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Dr Una Sikimić, Alta Banka a.d. CEO

Prepared And Committed

The fact that Alta banka – as one of the country’s few domestic banks – does not belong to the group of large banks,...

Predrag Skoković, Director Of Quality House

Knowledge In The Service Of Testing

Quality House provides software testing services to all companies whose software development teams are facing problems in setting up appropriate test processes and related...

Afi Europe Serbia

AFI Europe Serbia Is Launching New Business Park

One of the most reputable investors on the Belgrade real estate market is launching an exciting new project - AFI City Zmaj Set to rise...

Minja Jovanović, Corporate Security Business Partner, MPC Properties

They Entered The Pandemic Prepared

MPC Properties is a company that constructs, develops and manages commercial real estate, and which has an extraordinary responsibility from the security aspect. Its...

Mladen Ćirić, Tonković Winery Sales Director

Kadarka Wines Conquering The World

The Tonković Winery, based in the village of Bački Vinogradi, is commemorating the first 15 years of its successful operations. Testifying to the claim...

H.E. Jan Lundin, Ambassador of Sweden to Serbia

Safeguard Achievements To Date

There are many challenges for Serbia to speed up its EU integration, given that standards are high and it’s more difficult to enter the EU today than it was during previous rounds of enlargement.

The EU has gradually come to understand how challenging some parts of the enlargement requirements are for Serbia, and indeed all (potential) candidate countries in the region. Some challenges linked to developments are only partly in the hands of the Government of Serbia, such as the comprehensive normalisation of relations with Kosovo, or an improved track record regarding the rule of law (where an independent judiciary can be reformed to some extent by new laws and regulations, but developing a new “culture” of the rule of law takes time, as a consequence of legal and institutional reforms). Enlargement will thus take several more years, and this process cannot be sped up easily.

I certainly hope that Serbia’s recent tendency to backslide on relevant international indices, e.g. on the rule of law, governance and media freedom, will be reversed.

The EU – including Sweden – is here to support Serbia in this process. However, a lot can be, and is being, achieved while Serbia waits to be ready for the ultimate prize of accession to the Union. Infrastructure is steadily improving, and is funded by the EU to a large degree. Serbia’s economic progress is bound to continue regardless of EU membership, albeit at a slower pace than would have been the case had laws and institutions worked better in areas such as, for example, real estate registration and public procurement, which are areas where Sweden has provided substantial bilateral technical assistance over the last 20 years. We shall continue supporting Serbia’s reforms bilaterally, with some 12 million euros a year until at least 2027, and the EU (to which Sweden is a net contributor) will of course provide much more.  

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Turkey To Declare 10 Ambassadors ‘Persona Non Grata’

The move means 10 ambassadors — including those of Germany and the United States — are now just one step from expulsion after calling...

Western Balkans: Joint Statement of High Representative Josep Borrell and Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Following the recent meeting between EU High Representative Josep Borrell and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken last week in Washington, the EU and United...

Strong Energy Of Freedom-loving Peoples And States Could Be Felt In Belgrad

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Nikola Selaković, said today that the two-day commemorative meeting marking the 60th anniversary of the first conference of...

Comment by Zoran Panović

Legacy And Disquiet

By calling on the presidents of Turkey, Serbia and Croatia – Messrs Erdoğan, Vučić and Milanović – Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik (seemingly narrow-minded,...

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Belgrade Security Forum: Future Of Europe – Where Do We Stand Now?

Professor Dejan Jović opened the discussion by saying that it’s impossible to precisely define what is Europe and what are...

Belgrade Security Forum: The Berlin Process – What’s Next?

Mr. Zoran Nechev, Project Coordinator and Researcher in the Institute for Democracy Societies Civilis in Skopje stated that the...

Belgrade Security Forum Is A Unique Venue For The Dialogue For The 11th Time

Future of the Western Balkans is in the EU with the US as a partner, is the main message...

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Academic Panel 2: Resilience to Violent Extremism in Southeast Europe Ms. Marija Ignjatijević, Researcher at the Belgrade Centre for Security...

11th Belgrade Security Forum Opened

Deputy Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia Ms. Sarah Groen opened Academic event of the 11th Belgrade Security Forum. In...

Belgrade Security Forum: Future Of Europe – Where Do We Stand Now?

Professor Dejan Jović opened the discussion by saying that it’s impossible to precisely define what is Europe and what are...

Belgrade Security Forum: The Berlin Process – What’s Next?

Mr. Zoran Nechev, Project Coordinator and Researcher in the Institute for Democracy Societies Civilis in Skopje stated that the...

Belgrade Security Forum Is A Unique Venue For The Dialogue For The 11th Time

Future of the Western Balkans is in the EU with the US as a partner, is the main message...

Belgrade Security Forum: The Drivers Of Resilience And Radicalization

Academic Panel 2: Resilience to Violent Extremism in Southeast Europe Ms. Marija Ignjatijević, Researcher at the Belgrade Centre for Security...

11th Belgrade Security Forum Opened

Deputy Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia Ms. Sarah Groen opened Academic event of the 11th Belgrade Security Forum. In...

Belgrade Security Forum: Future Of Europe – Where Do We Stand Now?

Professor Dejan Jović opened the discussion by saying that it’s impossible to precisely define what is Europe and what are...

Belgrade Security Forum: The Berlin Process – What’s Next?

Mr. Zoran Nechev, Project Coordinator and Researcher in the Institute for Democracy Societies Civilis in Skopje stated that the...

Belgrade Security Forum Is A Unique Venue For The Dialogue For The 11th Time

Future of the Western Balkans is in the EU with the US as a partner, is the main message...

Belgrade Security Forum: The Drivers Of Resilience And Radicalization

Academic Panel 2: Resilience to Violent Extremism in Southeast Europe Ms. Marija Ignjatijević, Researcher at the Belgrade Centre for Security...

11th Belgrade Security Forum Opened

Deputy Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia Ms. Sarah Groen opened Academic event of the 11th Belgrade Security Forum. In...
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