BELGRADE – Fiat’s future in Serbia is guaranteed, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday following a meeting with Fiat COO Alfredo Altavilla in Turin earlier in the day.

“I cannot talk about many things for understandable reasons, but I am confident and certain, after serious discussions and a responsible approach by Altavilla, that Fiat will retain operations in Serbia for many years to come,” Vucic told a press conference in Belgrade, adding that he was not referring to two or three years, but a much longer period of time.

Despite the fact that Fiat’s plant in Serbia is set to reduce the number of shifts from three to two, its future in Serbia is guaranteed, Vucic said.

Fiat is satisfied with what Serbia has done, Vucic said, adding that the government was prepared to provide additional assistance if necessary.

Vucic also said that he would discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev a soonest possible start of exports of Serbian-made Fiat cars to Russia.