Ambassador Heinz Wilhelm giving his welcome address

Ambassador Heinz Wilhelm giving his welcome address

The first "Serbian-German Civil Dialogue" took place in the Serbian Parliament in Belgrade on 30 and 31 January 2014, organised by the European Movement Germany and the European Movement Serbia. It was attended by more than 100 high-ranking German and Serbian representatives from politics, industry, media and society. Amongst others, the German Ambassador in Belgrade, Mr Heinz Wilhelm, gave a welcome address at the event. Furthermore, two practical examples of a long-standing, successful cooperation between German and Serbian organisations were presented. The first example dealt with the work of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ, and the second one covered activities which the IRZ has been carrying out in the legal area since 2000 as part of the German commitment in the Stability Pact for South East Europe. The second presentation was given by the responsible Head of Section, Dr. Stefan Pürner, in Serbian. His review focused on the deliberately provocative statement that "In law, just like in geography, Serbia's direct route to Europe does not lead via America". Furthermore, many examples from the IRZ's successful work in Serbia were given. A detailed report about the event is available on the website of the European Movement Germany.