On the occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Serbia, a reception was held at the Palace of Europe in Strasbourg. The reception was attended by around 200 guests, including members of the diplomatic and consular corps, as well as the highest officials of the Council of Europe Secretariat. Among the guests were Ms Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Mr Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, President of the European Court of Human Rights.
Ambassador Aleksandra Đurović addressed the guests with welcome words, explaining the historical background and the events that the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia commemorates. Ambassador notably focused on the first Serbian Constitution, adopted in 1835, as one of the most progressive and liberal Constitutions of that time, as well as one of the first ones of that kind in whole Europe. Ms Đurović also emphasized that through the cooperation with the Council of Europe Serbia promotes the same values as in the time of the adoption of its first Constitution - democracy, rule of law and human rights.
The audience was also addressed by Ms Marija Pejčinović Burić, who noted the importance of the Republic of Serbia's membership in the Council of Europe, as well as the numerous conventions of the Council of Europe that the Republic of Serbia has acceded to.