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Nicolas Marquier, Regional Manager for the Western Balkans at the International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Financing the Future

IFC, the largest global development institution, has provided almost $1 billion in financing to Serbia’s private sector over the past six years IFC, as a...

Dr Ivan Todorović, Todorović Law Firm

Dedicated Advisors and Tenacious Litigators

The Todorović Law Firm has existed for more than 30 years and throughout that time has demonstrated its unwavering dedication to continuously advancing at...

Marija Stojiljković, Founder, Royal Nanny

Children Deserve the Best Nannies

Royal Nanny offers a wide range of childcare services, primarily through mediating between professional nannies and families, providing responsible, meticulous, trained and caring individuals Starting...

Petar Miljković, CEO, 14. Oktobar d.o.o.

Employees are the Company’s Real Strength

This former Kruševac giant, which has come a long way over the course of 100 years of operations, developing from a construction machinery factory...

Ivana Bogdanović, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Addiko Bank

CSR as a Longstanding Priority

In today’s world, where gaining the trust of clients is the most important aspect of a company’s business, CSR, or socially responsible operations, represents...

Bojana Selaković, Coordinator of Serbia’s National Convention On the European Union

Responsibility Is In Our Court

Considering that the European agenda now prioritises the Western Balkans as a key factor of Europe’s security, enlargement is becoming inevitable, but Brussels will be stricter and more consistent in setting the conditions for advancement on the accession path

The growth plan is the most ambitious integrative framework for the Western Balkans to date, which – provided it achieves the planned goals – can be equated with the effects of the former Marshall Plan. That’s because, in addition to financial support, it also implies political support for the internal reform processes that are crucial to the advancement of all countries in the region. Given that access to financial arrangements will be conditioned by the evident implementation of reform agendas, it is clear that the European Union is thus demonstrating the seriousness of its approach to enlargement policy after almost a decade in which a vision was lacking in this regard.

In order to take the best possible advantage of this significant financial opportunity, Serbia should also – in addition to fully committing itself to the implementation of reforms in key areas – provide mechanisms for the broad participation of various stakeholders in the processes of planning and creating development projects in order to ensure the mapping of development potentials in the most effective way, while at the same time addressing the needs of different communities and regions. It would thus finally begin mitigating the consequences of the multiple decades of centrist policies and practices that led to the demographic draining of large parts of the country, but would also ensure transparency in the processes of planning and implementing large projects that have hitherto been created and monitored by a narrow circle of institutional actors.

This is the ideal opportunity for Serbia to now adopt its Development Plan, as a strategic umbrella document for development that should provide for the more even development of the different parts of Serbia

This is the ideal opportunity for Serbia to now adopt its Development Plan, as a strategic umbrella document for development that should provide for the more even development of the different parts of Serbia, but would also more clearly define the vision that Serbia will strive towards over the next decade. The previous government recognised the adoption of this important document as a priority and also took concrete steps towards it through the adopting of the methodology for the plan’s development and the appointing of the Ministry of European Integration as the point of coordination of this process within the scope of the Government.

Over the course of almost an entire decade, Serbia took advantage of the privileges of its status that were made possible by the previous stabilocratic strategy of Europe towards the Western Balkans, strengthening ties with non-European actors that suited economic needs to a certain extent, though at the same time distancing the country from the fundamental reform processes that represent the essence of European integration.

Considering that the European agenda now prioritises the Western Balkans as a key factor of Europe’s security, enlargement is becoming inevitable, but Brussels will be stricter and more consistent in setting the conditions for advancement on the accession path. It remains to be seen how much time Serbia and the other countries of the Western Balkans will have to decide and accept the benefits of the current geopolitical situation, but what is certain is that – from now until that moment – the responsibility for the result is squarely in our court..

Comment by Zoran Panović

Diplomatic Twine

German politician Markus Söder promised to support Serbia on its EU journey. According to the German media, Söder is making “diplomatic twine” in his...

Branka Anđelković, Co-founder and Programme Director of the Public Policy Research Centre

An Even Bigger Grey Market?

In the case of workers of the platform employed in food production and passenger transport, the Open Balkan initiative might not contribute to the...

Čedanka Andrić, President of Trade Union Confederation NEZAVISNOST

Increased Competition Between Low-Paid Workers

Considering educational qualification and unemployment structures in Serbia, my opinion is that this measure could only increase the pressure on workers in Serbia to...

Jelena Jevtović, Serbian Association of Employers

Employers Will More Quickly Find Workers

The employing of citizens of these two countries in Serbia could ease the labour shortage problem, but fundamentally resolving it requires education system reform It...

Milšped Group Launches Direct Rail Line Between China and Serbia

Milšped Group, a leader in regional transportation and logistics, has announced a new partnership with Shijiazhuang International Land Port...

French Embassy and Institute in Serbia Launch ‘Rhythm of French Culture’ Event Series

The French Embassy and the French Institute in Serbia are organising an event called Rhythm of French Culture. This year,...

Albania to Utilize Drones in Anti-Cannabis Campaign

Albania is set to enhance its anti-cannabis efforts by deploying advanced drone technology, announced Interior Minister Taulant Bala. Starting...

Serbian Red Cross Launches Pioneering Migration Platform

Responding to a significant increase in migrant numbers, the Serbian Red Cross has unveiled a cutting-edge digital platform, earning...

Ghana to Open Embassy in Belgrade

Ghana is set to open an embassy in Belgrade, as announced by Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić following a...

Maserati’s Balkan Expansion: New Showroom Opens in Belgrade

Delta Auto Group has unveiled an exclusive Maserati showroom in Belgrade, setting new luxury benchmarks in line with the...

Peter Pellegrini Wins Slovak Presidential Election

Peter Pellegrini, the candidate from the ruling coalition, won the second round of the presidential elections in Slovakia, securing...

Strategic Energy Partnership Established Between Serbia and France

The Serbian Government adopted a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Serbia and French Electric Power Company (EDF),...

Serbia-France Innovation Forum Begins: Innovate for the Planet! Play Green!

At the Serbia-France Innovation Forum titled 'Innovate for the Planet, Play Green', which commenced at the Palace Serbia, French...

EU and EP Finalise €6 Billion Support for Western Balkans

The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have finalised a deal to provide an additional six...

Maserati’s Balkan Expansion: New Showroom Opens in Belgrade

Delta Auto Group has unveiled an exclusive Maserati showroom in Belgrade, setting new luxury benchmarks in line with the...

Peter Pellegrini Wins Slovak Presidential Election

Peter Pellegrini, the candidate from the ruling coalition, won the second round of the presidential elections in Slovakia, securing...

Strategic Energy Partnership Established Between Serbia and France

The Serbian Government adopted a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Serbia and French Electric Power Company (EDF),...

Serbia-France Innovation Forum Begins: Innovate for the Planet! Play Green!

At the Serbia-France Innovation Forum titled 'Innovate for the Planet, Play Green', which commenced at the Palace Serbia, French...

EU and EP Finalise €6 Billion Support for Western Balkans

The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have finalised a deal to provide an additional six...
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