On June 18th, taking into account the assessments made by the Commission, in line with the principles that guide the European enlargement and integration policy, the Council of the European Union has decided to temporarily freeze the dossiers of Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Northern Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo.

Albania and Macedonia, which together with Serbia, Turkey and Montenegro hold the status of candidate countries, see the opening of the 35 thematic chapters forming the acquis communautaire postponed once again. The decision, the Council states, has been taken considering the relevance of the issue which has to be discussed properly when the new Commission will be formed, in October.

To Montenegro, which is about to close the last three chapters, the Council recommends taking a pro-active attitude that allows the effective implementation of the rule of law and rapid application of reforms. The same point was raised with regard to Serbia which, with 18 chapters at stake, must nevertheless ensure that freedom of the press and expression is guaranteed. At the same time, the Serbian authorities must facilitate the debate between political forces, without neglecting the delicate issue related to war crimes and the public debate related to them.

Turkey, a partner of fundamental importance for the Union, was invited to avoid political drifts that go to the detriment of the fundamental rights of its citizens.

Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo, which hold the status of potential candidate countries, need to be analyzed separately. Bosnia, after almost ten months of internal negotiations, should exit the political stalemate and form a new government as soon as possible, in order to be able to continue the good that has already begun. Kosovo, on the other hand, has been notified about the senselessness of the increase in customs tariffs operated in recent months in open violation of the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) and the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA). Pristina should give priority to identifying effective means of combating radicalization and terrorism, as well as strengthening the electoral process.

Croatia will be the host country for the 8th summit of 16 + 1 Initiative (CEEC) in April 2019. The initiative unites Eastern and Central Europe countries with China on the platform of a vast cooperation. The initiative was first announced in 2012 in Warsaw and was followed by annual summits in different Central European cities (mostly) and Suzhou in China. In 2017 event took place in Budapest, whereas in 2018 in Sofia. Every year “16 + 1” gathers not only prime ministers but also plenty of companies from all participant countries - last year it was more than 250 Chinese and 700 European business representatives.

This year the summit will be held in the city of Dubrovnik and it will last three days between 10th and 12th of April with the Economic Forum on the last day. Main themes of the summit are trade policies development, transport facilitation (visa simplification or new direct flights) and wider “One Belt, One Road” project ("The Silk Road Economic Belt"), while the last day with the Economic Forum is an opportunity to familiarize with the large spectrum of Chinese or Central and Eastern European countries investments in infrastructure, innovation, production, commerce, tourism and culture. After principal presentations there will be B2B sessions and meetings.

Croatian’s diplomacy since years is working on improving relations with China - e.g. a Chinese company won the tender for the construction of Pelješac bridge (which will unite lower part of Croatia and Dubrovnik with the rest of the country) and it is working on it for some months; Chinese interests are also visible in Croatian rail transport and ports (e.g. Rijeka and Zadar). Moreover, Croatian Chamber of Economy and Croatian Tourism Board have opened their offices in Shanghai. Dubrovnik was also the host city for the “16 + 1 Tourism Summit” in September 2018 attended by all tourism ministers.


Companies and other entities interested in participation in Economic Forum on 12th of April need to make a registration on the official Forum website of the Croatian Chamber of Economy (Hrvatska Gospodarska Komora- HGK, link below), which also allows for all of participants getting an access to wide information base to the newest informations about the Summit and all organizational aspect of the event (e.g. facilities in Dubrovnik and nearby areas). Deadline for a registration is the 1st of April.

Serbia and Italy in 2019 are celebrating their 140 years of diplomatic relations and 10 years of the strategic partnership between Belgrade and Rome. Whole year is filled with different initiatives, cultural events and promotion of economical collaboration. Main host is the Embassy of Italy in Belgrade, but help will be provided by numerous other entities such as National Theatre and National Museum of Serbia in Belgrade or Agenzia ICE (Italian Trade & Investment Agency).

Italo-Serbian economic cooperation is today very strong and visible. Ambassador Carlo Locascio has stressed that Italian companies are investing much in Serbian market and that the trade exchange between Serbia and Italy for the first time has exceeded the amount of 4 billion euro. Italy is the second main trade partner of Serbia in export as well as in import of goods.

Moreover, in 2019 will be held many events in the field of science through scientific research - realization of events about innovations, development economic relations and ecology, inter university symposiums and the organization of historical, scientific and literary meetings.

The anniversary will be “celebrated in the best manner as possible” - said Ambassador of Italy in Serbia, Carlo Locascio, with whom Director of the Italian Institute of Culture  in Belgrade, Davide Scalmati, have presented the program for the coming months. The cultural event calendar includes exhibitions (“Bernini school and Roman baroque”; exhibition dedicated to Dario Fo; spectacle of Link Link Circus of Isabella Rossellini), concerts (Eros Ramazzotti), performances (Italian Ballet group Spellbound). These are only a few events which will take place across the whole Serbia (besides Belgrade also e.g. Novi Sad, Niš).

All potential partners interested in taking part in the rich program can find more informations at the website of the Embassy of Italy in Belgrade.

In the year 2019 “Novosadski Sajam” (“Novi Sad Fair”) in Novi Sad, Serbia, is offering plenty of interesting and valuable business fairs and events, such as International Agriculture Fair, International Energy and Investments Days, International Book Fair, International Fair of Education GUIDELINES, “LORIST” (Hunting, Fishing, Tourism, Ecology Fairs) as well as Beekeeping Fair of the Danube Region.

One of the most important, International Energy and Investments Days, will be held at the  end of February (27-28th), during which participants can meet with the world of energy and its subjects - companies, new energy efficiency technologies, environmental protection, green energy, also finance sector and organizations which are operating in this field, also local and municipality authorities. In 2018 the event gathered over 2000 experts from Serbia, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Republika Srpska (BiH), France, Greece and Belgium.      

Particularly interesting is International Agriculture Fair, the biggest event of the agriculture sector in the Central and Southeastern Europe. This will be the 86th edition, which lasts from 11th to 17th of May 2019 and the main country partner is Italy. The principal themes are the newest farm machines and cultivation techniques, scientific agricultural achievements, organic food, geographical food indications and traditional specialities as well as many other agricultural products, machines and services from numerous countries.

Every year there are more and more exhibitors and participants from all over the world (last year 1.500 exhibitors). At International Agriculture Fair are present companies not only from Europe, but also from other continents, and the number of participant countries is increasing. In 2018 at the Fair were present representations from 60 countries, e.g.: Poland, Italy, Great Britain, China, India, Germany, France, Greece, Russia, Israel, Spain, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Turkey, Tunisia, Romania, Ukraine, Czech Republic and many more. During the Fair are held international “AgroB2B@NSFair” meetings (last year took part 119 company representatives from 16 different countries). Fair is interspersed with a dozen of activities and supporting events such as: Spring Wine Festival, Show jumping Contest, Family Day, Carriage driving or Small Animal Show.

The "First Italian-Russian Seminar" of Trieste will be held in the picturesque setting of Portopiccolo, in Sistiana (TS) organized by the Conoscere Eurasia Association in collaboration with the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum SPIEF, the Roscongress Foundation, the VERITAS Cultural Center with the support of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group and Banca Intesa Russia.

The event will take place on September 21st from 9.00am to 1.30pm at the Sala Neptunia, Falisia Resort and SPA in Portopiccolo (Sistiana).

The discussion will be focussed on the economic and financial relations between Italy and Russia, infrastructure, shipbuilding and tourism. Among the interventions we point out those of the amb. of the Russian Federation in Italy Segey Razov, Giuseppe Bono, managing director Fincantieri, Giampietro Benedetti, president of the Danieli group, Zeno D'Agostino, president of the Port Authority System of the Eastern Adriatic Sea, Antonio Marano, president of the Friuli Venezia Giulia airport, and many other exponents of the economic and financial world.

Participation to the event is free, upon registration. This is possible by September 19th and until the maximum capacity of the room is reached.

The event will take place in Italian and Russian with simultaneous translation.

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