Serbian Government Business Delegation in Greece
Serbian Government Delegation led by Serbian President, Mr Boris Tadic, visited Greece in the period from 1 to 3 June, 2010. The representatives of Free Zone Pirot led by Mr Vladan Vasic, the Mayor of Pirot Municipality, were the part of the Serbian delegation.
In Athens, after the meeting with Greek Prime Minister Jorgos Papandreou, Serbian President Boris Tadic invited Greek companies do invest in Serbian economy, emphasising that nowadays Serbia is commerical and political centre of the Western Balkans and that it offers the greatest benefits for foreign investments. "Serbia is a dynamic, politically stable and economically ambitious country that is ready to quickly integrate into the EU - the country that will be the regional guarantor of integration processes, security and prosperity”, said the Serbian president at the meeting of Greek-Serbian Business Council.
On 3 June, 2010, during the visit of Serbian delegation to Thessaloniki, the Business Forum was held in the Commercial Industrial Chamber of Thessaloniki, and the leading entrepreneurs from Serbia and Greece came together. Those who spoke at the Forum were Serbian President Boris Tadic, Mr. Slobodan Milosavljevic, the Minister of Trade, Mr. Milos Bugarin, the President of Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Simeon Tsomokos, the President of TGI, and Dr Dragan Kostic, CEO of Free Zone Pirot. During the meeting with President Boris Tadic, Mr. Vladan Vasic, the Mayor, spoke on conditions in Pirot and its economy, and on the construction of Corridor 10, as well as the relations in the political arena.
Dr Kostic, on this occasion, presented the benefits of investing in the town of Pirot and Free Zone Pirot and also invited the potential investors to do the business in duty free and tax benefits regime that were enabled by the Laws on Free Zones and on the Value Added Tax.
During the presentation, Dr Kostic introduced an excerpt from the Strategy of Development of Free Zones in Serbia, which aiming to attract additional investments, provides tax incentives for hiring new staff and building productive capacities. Other countries in the region, such as Croatia, FRY Macedonia, and Turkey provide incentives for the investors when they employ new staff, such as all taxes on prsonal income, property, company income free, and all of them are valid until their entry into EU family of states. By providing similar tax benefits, the Development Strategy make Serbia again one of the most suitable countries for accepting direct investments and foreign capital.
During the visit to Thessaloniki, Mayor Vasic and Dr Kostic had talks with potential investors with whom they would continue communication in the next period.
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