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Milija Zeković, SBB CEO

Technological Innovations Are In Our DNA

We want to enter the mobile telecommunications market and offer our users 4P services, i.e., a combination of broadband internet access, television and fixed-line...

Maria Boldor, Principal At Horváth

Key Challenges & Opportunities

The report “Finance at the Crossroads of Coronavirus, Digitalisation and Sustainability” presents key challenges and opportunities for the business world Management consulting company Horváth published...

Nataša Bezmarević, Branch Manager Serbia, DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH

Focus On Electrifying Train Lines

Deutsche Bahn has been providing engineering, consulting and train operation services, as well as digital systems, for many years and has successfully implemented railway...

Porto Montenegro

A Life Less Ordinary

Founded some 15 years ago by a consortium of visionary developers, Porto Montenegro is set in the spectacularly beautiful Bay of Kotor on Montenegro’s...

Ivan Crnojević, CEO, ELMED d.o.o.

ELMED – We can do more

The future belongs to modern, innovative companies that carefully plan and strategically manage their business. For this reason, Elmed doo in Temerin, winner of...

Jovan Protić, ILO National Coordinator for Serbia

Missed Opportunities

Citizens have, unfortunately, not yet been in position to benefit from the effective rule of law, transparency of governance and efficient institutions, which would improve various aspects of their daily lives as a result of progress on the fulfilment of EU standards.

If it wants to accelerate towards full membership in the EU, Serbia clearly needs to pick up the pace of the harmonising of its legislation with the EU Acquis, which can be tracked through the closure of negotiation chapters. During the more than seven years since the start of its accession negotiations, Serbia has provisionally closed only two of the 35 accession negotiation chapters, which does not provide a clear indication of whether and when the country will achieve its goal of full EU membership in the foreseeable future. As a result, the country’s citizens have not yet been in position to benefit from the effective rule of law, transparency of governance and efficient institutions, which would improve various aspects of their daily lives as a result of progress on the fulfilment of EU standards.

EU Accession Negotiation Chapter 19, on social policy and employment, undoubtedly represents a complex step in the accession process, as it determines whether Serbia’s citizens will be entitled to attain well-protected labour rights in productive employment, with adequate social support to those who face objective difficulties in supporting themselves through their work.

The ILO invites Serbia to take greater advantage of its extended offer for collaboration, which could speed up the pace of social policy and employment reforms

Three consecutive Decent Work Country Programmes that the ILO has been implementing in Serbia since 2008 articulate the needs of its tripartite constituents and contribute, in many instances, to the goals and targets that Serbia should include in its platform for negotiations on Chapter 19. More decent employment opportunities and the effective protection of labour and social rights represent the backbone of the fair and inclusive social market economy model of the EU, to which most of its citizens strive.

Hence, the ILO stands ready to provide technical support, comparative experiences and evidence-based tools to its Serbian partners in their efforts to fulfil international labour standards and EU directives, and invites Serbia to take greater advantage of its extended offer for collaboration, which could speed up the pace of social policy and employment reforms.

Comment by Zoran Panović

Scholzing

Macedonia was one of the six republics of Tito’s Federal Socialist Yugoslavia. Even back then, Todor Zhivkov’s Bulgaria had intentions to assimilate the identity...

Aleksandar Vlahović, President Of The Association Of Serbian Economists

A Road To Avoid

Possible explicit or tacit punishment of Serbia by the EU, in response to what the EU deems to be inappropriate political decisions, could be...

Jurij Bajec Ph.D., Special Advisor At The Economics Institute And Full Professor At The University Of Belgrade Faculty Of Economics

Open Balkan Is A Good Initiative

During times of great uncertainty and deeply disrupted international economic and political relations, Serbia should seek additional forms of economic connection that complement its...

Milojko Arsić Ph.D., Professor At The University Of Belgrade Faculty Of Economics

There Will Always Be Bread, But Not Smarts

Even during the times of the harshest sanctions imposed during the 1990s, enough food products were still available in Serbia. Temporary shortages of such...

UK: Lowest Car Sales Since 1996

Gathering economic headwinds are stoking fears of a recession after car sales dropped to the lowest level since 1996. UK...

In The New Report On Serbia GRECO Calls For Further Measures To Prevent Corruption

In a new report on Serbia, the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) calls for further measures to...

China: Ready To Promote Global Development

The Forum on Global Development was held in Beijing, and on that occasion the President of the People's Republic...

Serbia And Hungary Sign Agreement On Border Control

The Agreement between the governments of Serbia and Hungary regulating border control in road, rail and water transport was...

Reception On The Occasion Of 140 Years Of Friendly Relations Between Japan And Serbia

Ambassador of Japan in Serbia H.E. Katsumata Takahiko hosted a reception in his residence to mark the 140th anniversary...

UK: Lowest Car Sales Since 1996

Gathering economic headwinds are stoking fears of a recession after car sales dropped to the lowest level since 1996. UK...

In The New Report On Serbia GRECO Calls For Further Measures To Prevent Corruption

In a new report on Serbia, the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) calls for further measures to...

China: Ready To Promote Global Development

The Forum on Global Development was held in Beijing, and on that occasion the President of the People's Republic...

Serbia And Hungary Sign Agreement On Border Control

The Agreement between the governments of Serbia and Hungary regulating border control in road, rail and water transport was...

Reception On The Occasion Of 140 Years Of Friendly Relations Between Japan And Serbia

Ambassador of Japan in Serbia H.E. Katsumata Takahiko hosted a reception in his residence to mark the 140th anniversary...

UK: Lowest Car Sales Since 1996

Gathering economic headwinds are stoking fears of a recession after car sales dropped to the lowest level since 1996. UK...

In The New Report On Serbia GRECO Calls For Further Measures To Prevent Corruption

In a new report on Serbia, the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) calls for further measures to...

China: Ready To Promote Global Development

The Forum on Global Development was held in Beijing, and on that occasion the President of the People's Republic...

Serbia And Hungary Sign Agreement On Border Control

The Agreement between the governments of Serbia and Hungary regulating border control in road, rail and water transport was...

Reception On The Occasion Of 140 Years Of Friendly Relations Between Japan And Serbia

Ambassador of Japan in Serbia H.E. Katsumata Takahiko hosted a reception in his residence to mark the 140th anniversary...
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