On 11th June the Austrian Business Circle meeting was held, which was organized by the Trade Department of the Austrian Embassy and the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Serbia. Before the meeting a panel discussion was held with the topic “Economic advantages of EU integration for Serbia” and also the award ceremony for the Energy Globe national award was held, this year’s winner is the Open University Subotica for its project “International School of Organic Agriculture”.
Mr. Marko Čadež, Chairman of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce attended the gathering and the panel discussion together with Andreas Haidenthaler, Austrian Trade Commissioner for Serbia.
Regarding the topic of the gathering, the Trade Department of the Austrian Embassy, which is in the meantime a branch office also to the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, invited Ms. Micaela Kleedorfer to participate, who is responsible for EU coordination in the Chamber of Commerce of Austria. As the representative of Austria, which is member of the EU for 20 years already, Ms. Kleedorfer led a discussion on the upcoming changes awaiting Serbia, while on this discussion Ms. Jadranka Joksimovic, minister for EU integration, Ms. Ksenija Milenkovic – director of the Office for EU integration of the Republic of Serbia and Mr. Oscar Benedict, representing the Delegation of the EU to Serbia.
After the discussion the Energy Globe award was handed over, which is handed out every year for innovative solutions in environmental protection. This year the committee voted for the Open University Subotica for the national winner for Serbia in 2015, the representative of this institution, Mr. Vladimir Perovic received the price for the project “International School of Organic Agriculture”.
The project International School of Organic Agriculture was realized between 2010 and 2012 within the Serbian Transition Agriculture Reform programme, which was financed by the Ministry for Agriculture and supported by the World Bank.
After successfully implementing the project, the International School of Organic Agriculture and other initiatives in organic agriculture got sustained on 21.03.2014. when the Open University Subotica received the official support of the Ministry of Agriculture for founding the Center for the development of Human Resource and development of Organic Production as the sixth center for organic production in Serbia specialized in education and research in these fields.
The Center for human resource and the development of organic production functions successfully over more than a year, continuously organizing education in the field and preparing various project proposals for national and international funds.