The Mayor of Novi Sad, Miloš Vučević, has met with the Ambassador of France, H.E. Pierre Koshar, who is on his first official visit to the City Hall in Novi Sad. The Mayor wished the Ambassador a warm welcome and pointed out that Novi Sad, especially in the previous period, had intensive international cooperation with the cities of the Val d'Oise Region. As he said, Novi Sad has signed a Letter of Intent with the three cities there, on the establishment of cooperation, and these are the cities of Enghien-les-Bains, Saint-Leu-la-Forêt and Taverny. The Ambassador Koshar said that the embassy would give full support to the dynamics of those partnerships.
Vučević mentioned that he met with the Mayor of Bastille at the beginning of this month, and that on that occasion it was agreed that Novi Sad would share its experiences with that city, which is striving to become the European Capital of Culture in 2028.
The Ambassador thanked for the warm welcome, congratulated Novi Sad on being the European Capital of Culture this year, and assessed that such a project contributes a lot to establishing closer relations between European cities. As he said, there is cooperation with the Foundation "Novi Sad - European Capital of Culture" and based on it, many French artists will present themselves in Novi Sad, i.e. they will actively participate in the cultural season in Novi Sad and in initiatives that are implemented in that area.
The meeting was also attended by representatives of the French Institute in Serbia and the branch of that institute in Novi Sad. Mayor Vučević assessed that the organization contributes a lot to cultural exchange between the two countries, emphasizing that the City strives to help them have better working conditions. The Ambassador Pierre Koshar thanked the City for providing the Novi Sad branch of the French Institute in Serbia with a place in the Creative District, and that the space will be ready for work at the end of June.
The officials concluded that there are conditions for good cooperation to be even more fruitful, both in the field of culture and in the field of economy and Mayor Vučević expressed his belief that, like the companies "La Farge" and "Schneider Electric", other French companies will also decide to invest in Novi Sad, i.e. in Serbia.