Successful visit of the Swiss delegation to Novi Pazar

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Press releases, 01.03.2022

Novi Pazar, 01.03.2022: A Swiss Delegation, led by the Swiss Ambassador, H. E. Urs Schmid, met today with the Mayor of Novi Pazar, Mr. Nihat Bisevac, and with Ms. Jasmina Curic, President of the Bosniak National Minority Council. Both meetings offered an opportunity to assess the political and economic situation and to discuss Swiss supported initiatives in South-West Serbia as well as to acknowledge the important role that National Minority Councils are playing.

Swiss delegation with representatives of the City of Novi Pazar
Swiss delegation with representatives of the City of Novi Pazar ©City of Novi Pazar

During his first visit to this region, Ambassador Schmid expressed his satisfaction about the cooperation with the city of Novi Pazar. He also emphasized the strong interest of Switzerland in the region and that the Embassy is following the political developments closely.

As part of its long-term and substantial cooperation with Serbia, which currently celebrates its 30th anniversary, Switzerland has for a long time funded a number of significant projects in Novi Pazar in different domains. Swiss assistance to the local self-government includes fostering municipal financial management and effective collection of property tax as well as increasing transparency. Switzerland is also supporting Civil Society Organizations in improving citizen’s participation in public decision-making and access of young people to the labour market. The Swiss delegation seized the opportunity to meet representatives of Civil Society Organizations based in Novi Pazar for a substantive exchange.

In close cooperation with International Organizations like OSCE, UNDP and UNOPS, Switzerland has furthermore supported a number of smaller initiatives covering a wide range of issues like media development, youth participation, legal training and dialogue on democratization and fighting extremism.

During the first day of the visit, on February 28, together with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy, Ms. Zorana Mihajlović, and the Mayor Mr. Bisevac, Ambassador Schmid participated in the ceremony of laying the foundation stone for the new District Heating Plant on Biomass in Novi Pazar. The new facility will contribute to a sustainable, efficient and reliable energy supply.