A growing number of Western European companies, operating in Russia or Ukraine, are temporarily relocating to other countries due to the war in Ukraine and sanctions against Russia, with Serbia being one of the most popular choices. popular for offshoring.
Milić Djoković, a real estate agent with the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, told the Tanjug news agency that Serbia is convenient for Western businesses as a transit variant because from here they can operate normally.
“That’s why they choose us as an intermediate solution, until further notice,” says Djoković and adds that it always comes down to finding and assessing the opportunities offered by the Serbian.
“Commercial property owners are still not ready to rent short-term, say, expensive commercial premises for just 15 days, a month or two. That’s just not how they operate and their goal is to have long-term tenants, not those who would vacate after 20 days or a month or two,” he explains.
He also says that companies looking for commercial premises are usually from Austria, Germany, Italy and Poland and that most of them belong to the IT, energy and utility sectors. ‘Agriculture. “They are looking for quality commercial premises with good infrastructure, ample parking, etc. IT companies mainly need houses, where there are also toilets, entertainment facilities and the like,” says Djoković and adds that all companies also need a fast internet connection.
Djoković stresses that the number of companies willing to relocate temporarily to other countries will mainly depend on the duration of the conflict in Ukraine and the imminent end of the crisis. “If the war lasts for a considerable period of time, and we hope it does not last, then there will be a need for quality commercial premises, with good infrastructure and ancillary facilities,” he concludes.
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