Welcome to Leskovac!

dobrodosli_eng.jpgIn the heart of the spacious and fertile Leskovian valley, fifty kilometres long and forty five kilometres wide, lies the city of Leskovac. It abounds in a great variety of geographic features and tourist facilities which will attract even the most particular of visitors. Apart from this multitude of features and facilities, Leskovac is also an important transit centre, providing links to Southern Europe (Greece), North-Western Europe via Belgrade, the Adriatic Sea via Priština, and the Black Sea and the Eurasian corridor via Sophia. The territory of the municipality of Leskovac is situated at an altitude between 210 and 240 meters above sea level.

Knowledge - way to a better future ПДФ Штампај Е-пошта

President of Serbia, Tomislav Nikolic, said that in the last few decades our country was left behind because the right people were not in power at the right point of time. He pointed out that things were slowly changing and that there would be new investments, products and employment.

Nikolic said that Serbia lost relationship with honesty, ethics and integrity, and that a popular manner was to steal, move, hide and not pay.

Mentioning that the state itself is the one to blame, Nikolic pointed out to excessive charges that employers had when hiring workers and criticized the drastic difference in financing  positions which were opened up by foreign investors, compared to the domestic ones.

"With such charges imposed, employees do not have new job opportunities. If the state funds working position of a foreign investor, why doesn't it fund a domestic one, why aren't they treated equally? The domestic ones receive €2,000.00 - €3,000.00 per employee, and foreigners get €10,000.00. Why is that person more valuable than our man?," Nikolic asked and also attended the delivery of contracts on the performance of vocational practice for the best graduates in the City Assembly of Leskovac.

Nikolic said that many things in Serbia had to change, saying that we rushed into many procedures too quickly.

"It's not possible to do something so quickly, because you must prepare both the state and nation and that is what I am expecting you to do," Nikolic said to graduates.

He said that Serbian debts had come to an end, and that it was no longer an option, but still we had to invest in agriculture, development and industry.

President Nikolic said that Leskovac had to be an industrial city and the city of advanced farmers and it had to be understood that the food industry would soon be the main branch that would draw Serbia forward.

"We neglected that and that was why we became poor and fed by others," he noted.

Speaking about his visit to textile company "Bim Tex" and the greenhouse of farmer Jovica Stojanovic, Nikolic said that even there he saw the problems that the state created to entrepreneurs and stated that the Serbian government would have to think about everything, even the small producer.

“Bim Tex” plant for the production of cotton thread worth 1.4 million euros was put into operation. This company is a market leader in Serbia in the production of various types of yarn for all kinds of knitting technology, and has an annual capacity of over 1,000 tons per year, and exports 60% to the EU market.

 

"Bim Tex" has 99 employees, and 52 of them are newly admitted to work, so the budget of the City of Leskovac will give incentive funds in the amount of RSD 120,000 per worker.

President Nikolic drew attention to the problem of fragmented land, so the individual fields are of a very small size.

Nikolic said that there was willingness and enthusiasm and he thought that after governmental changes, the system would work in a completely different way.

The President commented on our way to the EU noting that the greatest desire of Serbia was to get into the EU, but that in the meantime it had opened many doors in advanced countries of different continents, such as Africa, Asia and Latin America.

He congratulated the local government of Leskovac on the realization of idea to give academics the chance for vocational practice, stressing that this should be an incentive for all other municipalities, and said he would be happy to hear that the small number of academics needed practice, i.e. when a great number of them found a job immediately after graduation.

Mayor Cvetanovic said that academics would be able to gain valuable work experience and take the first step to employment in the next year.

Cvetanovic said the graduates were the brand of Leskovac and that the local government would always give them a chance, because they are the future and the power of the city and the whole Serbia.

During his visit to Leskovac, Nikolic visited the farm of Jovica Stojanovic in the village of Kumarevo near Leskovac, which would produce around 20 wagons of pepper this year.

Tomislav Nikolic talked with Jovica Stojanovic about the problems he was facing as one of the major producers of pepper in Leskovac, with120 greenhouses.

 

 

 
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