DMNovember 20, 20192min8


November 19


The Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Ambassador Sam Fabrizi visited Nis where he met with Mayor Darko Bulatovic and then presented certificates for the implementation of 19 projects that would improve GIS in 34 local self – governments. The European Union will support the acquisition of software and hardware and other computer equipment through the EU PRO program with 1.7 million euros, which will help local-governments create the preconditions for sustainable development. With these tools, local governments will be able to collect, process, and manage spatial data in one place, better plan local development and resource management, while local government employees will receive GIS training. At the certificate awarding ceremony it was also said that the development of geographic information systems will allow for better spatial and urban planning, promoting tourism potential, preserving and promoting cultural, natural and urban heritage, and will make it easier for local governments to respond to citizens and investors. As an end result of GIS implementation, it was pointed out that the number of investments and jobs is expected to increase. After the ceremony held at Nis City Hall the Ambassador visited the Ni-Cat cluster and the StartUp center at the Faculty of Electronic Engineering.


DMOctober 30, 20192min77

October 29


The delegation of the Austrian Employment Service, which is the guest of the Nis branch of the National Employment Service, met with Nis City Mayor Darko Bulatovic. The aim of the meeting was to present to the representatives of the Austrian delegation the local government, which was good example when it came to investing locally in active employment policy measures implemented in the city for several years. One of the information heard on this occasion is that Austrian companies operating in Serbia employ more than 20,000 people, but that 38,000 Serbs have citizenship in Austria. In 2018 alone, 3,000 new approvals were issued, 2,000 of which were through employers, and 1,000 were personal requests and these are people with higher education, In this country, most Serbs are employed in construction and masonry, and then in tourism. Many people work as cooks or waiters, but there are many in the metal industry. “The National Employment Service of the Republic of Serbia has traditionally had good relations with the Austrian Employment Service, especially since 2015 when we signed the protocol on cooperation between the two services. During this period we had the opportunity to learn from a well-organized service, if not the best in Europe, how to apply some of their experiences, how to work with employers, with unemployed persons, how to use funds for programs and measures of active employment policy” said Zoran Martinovic, the director of the Serbian National Employment Service. In Serbia, about 500,000 people are currently registered with the National Employment Service, and this number is decreasing from month to month. The unemployment rate is 10.3 percent, the lowest ever recorded. We hope to get closer to the European rate.