The Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Dimitri S. Kerkentzes, has carried out a Technical Visit to Belgrade to review preparations for Specialised Expo 2027 Belgrade, a little under a year after Serbia’s election as host country.

The two-day visit included meetings between the Secretary General and the Prime Minister of Serbia, Miloš Vučević, and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Siniša Mali.

The Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Dimitri S. Kerkentzes (centre-left) during a Technical Meeting with the Prime Minister of Serbia, Miloš Vučević (right)

Discussions were centered on Serbia’s plans for the Expo and the next steps following the submission of the Recognition Dossier to the BIE in February. Currently being reviewed by the BIE and its Member States, the Recognition Dossier presents a detailed plan for the implementation of the Expo, including scheduled operational dates, legislative and financial measures, the Expo site Master Plan, the conditions for international participation and legacy plans. Its approval by the BIE General Assembly will allow Serbia to invite international participants and begin preparations in earnest.

The Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Dimitri S. Kerkentzes (left) with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Serbia, Siniša Mali (right)

The agenda included a visit to the future Expo site, which forms part of an Urban Masterplan Complex between the Sava River and New Belgrade. Infrastructure works are already well underway with construction having begun on parts of the complex including the new National Stadium.

The BIE Secretary General indicated: “The progress made in less than a year since the election of Serbia as the host of Specialised Expo 2027 Belgrade is truly remarkable. This transformational project will not only be a milestone for Serbia, but will also hold immense significance for the entire region.”

Serbia was elected as the host of Specialised Expo 2027 by BIE Member States during the 172nd General Assembly of the BIE on 21 June 2023. Organised under the theme “Play for Humanity: Sport and Music for All”, Expo 2027 Belgrade is set to welcome 120 countries and 10 international organisations between 15 May and 15 August 2027.

Expos are global events that explore a chosen theme through engaging and immersive discoveries. Among the different categories of Expos, Specialised Expos are designed to respond to a precise challenge facing humanity and may take place in the interval between two World Expos. Specialised Expos are limited in terms of duration - lasting up to three months - and space - with the exhibition area not exceeding 25 hectares. The site is entirely built by the Organiser, Participants being provided with pavilion space.

The most recent Specialised Expo, Expo 2017 Astana, took place in the capital of Kazakhstan under the theme “Future Energy”, and received almost 4 million visits.