With an over 30% share in the country’s total exports, Vojvodina remains the part of Serbia that is the most connected to the world and in particular, to the EU countries, which made a large segment of the most significant investments in the country.
Italian Ambassador Luca Gori’s visit to Novi Sad is reaffirming the concept of Vojvodina as a region of Europe on par with the regions of the EU with which it has greater interchange. At a time when pro-European sentiment in Serbia is weakening, Vojvodina remains an area that, due to its history and varied ethnic composition, has always felt closer to European values than other areas of the country.
In addition to institutional meetings with the heads of the Vojvodina government and regional assembly, Igor Mirovic and Istvar Pasztor, respectively, and the mayor of Novi Sad, Milos Vucevic, Ambassador Gori also met with the director of the Novi Sad Fair, Slobodan Cvetkovic, the director of the European Works Provincial Fund, Aleksandar Simurdic, the director of the BioSense Institute, Vladimir Crnojevic, and the director of the Institute for Research and Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Dubravko Culibrk.
Having close to 120 companies operating in the province of Vojvodina, Italy has always been an important interlocutor for Vojvodina, which is setting itself new challenges. Attracting innovative enterprises, implementing new technologies in agriculture, positioning of Novi Sad as a city of culture and leisure, focused on services and IT, the development of skills capable of intercepting institutional and private funding to promote social, cultural, and institutional transformation – these are some of the topics addressed in Ambassador Gori’s meetings with his interlocutors.
The exhibition ‘The Bassano Seasons from the Galleria Borghese in Rome’ was officially opened in the Novi Sad City Museum yesterday. The exhibition marks a starting point for a new, more constant and fruitful phase of relations between Italy and Vojvodina at all levels, and is an example of how the heritage of Italian art, experience and skills can accompany and support the ambitions of Serbia’s most developed region.
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