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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,...

Nikola Burazer, Programme Director at The Centre For Contemporary Politics and Executive Editor at European Western Balkans

Serbia Needs To Do Much Better: Democracy And Rule Of Law Are Key

The critical tones of the european commission report make it unlikely that Serbia’s EU accession process will speed up substantially, though that represents a requirement for its successful completion by the end of the decade

This year’s European Commission report on Serbia can be considered as the most critical report in recent years. It assesses that Serbia has made only minimal progress when it comes to its readiness for EU membership and is particularly critical regarding the rule of law and the state of democracy, both of which are fundamental requirements for EU accession. These assessments do not come as a surprise, as there is now a broad consensus among researchers and international observers that democracy has deteriorated in Serbia over previous years. The June 2020 elections were especially criticised by the OSCE/ODIHR, Serbian civil society and the European Commission report itself.

The report comes after a period of Serbia’s very slow progress towards EU membership, precisely because of member states’ concern about the rule of law. Serbia opened only four chapters in the previous two years and didn’t open a single one in 2020. The overall result of 18 out of 35 chapters opened and only two closed is a poor result for a country that has declared EU membership as being its strategic goal.

There needs to be political will to strengthen democratic institutions, the rule of law and media freedom, as the most important factors determining the prospects of eu membership

The critical tones of the European Commission report make it unlikely that Serbia’s EU accession process will speed up substantially, though that represents a requirement for its successful completion by the end of the decade. Moreover, considering the positions of certain member states, it wouldn’t be unexpected to see Serbia fail to open any new chapters in 2020. The new enlargement methodology, adopted in March 2020, places an even greater emphasis on the rule of law and democratic institutions, precisely the areas where Serbia faces the greatest problems.

If Serbia aspires to achieve EU membership by 2025, as was envisaged in the European Commission’s 2018 Western Balkans Strategy, or by the end of the decade, as now seems more realistic, it needs to do much better. Most importantly, there needs to be political will to strengthen democratic institutions, the rule of law and media freedom, as the most important factors determining the prospects of EU membership. Other reforms also have to be accelerated substantially, with their timely implementation assured. Serbia certainly remains the key country in the Western Balkans, but it may well lose its “frontrunner” status. North Macedonia and Albania both expect to begin accession negotiations in the coming months, while Montenegro could make progress with the new government in position. Unless things improve drastically, Serbia could find itself ranked last among the four candidate countries.

Nada Popović Perišić, Ph.D., professor emeritus

Project Of New Optimism

When I last year tried to imagine what this year would look like, I’d hoped that we would have emerged from the general crisis...

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

During the pandemic, Serbia demonstrated its potential not only to successfully monitor innovations coming from more developed countries, but also to create solutions 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

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

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...
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