Global Europe, The Future of Europe - Café Crossfire
Streamlining Serbia as an investment destination - if the EU says "yes"


  Simultaneous interpretation: English - Serbian
Симултано превођење: српски - енглески


Welcome and registration of participants


Evening DEBATE


Until the global economy spun into crisis, foreign direct investment (FDI) in Serbia was relatively strong and was among the preferred investment destinations in South-Eastern Europe. Today investment opportunities remain attractive, reflecting Serbia’s own need for privatisation, modernisation and greater competitiveness in the agriculture and food sectors, and in energy. Last year saw a modest return of investor interest in Serbia, but to reinforce this, what must the country now do to restructure its economy and improve the business environment? How can the rule of law be strengthened and red tape cut so as to create a climate more conducive to FDI? What measures would best improve financial services and promote the private sector? How crucially important is EU candidate status not only to Serbia itself but to the Western Balkans as a whole?



  • Ivica Dačić, First Deputy Prime Minister and Serbian Minister of the Interior
  • Milenka Jezdimirović, General Manager of Dunav Insurance Company, Belgrade
  • Chirinjeev Kathuria, President of New Generation Power in Chicago and a renewable energies investor in Serbia
  • Silvana Koch-Mehrin MEP, Member of the European Parliament serving on the International Trade Committee
  • Milan Konopek, Project Leader for the Western Balkans Regional Competitiveness Initiative of the OECD Investment Compact for South East Europe
  • Dušan Petrović, Minister of Agriculture and Trade in Serbia
  Moderated by Giles Merritt, Secretary General of Friends of Europe


Cocktail and walking buffet featuring a cappella singers the Teofilović Twins




Concert by Emir Kusturica’s The No Smoking Orchestra


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