Italian-Serbian Chamber of Commerce awards Valy Company

The Italian-Serbian Chamber of Commerce gave last night the Giuseppe Maria Leonardi Award to the Valy Company for being an exceptional example of the successful economic relations between the two countries and, more generally, as an example of the good institutional, diplomatic, business and cultural cooperation between Italy and Serbia.

The Serbian Minister of State Administration and Local Self-Government, Ana Brnabic gave the award to the director of the Valy Company, Alberto Grassi for the company’s contribution to employment, education, and training of workers, for boosting export from Serbia, for constantly investing in new technology and innovation, and for supporting and aiding development of local communities in which the company operates.

The ceremony, which the Italian-Serbian Chamber of Commerce holds every December, was also the perfect opportunity to sum up the successes of the traditionally good bilateral relations between Italy and Serbia.

The Italian Ambassador to Serbia, Mr. Giuseppe Manzo underlined that „the evening is yet another concrete sign of the healthy and friendly relations between Italy and Serbia which just demonstrates the country’s leading position in economy and trading“.

He also said that it was significant that on the same day of the ceremony, the Italian companies in Serbia were putting together their end-of-the-year reports and a new chapter in the EU accession negotiations was opened for Serbia. He also reiterated that Italy would continue to strongly support Serbia’s accession efforts and noted that Italy would be the host of the 2017 Western Balkan Summit.

“As a traditional friend of Serbia, Italy has been one of Serbia’s best investment and trade partners in 2016. The Italian-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, which main goal is to further advance the cooperation between Italian and Serbian companies and institutions through its activities and numerous projects, has been firmly supporting the promotion of the bilateral relations between the two countries”, Mr. Manzo added.

“This is an evening to celebrate. Usually, I don’t stop to celebrate because I think that one should never be happy with the accomplished results but always strive to do better. However, today, we allow ourselves to celebrate. We have to look back at what has been done, muster our energy and proceed into 2017”, said the President of the Italian-Serbian Chamber of Commerce and the Chairman of DDOR Novi Sad’s Executive Board, Giorgio Marchegiani.

(Tanjug, 13.12.2016)

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