It is worth paying attention to the following points at business meetings in Serbia:
Serbia Accepted Business Practice
- In general, the code of business conduct is similar in Serbia to that in the rest of Europe and the USA.
A handshake at the beginning and end of a meeting is the accepted custom.
Care should be taken to shake the hand of everyone present at the meeting.
In the presence of a woman, her hand should be shaken before shaking hands with men.
- The accepted form of dress for a business meeting in Serbia is a formal suit for men and women are recommended to dress fashionably but not loudly.
- It is very important at a business meeting to indicate your colleague's title first and then his surname.
Use of first names is intended only for private meetings, after a personal relationship has been established.
- If you are invited to your colleague's home in Serbia, it is customary to bring a small gift, such as a selected wine, a box of chocolates, etc.
- Most business people in Serbia have a good command of English.
- Because of the ethnic tension that exists in Serbia, it is advisable to follow the media, in particular in all that concerns Kosovo.
- It is worth knowing that there are extremely severe penalties in all that concerns drug offences.
It is also forbidden to photograph military and police installations in Serbia.
- You are recommended to avoid making business appointments for the months of July and August as well as around the dates of national holidays in Serbia.
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