2 February 2017 The members of the European Integration Committee and the Ukrainian Ambassador to Serbia
Thursday, 2 February 2017
Ukrainian Ambassador to Serbia Visits European Integration Committee
Today, the members of the European Integration Committee Zarko Micin and Dr Muamer Bacevac received the Ukrainian Ambassador to Serbia, H.E. Oleksandr Aleksandrovych, to discuss the European Integration Committee members’ visit to Ukraine and the improvement of the bilateral and economic cooperation, as well as trade between Serbia and Ukraine.
Committee member Dr Muamer Bacevac said that Bosniaks in Serbia admire the Ukrainian people and that last November’s two-day visit to Kyiv was politically very important since the highest Ukrainian dignitaries took the time to brief the European Integration Committee members on the situation and problems in the country.
The members of the European Integration Committee said they would push for the establishment of a parliamentary friendship group with Ukraine in the National Assembly, as it is sets the groundwork for parliamentary cooperation between the two countries, and invited the Ukrainian parliamentarians to pay a return visit to Serbia this year.
Ambassador Aleksandrovych was pleased to hear about the imminent establishment of a parliamentary friendship group with Ukraine in the National Assembly, as well as by the two countries’ economic cooperation and trade in 2016.
He said that 2016’s trade amounted to 250 million EUR and almost 80% of Ukrainian exports into Serbia are ores and metals for the Smederevo steel works. To balance out the trade, last year the two chambers of commerce co-organized their first business forum in Kyiv, attended by more than 100 companies. The ambassador announced that the second business forum will be organized in Novi Sad this year, in May, to coincide with the Agricultural Far and allow Ukrainian firms to present themselves to the Serbian market. This will be accompanied by a cultural festival, Days of Ukraine, which will feature 50 cultural events in 10 locations in Novi Sad.
The Ukrainian Ambassador also informed the Committee members about the Ukrainian Parliament Speaker’s invitation to the National Assembly Speaker to visit Ukraine and urged the members of the National Assembly’s standing delegations to international organizations to cooperate with their Ukrainian colleagues.
11.30 - the National Assembly Speaker takes part in the on-line meeting of the EP facilitated Inter-Party Dialogue (National Assembly House, 13 Nikola Pasic Square, library)