U.S. and Serbia Cooperate on Adjusting Tax Regulations

Ambassador Kyle Scott and Serbian Minister of Finance Siniša Mali signed an agreement to improve international tax compliance. The agreement facilitates implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), a U.S. law aimed at combating tax evasion by U.S. persons holding overseas financial accounts. The agreement addresses legal impediments and reduces burdens for Serbian financial institutions in reporting financial ...
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EXBS and ICITAP Donation Ceremony

Good afternoon.  Today we have an  opportunity to underscore the continued cooperation between the United States and Serbia. Today, the U.S. Embassy is proud to mark the delivery of equipment worth over $1,200,000 to the Serbian Border Police, Service for Counter Narcotics, Service for Special Investigative Measures, and Customs Administration. This assistance is a concrete ...
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International Women’s Day Discussion & Reception at Bitef Theatre

Good evening.  Thank you all for coming to tonight’s event. In this part of the world, March 8th is International Women’s Day.  In the United States, we don’t celebrate that day per se.  Instead, the entire month of March is designated Women’s History Month.  It is a time to celebrate the achievements of women, and ...
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Screening of the movie “Green Book” at Sava Center

It’s a pleasure to join you tonight in the screening of this extraordinary film. I want to congratulate the organizers of the Belgrade Film Festival for offering this city’s film lovers such a creative, thought-provoking menu of films from around the world, including dozens of movies produced in America. Your selection committee this year showed ...
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Opening of the “Rescuing Serbia: The American Mission and the Typhoid Epidemic in Serbia in 1915” Exibit in Sabac

Thank you, Mayor Zelenović. Let me me also extend my gratitude to Dr. Milovan Pissari, who did so much historical research on the the work of the Red Cross, the Rockefeller Mission, and Dr. Strong.  And thanks to the whole team involved in putting together this exhibit. It is my pleasure to open this exhibition ...
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Serbian Specialty Food Companies Debut at the Belgrade Food Show

Over 80 exhibitors from the fruit, vegetable, meat and dairy industries showcased their premium food products at the first annual Belgrade Food Show. Organized by the Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Association for the Promotion of Serbian, the food show helped exhibitors forge new sales contracts, develop business partnerships, and identify ...
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National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Webcast Discussion

Good afternoon. I would like to welcome you all to the embassy and thank you for joining us as we commemorate National Disability Employment Awareness Month. I’m hopeful that by highlighting some of the ways the United States is working to eliminate discrimination against persons with disabilities, today’s discussion will provide you with useful tools ...
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“Forensic DNA Analysis and Use of DNA Evidence: Challenges in Practice” Conference Remarks

Good morning, thank you all very much for the invitation to speak here today. The U.S. Embassy is proud to partner with the Supreme Court of Cassation as a co-sponsor of this conference.  The U.S. Department of Justice and USAID have had a long and fruitful partnership with Serbia’s judiciary and police. They say “crime ...
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“Days of Liberation” – Commemoration Recognizing the U.S. as a WW1/WW2 Ally – Rosalie Morton Park, Belgrade

It is truly an honor to be here with you today. I wish to thank the Belgrade City Government, including the Office of the Mayor, and particularly Assistant Mayor Andreja Mladenovic, for organizing today’s event. The friendship between the people of Serbia and America was forged in the crucible of the First World War.  Earlier ...
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Bechtel MOU signing with the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure

This month the U.S. and Serbia are remembering the 100th anniversary of our successful partnership during World War I.  Our trade relations, however, go back even deeper.  On October 14, 1881, the first commerce and consular treaty was signed between the U.S. and Serbia.  I’m told one of the first exports to the U.S. was ...
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Trade Policy at the Crossroads: Realities of Trade Today The Economist’s Seventh EU-Southeast Europe Summit Remarks

First of all, I’d like to thank the organizers of this conference for inviting me to speak.  I’m also grateful that they accepted my request that I not be lumped into the previous panel, as originally planned, since I did not believe I had much to contribute to the debate on BREXIT.  As punishment, however, ...
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Opening Remarks for the Opening of the “Bridge of Understanding” Exhibit

Good morning. I would like to thank Brankica Jovanović, Dragan Čurović, and everyone at the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality for inviting me to be with you this morning and to take part in the opening of this fantastic exhibition, Bridge of Understanding. I would also like to recognize Harvey Lloyd, a groundbreaking photographer ...
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Opening of the “Kingdom of Serbia and United States of America” Exhibition

It is my honor to be here with you today. The Embassy is proud to support this exhibition that celebrates the friendship and cultural ties between our countries. First, I’d like to thank Vladimir Čeh for curating an inspired exhibition that reminds us of forgotten stories of heroism and friendship. Thanks also to our team ...
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U.S. Government Provides $22 Million in New Assistance to Serbia

On May 15, 2018, the United States Government and the Government of Serbia signed agreements under which the United States will provide $22 million in assistance to Serbia. These funds will be used to help make Serbia's economy more competitive, strengthen the rule of law, bolster government operations, improve the media regulatory environment, and combat ...
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2018 NUNS Awards for Excellence in Investigative Journalism Remarks

Good Afternoon. First of all, I would like to thank the Faculty of Drama Arts and the Independent Journalists Association of Serbia for hosting this afternoon’s event.  As a strong supporter of a free press, the U.S. Embassy is proud to sponsor for the thirteenth consecutive year the NUNS Awards for Excellence in Investigative Journalism.  ...
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Thousands of U.S. Volunteers Make Sure $500,000 in Free Medical Equipment Reaches Serbia

U.S. non-profit humanitarian organization C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) delivered various medical equipment worth more than $500,000 to the Clinical Hospital Center Zemun. This organization is one of the biggest non-profit organizations in the world that delivers medical equipment and supplies to the developing countries. It counts about 30 paid employees and more than ...
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Grateful to Deputy Speaker Marinkovic for his initiative to form a Serbian-American Friendship Caucus

First, I would like to thank Deputy Speaker Marinkovic for inviting me here today and for his initiative to found the Serbian-American Friendship Congress, and am honored also that Deputy Prime Minister Mihajlovic has also agreed to join us here today. The United States sees Serbia as a dear friend of long standing.  I welcome ...
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Ambassador Scott Visits Young Scientists in Petnica Science Center

“Study and do what you love. You will be very successful exactly because you will be doing what you love to do. What is important is your love and enthusiasm for what you do.” – U.S. Ambassador Kyle Scott On July 12th, Ambassador Kyle Scott visited the Petnica Science Center , which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. Since ...
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Remarks for the Regional Housing Program Assembly of Donors

The bitter harvest of the Balkan Wars of the 1990’s left tens of thousands of people dead, while hundreds of thousands endured the trauma of being forced to flee their homes, compelled to start new lives somewhere else.  Now, nearly a generation later, too many still struggle to rebuild a life and support a family.  ...
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Sister Park Agreement Signing Ceremony Remarks

Ambassador Kyle Scott June 12, 2017, Belgrade Minister Nedimović, Director Karaklić, Superintendent Noble, ladies and gentlemen, honored guests – I am very pleased to be a part of this important event commemorating the Sister Park Agreement between National Parks in Serbia and the United States. Tara National Park is a cultural and natural treasure.  The ...
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Opening of AMETEK’s new facility in Subotica

Good morning President Vučić, Prime Minister Mirović, Mayor Laban, AMETEK leaders and employees, and distinguished guests. It is a privilege for me to be here today with you at the opening of AMETEK’s new facility in Subotica. We at the Embassy have been strong supporters of U.S. investors in Serbia and of Serbia’s economic development, ...
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Embassy Supports Improving English Language Teaching in Serbia

Ambassador Scott opened this year’s “Awaken Your Curiosity” ELTA Conference, held at the Singidunum University in Belgrade. U.S. Embassy supported this year's ELTA conference not only financially, but also by bringing English language teaching experts from the United States to share their knowledge and experience with colleagues in Serbia and the region.
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Opening Remarks – NUNS 2017 Investigative Journalism Awards

Good evening. I would like thank the Faculty of Dramatic Arts for hosting today’s event, and, of course, the Independent Journalists Association of Serbia.  In that regard, Mr. Lekic, congratulations on your recent selection to lead NUNS, which works every day to protect the rights of Serbian journalists so they can perform their essential role ...
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$9 Million For Strengthening Serbia’s Economy and Institution Efficiency

USAID Serbia Мission Director Azza El – Abd and Jadranka Joksimovic, Serbian Minister without portfolio responsible for EU integration, signed amendments to two bi-lateral assistance agreements: Agreement for the better functioning of the public administration of the Republic of Serbia (worth $4,450,000) and amendment to the Agreement for a more competitive market economy (worth $4,645,425). After ...
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Ambassador Opens Fourth EducationUSA Southeast European University Tour in Belgrade

The fourth EducationUSA Southeast European (SEE) University Tour in Serbia will be held at Metropol Palace Hotel in Belgrade on April 6 from 4:00–7:00 p.m.  Ambassador Kyle Scott will launch this open-door event for prospective students, parents, and professionals who are interested in pursuing higher academic degrees in the United States. The SEE Tour is ...
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Opening Remarks – Strengthening Political Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Serbia, National Conference

Ladies and Gentlemen: It is my pleasure to be here today to participate in this important national conference. I believe that we can all agree that for democracy to work, every person’s voice matters. If there are those whose voice is weaker, or who are hampered in presenting their views or seeking access to their ...
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Serbian Minister of Defense Meets Ambassador Scott

The Minister of Defense, Mr. Zoran Đorđević and the Ambassador of the United States of America, Mr. Kyle Scott, talked about the continuation of the established and the development of the future cooperation between the two countries in the field of defense. The interlocutors stated that the bilateral military cooperation was one of the most ...
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Ambassador Scott to Attend Ribbon-Cutting for a Humanitarian Project in New Belgrade

On Friday, February 3, Ambassador Kyle R. Scott will attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of a humanitarian project which funded the refurbishing of three buildings in New Belgrade to convert them into facilities for persons with disabilities.  The New Belgrade Municipality provided the facilities and covered the cost of utilities and electricity. ...
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U.S. and Serbia Sign Cancer Eradication Memorandum of Understanding

Ambassador Kyle Scott and the Minister of Health of the Serbian government ass. dr. Zlatibor Loncar today signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of research, prevention, control and disease management. Memorandum entails a direct cooperation on these issues between the Serbian Ministry of Health and the National Cancer Institute of the ...
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Ambassador Scott met with the President of the Republic of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic

Ambassador Scott met with the President of the Republic of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic on January 17 to review the previous year and discuss future cooperation in 2017.  The ambassador praised the progress in Serbia regarding economic stability and growth.  He noted the opening of four chapters in the EU accession process in 2016, and said ...
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Belgrade Venture Forum 2016 Opening Remarks

Minister Brnabić, Mr. Čadež, Ladies and Gentlemen, distinguished guests, I am pleased to join you at the 2016 Belgrade Venture Forum, an event focused on the essence of what makes a dynamic private sector—young people with new ideas and the drive to turn their concepts into reality.  Entrepreneurs are special people.  They need the courage ...
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U.S. Embassy Belgrade Donates $80,000 Worth Equipment for HIV/AIDS Prevention

On the occasion of World AIDS Day, the ambassador Kyle Scott visited the Military Medical Academy and announced the donation of the equipment for the HIV/AIDS prevention worth $80,000 under the U.S. Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP)- a global initiative whereby the U.S. Government works with armed forces worldwide in order to raise ...
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SMART Cities / Internet of Things Remarks

Good morning Minister Brnabic, thank you for joining us this morning for this event organized in cooperation of International Data Corporation (IDC) and our U.S. Embassy, Commercial Service. IDC is a U.S.-based IT company, which provides strategic analysis to governments and corporations. Today’s event is devoted to exploring this new concept of the Internet of ...
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Belgrade University Library Receives Largest Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Grant

The Carnegie Endowment donated $100,000 to the Serbian Government in 1920 for the construction of the Svetozar Markovic University Library in Belgrade. Almost 100 years later, in 2016 under the auspices of the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), Embassy awarded a $106,000 grant to the University Library Svetozar Markovic, intended for the reconstruction of ...
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Apatinska Brewery Waste Water Plant Opening and 260th Company Anniversary

Good morning to our hosts, Prime Minister Vučić, Ministers Vujović, Vulin, Stefanović, Ljajić, Knežević;  Mayors; and distinguished guests.  I’m happy to be here for the opening of the new wastewater treatment plant and to celebrateApatinska Brewery’s impressive milestone of 260 years in business.  The U.S. Embassy is a strong supporter of both U.S. investors and ...
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Remarks Given at the Association of Corporative Directors of Serbia Event

Friends and colleagues, thank you for having me here with you today.  I was genuinely pleased to accept the invitation to speak here because I firmly believe in the goals of your organization.  More efficient and ethical corporate and public governance in Serbia will lead to increased competitiveness, improved economic freedom, and reduced corruption.  These ...
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Independence Day Reception

July 5, 2016 Mr. President, Madam Speaker, Mr. Prime Minister, Your Holiness, Ministers, Members of Parliament, Diplomatic colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, I wish you a Happy 4th of July! I wish to thank Touch ‘n Go, Steve Rider, children’s chorus Čarolija, as well as all of our sponsors, embassy employees and volunteers for their help ...
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Opening Remarks at OPDAT conference – Changing paradigm in public procurement: Towards Value for Money and Higher Efficiency

Jun 1, 2016 Opening remarks Public Procurement Training Conference – June 1 2016 Potpredsednice Udovički, gospodine Ujehara, gospodine Benedikt, gospodine Verheijen, direktore Jovanoviću i drugi uvaženi gosti, havala vam što ste danas ovde. Hvala vam i na vašoj stalnoj podršci i saradnji sa američkom ambasadom na ključnom pitanju sa kojim se suočava Vlada Srbije i ...
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OSCE Conference on “Managing Complex Data in Organized Crime and Corruption Cases”

May 26, 2016 Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. I wish to extend a special welcome to Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucić, Minister of Justice Nikola Selaković, MOI State Secretary Aleksandar Nikolic, Amb. Giuseppe Manzo, and Amb. Arne Sannes Bjørnstad. We also have a number experts present; thank all of you — presenters, experts, and participants, for ...
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U.S. Government Donates over $340,000 Worth Equipment to Serbian Border Police

On Wednesday, May 25, Ambassador Kyle R. Scott joined Head of Border Police, General Milenko Bozovic and State Secretary at the Ministry of Interior Aleksandar Nikolic at an official ceremony to mark the donation of equipment to Serbian Border Police from the Government of the United States. The equipment donation was made through the US ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports International Historic Preservation Conference

On Monday, May 23, Cultural Attaché Erika Kuenne will give opening remarks at the International Historic Preservation Conference, organized by the Danube Competence Center. The Embassy has supported the conference by bringing keynote speaker Mr. John Bonafide, Director of the Technical Preservation Services Bureau for New York State’s Division of Historic Preservation. Mr. Bonafide’s presentation ...
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U.S. Ambassador Scott Meets Long-Time Disability Movement Activist Gordana Rajkov

  U.S. Ambassador Scott Meets Long-Time Disability Movement Activist Gordana RajkovOn May 10, 2016, Ambassador Kyle R. Scott met with Ms. Gordana Rajkov, President of the Center for Independent Living (CIL) Serbia and long-time disability movement activist, to discuss voters with disabilities’ participation in the April 2016 Serbian elections.  Last month’s election was the first ...
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