Swiss Cooperation Office in Serbia

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The Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) Belgrade is jointly run by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) within the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) within the Federal Department for Economic Affairs as part of the Embassy of Switzerland to Serbia. It was opened in 1991 and is responsible for the development and implementation of the Swiss Cooperation Strategy Serbia 2014 - 2017.

The Strategy is fully aligned with the Serbian Government’s priorities and focuses on three domains:

  1. Governance
  2. Economic development and
  3. Energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The main roles and tasks of the SCO Serbia are:

  • Management of projects and programs on behalf of SDC, SECO and Federal Office for Migration (FOM)
  • Controlling, monitoring and reporting
  • Country alignment, policy dialogue, donor coordination
  • Representation and public relations

In addition, SCO Serbia has an active role in the Migration Partnership Agreement between the two Governments. Switzerland and Serbia share a common constituency within the Bretton Wood institutions (WB and IMF) and the EBRD.

A Portrait

The Swiss Cooperation Office Serbia is jointly run by SDC and SECO as part of the Embassy of Switzerland to Serbia and it plays a central role in the management of Switzerland’s cooperation with Serbia. It is the interface between strategic planning and practical implementation, and between partners in Switzerland and Serbia. The Cooperation Office is staffed with two Swiss experts (Director of Cooperation – Isabel Perich; Deputy Director of Cooperation – Gabriela Schafroth) and 14 local programme, administrative and logistics staff.

Objectives and Implementation

The Cooperation Office coordinates the activities of SDC and SECO in Serbia with the relevant central and local authorities and partners, as well as implementing agents and other donors. The main roles and tasks of the Swiss Cooperation Office Serbia are:

  • Development and implementation of the Swiss Cooperation Strategy Serbia 2014 – 2017
  • Management of projects and programs on behalf of SDC, SECO and Federal Office for Migration (FOM)
  • Controlling, monitoring and reporting
  • Country alignment, policy dialogue, donor coordination
  • Representation and public relations
  • Support and services for projects, international experts and visiting delegations