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NATO-funded Serbian researchers develop biofuel from algae

Belgrade, 18 August - Eight Serbian scientists are leading a research project to develop the commercial production of biofuel from algae. The pioneering project is supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme and is carried out by Belgrade’s Institute for Multidisciplinary Research in cooperation with Manchester University in the United Kingdom and Baylor University in the United States.

“I expect that our results will encourage the development of green technologies in the energy sector,” said the project’s leader Ivan Spasojevic. “Successful completion of this project will, I believe, make it possible for fuel prices to drop by 1/5 in the next five years,” he explained. The research into producing biofuels from algae will last three years. “The project gives us exactly what we need, equipment and supplies and scholarships for the most gifted young researchers who remain in the country thanks to that”, Spasojevic said.

Serbia has benefitted from several NATO SPS activities since 2007, including projects on defence against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents, counter-terrorism, and raising the profile of women in peace and security. “We have great experience with our Serbian partners who are engaged on several important projects,” said the Chief of the NATO Office in Belgrade, Brigadier Cesare Marinelli. “NATO SPS projects have helped produce seismic charts for the Western Balkan countries, improve the protection of the Sava river water resources, and Serbian and German scientists, for example, are working on developing a decontamination and demining robot called T-Whex”, Marinelli added, inviting the country’s academics to apply for research in areas such as cyber defence and energy security.

In addition to the SPS Programme, NATO countries have invested over 15 million Euros in several trust funds which are helping Serbia safely destroy obsolete weapons, landmines and ammunition, and retrain military personnel for civilian jobs.


Deputy Secretary General stresses value of NATO-Serbia partnership in visit to Belgrade

Belgrade, 23 June 2017 - Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller underlined that NATO remains committed to the Western Balkans and to building a strong partnership with Serbia during a visit to Belgrade on Friday (23 June 2017).

Ms. Gottemoeller is visiting Serbia for the inauguration ceremony of President Aleksander Vučić. Meeting with President Vučić, the Deputy Secretary General highlighted that Serbia is key for regional stability in the Western Balkans.

The two leaders also discussed cooperation between the Alliance and Serbia, as well as the security challenges facing the Western Balkans.

The Deputy Secretary General welcomed Serbia’s offer to host NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) exercise in 2018. She stressed that Serbia is making important contributions to regional and international security.

The Deputy Secretary General will also meet with the Prime Minister-designate, Ana Brnabić, and Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ivica Dačić. -


Serbia’s partnership with NATO considerably improved

Belgrade, 5 April 2017 – Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic received a congratulations letter from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on the occasion of his election as President of the Republic of Serbia.

"I cordially congratulate you on your election as President of the Republic of Serbia and I wish you every success in carrying out your new responsibility. The function that you will assume carries significant political influence and moral authority.

You are obviously the right person for this important role in a time full of challenges for Serbia and the wider Western Balkans. In the past few years, thanks to your leadership, partnership of Serbia with NATO has been significantly improved with visible results in many areas and full respect for Serbia's neutrality and its balanced foreign policy.

I have no doubts that you will continue to work on establishing closer cooperation with the NATO alliance to the mutual benefit. It would be my great honour and pleasure to invite you to visit the NATO headquarters in the capacity of the President of the Republic of Serbia” -  reads the congratulations letter of Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.


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