Mr. Zoran Tadić, the general manager of the well-known Novi Sad company Neofyton, was appointed as Honorary Consul of Austria in Novi Sad
The Austrian consulate, responsible for the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina region, commenced service on March 24th 2021. The new Consulate will play a very important role in the advancement of economic, cultural and social relations between Austria and A.P. Vojvodina.
Mr. Zoran Tadić, the general manager of the well-known Novi Sad company Neofyton, was appointed as Honorary Consul of Austria in Novi Sad. Neofyton, whose most important partner is the Austrian company Engel- the world’s leading manufacturer of plastic injection machines, is a representative of the world’s leading companies in the plastic industry. In addition, Mr. Tadić has been successfully cooperating with the Austrian Chamber of Commerce in Serbia and Nigeria for many years and he is also a member of the Council for Cooperation of Science and Economy at the Serbian Chamber of Commerce.
At the opening ceremony, in a welcome speech, Mr. Tadić thanked, first of all, the Ambassador of Austria to the Republic of Serbia, H.E. Nikolaus Lutterotti, for the distinctive honor during the process of candidacy and final appointment to the position of Honorary Consul. Furthermore, Mr. Tadić pointed out that Serbia and Austria and Vojvodina and Austria have always been closely connected throughout history. ’Serbia and Austria have a lot in common, they are similar in size, they have a similar number of citizens, and throughout history, the roads of these two countries have often intertwined.
“The new Consulate will play a very important role in the advancement of economic, cultural and social relations between Austria and A.P. Vojvodina”
However, the most important natural link between these two countries is certainly the Danube. It was the strategically good position on the Danube that contributed to the Austrian court in 1692, starting the construction of the second largest fortress in Europe – the Petrovaradin Fortress. The soon-to-follow construction of the city of Novi Sad, the immigration of Serbs from Kosovo to Vojvodina, as well as the subsequent flourishing and development of Serbian culture, science and trade in Vojvodina in the 18th and 19th centuries, took place with the support of the Vienna court’, cited Mr. Tadić.
The event was also attended by Secretary-General for Foreign Affairs in the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria, Mr. Peter Launsky-Tieffental, Austrian Ambassador to Serbia H.E. Nikolaus Lutterotti, Novi Sad Mayor Mr. Miloš Vučević and the State Secretary of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nemanja Starović.
In his address, Secretary-General for Foreign Affairs in the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Mr. Peter Launsky-Tieffental, stated that Austria is a stable partner of Serbia on its path to the European Union. “The European Union is not only based on cooperation between countries, but also on cooperation between regions and, more specifically, between cities. We are pleased with the partnership that already exists between Vojvodina and the Austrian regions, or the connections that the city of Novi Sad already has with several cities in Austria.
“Serbia and Austria have a lot in common, and throughout history the roads of these two countries have often intertwined”
An important part of this cooperation is that Novi Sad will assume the title of European Capital of Culture next year, where the Austrian city of Linz (former European Capital of Culture) can certainly help. ” The importance of this Consulate is also shown by the fact that the arrival of Mr. Launsky-Tieffental at the opening of the Consulate, is his first visit outside Austria after 13 months since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that the visit to Serbia has not been chosen by chance.
The Ambassador of Austria to Serbia, H.E. Nikolaus Lutterotti, said that consulates make an excellent contribution to closer connection of two nations, opening of new opportunities and foster better mutual understanding.
In his address at the solemn ceremony, the Mayor of Novi Sad, Mr. Miloš Vučević pointed out: “Congratulations to the Honorary Consul Mr. Zoran Tadić at the appointment and I am convinced that he will represent the country in the best way and be a solid, unbreakable link between the two countries.”
The State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Mr. Nemanja Starović emphasized that ’The opening of another Austrian consulate in Serbia is a clear signal that bilateral relations between Austria and Serbia are on an upward trajectory, and it is very important that the new honorary consul, Mr. Tadić is a person with great experience in the field of the economy who will be able to use his knowledge, experience, as well as business contacts for the further development of relations between the two countries.’
Apart from helping the residents of Austria who are at work or traveling in Vojvodina, the role of the Consulate will be to revive the economic, business and cultural connections between Vojvodina and Austria. The consulate will also contribute to better networking in the field of culture, art and education, said Mr. Tadić, at the end of the solemn ceremony.
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