A reception on the occasion of the assuming of the Serbian presidency by Aleksandar Vucic will start at 18:00 hours CET in the Palace of Serbia in New Belgrade.
Presidents of Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, and Montenegro Borut Pahor, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Gjorge Ivanov and Filip Vujanovic, as well as all three members of the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina – Mladen Ivanic, Bakir Izetbegovic and Dragan Covic, are coming to the ceremony from the region.
According to RTS, by Thursday evening, 21 delegations who arrived in Belgrade for the inauguration had been welcomed.
Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will also attend, as Angela Merkel’s and Walter Steinmeier’s envoy, as well as senior officials from Russia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, Greece, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Belarus and Austria.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has arrived in Belgrade, as well as Vice President of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, Ji Bingxuan.
As Vucic announced earlier former Serbian presidents Milan Milutinovic and Zoran Lilic will attend, Borislav Jovic is expected, while Vojislav Kostunica is otherwise engaged.
During the ceremony, the Serbian national anthem will be sang by a children’s choir. The song “This is Serbia” will be performed after Vucic’s address, followed by a toast, and performances of the ensemble Vrelo, the cultural and artistic society Kolo, the music band Una Saga Serbica, and Dejan Petrovic’s brass band.
After this part of the reception, the guests will tour salons representing different parts of Serbia, and will be served food and drink characteristic of these regions.
Busts of Roman emperors born in the territory of Serbia will be placed in the west wing of the Palace of Serbia.
In addition, on display will be photographs from the Toplica Uprising, uniforms and portraits of Djordje “Karadjordje” Petrovic and Milos Obrenovic, a model of Nikola Tesla’s lab on Long Island, and the first television set produced in the former Yugoslavia.
According to plans, members of the Serbian Assembly will arrive in buses from the Assembly, while journalists will be transported from the plateau in front of the Belgrade City Assembly.
Streets around the Palace of Serbia, primarily Nikola Tesla and Mihajlo Pupin boulevards, will be closed for traffic starting from 16:00 hours, which will affect city transport.