Student protests 26 years ago in Belgrade

Posted by Aleksandra Hristov on January 30th, 2023 under Events | No Comments »

Twenty six years ago I was part of the student protests  in Belgrade as a reaction to theft in local elections in Serbia, during Slobodan Milosevic rule. As a young reporter for Dnevni Telegraf (at that time not yet banned by SPS, SPS, SRS and Jul) in Kolarceva street. Reuters photo. Milosevic was forced to bring the Lex Specialis only after 3 months of demonstrations and the EU’s reaction to that theft.

Now it has been twenty two years since the formation of the first democratic post-October 5 Government in which Dr. Zoran Đinđić was elected as Prime Minister. Even today, I am proud that I was part of that idea. After two years in the Dnevni Telegraf  independent newspaper, my law professor Gaso Knezevic invited me to be his chief of staff in the Ministry of Higher Education in the Transitional Government, and later in the Ministry of Education and Sports. In September 2002, at the invitation of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic, I went to his cabinet as the director of the Center for Strategic Communications of the Government. After two months of conflict with Beba Popovic, I returned to the Ministry of Education and worked in the ministry until May 2003.

Euro for knowledge: Thank you Certificate presented to Aleksandra Hristov

Posted by Aleksandra Hristov on December 29th, 2022 under Events | No Comments »

On occasion of ten years anniversary of the foundation “Euro for knowledge”, the president of the governing board Mr. Milenko Vasovic has presented the Foundation’s “Thank you Certificate for connecting good ideas and good people” to Ms. Aleksandra Hristov, CEO of Hristov Consulting, Belgrade, Serbia.

“It is a great honor to receive this Thank you Certificate from the credible people, who for the past ten years have been getting together the organizations and individuals that are eager to invest in knowledge by giving grants to high school and university students. Hristov Consulting as community responsible company, always supports education of the young individuals, and remains available to help anyone whose purpose includes these same goals. I use this opportunity to thank again the Foundation for being consistent in the effort of wholeheartedly investing in education of the younger generation in Serbia, and for recognizing us and our clients as partners in achieving their mission”, said Aleksandra Hristov

Hristov consulting marks 15 years in business

Posted by Aleksandra Hristov on December 15th, 2022 under Events | No Comments »

Ethical professional codex, improvement of the team members, services quality advancement, the basis for continuous development

Hristov consulting d.o.o., is the consulting company for the strategic communication and management consulting that offers services of representing, positioning, and risk control in Serbia and the region, has just marked 15 years since establishment.
In line with the practice of adhering to the highest ethical work habits, all members of our team are implementing the Code of Ethics and the principles of professional values as defined by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and Serbian trade associations.
“We believe that the professional values such as respecting the public interest, truthfulness in representing clients, expertise in work, independence in providing objective advice to whomever we represent is vital for maintaining the integrity of our profession. According to the Code of Ethics we are loyal to those we represent with the obligation to serve the public interest, while having the honest relationship towards the clients and the media”, says Ms. Aleksandra Hristov, CEO
Hristov consulting is the member of the Management Consultants Association of Serbia, and it is the only certified consulting company for the strategic communication and education in this area. Since its establishment in 2007. our firm worked for individuals, corporations, small and medium size companies from all business sectors, projects, political parties, associations, labor syndicates, public institutions, and organizations, while always avoiding any conflicts of interest.
Whereas, Hristov consulting has the “Chrystal plaque”, the internationally recognized brand of golden creditworthiness excellence, awarded based on results achieved within the past three years, and that provides the ranking among the most prestigious companies in the region. Over the last seven years our consulting firm had business with the best creditworthiness grades, and continuously has excellent results, financial stability and the trust of our business partners.
“Regardless if it is the individual or the large international institution, Hristov consulting approaches each client as the unique case, implementing the appropriate methodology in reference to particular needs. We always create the communication strategy that significantly contributes to achieving the business and organizational goals of the client, including the positioning, media relations, reputation management, public engagements, lobbying strategy, legal disputes, and crisis situations handling, all the areas where we are already well recognized player. Over these years Hristov consulting invested in improvement of its consultants while answering the requirements of the clients and the wider public with the aim to develop, within the law, communication among all the stakeholders for the benefit and understanding of all the interested parties. We shall remain devoted to these goals in the future”, adds Ms. Hristov.
From the beginning, Hristov Consulting continuously invests in the community where it does the business, helping the individuals and numerous organizations, including for persons with disabilities and student’s organizations, to whom our consultants transmitted the knowledge and experience.
We use this opportunity to thank you all for the trust and successful cooperation we had and developed over these past fifteen years. It is now our highest priority to maintain and further improve the quality of our service in the coming years.

Online Lecture “Crisis Communications”

Posted by Aleksandra Hristov on January 16th, 2022 under Events | No Comments »

Ms. Aleksandra Hristov, director of the consulting firm “Hristov Consulting”, certified for the strategic communications and education, held the online lecture “Crisis CommunicationS” at the invitation from the professor Ms. Milica Slijepcevic, Metropolitan University, Belgrade, Serbia.

The students have been introduced to the latest trends in strategic communications and crisis management, the field with the increasing importance for the public institutions, companies, and other organizations.

To review the whole lecture on Serbian language follow the link:

MET TALKS / MENADŽMENT WEBINAR – Krizne komunikacije

Discussion on “Educating for democracy” Harvard Graduate School of Education

Posted by Aleksandra Hristov on December 14th, 2021 under Events | No Comments »

Aleksandra Hristov, director of Hristov consulting, as the member of Harvard Club of Serbia participated in discussion on “Educating for democracy” with Professor Meira Levinson (Harvard Graduate School of Education) with Harvard Alumni from Central and Southeastern Europe.

Mineco continues its scholarships for the best students at the Faculty of Mining and Geology

Posted by Aleksandra Hristov on October 29th, 2021 under Events | No Comments »

Mineco congratulates Marija Petrović and Branko Kostić, students at the Faculty of Mining and Geology in Belgrade, for their award of this year’s Mineco-funded scholarships from the Euro for Knowledge Foundation.

As one of the largest mining investors in Serbia and the region, Mineco has for the past six years been donating funds for two non-refundable scholarships with a sum of 100,000 dinars to the best students of the Faculty of Mining and Geology.

The winners of this year’s Euro for Knowledge scholarships, donated by Mineco, are Marija Petrović from Velereč near Gornji Milanovac, with an average grade of 9.10 and Branko Kostić from Belgrade, with an average grade of 8.90, both fourth-year students at the Faculty of Mining and Geology in Belgrade, studying deposit exploration in the economic geology module.

Marija Petrović thanked the Euro for Knowledge Foundation and Mineco for the scholarship.

“Besides the financial support, this scholarship also means to me a confirmation that the work I have been putting in is not in vain. My thanks to Mineco for appreciating science and investing in young people”, said Marija and pointed out that it means a lot to her that she will have the opportunity to learn in practice how an important mining company operates in Serbia.

Her colleague Branko Kostić said that the scholarship he received would help him continue his studies just as successfully or even more successfully than before.

“I chose economic geology as a challenge, and this scholarship, donated by a mining company, confirms I was not wrong. Thanks to Mineco who decided to help in this way I hope that I will be able to reciprocate with my knowledge when I finish my studies”, added Branko Kostić.

This year, the Euro for Knowledge Foundation decided to award a total of six student scholarships of 100,000 dinars each in the school year 2021/22. This Foundation was established in 2010 to invest in knowledge, primarily in the education of young people.

Mineco donated funds to this Foundation for the sixth time, and since the selection of scholarship winners was again successful this year, it intends to continue its support in future.

Aleksandra Hristov at NOVA.RS portal on the merits of the state crisis council

Posted by Aleksandra Hristov on July 30th, 2021 under Events | 1 Comment »

The consultant for the strategic and crisis communication Aleksandra Hristov points out that the various countries have managed this pandemic in different ways, and the effects in each case can currently be seen in the attitudes of the public in abiding by the prescribed measures and their enrollment in the vaccination effort.
“That is undoubtedly one of the parameters of the success in managing this crisis. At the beginning of the pandemic the entire Serbia every day at 3 PM was watching the press conferences from the State Crisis Council (SCC) headquarters, and the public widely believed them. However, the contradictory messages from the SCC, especially coupled with the opposing opinions from the political and expert part of the Council, and with the political part always dominant in decision making, we are now witnessing that during 2020 the public trust was lost towards getting any information from that important source. One of the main effects of such crisis management is the general mistrust among the majority of citizens. Consequently, in spite of having the abundance of each of the four types of vaccines offered in Serbia, very few individuals opted to be vaccinated”, says Hristov.
She stressed the fact that trust once lost is very hard to earn again.
“At the same time, despite the widely held correct belief that the crisis always carries new opportunities, in the crisis you can not design a successful plan to score the political points by intent, and that pertains to any organization or country in any crisis. The crisis is managed by systemic and consistent implementation of the singular set of well thought through messages”, adds our interlocutor.
“If we exclude the measure of mandatory vaccination, that by law here exists, the solution is to change the body in charge of the crisis, which is now hard to do because the trust has been largely spent. For the efficient change of the atmosphere during any crisis, together with the attitude of the majority of the participants and observers, the key is not only in the new actions proposed, but more importantly who is proposing them. Only that can produce the rapid turnaround and the situation change. That new body (new SCC) must be made of the credible individuals who have not damaged their reputations during the crisis, and only those therefore have the necessary authority to come up with the believable economic and health prognosis, and to decide about the actions to recommend to the state to implement. Those newly appointed persons must have the coordinated slogans so that the public can understand how to a behave and what is beneficial to their and theirs siblings’ health and wellbeing”, continues Hristov.
She added that unfortunately, the individuals with the personal and professional integrity very often refuse or very much hesitate to participate in solving the crisis if invited by those who already squandered the public trust and are profoundly responsible for creating the bad situation.
“In addition to all this, it is necessary to organize the vaccination campaign geared towards the younger population by using the communication channels that are familiar to them, such as social networks and peer education”, emphasized Hristov.

How to communicate with the stakeholders workshop for the Independent Journalists Association of Serbia

Posted by Aleksandra Hristov on March 3rd, 2020 under Events | 1 Comment »

Belgrade – the director of Hristov Consulting, Ms. Aleksandra Hristov, the certified management consultant (CMC) in the area of strategic communications, had recently conducted the workshop “How to communicate with the stakeholders” for the members of the Executive Board and the Secretariat of the Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (NUNS).
The workshop has included defining and analyzing the notions of stakeholder and the targeted activities, interactions of such activities and organisations, ways of conducting the influence on stakeholders, and how to communicate and deal with them. This interactive workshop was originally created for the companies’ managements, any organisations, institutions and individuals.
“I am very pleased that I got this opportunity to, as a former journalist and long time member of NUNS, have this workshop that could help this organisation develop and progress. The mission of NUNS is to, by taking the strong and proactive action in public, increase the rights of its members and all media workers in Serbia, while systemically advancing the professional standards and promoting the ethically responsible journalism.
The workshop “How to communicate with the stakeholders” is interactive, therefore all participants, through their conversations and practice sheets, got the practical guidelines and tools for successful communication with their stakeholders.

Biznis Magazin and Ekonometar Magazines Fifteenth birthday

Posted by Aleksandra Hristov on February 25th, 2020 under Events | 1 Comment »

Ekonometar and Magazin Biznis Magazines celebrated 15 years of successful publishing on Monday February 24th.
At Belgrade’s Crown Plaza Hotel, in front of a large audience, it was presented that for over a decade and a half, these magazines have been an important source of information for business people as well as anyone else interested in economy and entrepreneurship
On this occasion, the traditional awards of “Planet Business” were awarded. This year the winners are: Dragan Filipovic, General Manager of Generally Insurance, Djordjo Markedjani, Director of DDOR, Zoja Kukic, Program Director for Startup Development “Digital Serbia”, Zorica Selakovic, owner of “Dezert” company in Cacak and Goran Jovic, director of Regional Chamber of Commerce of Pcinja and Jablanica District.
Founder of these magazines, Radojka Nikolic, editor-in-chief, expressed her satisfaction that these magazines were able to survive in difficult circumstances and to have an enviable rating on the Serbian media scene in the category of economic and business press. She expressed hope that Serbia had higher rates of economic growth and emphasized that as a society we should turn more to the economy than politics.
As part of the celebration, a mini panel was held on Serbian economy before and now, led by Aleksandar Vlahovic former Minister of Economy and Privatization, and Marko Cadez the current President of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, who is also the face of the latest front page.
Congratulates to Biznis Magazin and Ekonometar  Magazines for decade and a half of successful work, with the belief that it will be even more successful in the future.

Serbias Notaries have performed 367,121 free document certifications in 2019

Posted by Aleksandra Hristov on February 13th, 2020 under Events | 1 Comment »

Notaries of Serbia achieved remarkable results during 2019, as evidenced by the fact that during that period they issued more than 250,000 documents, in the form of records and solemnization, which implies the drawing up, verification and confirmation of real estate contracts, lifelong support and other contracts in other property relationships.
The 250,000 cases registered in the General Business Register of 197 Serbian notaries are significant not only as statistics but also as an indicator of the extent to which notaries of Serbia have contributed to the increase of legal certainty in real estate transactions and other affairs, said the President of the Serbian Chamber of Notaries Srbislav Cvejic, presenting some of the most important results of notaries in 2019.
Cvejić also said that due to the work of notaries, fraudulent real estate sales were avoided and that the number of court proceedings regarding contractual disputes was significantly reduced.
The SCN President emphasized the great support and assistance provided by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Serbia from the outset, which continues to work on improving the technical capacity of the notary system, as well as on strengthening the position and expanding the competences and network of notaries.
Cvejic recalled that Serbia’s notaries celebrated 5 years since the introduction of notaries in the legal system in 2019, and it is clear that in that short time they were able to fulfill the most important functions – to protect the rights of parties, to speed up and control legal transactions and unburden the judiciary system. In five years, Serbia’s notaries have done more than eight million legal transactions under their jurisdiction, most of them certifications – about 7 million.
The great success of Serbian Chamber of Notaries in Serbia is that in 2019 they were able to complete as many as 367,121 certifications of documents, thus relieving the state institutions, especially during period of high school and college enrollment. In 2019, in June and July, more than 122,000 free copies of documents were notarized across Serbia, while some 245,000 documents were completed in the remaining 10 months.
In addition to the documents for the first enrollment in high schools and colleges, notaries notarized documents for the purposes of the competition for admission to dorms and student standards institutions, as well as for the competition for the use of student scholarships and loans. In addition to certification of these documents, certifications for enrollment in pre-school institutions and primary schools are also performed free of charge, as well as certification of signatures and transcripts or photocopies of documents used for social security, social protection, veterans-disabled protection and protection of civilian war invalids.
Notaries publicly certify, free of charge, documents for providing financial support for a family with children, as well as the documentation for victims of domestic violence. In addition, it is free of charge to certify the documents of unemployed persons necessary for the establishment of an employment relationship, or other rights conferred on that basis.
According to the President of the SCN, the results achieved in the last five years prove the extent to which both the public notary system in Serbia and the work of the Chamber of Notaries were developed in a short time. Cvejic emphasized the efficient work of a large number of notary offices, which were able to speed up the implementation of inheritance procedures, for which they are entrusted by the courts. “Inheritance procedures for public notaries are now effectively conducted, ending in a very short time,” Cvejic said.
The goal of the Serbian Chamber of Notaries is to further work on the advancement of the profession, and to fill more vacancies for notaries, which should be 370, for the territory of the entire Republic of Serbia. “Expanding the network of notaries is one of our priorities. We must work to ensure that public notaries are equally accessible to all citizens, “Cvejic said.
According to the president of the SCN, the Chamber has faced many challenges in the past years, the biggest one that citizens accept them as professionals, lawyers who improve legal certainty with their work. “We believe that we have made great strides in this direction so far, and we can promise that we will continue to work hard in the future and that we will strengthen our network and capacities,” Cvejic added.
The SCN also continuously provides training for notaries and notary assistants and associates, and constantly works to harmonize notary public practice. “It is extremely important for the Chamber to control the work of all notaries. We demand strict compliance with all laws and regulations by our members and sanction any violation of regulations within our ranks, “said Cvejic.

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