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Governmental system: federal republic
Head of State: Frank-Walter Steinmeier 
Prime Minister: Angela Merkel
Minister of Foreign Affairs: Sigmar Gabriel
Date of establishing diplomatic relations: Diplomatic relations were established in 1951.

Political relations:

Visits of Serbian officials to the Federal Republic of Germany:

-  Official visit of Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic to Berlin, on 11-12 June 2014, at the invitation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
-  Serbian Prime Minister A. Vucic visited Berlin on 30 June 2014, 18 May 2015, and 7 September 2015.
-  First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic visited Berlin on 22 August 2014, 5 November 2014, and on 12-13 November 2014.
-  Minister without portfolio in charge of European integration Jadranka Joksimovic visited Berlin from 13 to 15 October 2014.
-  Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic visited the German federal province of Baden-Württemberg, on 3-4 February 2014.
-  Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic visited the German federal province of Bavaria on 27 July 2015.

Visits of the officials of the Serbian National Assembly to the Federal Republic of Germany:

-  The members of the Serbian National Assembly's Serbia-Germany Parliamentary Friendship Group, Vesna Markovic, Chair, and MPs Z. Babic and M. Bacevac, visited Berlin from 7 to 10 September 2015. 

Visits of German officials to the Republic of Serbia:

-  Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Serbia on 22-23 August 2011, and on 8- 9 July 2015.
-  Sigmar Gabriel, Vice Chancellor of Germany and Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy, visited Serbia on 16-17 November 2014.
-  German Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the Republic of Serbia on April 28, 2015.
-  German Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier took part in the 22nd OSCE Ministerial Council meeting, 3-4 December 2015, in Belgrade.
-  Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maiziere (along with French Minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve) visited the Republic of Serbia on 14-15 July 2014.
-  Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Christian Schmidt visited the Republic of Serbia on 12-13 October 2014.

Visits of German MPs to the Republic of Serbia:

-  CDU MP Thorsten Frei visited Serbia on 10-12 June 2014.
-  Andreas Schockenhoff, former Deputy Head of CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in Bundestag, visited Belgrade, 9-11 July 2014.
-  SPD MP Josip Juratovic visited Belgrade on 13-14 August 2014.
-  SPD MP Christoph Strasser, German Government's Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, visited Serbia from 11 to 14 September 2014.
-  Members of the Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development Peter Stein (CDU), Josip Juratovic (SPD), Heike Hansel (the Left Party) and Uwe Kekeritz (Greens) visited the Republic of Serbia from 22 to 24 October 2014.
-  CSU MP Bartholomaeus Kalb was on a visit to the Republic of Serbia, from 27 to 29 October 2014.
-  SPD MP Niels Annen visited the Republic of Serbia on 5 December 2014.
-  Representatives of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the States of South-Eastern Europe, Chair Peter Weis (CDU), Deputy Chairs Josip Juratovic (SPD) and Alexander Neu (the Left Party), as well as members Heinz Wiese (CDU), Dirk Vopel (SPD) and Ute Finckh-Kramer (SPD) visited Serbia from 10 to 12 February 2015.
-  CDU MP Karl Lamers visited Serbia on 1 April 2015, when he met with Prime Minister A. Vucic.

Economic relations:

The economic relations are good, with the potential for further development and a tendency of foreign trade growth. For many years, the FRG has been among the leading industrial partners of Serbia, and it is at the very top of foreign trade partners and export destinations, one of the top five investors and the largest single bilateral donator. From 2002 to 2014, foreign trade increased threefold, and the level of exports to the FRG has increased more than five times, which is largely the result of German companies' investments in Serbia. Around 400 German companies operating in Serbia employ a little over 25,000 workers. In the last two to three years alone, about 150 companies with German capital started their operations in Serbia.

The value of foreign trade has been constantly growing over the past few years. In 2014, foreign exchange rose by over 6% compared to the previous year, and it amounted to EUR 3.153 billion. Growth was achieved in 2015 as well, with Serbian exports to the FRG totalling EUR 1.503 billion (+13.1%), and imports amounting to EUR 2.032 billion (+11.4%).

Bilateral agreements