International cooperation between Germany and the Republic of Serbia began immediately after the country’s transition to democracy in 2000. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) opened its office in Belgrade the same year. There are currently around 120 national and more than 20 international staff working for GIZ in Serbia. In addition, 14 integrated experts are deployed in Serbian partner institutions.
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ supports Serbia in moving towards integration into the EU, improving its economic performance and consolidating democratic structures. GIZ is engaged in the following priority areas:
- sustainable economic development and employment
- democracy, civil society and public administration
- public infrastructure (energy and water)
Serbia also benefits from regional projects and programmes. One such project established the Danube Competence Centre as a regional body to develop tourism along the Middle and Lower Danube; another promotes social rights for vulnerable groups.