Business opportunities in the Western Balkans

Are you interested in business opportunities in the Western Balkan? Do you want to start or expand your business in the region? Join us at the Balkan Business Day in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 21 June.


During the Balkan Business Day, we will inform you about the many business opportunities in Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Bosnia Herzegovina.

What to expect

The programme includes informative sessions about the Western Balkans by Dutch ambassador Joost Reintjes and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Join our interactive speed-dates and discussions with the ambassadors from the Western Balkans in the Netherlands and Dutch embassies in the Western Balkans. Or meet with Dutch companies and entrepreneurs active in the region.


Time (CEST) Activity
13:00–13:30 Welcome and registration.

Welcome statements from:

  • Johannes Kirpestein, Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO);
  • Darja Kragic, Netherlands Enterprise Agency.
13:35–13:40 Opening statement by Bernard Kelkes, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
13:40–13:55 Dutch ambassador Joost Reintjes on the Western Balkan region.
13:55–14:05 European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), global economic outlook by Alexander Plekhanov (Director Global Economics).
14:05–14:20 EBRD, Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) stakeholder relations in the region by Aleksandra Miladinovic (Regional Coordinator advice for SME businesses for the Western Balkan).
14:20–14:30 Doing business in the Western Balkans: an entrepreneurial perspective by Martin Sobota (co-founder of Cityförster).
14:30–14:40 Business perspective on government subsidies and instruments available to support your business ambitions in the Western Balkan by Hans Buster (CEO at Vita Verde).

Short overview of governmental instruments available for businesses with international ambitions by Johannes Kirpestein (RVO).


Coffee break.

  • Table discussions on doing business in the Western Balkans; and
  • Thematic session about the water sector in the region.

Speed-date with:

  • Dutch entrepreneurs;
  • Netherlands embassies in the Western Balkans;
  • Western Balkan embassies in the Netherlands.
17:00-17:05 Closing statements.
17:05-19:00 Network opportunities and drinks.


Register for this event before 21 June. Participation is free of charge.

More information

For more information about this event, please contact:

Johannes Kirpestein
Business Development Coach, Eastern Europe
Netherlands Enterprise Agency