Sitemap

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...

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.

More...

The Glass Is Half-full

The largest ever drop in output in the Western Balkans is obviously bad news. Yet the readiness of foreign investors to continue investing and...

Comment

Dayton Blues

A Japanese and a Bosnian man discuss life priorities, with the Japanese man saying: ‘For me, Japan is in the first place, family is...

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...

News

Connectivity For A Higher Quality Of Life

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Perhaps this was the motto of a group of friends from the Greek...

Why Are So Many Serbian Doctors Dying Of COVID-19?

Serbia’s total death toll from coronavirus is relatively low, around 3,600, but its rate of fatalities in the medical...

Serbia’s EMS Acquires 5% Of Shares Of Montenegrin Power Transmission System

Transmission system operator (TSO) Elektromreža Srbije acquired 5% of the shares of Montenegrin TSO Crnogorski Elektroprenosni Sistem (CGES) for...

Chairperson-In-Office Ann Linde Presents Sweden’s 2021 Priorities To Permanent Council

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

Tokyo’s Covid Outbreak Adds To Doubts Over Hosting Olympic Games

A dramatic rise in coronavirus cases in Tokyo has reignited speculation about the Olympic Games, which are due to open...

Connectivity For A Higher Quality Of Life

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Perhaps this was the motto of a group of friends from the Greek...

Chairperson-In-Office Ann Linde Presents Sweden’s 2021 Priorities To Permanent Council

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

Tokyo’s Covid Outbreak Adds To Doubts Over Hosting Olympic Games

A dramatic rise in coronavirus cases in Tokyo has reignited speculation about the Olympic Games, which are due to open...

Environmental Protection – EU-Serbia Cooperation

The year behind us was certainly challenging in terms of health protection. Healthy environment was an essential aspect of...

EU Commission Concludes Exploratory Talks With Valneva To Secure A New Potential Vaccine

European Commission concluded exploratory talks with the pharmaceutical company Valneva with a view to purchasing its potential vaccine against...

Connectivity For A Higher Quality Of Life

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Perhaps this was the motto of a group of friends from the Greek...

Chairperson-In-Office Ann Linde Presents Sweden’s 2021 Priorities To Permanent Council

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

Tokyo’s Covid Outbreak Adds To Doubts Over Hosting Olympic Games

A dramatic rise in coronavirus cases in Tokyo has reignited speculation about the Olympic Games, which are due to open...

Environmental Protection – EU-Serbia Cooperation

The year behind us was certainly challenging in terms of health protection. Healthy environment was an essential aspect of...

EU Commission Concludes Exploratory Talks With Valneva To Secure A New Potential Vaccine

European Commission concluded exploratory talks with the pharmaceutical company Valneva with a view to purchasing its potential vaccine against...