Sharp Power Grip: Dimensions of Russian Influence in Southeast Europe Introductory Remarks

June 27, 2019 Good morning.  Thank you to Dr. Shentov [1] and the Center for the Study of Democracy [2] for the opportunity to say a few words to set the stage for this important conversation today. Let me jump right into the heart of the matter.  Serbia enjoys a traditionally close relationship with Russia.  The United …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Long Jeremy: Danas Conference Center Remarks

Long Jeremy | May 5, 2016 Good morning and hello to my colleagues from the government, fellow panelists, and all of the esteemed guests here today. Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today about the importance of energy independence. In particular, I want to thank the Danas Conference Center for organizing this …

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