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Radoš Gazdić, Acting Director Of The Development Agency Of Serbia

We Have Reason For Satisfaction

Despite COVID-19, in the first half of 2020 Serbia already surpassed the results of our two previous best years when it comes to the...

Miodrag Mitrović, President Of Miteco Kneževac

Miteco Introduces New Services

The Kneževac Recycling Centre was founded in 1966, as an enterprise for the bulk collection of secondary raw materials. Miteco revived this old plant...

Generali Osiguranje, Srbija

1st Place For Most Gender-Sensitive Company

Insurance company Generali Osiguranje Srbija is this year’s recipient of the Award for Most Gender- Sensitive Company. The award was presented on 28th October...

MTU Aero Engines

MTU Aero Engines Establishes New Repair Facility

MTU Aero Engines, Germany’s leading engine manufacturer, is a company that is a technological leader in low-pressure turbines, high-pressure compressors and turbine centre frames,...

Udo Eichlinger, CEO, Siemens and Siemens Mobility

Technologies That Transform Everyday

Siemens today has an industrial software business that's worth $5 billion and is among the world's 10 largest software companies. The company's Digital Industry...

Professor Florian Bieber, Centre For Southeast European Studies, University Of Graz

Small Storm In The Region

The election results in Montenegro are of regional significance, but it remains to be seen whether they will be just a brief signal rather than a substantial change. On the other hand, there is no breakthrough in sight in the case of the dialogue between Belgrade and Priština

Despite renewed activity in the dialogue between Belgrade and Priština, the Washington summit was hardly a breakthrough and the dialogue in Brussels is progressing only slowly. Thus, there is no breakthrough in sight. This is no surprise, considering the challenges to the dialogue. First, the government in Kosovo is weak and unpopular and, second, it is not clear that the Serbian side is eager to tackle the difficult issue of normalising relations fully any time soon.

In this sense, the recent meetings suggest that there is a regular exchange and dialogue, but the atmosphere is still tense and each side interprets the results very differently. It appears that the timing is not yet ripe for a decisive leap in the dialogue, as both parties are suffering from the inability to secure a broad, cross-party consensus on an agreement and lack the resolve to tackle difficult issues. On the other hand, the two parallel negotiations, led respectively by the EU and the U.S., do not ease the framework, and having a clear, unified dialogue framework, with common messages from the EU and the U.S., would be essential in securing a lasting settlement.

In the case of the Belgrade-Priština dialogue having a clear, unified dialogue framework, with common messages from the EU and U.S., would be essential in securing a lasting settlement

In this sense, the elections in Montenegro are more significant. Not only has it ended the 30-year majority of the ruling party and its allies, it has also challenged authoritarianism at the ballot box. This sends a strong signal for the region that autocrats who operate in a formally democratic system can be outvoted in elections, even if the elections themselves are not fair. The success of the opposition in Montenegro was possible because there are viable independent media in Montenegro and the opposition, while divided, ran in three clear coalitions.

The elections were also galvanised by the Law on Religion, which turned out to be a miscalculation of the government. Whether or not these elections will have broader regional ramifications will also depend on the ability of the opposition to work together and deal with the major challenges of state capture and clientelism. There will be temptations to follow the same pattern as the ruling party, and with an ideologically fractious opposition there is always a chance that a transfer of power might be short-lived. In addition, the challenge will be to keep key international commitments, such as EU integration, NATO membership and a clear pro-Western position in place – not just formally, but also in practise. In short, the election results are of regional significance, but it remains to be seen whether they will be just a brief signal rather than a substantial change.

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Nikola Burazer, Centre For Contemporary Politics

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...

Suzana Grubješić, Centre For Foreign Policy

Will The New Government Know Better?

Following the findings of the EC progress report, the new Serbian government is expected to redouble its efforts and speed up the reforms that...

Comment

Approach From The Smart Side

Serbia, which has the largest economy in the region, would by definition be the best candidate to reap the benefits of the Economic and...

H.E. Anthony F Godfrey, U.S. Ambassador To Serbia

Change Is In The Air

The success of Serbia is not a partisan issue in the United States and our positive momentum will continue, regardless of the outcome of...

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President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and President of the European Council, Charles Michel, represented the EU at...

SSCC promotes the Serbian ICT market to Swiss companies

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G20 Summit: G20 Leaders United To Address Major Global Pandemic And Economic Challenges

President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and President of the European Council, Charles Michel, represented the EU at...

SSCC promotes the Serbian ICT market to Swiss companies

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Government Of Serbia Adopts 2021 Budget Bill

At today's session, the government of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Bill on the Budget of the Republic...

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Government Passes New Anti-coronavirus Measures

The Serbian government adopted new measures to suppress the epidemic caused by the COVID-19 infectious disease, whose implementation will...

G20 Summit: G20 Leaders United To Address Major Global Pandemic And Economic Challenges

President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and President of the European Council, Charles Michel, represented the EU at...

SSCC promotes the Serbian ICT market to Swiss companies

SSCC promotes the Serbian ICT market to Swiss companies in cooperation with Switzerland Global Enterprise. Switzerland Global Enterprise S-GE...

Government Of Serbia Adopts 2021 Budget Bill

At today's session, the government of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Bill on the Budget of the Republic...

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Twelve new ambulances with modern equipment, decontamination vehicles and protective equipment will be available to the health system in...

Government Passes New Anti-coronavirus Measures

The Serbian government adopted new measures to suppress the epidemic caused by the COVID-19 infectious disease, whose implementation will...