E-business in Serbia improves with EU support

30 Serbian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) were awarded the E-Trustmark at the conference “E-business Development in Serbia – achievements and challenges” held in Belgrade on 16 November 2016. Thanks to EU support, the E-Trustmark principles and practice have been introduced into the business community in Serbia and a total of 66 SMEs have been awarded the E-Trustmark over the last two years.

Introductory speeches were delivered by Oskar Benedikt, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation in Serbia, Vesna Kovac, State secretary of  the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Katarina Obradovic Jovanovic, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Economy and Maja Pejcic, Director of the Department for Project Management of the Development Agency of Serbia.

Benedikt has said that the introduction of E-Trustmark is one of the most important results of the project E-business Development which is funded by the EU with 2.5 million EUR. “This is not the end, but the beginning of a process which introduces changes in electronic commerce Serbia, because it is inevitable for further economic growth, making profits and new jobs," said Benedikt. He announced that the EU will continue to support the development of e-business in Serbia.

Vesna Kovac, State Secretary of the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, said that Serbia has ambitious plans for the development of electronic commerce and electronic government. She added that in accordance with the Information Society Development Strategy by 2020, the goal will be the development of e-commerce, small and medium enterprises and the domestic private sector.

Assistant Minister of Economy for Small and Medium Enterprises and Entrepreneurship Katarina Obradovic Jovanovic said that a huge job is front of the government and entrepreneurs when it comes to e-commerce and an experience gained through the project was big.

"The end of this project is only the beginning, because the Ministry of Economy and the Development Agency of Serbia will include training programme developed under this project as part of activities of regional development agencies to be provided to SMEs across Serbia," she said. She added that "even sometimes we do not sufficiently recognize challenges set by the digitalization, it is important that all enterprises are prepared to use opportunity which brings modern technology; otherwise it can be a major obstacle to development."

Certificates to the representatives of the awarded SMEs were presented by Steffen Hudolin, Head of Operations II of the EU Delegation in Serbia and Vesna Kovac, State Secretary of the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications.

The E-Trustmark will be valid until November 2017, after which the Center for Development of e-commerce and protection of consumers on the Internet from Novi Sad will continue accreditations and delivering the E-Trustmark to entrepreneurs in Serbia

The pilot e-Trustmark programme is just one of the achievements of the E-business development Project funded by the European Union with 2.5 million Euros and implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications and Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Serbia. Project results and achievements were presented by Leszek Jakubowski, project Team leader.

Over the last 2 years, the project supported the Serbian SMEs to get a better insight into e-commerce, e-business and digital applications in order to improve their competitiveness and increase consumer confidence in electronic commerce. As well as piloting the e-Trustmark programme in Serbia, the project worked closely with Serbian SMEs, providing workshops and training sessions on e-business and e-commerce to more than 700 entrepreneurs.

Some 1000 representatives from various Serbian state institutions attended 35 capacity building workshops on digital economy, e-business, e-commerce, and combating of cyber-crime. The project developed and published 9 brochures and useful handbooks on these subjects which were widely disseminated.

With an aim to increase e-consumer awareness and trust, an internet platform www.e-dukator.rs was developed to educate and inform Serbian citizens on their online shopping rights. Through this platform, more than 2,000 consumers passed an on-line test and obtained a certificate on safe e-shopping, while another 6,000 people were informed on their e-shopping rights through social media. Another portal, www.eposlovanjesrbija.rs was developed containing numerous texts and useful articles on various aspects of e-business and e-commerce in Serbia and worldwide. The portal will continue to be managed by the Development Agency of Serbia and the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications as a tool to promote work in the digital economy and also to raise awareness about and support for SMEs in Serbia.

Project results - infographic

During the second part of the conference, Panagiotis Zafeiropoulos, project's key expert 2 deliver speech related to e-invoicing, while the future of E-Trustmark in Serbia was presented by Nebojsa Djuric from Center for the development of e-commerce and consumer protection on the Internet from Novi Sad. Representatives of SMEs - Museum Theatre Ltd. and Virid Ltd. presented the importance of cooperation with the project in obtaining E-Trustmark.

The conference, which was attended by more than 150 participants, was marked by the completion of project activities.

The project is part of a larger EU programme to assist Serbia's SME sector. Over the last 15 years, the EU has allocated €78 million EUR to strengthen the Serbian private sector, with special focus on SMEs.

The companies that have been awarded the e-Trustmark in Serbia are:

MC MOST, TR BeeCool, Hoću to d.o.o, TV Shop Direct International d.o.o, Aerokarte d.o.o, Kupi Me d.o.o, Bus Computers, Prizma d.o.o, Superior d.o.o, Clio, Games d.o.o, Data status, Gigatrond.o.o, Ikiklik d.o.o, BC Group, eKUPI d.o.o, Benchmark Shop, Vreme je novac, EuroTehna 021 d.o.o, Positive Line, Ellecta International d.o.o, Dereta d.o.o, Evro Book d.o.o, Fonlider d.o.o, Moto-bike, Beosport, Internet prodaja guma, Vitapur d.o.o, Aerial Video Solutions d.o.o, Jumbo travel d.o.o, Laguna d.o.o Beograd, Delfiknjižare, Beyond, Digital logic d.o.o, SZTR Cvećara Kazablanka, VDV d.o.o., Panorama d.o.o., Inzuos d.o.o., Diker d.o.o., Green Design d.o.o., Web izlog d.o.o., UNIVERS-CO d.o.o., Flora d.o.o., E-market, Virid d.o.o., Limundo d.o.o., Kupoman d.o.o., 012 Lab d.o.o., Muzejteatar d.o.o., Gadget 4 Gift d.o.o., SMALL TREE d.o.o., Bel Computers d.o.o., Digital Logic RnD d.o.o., Formaxstore d.o.o., VD Soft, TiCo Computers d.o.o., TakoLako Shop d.o.o., Bio špajz d.o.o., Beo Sport, BPC Media, Savez za tradicionlani karate Vojvodine, Sigmax d.o.o., Helenadiashop d.o.o., Bomar d.o.o., Diopta d.o.o., MMN Kolačič d.o.o., KondorAs d.o.o.


About the E-commerce Trustmark:

On 3 May 2000, a process called the “e-Confidence initiative” was launched by the European Commission in order to counter the lack of consumer confidence in electronic commerce.  As part of the e-Confidence initiative, the E-Trustmark scheme was created.

What does E-commerce Trustmark stand for?

E-commerce Trustmark is an electronic commerce badge, image or logo displayed on a website to indicate that the website business has been shown to be trustworthy by the issuing organisation.

E-Trustmark gives confidence to customers and indicates to them that it is safe to do business with the web site displaying it. There two main European initiatives for electronic commerce Trustmark, the e-commerce Europe E-Trustmark and the EMOTA European Trustmark - are mainly market driven.


 

 

 

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  • 01. 12. 2016.

    The project website is archived on 1 December 2016

  • 16. 11. 2016.

    Project closing conference

    Place: Belgrade

    Date: 16 November 2016

  • 03. 11. 2016.


    Workshop for traders

    Place: Belgrade

    Date: 3 November 2016

     

  • 26. 10. 2016.

    Workshop for traders

    Place: Kragujevac

    Date: 26 October 2016

  • 25. 10. 2016.


    Workshop for traders

    Place: Uzice

    Date: 25 October 2016

     

  • 21. 10. 2016.

    Training: e-business and digital aplications for SMEs

    Place: Novi Sad

    Date: 21 October 2016

     

  • 20. 10. 2016.


    Workshop for traders

    Place: Subotica

    Date: 20 October 2016

     

  • 18. 10. 2016.

    Training: e-business and digital aplications for SMEs

    Place: Kragujevac

    Date: 18 October 2016

     

  • 17. 10. 2016.

    Training: e-business and digital aplications for SMEs

    Place: Nis

    Date: 17 October 2016

  • 13. 10. 2016.


    Workshop for traders

    Place: Nis

    Date: 13 October 2016

     

  • 07. 10. 2016.

    Train the trainer

    Place: Belgrade

    Date: 6 - 7 October 2016

     

  • 06. 10. 2016.

    Train the trainer

    Place: Belgrade

    Date: 6 - 7 October 2016

     

  • 29. 09. 2016.

     

    Workshop: Е-business in state institutions - e-government

    Place: Kragujevac

    Date: 29 September 2016

     

  • 28. 09. 2016.


    Workshop: Е-business in state institutions - e-Government

    Place: Nis

    Date: 28 September 2016

  • 21. 09. 2016.

    Workshop: Е-business in state institutions - e-Government

    Place: Novi Sad

    Date: 21 September 2016

  • 20. 09. 2016.

    Workshop: Е-business in state institutions - e-Government

    Place: Belgrade

    Date: 20 September 2016

     

  • 14. 09. 2016.

    Workshop: Consumer protection in e-commerce

    Place: Kragujevac

    Date: 14 September 2016

     

  • 13. 09. 2016.

    Workshop: Consumer protection in e-commerce

    Place: Nis

    Date: 13 September 2016

     

     

  • 09. 09. 2016.

    Workshop: Consumer protection in e-commerce

    Place: Novi Sad  

    Date: 9 September 2016

     

  • 08. 09. 2016.

    Workshop: Consumer protection in e-commerce

    Place: Belgrade

    Date: 8 September 2016

     

  • 06. 07. 2016.

    Workshops: "E-commerce processes and payments" and "E-commerce processes and payments - Action Planning"

    Place: Novi Sad

    Date: 6 July 2016

    Training: process and work in cases of cyber crime

    Place: Belgrade

    Date: 5 - 6 July 2016

  • 05. 07. 2016.

    Training: process and work in cases of cyber crime

    Place: Belgrade

    Date: 5 - 6 July 2016

  • 29. 06. 2016.

    Training: process and work in cases of cyber crime

    Place: Belgrade

    Date: 28 - 29 June 2016

  • 28. 06. 2016.

    Training: process and work in cases of cyber crime

    Place: Belgrade

    Date: 28 - 29 June 2016

  • 23. 06. 2016.

    Workshops: "E-commerce processes and payments" and "E-commerce processes and payments - Action Planning"

    Place: Kragujevac

    Date: 23 June 2016

  • 22. 06. 2016.

    Workshops: "E-commerce processes and payments" and "E-commerce processes and payments - Action Planning"

    Place: Nis

    Date: 22 June 2016

  • 16. 06. 2016.


    Training: process and work in cases of cyber crime

    Place: Belgrade

    Date: 15 - 16 June 2016

  • 15. 06. 2016.


    Training: process and work in cases of cyber crime

    Place: Belgrade

    Date: 15 - 16 June 2016

  • 14. 06. 2016.

    E-Trustmark award ceremony and promotion of E-consumer web platform

    Place: Belgrade

    Date: 14 June 2016

     

  • 09. 06. 2016.

    Promotion of E-consumer web platform

    Place: Krusevac

    Date: 9 June 2016

  • 08. 06. 2016.

    Workshops: "E-commerce processes and payments" and "E-commerce processes and payments - Action Planning"

    Place: Belgrade

    Date: 8 June 2016

     

  • 07. 06. 2016.

    Promotion of E-consumer web platform

    Place: Novi Pazar

    Date: 7 June 2016

     

  • 02. 06. 2016.

    Promotion of E-consumer web platform

    Place: Zajecar

    Date: 2 June 2016

     

  • 31. 05. 2016.

    Promotion of E-consumer web platform

    Place: Valjevo

    Date: 31 May 2016

     

  • 25. 05. 2016.

    Promotion of E-consumer web platform

    Place: Kraljevo

    Date: 25 May 2016

     

  • 24. 05. 2016.

    Promotion of E-consumer web platform

    Place: Uzice

    Date: 24 May 2016

  • 20. 05. 2016.

    Promotion of E-consumer web platform

    Place: Pozarevac

    Date: 20 May 2016

  • 19. 05. 2016.

    Promotion of E-consumer web platform

    Place: Sremska Mitrovica

    Date: 19 May 2016

  • 17. 05. 2016.

    Promotion of E-consumer web platform

    Place: Zrenjanin

    Date: 17 May 2016

     

  • 13. 05. 2016.

    Promotion of E-consumer web platform

    Place: Jagodina

    Date: 13 May 2016

    Training: process and work in cases of cyber crime

    Place: Belgrade

    Date: 11 - 13 May 2016

  • 12. 05. 2016.

    Promotion of E-consumer web platform

    Place: Kragujevac

    Date: 12 May 2016

     

    Training: process and work in cases of cyber crime

    Place: Belgrade

    Date: 11 - 13 May 2016

  • 11. 05. 2016.

    Training: process and work in cases of cyber crime

    Place: Belgrade

    Date: 11 - 13 May 2016

  • 10. 05. 2016.

    Promotion of E-consumer web platform

    Place: Nis

    Date: 10 May 2016

  • 27. 04. 2016.

    Promotion of E-consumer web platform

    Place: Subotica

    Date: 27 April 2016

  • 26. 04. 2016.

    Promotion of E-consumer web platform

    Place: Novi Sad

    Date: 26 April 2016

     

  • 20. 04. 2016.

    Conference: E-commerce 2016

    Place: Palic

    Date: 20 April 2016

  • 23. 03. 2016.

    Workshop: Business environment for Development of E-commerce in Serbia

    Place: Belgrade

    Date: 23 March 2016

  • 24. 02. 2016.

    Event: Training for trainers and advisors on e-commerce
    Place: Nis
    Date: 24 February 2016

     

  • 18. 02. 2016.

    Event: Training for trainers and advisors on e-commerce
    Place: Novi Sad
    Date: 18 February 2016

     

  • 26. 01. 2016.

    Event: Training for trainers and advisors on e-commerce
    Place: Kragujevac
    Date: 26 January 2016
     

  • 08. 12. 2015.

    Event: Training for trainers and advisors on e-commerce
    Place: Belgrade
    Date: 8 December 2015
     

  • 03. 12. 2015.

    Event: E-business awareness raising campaign
    Place: Belgrade (Belgrade Chamber of Commerce)
    Date: 3 December 2015
     

  • 30. 11. 2015.


    Event: E-business awareness raising campaign
    Place: Zrenjanin
    Date: 30 November 2015

  • 25. 11. 2015.

    Event: E-business awareness raising campaign
    Place: Krusevac
    Date: 25 November 2015

  • 24. 11. 2015.

    Event: E-business awareness raising campaign
    Place: Kraljevo
    Date: 24 November 2015

  • 20. 11. 2015.

    Event: E-business awareness raising campaign
    Place: Kragujevac
    Date: 20 November 2015

  • 16. 11. 2015.

    Event: E-business awareness raising campaign
    Place: Zajecar
    Date: 16 November 2015
     

  • 10. 11. 2015.


    Event: E-business awareness raising campaign
    Place: Loznica
    Date: 6 November 2015

  • 06. 11. 2015.

    Event: E-business awareness raising campaign
    Place: Pozarevac
    Date: 6 November 2015

  • 30. 10. 2015.

    Event: E-business awareness raising campaign
    Place: Uzice
    Date: 30 Оctober 2015

  • 27. 10. 2015.


    Event: E-business awareness raising campaign
    Place: Sremska Mitrovica
    Date: 27 Оctober 2015

  • 14. 10. 2015.
    E-business awareness raising campaign

    Event: E-business awareness raising campaign
    Place: Subotica
    Date: 14 Оctober 2015

  • 06. 10. 2015.
    E-business awareness raising campaign

    Event: E-business awareness raising campaign
    Place: Novi Pazar
    Date: 6 Оctober 2015

  • 02. 10. 2015.
    E-business awareness raising campaign


    Event: E-business awareness raising campaign
    Place: Nis
    Date: 2 Оctober 2015

  • 01. 10. 2015.
    E-business awareness raising campaign



    Event: E-business awareness raising campaign
    Place: Vranje
    Date: 1 october 2015
     

  • 30. 09. 2015.
    E-business awareness raising campaign




    Event: E-business awareness raising campaign
    Place: Leskovac
    Date: 30 September 2015
     

  • 22. 09. 2015.
    E-business awareness raising campaign



    Event: E-business awareness raising campaign
    Place: Valjevo
    Date: 22 September 2015

     

  • 06. 07. 2015.
    E-business awareness raising campaign

    Event: E-business awareness raising campaign
    Place: Novi Sad
    Date: 6 July 2015
     

  • 19. 06. 2015.
    Communication training for representatives of the Regional Development Agencies

    Event: Communication training for representatives of the Regional Development Agencies

    Place: Belgrade

    Date: 18 – 19, June 2015

  • 18. 06. 2015.
    Communication training for representatives of the Regional Development Agencies

    Event: Communication training for representatives of the Regional Development Agencies

    Place: Belgrade

    Date: 18 – 19, June 2015

  • 16. 06. 2015.
    Communication training for representatives of the Regional Development Agencies

    Event: Communication training for representatives of the Regional Development Agencies

    Place: Belgrade

    Date: 15 – 16, June 2015

  • 15. 06. 2015.
    Communication training for representatives of the Regional Development Agencies

    Event: Communication training for representatives of the Regional Development Agencies

    Place: Belgrade

    Date: 15 – 16, June 2015

  • 12. 06. 2015.
    Launch of e-business awareness raising campaign


    Event: Launch of e-business awareness raising campaign
    Place: Belgrade
    Date: 22 June 2015