Belgrade, 21th, December 2018 – The Foreign Investors Council held the regular annual session of the Assembly, summarizing the key achievements and making solid basis for the future growth. Members also adopted Annual and Financial Report for 2018. For the first time this year, the “Committee of the Year Award” was introduced.
Looking into 2019, FIC President Yana Mikhailova pointed out that ”FIC will continue to advocate for speeding up the reforms and acceleration of accession negotiations in order to catch up with EU level of economic development. 3 key FIC expectations from the Government are to achieve sustainable fiscal consolidation (structural reforms, especially privatization and corporatization of state-owned enterprises), improve law implementation, especially in tax area (strengthening tax administration), and provide more transparency in public consultations with focus on reforms in 8 priority topics: tax, labour, digitalization& e-commerce, real-estate, inspections, food safety, and overall legal framework, with emphasis on regulations on bankruptcy and foreign exchange operations. We hope that the re-launched joint Task Force with the Government will bring the tangible results next year.”, concluded FIC President.
Assembly meeting gave the opportunity to track the record of past activities and adopt Annual and Financial Report for 2018. This has been an important year for FIC, which brought 3 significant novelties: 1) formation of the new Pharma Industry Committee, in a response to this industry needs; 2) launch of FIC LinkedIn account to take advantage of this network and more actively promote FIC work to external community and; 3) In order to fully embrace the era of digitalization, but also to be environment-friendly, FIC opted against printing the White Book publication which is available for free download on the FIC website (www.fic.org.rs).
Apart from its best known projects: the White Book, ”Dialogue for Change”, and annual visit to Brussels, FIC was highly active throughout 2018, demonstrated by the following figures – FIC launched 45 regulatory initiatives, actively participated in 14 working groups, and held more than 200 meetings with the Government and other stakeholders. As an inclusive organization, FIC maintained close interaction with its members via more than 40 committee meetings and over 80 individual meetings. During the course of a year, FIC had around 600 media reports, transparently reporting on its recommendations and positions. More information in the FIC Annual Report for 2018 available for free download on the FIC website (www.fic.org.rs).
In order to fully recognize the key role of its working committees, FIC established “Committee of the Year Award”, which was awarded to the FIC Legal Committee, as the most active committee in 2018.
About FIC: From an independent business association created by 14 companies, we stayed faithful to our principles and grew to gather over 120 companies from all around the globe who have invested more than EUR 33 billion and directly employ over 100,000 people in Serbia compared to EUR 150 million of investments and 3.160 employees in 2003!. FIC main goal is to influence the improvement of business climate in Serbia by making concrete reform proposals and building a business portal for communication with the authorities in Serbia. FIC is also focusing on promoting solid business ethics and high corporate governance principles within the organization and towards local companies, the Government, and other external stakeholders. Through support and active engagement of membership, FIC has proven to be a strict guardian of the business community interests and at the same time a reliable partner to the Government of Serbia and other relevant stakeholders.