February 17, 2010    B92 FUND AND BELGRADE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SIGNED AGGREEMENT ON DONATION


PUBLIC  KITCHEN  IN ĆUPRIJA  RESUMES TO  PROVIDE  MEALS 
TO  500  POOR  AFTER  SIX  YEARS


PhD Milan Jankovic, President of the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce and Mr. Veran Matic, CEO of  the B92 Fund signed the Agreement on Donation on February 2nd. The Chamber will provide certain amount every month and the Fund will distribute them according to priorities.

Mr. Jankovic pointed out the importance of corporate, social and humanitarian responsibility of the BCC members, especially in the transition period. The Government has provided stimulus by granting 3.5% tax break on yearly basis to companies that participate in humanitarian actions and assist those in need. There have been only few joint actions in Serbia so far, but thanks to the B92 Fund companies will be able to join their efforts.
Veran Matić remarked that it is the only way to solve big problems. A civilized country has an obligation to harbour poverty and hunger, especially if it has considerable resources for food production. In that sense,  humanity, compassion, and solidarity are most important categories, while for companies it is a corporate social responsibility. Owing to the signed Agreement, the people's kitchen in Ćuprija will re-open after six years and start to provide one meal a day for one year to 500 of the poorest citizens. This is very important as the Red Cross  and local authorities would not be able to do it themselves. The B92 Fund represents a guarantee that the funds and humanitarian help (food, medications) will be distributed to the right place, that is, to the poorest.