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Mirjana Lučić And Vladan Ilić, General Managers At Saint-Gobain

Anniversary Year

Saint-Gobain is a world leader in modern and sustainable construction that designs, produces and distributes materials and services for the construction sector and industrial...

UniCredit Bank Serbia

Why It’s Important To Save: The Future Is Certainty

There’s no need to talk about the fact that it’s important to find a certain degree of stability and certainty under the current circumstances...

Nemanja Bućinac, Retail Leasing Director, MPC Properties

Changing With The Times

UŠĆE Shopping Center has been the market leader for over 13 years. In order to retain this position, UŠĆE is preparing for a major...

Stylianos Tsoktouridis, Director, Alumil Yu Industry A.d.

Superior Customised Solutions

Alumil is one of the largest brands producing windows and doors, with 12 factories across Europe, including one in Serbia. The company continues, year-on-year,...

Sanja Stanimirović, CEO, Testeral

Demanding Markets Develop Quality

Testeral exports 95 per cent of its production to the markets of Western Europe and America, and one of the company’s goals is to...

Dr Marko Savković, Executive Director, Belgrade Fund For Political Excellence

In The Wrong Street

Without progress on key chapters, 23, 24 and 35, membership negotiations could grind to a halt. Making matters even worse, as a society we’ve become very “distanced” from the ideas of membership

Unfortunately, it is increasingly certain that Serbia will not open any new chapters in accession negotiations with the European Union this year. This is, by the way, the first year that’s happened since negotiations started in January 2014. There has been no progress in those key chapters, 23, 24 and 35 and, as is well known, without progress on these chapters membership negotiations can grind to a halt. At the same time, as Vlada Međak rightly noticed, we “imposed” additional criteria on ourselves: for example, how leading politicians communicate in public regarding the EU. Obviously badly, otherwise there would be no such criteria.

Making matters even worse, as a society we’ve become very “distanced” from the ideas of membership. Just look at that drop in support among young people, while Euroscepticism is completely mainstream as if we were a member state and not a candidate country, undermining the role and assistance that the EU provides… that’s why opening new chapters is so important. The continuity of the process is important, the impression that we’re moving towards something. However, closure is also important – I would remind you that, to date, we’ve provisionally closed only two chapters: 25 and 26 (education and science).

Kosovo has been used for too long as an excuse to strengthen authoritarian rule, render meaningless democratic institutions – above all the parliament – and weaken the role of oversight bodies

One can often hear that the EU is suffering from a crisis in the Western Balkans, in the form of a lack of credibility, and I believe Brussels is aware of that. That’s why its last strategic programme document from February 2018 was entitled “Towards a credible perspective on enlargement”. However, credibility is a two-way street. It is true that not much enthusiasm for further enlargement exists in the EU, especially in the context of the pandemic and post-pandemic period, when many will interpret this as an unnecessary cost in the context of economic recovery. The image of the Western Balkans isn’t great either: we can present peace and stability to each other as achievements, but during that same time some other parts of the world are developing rapidly, grabbing development opportunities, while people remain our most valuable “export product”. We have forgotten about democratisation, while hybrid regimes have strengthened their grip.

The negotiation process is a political process, but clear criteria are defined within it – you progress (both) according to your merits and there is no other excuse not to do that, except political interest. It is true that it takes too long and that there are too many opportunities for member states to slow down the process, due to various, often very political, reasons; but the successes of candidate countries in the field of reforms and critics undermine that argument. Just look at North Macedonia.

It is a fact that Serbia is in a specific situation with Kosovo – similar, but only similar, to the one in which Cyprus found itself on the eve of 2004. Of course, Belgrade’s refusal to continue the dialogue would also result in the suspension of accession negotiations (regardless of achievements on the other side, the “reform” side). But Kosovo has been used for too long as an excuse to strengthen authoritarian rule, render meaningless democratic institutions – above all the parliament – and weaken the role of oversight bodies. Hence the new criterion of “functioning democratic institutions” as a response to the situation in Serbia.

H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Ahmed, Ambassador Of Somalia To Serbia

Somalia Is Potentially A Rich Country

Despite the fact that Somalia has experienced a variety of situations over the past 31 years, including civil wars, famine, and international terrorism that...

Comment by Zoran Panovic

Ana, Again

Of course, it’s absurd that, on the day when the gay prime minister received her third mandate, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić simultaneously cancelled the...

Bojan Klačar, Executive Director Of The Centre For Free Elections And Democracy (CESID)

Open Doors

The return of the opposition to the parliament will lead to numerous changes. The national assembly will once again be pluralistic, with MPS that...

Despot Kovačević, Assistant Professor/Lecturer At The University Of Belgrade Faculty Of Political Sciences

Chance For The Opposition To Profile Itself Among Voters

The post-election dynamics of relations within the opposition showed that a debate will be led on the topic of genuine opposition to the regime...

Orban Awarded With The Order Of The Republic Of Serbia

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić awarded Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán with the Order of the Republic of Serbia, for...

King Charles III Received World Leaders At Buckingham Palace

King Charles III hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for world leaders who attended the funeral of the Queen...

Independence Day Of Mexico Marked

Embassy of Mexico in Serbia hosted a recepetion marking the 212th anniversary of Mexico's independence. Ambassador of Mexico and host...

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Britons Paid Tribute To Queen Elizabeth II

Thousands of Britons queued through central London to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II, with some sleeping on...

European Gas Prices Likely To Fall Sharply This Winter, Says Goldman Sachs

EU countries’ efforts to avoid big shortages likely to ‘successfully solve’ Russian cuts, says bank. European countries can withstand Russia’s...

Orban Awarded With The Order Of The Republic Of Serbia

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić awarded Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán with the Order of the Republic of Serbia, for...

King Charles III Received World Leaders At Buckingham Palace

King Charles III hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for world leaders who attended the funeral of the Queen...

Independence Day Of Mexico Marked

Embassy of Mexico in Serbia hosted a recepetion marking the 212th anniversary of Mexico's independence. Ambassador of Mexico and host...

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Britons Paid Tribute To Queen Elizabeth II

Thousands of Britons queued through central London to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II, with some sleeping on...

European Gas Prices Likely To Fall Sharply This Winter, Says Goldman Sachs

EU countries’ efforts to avoid big shortages likely to ‘successfully solve’ Russian cuts, says bank. European countries can withstand Russia’s...

Orban Awarded With The Order Of The Republic Of Serbia

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić awarded Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán with the Order of the Republic of Serbia, for...

King Charles III Received World Leaders At Buckingham Palace

King Charles III hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for world leaders who attended the funeral of the Queen...

Independence Day Of Mexico Marked

Embassy of Mexico in Serbia hosted a recepetion marking the 212th anniversary of Mexico's independence. Ambassador of Mexico and host...

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Britons Paid Tribute To Queen Elizabeth II

Thousands of Britons queued through central London to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II, with some sleeping on...

European Gas Prices Likely To Fall Sharply This Winter, Says Goldman Sachs

EU countries’ efforts to avoid big shortages likely to ‘successfully solve’ Russian cuts, says bank. European countries can withstand Russia’s...
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