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The Chamber of Commerce of Serbia hosted an energy forum entitled The Role of Serbia in the Energy Market of the Balkans. The forum gathered numerous experts with a view to defining a common approach to energy policy in Southeast Europe and ensuring pan-regional collaboration among the countries interested in improving the market of energy-generating products. NIS was one of the participants of this year's forum. Ana Maćić, Head of the Strategic Development Section at NIS spoke about the investments of NIS and future strategic objectives of its business development in Serbia and the region. “NIS intends to grow into a regional energy company, which is the reason why it has been extending its operations in the region to the retail market of Bulgaria, Romania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as to the area of exploration in Romania, Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina," Ms Maćić said. The importance of joining forces in terms of energy and the stability of supply in the Balkan energy market were discussed by Alexander Siromyatin, Director of the International Projects Sector of Gazprom, Pavel Persidski, Technical Director of South Stream Serbia, Martin Bálint Sipos, Head of the Energy Department in the Ministry for National Development of Hungary, Vasil Todorov, Secretary General of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Rick Gill, Chief Executive Officer of Natural Gas Europe and Ben Aris, Editor of Business New Europe. The gathering was also attended by Alexander Chepurin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Serbia and Xavier Deniau, Ambassador of the Republic of France to Serbia.