ADŽSeptember 25, 20203min227

Niš City Mayor Dragana Sotirovski, together with her associates, welcomed His Excellency Jean-Louis Falconi, the Ambassador of France to Serbia, with whom she discussed improving cooperation between Niš and our region with regions in France and creating a favorable environment for greater presence of French companies and their investment in Niš and the region. The members of Niš City Council and the management of the Office for Local Economic Development and Projects, as well as the representatives of Niš Regional Chamber of Commerce, informed the Ambassador about the ongoing projects and tenders to which French companies could also apply, as the Niš City Mayor said at a press conference after the meeting. “We opened many topics, we discussed specific issues, first of all the interest of French companies in investments in Niš. We presented the advantages, not only of Niš but of this whole region compared to other regions in Serbia, especially in terms of traffic connections and future infrastructure projects planned by our state in this part of the country, “said the Mayor, expressing her satisfaction with the results of the meeting. The Mayor and the Ambassador agreed on the already achieved advantages in mutual relations which would be further improved: the French Cultural Center is working in Niš, there is a Department for the French language at the Faculty of Philosophy, and there is a bilingual department in the Gymnasium “Svetozar Markovic”, in Serbian and French language. Ambassador Falconi reminded of the great friendship of the two nations, about which the great French poet Lamartine also wrote, and pointed out that such a long history and friendship should be used to create a better future. He emphasized the importance of the visits of French President Emmanuel Macron to Serbia and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić to France in further improving friendly relations between the two countries. Expressing readiness and great interest for further improvement of cooperation, Ambassador Falconi expressed readiness to present historical and cultural heritage of Niš and confirmed the interest of French companies to participate in tenders in sectors such as wastewater treatment, district heating, waste management or construction of traffic infrastructure. The Mayor and the Ambassador visited the French Cultural Center, where they got acquainted with the current activities of that center and talked about other ways and possibilities of motivating parents and children to decide to learn French.