert of contemporary music, organized by IGNM-Bern (Internationale Gesellschaft für Neue Musik), in a joint performance of the ensemble Studio 6 from Belgrade and ensemble Proton from Bern will be held on 15 June in Bern, Stadtsaal, Kornhausforum, Kornhausplatz 18 .

More information about the concert can be found HERE.


Serbische Wirtschaftsmesse in Dietikon, 2-4. June 2017.

Die Vereinigung Serbischer Unternehmer, in Zusammenarbeit mit der Handelskammer Serbiens und der Serbischen Botschaft in der Schweiz, lädt Sie herzlich ein zu Serbische Wirtschaftsmesse am 2. 3. und 4. Juni 2017, in der Stadthalle Dietikon, Fondlistrasse 15, 8953 Dietikon.


Einladung
Anmeldung Wirtschaftsforum 2017
Wirtschaftsforum Programm 2017
 


Serbian students visited Switzerland, 29.04.2017.

    

    

    The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Bern, in cooperation with the Serbian supplementary school, hosted Serbian high school students from Serbia, who traditionally come to visit school students in the Canton of Bern, Municipality Lyss.
    The guests were welcomed by H. E. Ambassador Snezana Jankovic, after which they performed a program presenting their schools and places they come from.
 


Literary evening of Miodrag Lukic

   

   

    The Embassy of the Republic Serbia in Bern, in cooperation with the bookstore "Stani" from Baden, held a literary evening of Miodrag Lukic, on 27.4.2017. Miodrag Lukic presented his new novel "The Flipside of Paradise". The event was attended by representatives of the Serbian diaspora.
    The guests were welcomed by H.E. Ambassador Snezana Jankovic, followed by reading the excerpts of the book by actress Gordana Randjelovic. Dimitrije Simić, student of High School of Arts in Bern, also participated in the program, by performing Serbian traditional and classical music on accordion.
 


Non working days

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Bern will be closed during holidays, from 01. 5. 2017. until 02.05.2017.


Non working days

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Bern will be closed during Easter holidays, from 14. 4. 2017. until 17.04.2017.


Public international two-phase open competition for the design of a conceptual solution for the Zoran Djindjic memorial at the Students square in Belgrade

     Belgrade City Administration, Secretariat for Culture, has announced a “Public international two-phase open competition for the design of a conceptual solution for the Zoran Djindjic memorial at the Students square in Belgrade“.
     Below is the text of the competition.
 


Concert of the musical duo "Teofilovići" at the Embassy, 03.13.2017.

Concert of the musical duo "Teofilovići", performers of ancient Serbian and Balkan music, was held at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Bern, 13.03.2017.
With this event, the celebration of centenary of the opening of Serbian Embassy in the Swiss Confederation was officially closed.
The concert was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation, members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of associations and organizations of Serbs in Switzerland.
 


48th International Meeting of Children of Europe "Joy of Europe", 02-05.10.2017.

48th International Meeting of Children of Europe "Joy of Europe" will be held in Belgrade, 02-05.10.2017. The event will be held under the slogan "Every child has wings," according to the lyrics of the song "Wings" famous Serbian poet Miroslav Mikа Antic.

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MINISTER OF CULTURE AND INFORMATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA MR. VLADAN VUKOSAVLJEVIC PAID A VISIT TO SWITZERLAND, 26 - 28.01.2017.

Minister of Culture and Information Mr. Vladan Vukosavljevic paid a visit to Switzerland, 26 – 28. 1. 2017. On that occasion, he attended the concert of Nemanja Radulovic in Geneva, 26.01.2017. Minister Vukosavljevic addressed the audience on the occasion of the centenary of the opening of Serbian Embassy in Switzerland.
The next day, Minister Vukosavljevic met with Swiss Minister responsible for culture Mr. Alain Berset. Ministers Vukosavljevic and Berset, at a meeting in Lausanne, agreed that Switzerland and Serbia have traditionally good bilateral relations and assessed the meeting as very important, given that there is considerable scope for further enhancement  of cooperation between the two countries in the field of culture.
On the same day, 27.1.2017., Minister Vukosavljević met in Bern with Mr. Yves Fischer, Deputy Director of the Federal Office for Culture.
Minister Vukosavljevic invited representatives of the Federal Office of Culture to visit Serbia and expressed readiness to strengthen cooperation between cultural institutions of the two countries, as well as for the exchange of experiences and ideas in all aspects of cultural cooperation.


 


PARTICIPATION OF THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA ALEKSANDAR VUCIC ON THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM IN DAVOS, 17 – 20.1.2016.

Prime Minister of Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic, at the invitation of the World Economic Forum, participated at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Forum, held in Davos, 17 - 01.20.2016.
Prime Minister Vucic, in addition to participation in the activities of the Forum, had a series of bilateral meetings with the highest foreign dignitaries, including a separate meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, President of the Swiss Confederation Doris Leuthard and other officials, as well as numerous meetings with representatives of the business sector.


 


The concert of Nemanja Radulovic in Geneva, 26.1.2017.

The concert of Nemanja Radulovic, a famous Serbian violinist and one of the most famous virtuosos of our time will be held in Geneva, in the concert hall "Batiment des Forces motries (BFM)", on January 26.
The embassy is co-organizer of the concert dedicated to the centenary of the establishment of full diplomatic relations between Serbia and Swiss Confederation.
Tickets for the concert can be obtained in a concert hall "Batiment des Forces motries (BFM)."  http://genevacamerata.com/en/


 


Exhibition of photos of Belgrade by Prince Michele of Yougoslavie, 13.12.2016.

 

The Embassy of Serbia organized an exhibition of photographs about Belgrade, taken by Prince Michele of Yougoslavie.
The exhibition was organized in the context of celebration of centenary of the opening of Serbian Embassy in the Swiss Confederation.
The event was attended by Swiss officials, members of Parliament, representatives of the federal institutions, members of the diplomatic corps and the Serbian diaspora in Switzerland.
 


PRIME MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA MR. ALEKSANDAR VUČIĆ VISITED SWISS CONFEDERATION, 08.12.2016.

Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Mr. A.Vučić paid a visit to the Swiss Confederation  from 08. to 09. December 2016. On that occasion, PM Vučić participated in the conference "World Minds" in Zurich, a gathering of world leaders in science, art and economics, who exchanged experiences in the field of advanced technology, economy, social relations, science and culture.
Prime Minister A.Vučić opened the meeting, together with the President of the Swiss Confederation Johann Schneider-Ammann. As part of his presentation at the conference "World Minds", PM Vučić talked about the concrete results achieved by the Government of the Republic of Serbia in the field of implementation of economic reforms, the process of Serbia's European integration, education reform and the importance of cooperation between Serbia and Switzerland in the field of dual education.
PM Vučić also had a separate meeting with President Johann Schneider-Ammann, devoted to bilateral relations between Serbia and Switzerland.
 


THE MAYOR OF BELGRADE MR. SINIŠA MALI PAID AN OFFICIAL VISIT TO BERN, 02.12.2016.

The Mayor of Belgrade Mr. Siniša Mali, at the invitation of the Mayor of Bern Mr. Alexander Tschäppät, paid an official visit to Bern from 01. to 03. December 2016. The two mayors discussed the possibilities of practical cooperation between two capitals, primarily in the fields of energy, environmental protection, urban planning and culture.
On this occasion, and in celebration of the centenary of the opening of Serbian Embassy in the Swiss Confederation, the Embassy organized a concert of string quartet "Rocher" from Belgrade.
 


INVITATION TO TENDER FOR THE PROVISION OF REAL ESTATE SALES SERVICES

INVITATION TO TENDER FOR THE PROVISION OF REAL ESTATE SALES SERVICES – THE SALE OF DIPLOMATIC REAL ESTATE IN NEW YORK (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA), TOKYO (JAPAN), BONN (GERMANY), AND BERNE (SWITZERLAND) 


Holiday - Armistice Day

Embassy of the Republic of Serbia will not work on 11 November 2016.


Celebration of 100th anniversary since the opening of the first Embassy of Serbia in the Swiss Confederation

     On September 27, 2016, in the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Bern it was held a reception to mark 100 years since the opening of the first Embassy of Serbia in the Swiss Confederation. The reception was organized in honor of the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Maja Gojkovic, who was on an official visit to Switzerland, as well as the President of the National Council of the Federal Assembly of the Swiss Confederation Christa Markwalder. The event was attended by a great number of representatives of Swiss institutions, diplomatic corps and Serbian diaspora in Switzerland.  
     At the beginning of the event, the Ambassador Dr. Snezana Jankovic greeted the guests, wishing them a warm welcome. She expressed her satisfaction with the fact that we are celebrating such an important anniversary as the first centenary of the opening of the Embassy of Serbia in Switzerland, emphasizing the traditional ties and good relations between our two countries.
     Тhe Assistant to the Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation Nicolas Brühl said that the bilateral relations between two countries are at the highest level and without open issues. The President of the National Council of the Federal Assembly of Switzerland Christa Markwalder emphasized the importance of parliamentary cooperation for the improvement of overall bilateral cooperation, which she opined was very good, and added that during her visit to Serbia she had the opportunity to learn firsthand of the leadership’s commitment to reform.
     The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Maja Gojkovic said that the anniversary is both a pledge and a duty for the future to continue to develop the friendly bilateral relations firmly grounded in a rich tradition and honest and proven friendship. She said that Serbia and Switzerland’s chairmanship of the OSCE had significantly contributed to the two countries’ relations, as has their intensified political dialogue at the highest level. “This testifies to the importance Serbia gives to Switzerland which our country recognizes as the model of success and good governance, as well as its wish to place cooperation with Switzerland high among its foreign policy priorities”, said Gojkovic. The National Assembly Speaker said that the presence of more than two hundred Swiss companies in Serbia and last year’s visit of the then Vice-President and now President of the Swiss Confederation Johann Schneider-Ammann to Serbia indicates that for Switzerland Serbia too is an important partner with which it wants to have more productive cooperation. Gojkovic also said that there is ample potential to further strengthen overall bilateral as well as parliamentary relations with Switzerland.   

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Literary evening with writer Snezana Petrovic

     On 16. September 2016, a literary evening with Serbian writer Snezana Petrovic took place in the premises of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Bern. The event was attended by an important number of representatives of the Serbian diaspora in Switzerland. 
     Consul Dr. Aleksandar Djurdjic greeted the guests, pointing out the importance of cultural manifestations for the preservation of Serbian traditions, culture and identity. Besides the author, in the program also participated writers Violeta Aleksic and Milena Maric Zan, flutist Ana Marija Banovic, clarinetist Stojan Krkuleski, as well as the reciter and a vocal soloist from Kragujevac Predrag Obradovic.  
     After the promotion, it was organized a music program and the signature of the book by its author.
 


Official ceremony of handover and unveiling of the bust of Dr. Archibald Reiss


     On May 27th, 2016 the official ceremony of handover and unveiling of the bust of Dr. Archibald Reiss was held at the University of Lausanne. The bust was a gift to the Institute for Forensic Sciences of Lausanne by the Serbian-Swiss Friendship Association “Dr. Archibald Reiss”. Rector of the University of Lausanne, Mr. Dominique Arlettaz, Chancellor of Canton Vaud, Mr. Vincent Grandjean, Secretary General of the University of Lausanne, Mr. Marc de Perrot, Director of the Institute of Forensic Sciences, Prof. Olivier Ribaux, as well as the Associate Professor of International Public Law of the Academy of Criminal and Police Study of Belgrade, Mrs. Tijana Surlan, The president of the Serbian Cultural Federation of Switzerland and of the Serbian-Swiss Friendship Association “Dr. Archibald Reiss”, Zvonko Jovanovic, President of the Association “Mileva Maric Einstein”, Jelena Mitrovic and others took part at the ceremony. On behalf of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Switzerland H.E. Ambassador Dr. Snezana Jankovic, Counselor Mr. Ivo Vojvodic and Consul Dr. Aleksandar Djurdjic participated in the event.
 


Presentation of the project „Belgrade Waterfront“ in Zurich – 28.05.2016

     On May 28, 2016 in the Hotel „Sheraton Zürich“ the company „Eagle Hills“ from the United Arab Emirates presented the project “Belgrade Waterfront”.
     The Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia, Dr. Snezana Jankovic, the General Consul, Mr. Zoran Jeremic, and the Consul, Mr. Aleksandar Djurdjic, took part at the event as the representatives of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Bern and of the General Consulate of the Republic of Serbia in Zurich.
     The presentation had a commercial character and the hosts took the opportunity to promote the developing potentials and the business environment of the city of Belgrade and of the Republic Serbia.
 


Volleyball tournament Montreaux Volley Masters“, 31.05 - 05.06.2016

     The Women Volleyball representation of the Republic of Serbia participated this year to the traditional Volleyball tournament „Montreaux Volley Masters“ that took place from May 31 to June 6, in the city of Montreaux, Switzerland. On Tuesday, May 31, 2016, our representation played and won an excellent first match against the Swiss representation. The participation at the tournament represents the first preparation of our national team for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, for which our women representation had already qualified.
     Upon invitation of the Serbian Volleyball Federation, Consul Dr. Aleksandar Djurdjic, from the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Bern, attended the first match and greeted the Serbian players for their victory and wished them success for the following matches of the tournament, as well as for the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.  The delegation Chief of the Serbian Volleyball Federation, Mr. Ivana Knezevic, was grateful for the visit and gave a flag with the coach and the players’ signature as a gift. 
 


Concert at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Bern

     On May 26th, 2016 a concert of the artistic duo (piano and violin) „Katarina and Ljubica“ from Belgrade was held in honor of the 140th anniversary of Mileva Maric Einstein’s birthday and the 100th anniversary of the opening of the first Serbian diplomatic representation in Switzerland. The concert was organized in collaboration with the women association „Mileva Maric Einstein“ and the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Bern. At the concert participated the representants of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, the diplomatic corp and the Serbian diaspora in Switzerland.
     The artists performed their composition dedicated to Mileva Maric Einstein, as well as the work of Robert Schumann „Schlummerlied“ which was particularly appreciated.
 


Day of Slavic writing and culture

     On May 29, 2016 the manifestation “Day of Slavic Writing and Culture” was held in the church of Holy Mother Assumption in the municipality of the Orthodox Serbian Church in Zurich. The ceremony was held for the first time in collaboration with the Serbian, Russian and Bulgarian Orthodox Churches in Zurich.
     At the beginning of the event, the Ambassador S. Jankovic greeted the participants pointing out the mutual origin of the writing and languages of the Slavic nations, as well as the importance of the event for the preservation of our traditions, culture and identity.
    At the ceremony participated the representatives of the Embassies of Russia, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Belarus as well.
    In the cultural artistic program after the official ceremony the artists from Serbia, as well as Russian and Bulgarian artistic association from Switzerland took part.
 


Visit of scholars and teachers from Belgrade and Vukovar

     From 19 to 13 May 2016 the Women Association “Mileva Marić Einstein”, has organized a visit to Switzerland for the scholars and teachers of the mathematical High School, School for Chemistry, Primary school “Jovan Sterija Popovic” of Belgrade and Primary School Negoslavci of Vukovar.
     The first day of the visit the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Bern has received the members of the delegation. The program of the cultural travel to Switzerland consisted also in the visit of Mileva Maric Einstein’s home, educational and creative workshop “Important women of Swiss and Serbian science, arts, culture and charity of the first half the 20th century”, the Serbian Orthodox Church in Belp, as well as Vreneli Museum near Bern.
     The visit of the delegation from Belgrade and Vukovar was organized as a part of the 140th anniversary of Mileva Maric Einstein’s birthday, as well as the 100th anniversary of the opening of the first diplomatic Serbian representation in Switzerland.
 


Nikola Pešić’s piano concert at Krompholz, Berne, 10.05.2016

     On May 10th 2016 a piano concert of the Serbian artist, Nikola Pešić, was held in the Music House Krompholz, in Berne, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Switzerland.   
     Nikola Pešić is a graduated student of the University of the Arts in Niš (Music Department – Piano) and is currently a postgraduate at the Berne University of the Arts. He has received several preizes, in Serbia and abroad as well. He has collaborated with numerous artists from Serbia, Switzerland, Scotland, Russia and Poland.
     In front of around 30 attendees, among which were members of the diplomatic corps, of the Serbian diaspora and of educational - cultural circles of Switzerland, he performed the works of compositors Leoš Janáček from Czech Republic,  Karol Szymanowski from Poland and György Kurtág from Hungary. 
 


Visit of the Ambassador, Dr. Jankovic, to Canton Aarau, 22.02.2016

     The Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in Switzerland, Dr. Snezana Jankovic, paid a courtesy visit to Canton Aargau on February 22, 2016 during which, she had a meeting with Mrs. Susanne Hochuli, Landammann of the Cantonal Government Council  in 2016 and Chief of the Cantonal department of health and social affairs. During the visit, it has been discussed about the possibility of collaboration between Serbia and Canton Aargau.


Celebration of the National Day of the Republic of Serbia in Switzerland

     On 19 February 2016, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Bern and the General Consulate of the Republic of Serbia in Zurich have organized a reception for representatives of the Serbian Diaspora in Switzerland in order to celebrate the National Day of the Republic of Serbia. Besides the Ambassador Dr. Snezana Jankovic, the General Consul, Mr. Zoran Jeremic, and the employees of the Embassy, also the Austrian-Swiss bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Mr. Andrej Cilerdzic, as well as great number of representatives of Serbian associations and organizations in Switzerland have attended the event. 


The Mayor of the City of Berne, Mr. Alexander Tschappat, on visit to the City of Belgrade

     The Mayor of the City of Berne, Mr. Alexander Tschappat, has paid an official visit to the City of Belgrade from 11-14 February 2016 upon invitation of its Mayor Mr. Sinisa Mali.On this occasion the two Mayors have discussed on possible collaboration between the two capitals on different fields in order to improve the city life’s development.During the visit, the two Mayors have signed the Agreement on collaboration and friendship between the City of Belgrade and the City of Bern.
     The Mayor of the City of Bern, Mr. Alexander Tchappat, has been also received by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Aleksandar Vucic.


INFORMATION

Während der serbischen Nationalfeiertag bleibt die Botschaft am 15. und 16. Februar 2016 geschlossen.

L’Ambassade sera fermée le 15 et 16 février 2016, à l’occasion de la Fête nationale serbe.

 


Promotion of the new book “Dan kad se BRE vratilo kuci” written by Violeta Aleksic

     On 29 January 2016 in the hall of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia it was held the promotion of the new book “Dan kad se BRE vratilo kuci” written by Violeta Aleksic. The event was attended by an important number of the Serbian Diaspora in Switzerland.
     The Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia, Dr. Snezana Jankovic, greeted the public and expressed the hope that the new book will receive the same deserving attention as the previous works. Besides the author, also the head of the bookshop “Stani”, Koviljka Stanulov Ninkovic, and the writers Miodrag Lukic and Snezana Petrovic spoke about the new book.
     After the promotion, it was organized a music program and the signature of the book by its author.
 


Attendance of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic on the World Economic Forum in Davos from 20-22 January 2016

     The Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic attended the annual World Economic Forum in Davos from 20-22 January 2016, invited by his organizer and president Klaus Schwab.
     The PM Aleksandar Vucic had an important role first of all as a speaker of one of the most visited panel “From migration to integration” during which together with German Vice Chancellor Sigmund Gabriel, the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, the Director of the American company “Chobani” Hamdi Ulukaya, he spoke about the Serbian relation towards the refugees, the challenges with which Serbia is confronted and the need of an unique European resolution as an answer. The other speakers have congratulated to the PM A. Vucic for the Serbian relations towards the refugees and for the real exposure of the problem.
     During the Forum, the PM A.Vucic had several bilateral meetings with the representatives of foreign countries, as well with the representatives of foreign companies and of economical sectors. He also gave interviews to Reuters, Bloomberg and the Swiss newspaper Blick
 


Bilateral political consultations between the Ministry of foreign affairs of the Republic of Serbia and the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation on December, 18th 2015

Bilateral political consultations between the Ministry of foreign affairs of the Republic of Serbia and the Federal Department of the Swiss Confederation have been held on December, 18th 2015.  The two delegations were headed by State Secretary of the Ministry of foreign affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Ambassador Roksanda Nincic, and the State Secretary of the Swiss Federal Department for Foreign Affairs, Yves Rossier.
     Both parts have analyzed the wide spectre of political questions, among which the bilateral relations between Serbia and Switzerland, regional themes about the Western Balkans, with special concern on relations between Serbia and its neighboring countries. During the political consultations it has been discussed also about Europe with an important focus on the refugee crisis and its resolution.
     During the meeting, they have been emphasized the good relations between Switzerland and Serbia, as well as the high and dynamic level of political dialogue during the OSCE chairmanship of both countries during 2014-2015. They have also been discussed the economic relations between Serbia and Switzerland, proving that there are good conditions of improvement.
     Both sides have agreed that the next consultations will be held in 2016 in Belgrade.
 


7th session of the Joint committee for an economic collaboration between Serbia and Switzerland, 16 June 2015, Zurich

On 16 June 2015 in Zurich it was held the 7th session of the Joint committee for an economic collaboration between Serbia and Switzerland. The Session was held in a positive environment, where the two sides expressed their appreciation about the traditional good relations between Serbia and Switzerland, with more than 180 Swiss companies that are investing in Serbia. Both sides confirmed that the business environment in Serbia is promising and the process of the European integration adds security in business. The Swiss side stated that the basic references give Serbia an important advantage as the choice for economic investments, such as strategic position in the region as well as experienced and skilled labor force.


Business Forum „Serbia on the road to a modern economy“, 16 June 2015 Zürich

On 16 June 2015 in Zürich with the organization of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Bern and the Chamber of Commerce Switzerland – Central Europe it was held the business Forum “Serbia on the road to a modern economy“, attended by the Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and the Minister of Finance Dusan Vujovic. During the event, PM A.Vucic discussed the structure of reforms and the positive changes in the business sector in Serbia, meanwhile the Minister Vujovic informed about the macroeconomic stability and measures that Serbia intent to apply in order to consolidate and recover the economy. PM A. Vucic also invited Swiss companies to invest in Serbia. On the other hand, the Swiss-Serbian chamber of commerce based in Belgrade, which celebrated 1 year from its establishment, presented its work, results, plans, and stated that a growing number of companies have the desire to collaborate with Serbian partners and to become member of the chamber.


New Year’s concert in the Embassy of the Duo ''Seraroma''

     On December 15th, 2015, in the Embassy was held the New Year’s concert performed by the Duo „Seraroma“, with Rade Mijatovic on the аccordion and Daniel Emanuel Andreiscu on the clarinet. The Duo was formed in Bern with the idea of spreading the music of the countries they are originally from (Serbia and Romania). They performed in almost every auditorium in the Canton of Bern with notable concerts also in Zurich, Basel, Lucerne and in other cities in Switzerland.
     Duo ''Seraroma'' played music from Serbia, Balkans and Eastern Europe in front of 60 attendees from the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, diplomatic corps  and the Serbian diaspora.
     At the beginning of the concert the Ambassador Dr. S. Jankovic thanked the participants for their support and cooperation during this year and wished them happiness and success in 2016, with the hope to continue the fruitful cooperation in the future.
 


Visit то Canton of Schaffhausen

Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in Switzerland, Dr Snezana Jankovic, paid a visit оn November 02, 2015, to the Canton of Schaffhausen. On that occasion, Ambassador S.Jankovic had a meeting with the President of  the Cantonal Government and the State Councillor of the Department for Economic Affairs of Schaffhausen, Mr. Ernst Landolt. With Mr. E.Landolt it has been discussed аbout the possibilities of establishing the economic cooperation between the Republic of Serbia and Canton of  Schaffhusen. During the meeting it has been agreed to establish a concrete mechanism as an aim to connect the economic subjects of the two sides.


Foundation of the Serbian-Swiss friendship association “Dr. Archibald Reiss” and the uncover of Dr. Archibald Reiss’ bust in the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Bern

     On the September 25th, 2015 during the manifestation “Serbian cultural days in Switzerland”  in the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, it has been unveiled the bust of Dr. A. Reiss, which was created by the academic sculptor Ljubisa Mancic and conserved by the Serbian-Swiss friendship association “Dr. Archibald Reiss”.
     Zvonko Jovanovic, creator and coordinator of the project “Serbian cultural days in Switzerland”, has been elected as the first president of the Serbian-Swiss friendship association “Dr. Archibald Reiss”, Philippe Piccapietra as the honorary president, Grand Chancellor of the Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, and Olivier Ribaux, director of the faculty of forensic science of Lausanne as the honorary vice-president. At the end of the ceremony, the coordinator Zvonko Jovanovic has unveiled Archibald Reiss’ bust, which has been given in custody of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia until it will be set at the University of Lausanne.
     Ambassador dr. Ljiljana Niksic, chief of the department for migration policy and Diaspora at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, has attended the event and has lectured about the theme “cultural memories of the Great war and the humanitarian missions from abroad” with special focus on the work and the contribution of Dr. Archibald Reiss in spreading the truth about the Serbian victims during WWI.
 


Information über die Sammlung der Humanitäre Hilfe für die Flüchtlinge in der Republik Serbien

     Wegen der stiegenden Anzahl der Flüchtlinge hat die Serbische Regierung der Arbeitsgruppe für die Lösung des Problems „Gemischte Migrationsflüsse“, die für die Reinigung, die Analisyse der Fragen der Flüchtlingen in unserem Land zuständig ist, Anweisungen gegeben.
Der Minister für die Arbeit, die Beschäftigung, die Aufenhalt und die Gesellschaftliche Fragen führt den Vorsitz über die Arbeitsgruppe .
     Gleichzeitig ist die Regierung der Republik Serbien gerade dabei, eine Prozedur für die Eröffnung spezieller Konto für Spenden und Humanitäre Hilfe (in verschieden Währungen, inkl. Dinare) einzführen.
Alle notwendige Informationen über die Zusendung der Humanitäre Hilfe befinden sich auf der Web Seite des Zollamtes der Republik Serbien: www.upravacarina.rs .
Bzw. Humanitäre Hilfe, gesetzliche Vorschriften und weitere Frage über die Zusendung der Humanitarische Hilfe aus dem Ausland in die Republik Serbien.

     Für weitere Informationen über die Abfertigung der Humanitäre Hilfe,  die notwendige Dokumentation, sowie die benötigte Ware, können Sie direkt Kontakt mit der Serbischen „Rotes Kreuz „ aufnehmen: indep@redcross.org.rs .


Тwo of the ''Stadler Rail'' trains departed to Serbia

     Тhe Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to Switzerland, dr Snezana Jankovic, together with General Consul of the Republic of Serbia in Zurich, Mr. Zoran Jeremic, Serbian Railways delegation, led by Executive Director Mr. Nenad Kecman, as well as the delegation of the Swiss company Stadler Rail, оn 6 August 2015, attended the ceremony of dispatch of the two electromagnetic passenger trains, to the Republic of Serbia. It is the contingent of the last two trains, out of 21, who are successively shipped to Serbia, based on the contract, which the two companies signed in 2013 and whose delivery started in the fall of 2014.
     During the ceremony, the two sides expressed satisfaction with the cooperation, noting that it significantly contributed to the modernization of the rail transport in Serbia, as well as to its infrastructure. Also an expectation has been expressed that the cooperation will continue in the future.
 


Concert of piano duo Meles

     The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, in cooperation and with support of the Secretariat for culture of City of Belgrade, organized concert of piano duo - Mr. Ivan Meles and Mrs. Margita Drakulovic-Meles. The concert took place on April, 29 2015, in the baroque-style Villa Metllen in Muri bei Bern and it is one of the events that are going to mark this year's Serbian Chairmanship of OSCE.


Courtesy visit to Mayor of Bern

     Ambassador dr Snezana Jankovic payed a courtesy visit to Mr. Alexander Tschäppätt, Mayor of Bern since 2005. Two interlocutors focused on the perspectives of reinforcing mutual cooperation between two capitals (Belgrade and Bern), especially in the transfer of know-how of managing a complex communal system.


Awarding of the Candelmas decoration of the second degree to professor dr Afksendyios Kalangos

     In the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, on April 17th, 2015, Ambassador dr Snezana Jankovic, on behalf of the President of the Republic of Serbia, has awarded professor dr Afksendyios Kalangos, Head of Cardio-surgery Department at the University Clinic of Geneva, with the Candelmas (Sretenje) decoration of second degree, for his merits in the extraordinary humanitarian work in the Republic of Serbia.
     In honour of professor Kalangos, young Serbian cellist Pavle Savic performed a short concert after Ambassador Jankovic and professor Kalangos gave addressed the audience.
     Representatives of the diplomatic corps, Serbian and Greek diaspora, as well as  professor's colleagues were among the invitees.


 


EXCHANGE BETWEEN PUPILS FROM SERBIA AND NEGOSLAVCI IN CROATIA WITH THE SWISS SCHOOL, March 21, 2015

    

     On March 21, 2015, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Bern organized a small reception for the students coming from schools in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Sremski Karlovic in Serbia and Negoslavci from Croatia, and for their hosts from the school in Lyss in Cantone Bern. The exchange has been realized at the iniative of the Serbian language school in Switzerland and prof. Jelena Mitrovic and her collegues. The students from Lyss will travel to a return visit to Serbia in May. 


Concert of clarinettist Milos Mijatovic

     The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Bern organized a concert on 17 March 2015, with Milos Mijatovic, Professor of clarinet at the Faculty of Arts in Nis, and Stephan Siegenthaler, Professor of clarinet at the University of Bern sharing the bill. The concert was held in honour of Professor Siegenthaler who donated six clarinets from his private collection to the students of the University of Nis.


Meeting with representatives of the Diaspora, March 12, 2015

     The Embassy of Serbia in Bern organized on March 12, 2015 in its premises a gathering of the representatives of Serbian societies in Switzerland. The Embassy initiated the meeting, with the aim to organize it every year as an occasion to hear about the problems of Serbian diaspora, as well as about its plans and ideas for further enhancement of its cooperation with their homeland.  


BLUE PORTRAIT OF NIKOLA TESLA EXHIBITED IN THE EMBASSY OF SERBIA IN BERN, February 21, 2015

     In the premises of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Bern, on February 2015, the copy of the famous Blue Portait of Nikola Tesla, world renowned scientist of Serbian origin, has been exhibited. In the cooperation with the Tesla Society Schweitz, the portrait was displayed at the Embassy. Representatives of the Embassy, The Society and the Museum Nordsee in Germany, where the portrait was discovered, explained about Tesla's achievements and about the famous painting.   


PARTICIPATION OF THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA MR. ALEKSANDAR VUCIC AT THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM IN DAVOS, 21ST AND 22ND JANUARY, 2015

     Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic participated, upon the invitation of the organizers, at the 45th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, held in Davos, on January 21st and 22nd 2015.
     On this occasion, Prime Minister Vucic has had numerous meetings with foreign dignitaries, among them with the Prime Minister of the People's Republic of China Mr. Li Keqiang, Prime Minister of Turkey Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu, Vice President and Minister of Economy, Education and Research of Swiss Confederation Mr. Johann Schneider Ammann, Vice President of the European Commission Mr. Frans Timmermans, Secretary General of the OSCE Mr. Lamberto Zannier and many others. Prime Minister Vucic has also had numerous discussions with the representatives of the renown companies like Google, Sberbank and others
 


Visit of the Counselor of the President Dr. Jasmina Mitrovic Maric, as the envoy of the President of the Republic of Serbia H.E. Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, on marking 100 years since the start of the First World War

      On November 30, 2014, in Bern was marked the one hundred years of the outbreak of the First World War. The event was held under the title "One hundred years after", and organized by the teaching staff of the Serbian complementary school in Switzerland. The patron of the event was the President of the Republic of Serbia H.E. Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, and support of the organization was provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Bern. In her capacity as special envoy of the President of the Republic of Serbia, in Bern on this occasion arrived Counselor of the President, Dr. Jasmina Mitrovic Maric.
      In honor of Dr. J. Mitrović Maric, the Embassy organized cocktail party which was attended by the organizers of the event with their guests, as well as some representatives of the Serbian diaspora in Switzerland.
      The main event took place in elementary school "Schwabgut" in Bern. Dr. Mitrovic Maric gave an inspired speech, which left a remarkable impression on all present guests. The school hall was packed, recitals, songs and music performed by children from several cities in Switzerland, Belgrade, Vukovar and Hamburg, evoked memories of the heavy losses and agony that Serbia suffered during the Great War.
 


DR. SNEZANA JANKOVIC PRESENTED THE LETTERS OF CREDENCE TO THE PRESIDENT OF SWISS CONFEDERATION

On November 11, 2014, Dr. Snezana Jankovic presented to H. E. Mr. Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation, the Letters of Credence, by which H. E. Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, President of the Republic of Serbia, appoints her Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Swiss Confederation.
In the conversation following the presentation of the Letters of Credence, they both expressed satisfaction over the progress made in the development of the bilateral relations between Serbia and Switzerland, and discussed ways for their further improvement in all spheres of mutual interest.
 


Travel to Serbia - Visas

At its meeting of 30 October 2014, the Government of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Decision on visa free entry to the Republic of Serbia for holders of foreign passports having a valid Schengen, UK and other Member States' visa, or visa of the United States of America, and for holders of foreign passports having residence permit in the countries of the Schengen area, EU or the United States of America, which was published in the "Official Gazette of RS", No. 119 of 31 October 2014 and which will enter into force on 8 November 2014.

By this decision, the above-mentioned categories of foreign nationals may, without prior visa application, enter, transit or stay in the Republic of Serbia up to 90 days during a six-month period, but not exceeding the expiring date of the said visas or residence permits.

Foreign nationals, holders of a residence permit in the form of a separate card (not a sticker affixed to their passport), must present their valid passport, upon entering the territory of the Republic of Serbia.


20th anniversary of Folklore Ensemble "Karadjordje" celebrated

Folklore Ensemble "Karadjordje" celebrated its 20th anniversary on November 1, 2014 in the Theatre National Bern by organizing a concert under the title "We leave traces". Numerous dances and songs from various parts of Serbia were presented, while Folklore Ensemble "Karadzic" from Schoenenwerd and "Era" from Uzice also took part in concert as guests.


Dr. Snezana Jankovic, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in the Swiss Confederation, and dr Aleksandar Djurdjic, Consul, also attended the concert. In her address to the audience, Ambassador Jankovic stressed the importance of the activities of Folklore Ensemble "Karadjordje" for preserving Serbian national identity, tradition and culture. She expressed her gratitude to the members of this Folklore Ensemble for their effort, enthusiasm and love for their country, demonstrated by nurturing Serbian cultural heritage out of the borders of their home country.

 


Cooperation between Junior Chambers International in Serbia and Switzerland

On October 12, 2014 the Twinning Charter between the Junior Chambers International of Serbia and Switzerland, as well as between Junior Chambers International of Belgrade and Bern have been signed in Fribourg.

The Twinning Charters were signed by the National Presidents of Serbia JCI Mr. Nikola Cvetkovic and Switzerland JCI Mr. Sebastian Begert, as well as by Local Presidents of Belgrade JCI Mr. Misa Lazovic and Bern JCI Mr. Gerhard Wittwer.

Ambassador of Serbia in Switzerland Dr. Snezana Jankovic participated in this event, organized on the occasion of the National Convention of JCI Switzerland.


Delegation of Serbian MPs visits Switzerland, 14-19. September 2014

Bern, 14-19. September 2014 - In the frame of the UNDP - Belgrade's project "Oversight function and transparency of the Parliament", in cooperation with Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), delegation of Serbian MPs and Serbian State Auditor met their counterparts in the Swiss parliament and the high officials from the federal and cantonal administration, including SDC, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swiss Federal Audit Office and Office of the Attorney General. This study visit was aimed at gaining an insight into Swiss best practices in the field of communicatiion with citizens and financial oversight.

The delegation met Dr Snezana Jankovic, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia, and the representatives of Serbian diaspora in Switzerland at the reception in the Embassy in Bern on September 18, 2014.


Political consultations between Serbia and Switzerland, 22 Oktober 2013, Belgrade

The political consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland were held in Belgrade. Тhe views were exchanged on current bilateral issues, progress of the Republic of Serbia in the European integration processes, joint consecutive Chairmanship-in-Office of the OSCE, regional cooperation and on other international issues. The delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia was headed by Mrs. Vera Mavric, State Secretary, and the delegation of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland was headed by Mr. Yves Rossier, State Secretary.


President of the Republic of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic awarded Mr. Franz Weber with the Silver Medal for Merits

President of the Republic of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic has recently awarded Mr. Franz Weber, Swiss ecologist, novelist and journalist, for his contribution to the public and cultural sphere.

Mr. Weber has received his Silver Medal for Merits from S.E. Milan St. Protic, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to Swiss Confederation, at the cermony held in the Embassy in Bern on Monday, July 29, in the presence of his collaborators, guests from the Swiss Foreign Ministry and distinguished guests form Serbian Diaspora.

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