Bilateral relations between the Republic of Serbia and Federal Republic of Germany are very good. There is an active political dialogue with developed cooperation in many areas, especially in the field of economy and culture. About 232,000 thousand Serbian citizens live in Federal Republic of Germany, and if we take into account the second and third generation of Serbian immigrants, between 500,000 and 700,000 people of Serbian origin live in Germany.
President Aleksandar Vučić participated in the Munich Security Conference on 13-14 February 2020. At the invitation of Chancellor Angela Merkel, from 17-19 September 2019, the Prime Minister Ana Brnabić paid a bilateral visit to the Federal Republic of Germany. President Aleksandar Vučić and Prime Minister Ana Brnabić were in Berlin on 29 April 2019, at the invitation of Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron.
The modern diplomatic relations between the two countries began to develop after the unification of Germany and the independence of the Kingdom of Serbia after the Berlin Congress in 1878.
An important aspect of bilateral relations between the Republic of Serbia and Federal Republic of Germany is the extensive economic cooperation, which is constantly on the rise. Germany is the most important trade partner of the Republic of Serbia, one of the most significant investors and the biggest donor.
In the period from January to November 2020, the trade amounted to about 5.5 billion US dollars (4.83 billion euros), of which exports amounted to 2.28 billion US dollars (2 billion euros) and imports amounted to 3.22 billion US dollars (2.83 euros). In 2019, the total trade between the two countries amounted to 6.41 billion US dollars (5.29 billion euros). The exports from the Republic of Serbia to the Federal Republic of Germany amounted to 2.68 billion US dollars (2.21 billion euros), and imports to 3.73 billion US dollars (3.08 billion euros).
The Republic of Serbia mostly exports the following to the Federal Republic of Germany: sets of ignition wires, parts for electric motors and electric generators, direct current motors, electric heating resistors, frozen raspberries, parts and accessories for motor vehicles. Germany exports the following to the Republic of Serbia: medicines, used cars, DC motors, parts for electric motors and electric generators, generators or converters and refined copper wires. About 400 originally German companies operate in Serbia, employing just under 60,000 workers. Stada, Metro, Henkel, Siemens, Bosch and Leoni are among the biggest investors in the Republic of Serbia.
So far, the Republic of Serbia and the Federal Republic of Germany have signed 95 agreements, with the following as most significant:
- Agreement on Economic Cooperation between the FPRY and the FR of Germany,
- Agreement on the regulation of employment of Yugoslav workers in FR Germany,
- Agreement on cultural and scientific cooperation between SFRY and FR Germany,
- Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany on the establishment of the "German-Serbian Chamber of Commerce Abroad" in Belgrade,
- Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany on cooperation in the field of security.
Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Berlin http://berlin.mfa.gov.rs/lat/
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Belgrade https://belgrad.diplo.de/rs-sr
Contact in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia
Department for Europe, tel. 00 381 (0) 11 30 68 326, 30 68 274, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org