During her visit to Belgrade, Commissioner Bieńkowska will meet Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, Minister for European Integration Jadranka Joksimović as well as the Minister of Economy Goran Knežević. Together with Minister Knezević she will attend the signing ceremony of agreements on guarantees between the European Investment Fund (EIF) and two Serbian banks (Unicredit and Banca Intesa). The agreements are facilitated by COSME, EU’s programme for SMEs, and will provide direct guarantees to the banks to support some 6,000 Serbian SMEs with 200 million Euro loans under favorable conditions over the next three years.
Together with Minister of Economy Goran Knezević, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Marko Čadež, Acting Director of the Serbian European Integration Office Ksenija Milenković and EIF Chief Executive Pier Luigi Gilibert, Commissioner Bieńkowska will participate in the Business Forum “EU Accession: Industrial and SME Policy for growth and jobs”, organised by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
At the end of the day, Commissioner Bieńkowska will visit the Serbian Innovation Fund, which has been a beneficiary of EU funds since its founding.