Serbia has handed over the Recognition Dossier for Specialised Expo 2027 Belgrade to the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE).

The Recognition Dossier is an essential element in the organisation of the next Specialised Expo and its approval by the General Assembly of the BIE will confirm Serbia’s status as its Organiser. Prepared by the recently created national entity responsible for the Expo’s Organisation, the Recognition Dossier was presented to BIE Secretary General, Dimitri S. Kerkentzes by the Ambassador of Serbia to France, H.E. Ana Hrustanović.

The Ambassador of Serbia to France, H.E. Ana Hrustanović presents the Specialised Expo 2027 Belgrade Recognition Dossier to the Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Dimitri S. Kerkentzes

Following its election as Specialised Expo 2027 host country during the 172nd General Assembly of the BIE on 21 June 2023, Serbia now enters a phase which will see the formalisation of its Expo project. 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.

The Recognition Dossier will be reviewed by the BIE Secretariat and Member States in order to prepare for the formal recognition of Expo 2027 Belgrade by the General Assembly. Following the recognition, Serbia will begin Expo preparations in earnest and will be able to invite international participants via diplomatic channels.

The Secretary General of the BIE, Dimitri S. Kerkentzes stated: “The Recognition Dossier is a technically significant document that sets out Serbia’s precise plans for the next Specialised Expo and the opportunities that will be offered to international participants. Serbian authorities have consulted closely with the BIE in the elaboration of this Dossier and Member States will now be invited to examine the project before its submission to the General Assembly for adoption.”

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.