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Lidl Srbija

For A Better Tomorrow

Corporate social responsibility is an important part of the corporate philosophy of Lidl Srbija The company’s responsibility motto is “For a better tomorrow”, and it...

MK Group

More Than 5 Million Dinars For Newborn Babies In The MK Group

Even in a year that was marked by the Coronavirus Pandemic, the traditional action “Support to the Family” continued, within the scope of which...

Stevan Gadol, Director, Ferry Agent d.o.o.

Logistics Accomplishment

Ferry Agent is a road transport company that’s focused on the UK market, where it has been operating since its inception 15 years ago....

Stylianos Tsoktouridis, Director, Alumil YU Industry a.d.

Alumil Yu Is Expanding

Alumil YUI is the region’s absolute leader in the production and distribution of aluminium systems. As an intelligent, vertically integrated company, it can quickly...

Nenad Miščević, CEO, Nectar Group

Growth With A Purpose

Nectar Group, the largest producer of fruit juices and processor of fruits and vegetables in Southeast Europe, has strengthened its position as a regional...

Nataša Dragojlović, Coordinator of The National Convention On The European Union

No Progress Without A Change In Approach

Both the eu and membership candidate countries need to change their approach. Candidates need to work faster and more decisively, and the eu needs to provide support, as was the case with the countries of eastern and central europe.

The European Commission’s country report is the most valid instrument to verify everything that a country has done on the path to European integration, an an indicator of whether a gap exists (and how wide it is) between a declarative commitment to EU membership and the actual performance in meeting the membership criteria. That report should not be interpreted at all. It should be read as it is written literally and consistently. At the National Convention we carefully read the latest Report and compare it with the evaluations and recommendations that were provided by civil society in the Book of Recommendations six months ago. So, the European Commission isn’t the only body that sees things in Serbia in a certain way. The obstacles and consequences of the action and inaction of the Government are also visible to both experts and citizens of Serbia.

There has been no progress on half of chapters in the observed period, with only partial progress achieved in agriculture, for example, although Serbia has withdrawn only seven million of the 175 million euros from the IPARD programme. For us at the Convention, that is not progress. Then there are the chapters that cover the areas of transport, tax, economic, monetary and industrial policy, while some progress compared to previous years has been noted in chapters 24, 30 and 31.

The Convention agrees with the assessment of the European Commission in this regard, as well as its assessment of progress on Chapter 8 – Competition Policy. Chapters 25 and 26 have been closed temporarily, but the members of the Convention see education and science as crucial in a number of policies where little or no progress has been made. We agree with the European Union that there has been no progress on the chapters covering public procurement, the judiciary, the rule of law and environmental protection. Political criteria also remain at an unsatisfactory level: from electoral conditions, freedom of speech and freedom of the media, to relations with civil society organisations, the position of the National Assembly or the treatment of independent and regulatory bodies and authorities. Serbia’s administrative capacity is increasingly weakening and this is a concern for both the European Commission and civil society.

The rule of law certainly remains the biggest problem for Serbia, with very negative assessments of the state of democracy, which also come from other sources and not only from the European Commission or civil society organisations from Serbia. As these are preconditions for progress on any other chapter and any policy, Serbia has not opened a single chapter this year. However, the same problem exists in Montenegro, yet it still opened chapters. Thus, Chapter 35 still dominates in the case of Serbia. Unfortunately, it remains the chapter of all chapters.

The European Union has adopted its EU Enlargement Strategy for the Western Balkans until 2025. That remains a valid document and an opportunity to carry out the necessary reforms, albeit under the much more difficult circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year was an election year in Serbia, North Macedonia and Montenegro. We hope that the new governments will be more decisive in establishing the rule of law and respecting the principles of democracy. This will also be a condition for the use of funds from the new EU investment plan for the Western Balkans, which accompanies this Report.

Progress will be monitored according to new methodology. Although very uncertain times are ahead of us and it is difficult to predict anything, one thing is certain: both the EU and membership candidate countries must change their approach. Candidates must work faster and more decisively, and the EU must provide the kind of support it did in the case of the countries of Eastern and Central Europe. Otherwise the prospects of membership become more uncertain than ever.

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Comment

Dayton Blues

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Boško Jakšić, Journalist

Pandemics Don’t Encourage Idealism

The battle for the “Hearts and souls” of the residents of the Western Balkans has never stopped, and Covid-19 is just another catalyst There’s no...

Marko Dašić, Assistant Professor At The University Of Belgrade – Faculty Of Political Science

Changes Will Be Negligible

It seems to me that, in the short term, the pandemic will lead to an adjustment in the current patterns of the management of...

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Environmental Protection – EU-Serbia Cooperation

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Over the coming year, the Swedish Chairpersonship will do its part to ensure that the OSCE can make a...

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