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European Commission

MEMO

Brussels, 11 July 2014

International donors' conference for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia after the floods

Under the motto "Rebuilding together", the European Commission will host a donors' conference in Brussels on 16 July to mobilise further support to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the aftermath of the recent floods. The aim of the conference will be to collect pledges from donors for the countries' recovery. The conference will also contribute to stepping up co-operation over floods and natural disasters in the region, as well as operational coordination. The conference will be co-organised with France and Slovenia.

Accredited journalists will be able to register and attend the conference. Registration of accredited journalists will be done on the spot from 13:15 upon presentation of an EU accreditation badge, at the following address: European Commission, Charlemagne building – Conference Room De Gaspéri, 170 rue de la Loi, 1049 Brussels

Agenda

13:15 – 14:45 Registration and welcome coffee

14:15 – 14:45: Three movies about the dramatic floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia as well as the international response will be shown in the conference room

14:45 – 15:30 Opening and welcome

• Welcoming remarks and opening statement – Commissioner Štefan Füle

• Opening statements – Prime Minister Alenka Bratušek

• Opening statements – Minister Laurent Fabius

15:30 – 16:00 Key note speeches

• Bosnia and Herzegovina Chairman of the Presidency Bakir Izetbegovic

• Serbia - President Tomislav Nikolić

16:00 – 16:35 Presentation of the needs

16:35 – 18:30 Pledging session

18:30 – 18:45 Closing remarks and conclusions

• Closing statement – Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva

18:45 – 19:00 Press points

Background

International donor countries, international financial institutions, and main relevant civil society organisations are invited. The European Commission, France and Slovenia place high priority on the economic recovery of both countries.

The Conference is by invitation only and is a meeting of donor governments and international organisations. While it is not open to the public, information about the meeting will be made available on the following website: http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/news_corner/floods/index_en.htm


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