German – Serbian Development Cooperation

Concerning 15 years of German-Serbian Development Cooperation a programe and exhibition "Actions speak louder" (Dela znače) were held in Knez Mihajlova street in Belgrade mid end of June 2016. The exhibition features selection of the successful examples in the key cooperation areas: infrastructure, democracy, civil society and governance and sustainable economic development. For the most part, the cooperation with Serbia is financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). German Ambassador to Serbia, Axel Dittmann opening the event emphasized that the "goal of the German support to Serbia is its harmonization with the European Union, strengthening economic productivity and improving the standard of living. For 15 years in Serbia, the organization "Help –Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe" supported foundation and development of over 6000 individual micro and small businesses with in-kind grants, various education business and professional trainings, in addition to the humanitarian assistance and housing solutions for refugees, internally displaced and socially vulnerable local population. Total value of Help projects implemented in Serbia 1999-2016 amounts over 38 million Euros, half of it being funded through German funds.