Official name
KINGDOM OF SPAIN
Form of government
Constitutional monarchy
Capital
Madrid
Head of State
King Felipe VI
Prime Minister
Pedro Sanchez Perez-Castejon
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Jose Mauel Albares Bueno
Date of establishment of bilateral relations
1916

 

Political relations

Bilateral relations between the Republic of Serbia and the Kingdom of Spain are excellent. Officials in both countries rate them as friendly and privileged. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia N. Selaković visited Spain on 3 and 4 May 2021. In 2016 and 2017, the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Serbia and Spain was marked. Prime Minister Ana Brnabić visited Spain in August 2019 at the invitation of the then Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Josep Borrell. The previous Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ivica Dačić, visited Madrid in June 2017, while in September 2017, he attended the opening of the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Serbia in Zaragoza, as well as the opening of the Honorary Consulate in Seville in October 2018. The previous Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Josep Borrell, visited Serbia in March 2019.

 

Economic relations

Serbia and Spain are committed to strengthening economic cooperation, which has a lot of potential. Trade has been growing steadily in recent years.

The introduction of direct flights of Air Serbia, on 2 June 2019, on routes Belgrade–Madrid and Belgrade–Barcelona, is important for the overall Serbian–Spanish cooperation, especially in the field of economy and tourism. In 2020 exports from Serbia amounted to 218,6 million euros, and imports to 374,3 million euros. In 2019, exports from Serbia amounted to 219.7 million euros, and imports from Spain to 353.2 million euros. Spain singles out renewable energy sources, transport infrastructure, agro-industry, energy and environmental protection as the most attractive sectors for investments in Serbia. Realistic prospects for increasing exports to the Spanish market have rubber, wood, furniture industry and food products (frozen and canned fruit).

 

Bilateral agreements

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

1. Agreement between the Republic of Serbia and the Kingdom of Spain concerning cooperation in the field of fight against crime –  date of signature: 30 January 2011, date of ratification: 5 July 2011, and date of entry into force: 31 October 2011,

2. Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Kingdom of Spain on cooperation in the field of defence –  date of signature: 9 March 2009, date of ratification: 5 May 2010, and date of entry into force: 9 March 2009,

3. Agreement between the Republic of Serbia and the Kingdom of Spain on the Avoidance of Double Taxation with respect to Taxes on Income and on Capital –  date of signature: 9 March 2009, date of ratification: 11 December 2009, and date of entry into force: 28 March 2010,

4. Agreement between Serbia and Montenegro and Spain on Mutual Visa Exemption for Holders of Diplomatic, Service Passports and Passports for Public Affairs –  date of signature: 17 May 2005, date of ratification: 11 May 2006, and date of entry into force: 30 June 2006.

 

Contact information

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Madrid (Spain): http://www.madrid.mfa.gov.rs.

The Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain in Belgrade (Serbia): http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Embajadas/BELGRADO/en/Embajada/Pages/HorariosLocalizacionContacto.aspx.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia – Department for Europe: tel. 00 381 (0) 11 30 68 326, e-mail: oev@mfa.rs.