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Nemanja Bućinac, Head of Retail Leasing Department MPC Properties

Food Anchors Offer New Experiences Of Taste

What economic benefits does a shopping center gain from a tenant mix with a strong food anchor? In order to answer this question properly, we...

Medeja Lončar, CEO Of Siemens Serbia, Siemens Croatia And Siemens Slovenia

Creating Technology With Purpose

Siemens has been transforming the everyday for the better through innovation and technology for is 174 years. Now, during times that are shaped by...

Bogdan Gecić, Gecić Law’s Founding Partner

Gecić Law Named Top Legal Firm In 150 Million-strong See Market

Founded in 2015 and led by a team that combines dynamism and experience at the frontline of the international legal profession, Gecić Law is...

Danilo Pušonja, General Manager At Marera Property Management

FM Solutions Guarantee Savings

Marera Property Management is a company that has proven itself on the Serbian market through successful projects for the development of office, industrial and...

Alexios Gkegkios, General Manager, Globe Williams Serbia, MBA, MSC, Prince 2

Among The Top 50 Tfm Providers

Globe Williams International has 8,000 customers in 32 countries, 25,000 employees and an annual turnover of more than half a billion euros. In Serbia,...

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.

Nada Popović Perišić, Ph.D., professor emeritus

Project Of New Optimism

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Ivana Kostić, Co-founder of Health Tech Lab.

Trust And Time – Key Factors Of Success

Two of the major challenges facing the healthcare innovation sector are time and the process of approving innovative solutions: it is essential for solutions...

Jasmina Nikodinović-Runić, Scientific Advisor Of The Laboratory For LMMGe, IMGGE, University Of Belgrade

Remarkable Successes Exist, But Are Rare

Scientific advisor of the laboratory for microbial molecular genetics and ecology (LMMGE) and the institute of molecular genetics and genetic engineering (IMGGE), University of...

Nenad Paunović, Director Of The Delivery Unit - Team For It And Entrepreneurship, Office Of The Prime Minister, Government Of The Republic Of Serbia

We Create Globally Relevant Solutions

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EUSR Miroslav Lajčák And DAS Gabrijel Eskobarto Visit Serbia

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EIB Provides €500 000 Grant To Ensure Sustainable Future Of Urban Mobility In Niš

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Borrell: No Place In EU For Genocide And War Crimes Supporters

Josep Borrell, the European Union High Representative, after a meeting with Serbia's Prime Minister Ana Brnabic in Brussels, said...

European Commission: Better Rules for Organic Producers

Obtaining a certificate for the production of organic food should be easier for small farmers from January 1st this...

Anti-Vaccine Activists March In D.C. – City That Mandates Coronavirus Vaccination – To Protest Mandates

Thousands of protesters from across the country — including some of the biggest names in the anti-vaccination movement — descended on...

EUSR Miroslav Lajčák And DAS Gabrijel Eskobarto Visit Serbia

From 2 to 4 February 2022, European Union Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue and other Western Balkan regional issues...

EIB Provides €500 000 Grant To Ensure Sustainable Future Of Urban Mobility In Niš

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a cooperation agreement with the City of Niš in Serbia to finance...

Borrell: No Place In EU For Genocide And War Crimes Supporters

Josep Borrell, the European Union High Representative, after a meeting with Serbia's Prime Minister Ana Brnabic in Brussels, said...

European Commission: Better Rules for Organic Producers

Obtaining a certificate for the production of organic food should be easier for small farmers from January 1st this...

Anti-Vaccine Activists March In D.C. – City That Mandates Coronavirus Vaccination – To Protest Mandates

Thousands of protesters from across the country — including some of the biggest names in the anti-vaccination movement — descended on...

EUSR Miroslav Lajčák And DAS Gabrijel Eskobarto Visit Serbia

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EIB Provides €500 000 Grant To Ensure Sustainable Future Of Urban Mobility In Niš

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Borrell: No Place In EU For Genocide And War Crimes Supporters

Josep Borrell, the European Union High Representative, after a meeting with Serbia's Prime Minister Ana Brnabic in Brussels, said...

European Commission: Better Rules for Organic Producers

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Anti-Vaccine Activists March In D.C. – City That Mandates Coronavirus Vaccination – To Protest Mandates

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