Norway to give two more million euros as aid to Serbia
Berge Brende, minister of foreign affairs of the Kingdom of Norway, who is on a two-day visit to Serbia, announced Monday that Norway would allocate additional EUR 2 million for rehabilitation works following May’s catastrophing flooding in Serbia. It is our duty to be there for you in these times of need, Brende told a press conference after meeting with Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic. Minister Dacic thanked Norway for the great help in the past, and especially for the aid following the recent flooding. He said Norway was a country Serbia shared good, stable and sincere relations with and one of the biggest donors in Serbia.
Political level visits have intensified, but economic cooperation should improve, Dacic said, stressing that foreign trade was relatively low and stood at only EUR 36 million.
The ministers said the meeting touched on relations between Belgrade and Pristina, the situation in Ukraine, Serbia’s European integration and regional relations.
Brende, whose country is not an EU member, said that Norway supported Serbia’s EU integration bid and voiced confidence that the road to the EU and eventually membership of the Union would promote economic growth and development and bring about positive reforms.
The Norwegian foreign minister invited Dacic to visit Norway and expressed the view that the visit would be a step forward in strengthening partnership between the two countries, and Dacic extended an invitation to Haakon Magnus, the crown prince of Norway, to visit Serbia.
The two ministers said that Serbia and Norway have a bond of long-standing, traditional friendship, established when a number of Serbian prisoners stayed in German-occupied Norway during World War II.
Norway is adding two more million to the initial aid of EUR 3.3 million.