Launch of Belgrade Dialogues

Jelena Volić Hellbusch

12. February 2015

Launch of Belgrade Dialogues

Forum Serbia Germany in cooperation with the Belgrade Fund Political Excellence launched “Belgrade Dialogues” with support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) implemented by the German Organization for International Cooperation (GIZ). This initiative aims to strengthen Serbia’s resolve to pursue the path to EU membership and to build capacities for in-depth reform processes that pave the way, though open quality dialogue among decision-makers and experts from Germany and other EU member states and their Serbian counterparts.

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The initiative was formally launched on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Belgrade City Hall. Serbian Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vučić and Gernot Erler, Member of the German Bundestag and special representative of the German federal government for OSCE Chairmanship in 2016, officially opened the first in line of “Belgrade Dialogues”. The ensuing panel discussions focused on three interconnected sets of issues – Serbia’s EU accession negotiations, its reform capacities, and the significance of reform processes for enhancing Serbian competitiveness.

The event gathered over a hundred representatives of Serbian government, the parliament, civil society organizations, business community, academia, diplomatic corps, international organizations, and the media. Our German guests were also Hans Eichel, former German Federal Minister of Finance, and Günter Verheugen, former EU Commissioner for Enlargement and later Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry who contributed to the exchange in the panel-discussions with Serbian ministers of foreign affairs, EU integration, economy, and state administration and local self governance, Deputy Head of EU Delegation, Secretary General of RCC, Deputy Director of SEIO, and representatives of Serbian business associations.