Italian and Balkan businessmen meet in Belgrade
(ANSAmed) - BELGRADE, OCTOBER 15 - Italy's interest in collaborating with Serbia and other Balkan countries for environmental protection and the use of renewable energy was underscored in a meeting between Italian businessmen and their counterparts from Balkan nations Tuesday in the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. The meeting was held as part of an international two-day conference on the theme 'Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy Sources in the Balkans'.
Chamber of Commerce president Rasa Ristivojevic told the Italian guests about the benefits of investment in Serbia's free trade zones, where numerous Italian companies already operate.
Underscoring the importance that the energy sector has for Italy and all of the EU, the Economic Development Ministry representative, Tiziana Vecchio, illustrated Law 84 on the legal aspects of assistance to the countries of south-eastern Europe with which two projects had been helped in Serbian free trade zones in Krusevac and Novi Sad.
The aim of Law 84, Vecchio said, is to foster stability and reconstruction in Balkan countries in the transition period towards EU membership, and is an initiative by the Italian government to foster know-how exchange, joint investment and other forms of economic cooperation between Italian companies and those in Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro.
Representatives from the Florence, Trieste, and Milan chambers of commerce were in attendance at the Belgrade meeting, as well as representatives of the business and manufacturing spheres of the four Balkan countries. Coordinating the Italian presence was the Belgrade offices of the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade (ICE). (ANSAmed).