Official name
REPUBLIC OF LATVIA
Form of government
Republic
Capital
Riga
Head of State
Egils Levits
Prime Minister
Krišjānis Karinš
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Edgars Rinkēvičs
Date of establishment of bilateral relations
1917

Political relations

The Republic of Serbia has traditionally good and friendly relations with the Republic of Latvia, with a commitment to further promotion and development of bilateral cooperation in political, as well as economic, cultural and other areas of mutual interest.

It is important that Latvia continuously supports the European aspirations of Serbia.

Political dialogue has not been intense in recent years, while there is continuity of contacts at the working level and mutual interest in reviving the exchange of visits of officials in the coming period.

Former First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dačić visited Riga on 9 – 10 December 2014, and the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs visited Belgrade on 21 – 22 April 2015.

 

Economic relations

Economic cooperation takes place exclusively through trade. In the period January – November 2020, the total trade amounted to 13.52 million euros (exports 8.1 million and imports 5.47 million euros). In 2019, the total trade amounted to 28.6 million euros (exports to Latvia amounted to about 10 million, and imports to 18.6 million euros).

The largest Serbian exporters are: Comtrade Distribution, Tetra Pak Production Ltd. Belgrade, ATB Server Ltd., Tigar Tyers Ltd., Tarket Ltd. Bačka Palanka. The following types of goods predominate in imports from Latvia: peat, veneer and other processed wood, briquettes, brown coal, telephony and telegraphy machines, wireless network machines, antifreeze, glass products, woven materials, fish and fertilizers of animal and plant origin.

The largest importers in the Republic of Serbia are: Virginia doo Belgrade, Hawita Antolin Kraljevo-Milocaj, Agros Trade doo Užice, Sampro Samardžić & Son doo Belgrade. Serbia exports to Latvia: TV sets with LED screen, paper and cardboard coated with plastic, sanitary products, sour cherries, animal feed, dog and cat food, bags and sacks, packaging and wrapping machines, carpets, electric and storage water heaters, parts for furnaces, polyethylene strip containers.

 

Bilateral agreements

Six bilateral agreements are in force, and the following stand out in terms of their importance:

Agreement between the Council of Ministers of Serbia and Montenegro and the Government of the Republic of Latvia on the avoidance of double taxation with respect to taxes on income and property; and

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Republic of Latvia on international road traffic.

 

Contact information

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Stockholm (Sweden): http://stockholm.mfa.gov.rs/index.php.

The Embassy of the Republic Latvia in Athens (Greece): https://mfa.gov.lv/en/greece. 

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.