Activities

May 16, 2022

HEAD OF THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY AMBASSADOR MARINA JOVIĆEVIĆ GAVE A LECTURE TO THE STUDENTS OF THE VIENNA DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY

The head of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Ambassador Marina Jovićević PhD, has given a lecture to 50 students of the Vienna Diplomatic Academy who were accompanied by the Academy’s Director, Dr. Emil Brix, during their visit to Serbia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The lecture was a part of the cooperation between the two diplomatic academies. 

After presenting the competencies and the programmes of the Serbian Diplomatic Academy, Ambassador Jovićević talked about the main priorities of Serbia's foreign policy, including preserving the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity with Kosovo and Metohija as an integral part, full EU membership, preserving regional peace and stability, good neighbourly relations, military neutrality, and developing bilateral cooperation with leading global political actors and the rest of the world.

Ambassador Jovićević noted that Serbia had been acting as a constructive partner from the very beginning of the dialogue with Priština, fulfilling its obligations and implementing the agreements reached. She emphasised the importance of respecting the UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and the greater involvement of the international community in the protection of the Serbian population and cultural heritage in Kosovo and Metohija.

Ambassador Jovićević marked the prospect of full EU membership as an incentive for the comprehensive reforms being implemented as well as for the regional reconciliation policy, adding that Serbia was open to cooperation with the regional partners, Europe, and all countries worldwide. She also characterised the Serbia’s engagement in the UN, the OSCE, the CoE, and other international and regional organisations, and important initiatives such as the Open Balkans initiative, as a contribution to strengthening peace, stability, and economic progress. “Although Serbia has been pursuing a policy of military neutrality, it has formed a partnership cooperation with NATO through Partnership for Peace, IPAP projects, and through significant participation in the UN and EU peacekeeping missions and operations, and has contributed to common foreign, security and EU defence policy,” she added. 

Concluding her lecture, Ambassador Jovićević said that the Republic of Serbia had been guided by legitimate national, political, and economic interests in pursuing all foreign policy goals; that it had been committed to the standards of international law and reaching agreements through dialogue and diplomatic activity. 

After the lecture, the students of the Vienna Diplomatic Academy had the opportunity to discuss different topics with Ambassador Jovićević.

Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Attaché for Culture at the Austrian Embassy in Belgrade Adrien Feix PhD also attended the lecture.

 

May 12, 2022

AMBASSADOR OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION ALEXANDER BOTSAN-KHARCHENKO HELD A LECTURE AT THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY

H.E. Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Serbia has given a lecture to the participants of the Basic Diplomatic and Consular Training Programme and the employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The topic of the lecture was ‘Russia's geopolitical position in Europe and bilateral cooperation with the Republic of Serbia and the Western Balkans countries’.

Ambassador Botsan-Kharchenko spoke about bilateral relations between Serbia and the Russian Federation, the current situation in the region, Europe, and the global scene in general, viewed primarily from the Russian geostrategic angle.

Talking about the vision of a new multipolar world, Ambassador Botsan-Kharchenko emphasised that preserving stability in the world was in the interest of the Russian Federation, while respecting international law. He also mentioned the situation in the region and underlined that the Russian Federation was fully supporting Serbia in its efforts to reach a solution to the crisis in Kosovo and Metohija through compromise, in compliance with the UN Security Council Resolution.

After the lecture, an interactive discussion was held on various topics of politics, economy, energy, etc

 

May 10, 2022

THE AMBASSADOR OF HUNGARY HELD A LECTURE AT THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY

After the introductory note by the head of the Diplomatic Academy, Ambassador Marina Jovićević, H.E. Attila Pinter, Ambassador of Hungary to the Republic of Serbia gave a lecture to the participants of the Basic Diplomatic Training Programme and the employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the topic of bilateral relations between the two countries.

Ambassador Pinter started the lecture by giving a brief history of the Serbia–Hungary relations, emphasising that friendly and good neighbourly relations had been continuously developing in almost all spheres over the last decade. Successful bilateral cooperation was evident in the field of economy, joint infrastructure projects, culture, and regular joint Government sessions. Ambassador pointed out that Hungary saw Serbia as a strategic partner in the Western Balkans, and as a priority country in terms of investments by Hungarian companies.

Ambassador Pinter stressed that the issue of minorities was a priority issue for both countries, noting that Serbia had established a model for the protection of minorities which could serve as an example. In that context, he mentioned the support provided by the Government of Hungary in the realisation of numerous projects which facilitated the education of Serbs living in Hungary in their native language, and contributed to the preservation of the culture of the Serbian community.

After the lecture, Ambassador Pinter answered numerous questions asked by the attendees.

 

Thursday, March 31, 2022

SANDANSKI: DIRECTOR OF DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY AT THE OPENING OF THE 15th WINTER SCHOOL OF DIPLOMACY

Director of Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ambassador Marina Jovićević took part in opening session of the international seminar for young diplomats “15th Winter School of Diplomacy” organized by Bulgarian Diplomatic Institute in cooperation with Hanns Seidel Foundation from 21-25 March in the town of Sandanski, Republic of Bulgaria.

She addressed the participants on the topic: "From Diplomatic Academy student to DA Director in 20 years" and gave many useful advises to young diplomats career wise.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 7 March 2022

THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY ORGANIZED A LECTURE FOR NORWEGIAN STUDENTS

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, students of the University of Oslo, visiting Serbia as part of a study tour of the region, attended a lecture hosted by the Diplomatic Academy.

After the opening words from the Director of the Diplomatic Academy, Ambassador Marina Jovicevic, State Secretary Nemanja Starovic gave a lecture on the topic: "Foreign Policy of the Republic of Serbia and the Issue of Kosovo and Metohija", with 81 students from Norway being in attendance.

In the lecture, State Secretary Starovic informed the students about the facts related to the geographical and geostrategic position of Serbia, with a special emphasis on the historical aspects and chronology of events in this area from the 1990s to the present day.

The State Secretary focused special attention on the issue of Kosovo and Metohija, starting with the declaration of independence of the so-called "Kosovo", as an act which violated the international law, through the pogrom against the Serbian population and cultural heritage, to the current position of Serbs and their property in the southern Serbian province.

State Secretary Starovic continued the lecture speaking about Serbia's European path as one of its foreign policy goals, the economic progress and successful reforms in many areas, cooperation with NATO through Partnership for Peace, but also about the importance of regional cooperation and stability, bringing up in that context the “Open Balkan” initiative and its benefits.

At the end of the lecture, answering the students' questions, the State Secretary touched upon other current topics, as well as the position of the Republic of Serbia in the newly created geostrategic circumstances.

 

Tuesday, 21 December 2021

DELEGATION OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRAQ VISITED THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Iraq, headed by Dr. Salih Husain Ali Al-Tamimi, Undersecretary for Policy Planning Affairs and Dean of the Foreign Service Institute of the Foreign Ministry of Iraq, paid a visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized by the Diplomatic Academy, and had talks in separate meetings with State Secretary Nemanja Starovic, Head of Africa and the Middle East Department Aleksandar Jankovic, and with Director of the Diplomatic Academy Mirjana Milosavljevic. 

Mirjana Milosavljevic and Dr. Salih Husain Ali Al-Tamimi agreed that the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation signed between the Diplomatic Academy and the Foreign Service Institute of the Iraqi Foreign Ministry was a good basis for continuing and further promoting the cooperation in the field of diplomatic education.

Furthermore, ideas were exchanged on the manner of realization of activities of mutual interest, especially when it comes to organizing seminars, trainings and lectures for young diplomats of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Iraq.

 

Friday, 10 December 2021

BRIGADIER GENERAL TOMMASO VITALE HELD A LECTURE AT THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY

After the opening remarks made by Director of the Diplomatic Academy Mirjana Milosavljevic and Acting Assistant Foreign Minister for Security Policy Ambassador Dijana Ivancic, the Chief of NATO Military Liaison Office in Belgrade, Brigadier General Tommaso Vitale, gave a lecture to the students of the Diplomatic Academy on the topic of “Current Mechanisms of Serbia-NATO Cooperation”.

General Vitale pointed out that Serbia and NATO were continuously developing their partnership for 15 years, owing to joint work and commitment, and that this cooperation was constantly being promoted through activities carried out within numerous partner cooperation mechanisms, such as: Individual Partnership Action Plan, Serbia-NATO Defence Reform Group, Planning and Review Process, Operational Capabilities Concept, Building Integrity Programme, Science for Peace and Security Programme, etc.

He reminded that Serbia joined NATO's Partnership for Peace programme in 2006, and added that this organization recognized Serbia as a highly important country, a reliable partner and a good neighbour, which was a guarantor of peace and security in the entire region.

 

Thursday, 25 November 2021

LECTURES HELD FOR STUDENTS OF THE 65TH CLASS OF “FIELD MARSHAL RADOMIR PUTNIK” NATIONAL DEFENCE SCHOOL

Today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Diplomatic Academy hosted a set of lectures for students of the 65th class of general staff training at the “Field Marshal Radomir Putnik” National Defence School of the Serbian Ministry of Defence’s University of Defence.

The lectures included a number of topics. Acting Assistant Foreign Minister for multilateral cooperation, Ambassador Aleksandar Tasic, presented the scope of multilateral diplomacy, its functions and role through the engagement of the Republic of Serbia in international organizations. Ambassador Rade Stefanovic informed the attendees about the competencies, organizational structure and role of the Ministry in the state administration system, as well as the manner of its functioning, including the diplomatic and consular network.

The lecture by the Head of the Neighbouring Countries and Southeast Europe Department, Milos Cavic, was focused on bilateral relations in the regional framework, i.e., Serbia’s relations with each of the countries that this organizational unit covers, while Head of the NATO and Partnership for Peace Department Sasa Kostic and Head of the Department for Common Security and Defence Policy and Security Challenges Igor Kuzelka presented the competencies of the Foreign Ministry in the field of security policy and its importance for the security system of Serbia, with special emphasis on cooperation between Serbia and NATO, the contribution to the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), energy and cyber security. After each lecture, participants had the opportunity to ask questions and engage in a discussion with the lecturers.

 

Monday, January 25, 2021

SELAKOVIĆ WELCOMED THE NEW GENERATION OF THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY STUDENTS

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selaković welcomed today the new generation of the students of the Diplomatic Academy and pointed out on that occasion that understanding of international circumstances and relations is extremely important for understanding of Serbian position and foreign policy.

"The knowledge and skills you will acquire at the Diplomatic Academy will contribute to your better understanding of international relations, Serbia's foreign policy position, but also to a better and more efficient implementation of our foreign policy and realization of our foreign policy priorities", said minister Selaković. He added that the first traces of Serbian diplomacy are mentioned in the Life of Saint Sava, as well as in the time of the Serbian Despotate, when the first envoys of Serbian despots Stefan and Djurаdj - Dukes Vitko and Nikola went abroad on special diplomatic missions. Selaković pointed out that Serbia is proud of its diplomacy traditions of the new century, as well as diplomats such as Ilija Garašanin, Jovan Ristić, but also Nikola Pašić, who, as he explained, is one of the few Serbian politicians who knew the history of international relations extremely well. Thanks to that knowledge, Pašić managed to anticipate events on the international scene, both as Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, adjust Serbian state goals to those events and realize state goals in an indirect and covert way.

 

Friday, December 4, 2020.

MINISTER SELAKOVIĆ PRESENTED DIPLOMAS TO THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY STUDENTS

Head of Serbian Diplomacy Nikola Selaković presented today diplomas to the students of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, generation 2019/2020.

Minister Selaković said on that occasion that he is convinced that the graduates will have the opportunity in further professional work and advancement to apply the knowledge and skills they acquired at the Diplomatic Academy and that they will represent and defend the interests of Serbia both inside and outside it. “Serbia, fighting for its foreign policy goals, must preserve itself, but also find a place in the part of the world where it can progress and strengthen and it is the task of every graduate as an employee of the state administration body or organization”, said Minister of Foreign Affairs.

 

Friday, June 19, 2020

SIGNING OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA AND THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE UNITED MEXICAN STATES ON DIPLOMATIC-ACADEMIC COOPERATION

First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić and Ambassador of the United Mexican States to the Republic of Serbia Marco Antonio Garcia Blanco signed today the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States on diplomatic-academic cooperation. This Memorandum will become the basis for future cooperation improvement between the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Matias Romero Institute.