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Dražen Pjeranović, Elektromontaža Kraljevo CEO

Dedication Brings Success

Energotehnika Južna Bačka took over the majority package of shares of Elektromontaža Kraljevo last year, thereby creating the conditions for a bolder and more...

New Power Plant Construction Projects Progressing

Modern EPS Drives Serbia’s Economy

The key to improving the complex system of public enterprise Electric Power Industry of Serbia (EPS) is represented by investments in the modernisation of...

Luka Petrović, Director, Elektroprivreda Republike Srpske

A Reliable Supplier

ERS, Elektroprivreda Republike Srpske, is the backbone of the country’s economic and social development and, as such, has a serious approach to the community,...

Milutin Đukanović, President Of The Board At EPCG

The Future Belongs To Green Energy

Besides guaranteeing a stable production and supply of electricity for households and industry, EPCG has had a leading role in the economic development of...

CWP Global

Team For A Cleaner Future

CWP Global is one of the largest investors in wind farms in Serbia, and known worldwide for large and innovative renewable energy projects Serbia has...

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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Comment

The Shift Is On

After many years of fatigue, it seems that the National Plan for Energy and Climate, as well as the forthcoming Energy Development Strategy, signal...

Comment

Same Same, But Different

Between the two Slovenian presidencies of the Council of the European Union, the country maintained its position that EU enlargement to encompass the Western...

Zoran Panovic

Two Camps

In Serbia we’re seeing a clash between strong, arrogant authorities and a weak, conceited opposition. Without the slightest cynicism, the famous dialogue between the...

H.E. Sem Fabrizi, Head of the European Union Delegation to Serbia

Reforms Create New Opportunities

It is very important to redouble efforts to accelerate the accession process. The new methodology – recently approved by the EU, with the full...

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Serbia Returned On EU List Of Safe Countries

The Member States of the European Union (EU) have decided to return Serbia on the list of epidemiologically safe...

Biden, Putin Face Off At Long-awaited Summit

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have started a high-stakes summit that is expected to be...

Six New Ambulances For Health Care Institutions In Serbia Delivered

The Ambassador of the United States of America to Serbia, Anthony Godfrey, presented today 6 new ambulances to the...

Mitigation Measures Against Coronavirus Epidemic

Provincial Secretary of Health and member of the COVID-19 crisis response team Zoran Gojkovic announced that at today's session...

New Call For Young Ambassadors

The Young European Ambassadors (YEA) network launched new call for applications for young people from the Western Balkans between...

Serbia Returned On EU List Of Safe Countries

The Member States of the European Union (EU) have decided to return Serbia on the list of epidemiologically safe...

Biden, Putin Face Off At Long-awaited Summit

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have started a high-stakes summit that is expected to be...

Six New Ambulances For Health Care Institutions In Serbia Delivered

The Ambassador of the United States of America to Serbia, Anthony Godfrey, presented today 6 new ambulances to the...

Mitigation Measures Against Coronavirus Epidemic

Provincial Secretary of Health and member of the COVID-19 crisis response team Zoran Gojkovic announced that at today's session...

New Call For Young Ambassadors

The Young European Ambassadors (YEA) network launched new call for applications for young people from the Western Balkans between...

Serbia Returned On EU List Of Safe Countries

The Member States of the European Union (EU) have decided to return Serbia on the list of epidemiologically safe...

Biden, Putin Face Off At Long-awaited Summit

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have started a high-stakes summit that is expected to be...

Six New Ambulances For Health Care Institutions In Serbia Delivered

The Ambassador of the United States of America to Serbia, Anthony Godfrey, presented today 6 new ambulances to the...

Mitigation Measures Against Coronavirus Epidemic

Provincial Secretary of Health and member of the COVID-19 crisis response team Zoran Gojkovic announced that at today's session...

New Call For Young Ambassadors

The Young European Ambassadors (YEA) network launched new call for applications for young people from the Western Balkans between...
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