Serbia

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German international cooperation with the Republic of Serbia began immediately after the country’s democratic transition in the year 2000. Since then GIZ has maintained an office in Belgrade. Today there are 165 people working for GIZ in Serbia, 40 of whom are seconded staff and 125 national personnel. There are additionally 11 CIM experts working in Serbian partner institutions.

Serbia is currently in the throes of a complex reform process. Years of regional conflicts and international isolation have been followed by a phase of political and economic reform.

The country is still struggling with high unemployment (particularly among young people), corruption, a weak legal system and excessive red tape. Like all countries in the region, Serbia aspires to join the European Union (EU), and was awarded the status of an EU candidate country in March 2012. The Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the EU and Serbia entered into force in September 2013. Negotiations on accession to the European Union commenced in January 2014.

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ supports Serbia’s efforts to achieve convergence with the EU, to strengthen economic performance and to consolidate democratic structures. To this end we are implementing programmes and projects in the following priority areas:

  • sustainable economic development and employment
  • democracy, civil society and public administration
  • public infrastructure (energy and water).

 Serbia also benefits from GIZ projects at the regional level. These include the regional project to establish a Danube Competence Centre, a regional institution to promote tourism development along the Middle and Lower Danube. Another regional project is working to prevent human trafficking in the countries of the western Balkans. The transnational Open Regional Fund for South-East Europe supports activities in the fields of legal reform, foreign trade advisory services, modernisation of municipal services, energy efficiency and renewable energy. The projects also provide training for partner experts from the region in EU integration, sustainable economic management, energy efficiency and renewable energies.

Projects and Programmes

Office contact

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GIZ Office Serbia
Country Director
Gerhard Sippel
Email: giz-serbien@giz.de


Office address
GIZ Office Serbia
Brzakova 20
11000 Belgrad
Phone: +381 11 36 98 128
Fax: +381 11 36 98 128
Email: giz-serbien@giz.de


Postal Address
Brzakova 20
11000 Belgrad
Serbia