Ambassador of Sweden HE. Jan Lundin signed over the past two days agreements on financing four projects in Serbia worth a total of seven million euros.
Today's agreement, signed by Ambassador Lundin with the director of the Republic Geodetic Authority Bork Draskovic, concerns Sweden’s support to Serbia for establishing a National Register of Investment Maps. The intention is to digitalize locations and potentials in Serbia in order to increase the accessibility for investors.
"I think that this will be good for the development of the Serbian economy, investors will find locations easier and faster and have an insight into the potential for investments. This is a good example of partner cooperation between Swedish and Serbian institutions," said Ambassador Lundin, adding that the digitalization will enable transparency and easy insight which will in turn reduce the possibility of corruption. Improving the business climate is a two-year project worth two million euros.
Ambassador Lundin also signed three other support agreements with Serbian Minister of Interior Nebojsa Stefanovic, with the total value of five million euros. This is a Swedish donation to the Serbian police for: developing capacities for EU integration, reducing the risk of emergencies and continuing cooperation between the Serbian and Swedish police.
"The police of every country should learn from each other. I am pleased if we can share what we know and help Serbia on the road to the European Union. Sweden can learn a great deal from Serbia about flooding, as you have had this situation. The exchange of experience is important, our partnership has, over the years, resulted in two police organizations collaborating on a daily basis in solving the most serious crimes, "said Ambassador Lundin.
Through projects designed for the police in Serbia, Sweden is helping to improve and develop the Ministry of the Interior into a modern, democratic and efficient police service that guarantees security and functions as a service for the citizens.
The Swedish government is one of the largest single donors in Serbia. The total value of planned support to Sweden for Serbia for the year 2019 is 11.7 million euros. Sweden will also support other projects in the field of environmental protection, civil society development and media freedom.