Successful results of the project “Socio-Economic Development of the Danube Serbia Region” (SEDDSR) were discussed by a panel held at EU’s book stand at the International Belgrade Book Fair.

Klaus Kapper, the Director of Austrian Development Agency in Serbia, said the Danube offered numerous opportunities for development but in order to open them it was necessary to develop a strategic framework which indeed was the final goal of EU’s assistance.

He said two main infrastructure projects had been implemented – the construction of water supply system in Veliko Gradiste and the reconstruction of Golubac Fortress.

Kapper stressed that the Danube region exceeded the area around Novi Sad and Belgrade and added it was important to include those other places in order to develop projects and attract investment.

“It is important to redirect the flow towards the areas outside the capital,” he said

Iskra Maksimovic, the Director of “Tvrđava Golubački grad” public enterprise, talked about the project “Reconstruction of Golubac Fortress” which, apart from being focused on the reconstruction of the Fortress, also aimed at preserving the cultural and natural heritage around it.

She said that during the construction works they accidentally found several archaeological sites and thus disproved the theory about the weak presence of Romans in the area as they found a Roman structure as well as Celtic items and a Turkish bath.

Executive Director of Serbia Film Association Milica Bozanic said that during the project implementation, they were also working on promoting Serbia as a film location.

She said they worked on creating a brand of Serbia as a film location and reminded that the countries in the region had already done so.