24. April 2018.
BFC SEE annual regional certificate award ceremony "Partnership for a Competitive Region", organised by BFC Regional Technical Secretariat - NALED and supported by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and European Investment Bank (EIB), was held on 24th April, in hotel Hyatt Regency, Belgrade.
In the presence of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, H.E. Axel Dittman, Ambassador of Germany to Serbia, Sem Fabrizi, Head of Delegation of European Union to Serbia, Miguel Morgado, European Investment Bank (EIB), Ministers and State Secretaries from the countries members of the BFC SEE network, donors, high officials of the municipalites from region and BFC SEE network representatives, certificates were awarded to the 17 cities and municipalities which earned the title of Business Friendly Cities and Municipalities during 2017: Illinden (MK), Cres (CRO), Novi Sad, Sombor, Leskovac, Ruma (SRB), Bihać, Doboj, Gradačac, Gradiška, Jablanica, Kotor Varoš, Laktaši, Novi Grad Sarajevo, Sanski Most, Posušje, Zenica (BiH).
Regional initative for a business friendly environment was the main topic of the ceremony and high officials, including Prime Minister, Ambassador, Ministers, representatives of EU and donors, gave their support for institutionalization of this initiative.