Outgoing PM Brnabic Presents Carta Serbica program

NEWS 09.08.2022 21:44
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Source: Tanjug/Rade Prelić

Outgoing Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said on Tuesday that a program has been introduced allowing people with Serbian roots residence and possible citizenship.

She told a presentation of the Carta Serbica program that foreign nationals of Serbian origin (either born abroad or having left the country) who renounced their Serbian citizenship can get a one-year residence permit and can apply for citizenship, a government press release said.

She said that the program includes tax and customs beneficts and housing loans for tax non-residents from the post office savings bank.

“The Prime Minister said that our people in the diaspora are very valuable because with their arrival they bring enthusiasm and new knowledge and experiences,” the press release said. It quoted her as saying that “our people in the diaspora are a great potential and treasure, as well as all those who want to return or to come here to see what it is like and then later make a decision on citizenship, investing and opening companies”.

According to Brnabic, Carta Serbica was copied from Poland. “The Prime Minister noted that „Carta Serbica“ was created as part of the „Returning Point” project, aimed at the return of the diaspora to Serbia, stating that since 2020, more than 8,000 people from the diaspora have been contacted, some of whom returned, some have invested, and some have suggested what the state should still do,” the press release said.

Brnabic also welcome Aleksandar Zurovac and his family to Serbia as part of the program. Zurovac was born in Croatia but came to Belgrade during the war of the 1990s before emigrating to the United States.