Belgrade Dialogues to take place again – this time on returnees and potential migrants

Bogdan Urošević

12. September 2016

Belgrade Dialogues to take place again – this time on returnees and potential migrants

The Belgrade Dialogues initiative was set in motion on Feburary 10th 2015 with the aim to strenghten Serbia’s decision to continously pursue the EU membership, as well as to build futher capacites for deeper reforms in its way to the EU, predominantly through an open dialogue between decision-makers and experts from Germany and other EU countries on one, and Serbia on the other side.

The German-Serbian initiative for sustainable growth and employment was launched on May 28th 2015 between the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Serbia during the visit of the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Dr. Gerd Müller. On this same day, Prime Minister of Serbia, Mr. Aleksandar Vučić and Dr. Gerd Müller had the opportunity to discuss on the Second Belgrade Dialogues. The German-Serbian initiative for sustainable growth and employment both incorporates formerly launched and new projects within the scopes of the German-Serbian development cooperation, and includes the preparations and future measures which are to be taken by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), as well as the German Development Bank (KfW).

The Third Belgrade Dialogues is dedicated to the problems of readmission and sustainable reintegration of returnees in Serbia, which have been intensified by the current migration flow. This occasion aims to present the research results of the Study on Potential Migrants from Serbia and Returnees from Serbia implemented within the German-Serbian initiative for sustainable growth and employment.

Keynote addresses was provided by Mr. Aleksandar Vulin, Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs; H.E. Mr. Axel Dittmann, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of Serbia; andMr. Oscar Benedikt, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Serbia. We are still expecting confirmations from Mr. Goran Knežević, Minster of Economy and Mr. Marko Čadež, President of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce.

Two ensuing panel discussions consist of representatives of the business sector together with representatives of the state authorities in charge of social, economic and migration affairs. The panelists focused on the answers that the state can offer in the face of readmission and reintegration challenges, as well as possible solutions in form of employment and enhancing employability with the aim of sustainable reintegration of returnees.