Official name
UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND
Form of government
Constitutional monarchy
Capital
London
Head of State
Queen Elizabeth II
Prime Minister
Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Dominic Raab
Date of establishment of bilateral relations
1837

Political relations

Bilateral relations between the Republic of Serbia and the United Kingdom are assessed as good, with a good level of cooperation, which is most pronounced in the field of security policy and defence. The Republic of Serbia and the United Kingdom, in addition to the fact that they were allies in both world wars, had the opportunity to mark a significant jubilee in 2017 - 180 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations. On 18 June 2019, Prime Minister Ana Brnabić participated in the Financial Times and Western Balkans conference in London. The then First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs I. Dačić participated in the Conference on Freedom of the Media, which was jointly organized by the United Kingdom and Canada at the level of foreign ministers in London on 10 and 11 July 2019. Charles, Prince of Wales, visited Serbia on 16 and 17 March 2016, as part of a tour of the region.

 

Economic relations

In the period January-November 2020, the total exchange with the UK amounted to around 478 million euros, with Serbia's exports amounting to 262,720 million euros and imports around 214,780 million euros. In 2019, foreign trade amounted to 557.2 million euros, of which Serbian exports were 325.5 million, and imports 231.7 million euros. Net direct investments of the United Kingdom in Serbia since 2010 by the second quarter of 2020, amounted to a total of 627 million euros, which took the 13th place on the list of countries with the largest investments in the Republic of Serbia.

Some of the largest UK investors in the Republic of Serbia are: British-American Tobacco, which privatized the Tobacco Industry Vranje (2013), the company Endava in the IT sector (2015), Agena Technology in Šimanovci, a factory that produces parts for the automotive industry (2005), Poseidon real estate in Belgrade, DS Smith packaging industry in Kruševac, investment fund MidEuropaPartners, majority owner of the private health system MediGroup (2018), Aptiv Packard produces electrical installations for the automotive industry, which has a factory in Novi Sad (2015) and Leskovac (2019), and in November 2019 they signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of the Republic of Serbia, which implies the opening of a factory in Zaječar. On 5 December 2019, a commercial contract was signed with Behtel Enka UK Limited for the construction of the Pojate—Preljina  section of the Morava Corridor highway, with a total length of 112 km.

 

Bilateral agreements

A total of 28 agreements with the UK are in force, and some of the most important bilateral agreements are:

Agreement on Mutual Extradition of Convicts between the Kingdom of Serbia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain. Date of signing, ratification and entry into force: 6 December 1900 and 25 January 1901; Trade Agreement between the Government of Yugoslavia and the United Kingdom. Date of signing, ratification and entry into force: 27 November 1936 and 18 June 1937; Agreement on Air Services (between the FPRY and the Great Britain). Date of signing, ratification and entry into force: 3 February 1959 and 30 September 1959; Agreement between the SFRY and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on the avoidance of double taxation concerning taxes on income. Date of signing, ratification and entry into force: 6 November 1981, 15 July 1982, 16 September 1982; Agreement between the FR Yugoslavia and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on cooperation in the field of education, science, culture and sports. Date of signing, ratification and entry into force: 6 November 2002, 30 January 2003, 27 August 2003.

 

Contact information

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in London: http://www.london.mfa.gov.rs/

The Embassy of UK in Belgrade: https://www.gov.uk/organisations/british-embassy-belgrade.sr. 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia – Department for Europe (DE).

tel. 00 381 (0) 11 30 68 326; e-mail: oev@mfa.rs.