News & Events
Launch of the “EU for Serbia – Financing for SMEs” initiative targeting EUR 180m new loans for Serbian businesses
Today in Belgrade, the EIF endorsed the selection of five local banks (Raiffeisen bank, UniCredit bank, Banca Intesa, ProCredit bank and Komercialna bank), which will implement the “EU for Serbia – financing for SMEs” Guarantee. The event took place in the presence of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Ms Ana Brnabić, the State Secretary in the Ministry of Economy, Mr Milun Trivunac, and Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia, H.E. Mr. Sem Fabrizi.
Next year’s Berlin Process Summit to be held in the city of Poznań
Deputy Ambassador of Republic of Poland to Serbia, Mr Andrzej Kindziuk, announced that his country will host the next year’s Berlin Process Summit in the city of Poznań, due to its economic and historical significance. The announcement came during the event on the future of Berlin Process, organised by the European Western Balkans portal.
The fifth Berlin Process Summit got underway with a meeting of Economy Ministers in Vienna
The fifth Berlin Process Summit, hosted by the United Kingdom, got underway with a meeting of Economy Ministers in Vienna on 4 July.
Discussions in Vienna focused on how the Berlin Process could best support economic growth in the region, including through the implementation of the Western Balkans Multi-Annual Action Plan for a Regional Economic Area Plan – a proposal agreed at the 2017 Berlin Process Summit to allow for the unobstructed flow of goods, services, capital and highly-skilled labour across the region, so as to promote investment and trade.
WB EDIF Business Forum, Belgrade
The first WB EDIF Business Forum took place in Belgrade on 26 June 2018 as part of the 12th WB EDIF PAG meeting. The Forum was hosted by the Ministry of Economy of Serbia and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and took place under the auspices of the European Commission with the support of the EIF.
The event gathered more than 150 participants from the entire region, including officials from the beneficiary economies, EC, EUDs, IFIs, Chambers, banks and finance providers as well as a number of SMEs. Several panels were organized to learn more about what WB EDIF has to offer, to hear stories from the companies benefitting under the facility and to discuss the main access to finance challenges.
The Forum was opened by the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Marko Cadez, State Secretary of Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Serbia, Branimir Stojanovic and Head of Cooperation at Dele-gation of the European Union to Serbia, Ingve Engstrom.
A business to finance event was organized in the afternoon, where the SMEs from the Western Balkans had the chance to meet the finance and advisory providers under the WB EDIF.