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Iosif Vangelatos, Inos Balkan General Manager

Need For Raw Materials On The Rise

The Serbian secondary raw materials industry has undergone a series of transformations over the course of the past 20 years. As the country is...

OTP Banka

Proud Of Generator Zero Project

OTP banka awards two million dinars to Fragment Panels, the New Winning Solution of the 2023 Generator ZERO Competition. Some of the solutions that...

Sanja Pešić, Alma Quattro CEO

Leaders For A Full Three Decades

Next year will be marked by the 30th anniversary of the founding of company Alma Quattro, which enriches its network of advertising media and...

Maja Marić, Owner And Director, Finexpertiza d.o.o.

Always Several Steps Ahead

FinExpertiza, which forms part of one of the world’s leading auditing companies, recently celebrated eight years of successful operations. Alongside auditing, accounting support, legal...

Danilo Savić, CEO, Data Cloud Technology

Reliable Partner To Giants

The state data centre in Kragujevac isn’t the only such centre in the region, but it is among the most modern. It has much...

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 are crucial to Serbia’s eu accession

Serbia has failed to open a single negotiation chapter this year. The EU’s progress report notes the shortcomings on the issues of judicial reform, corruption, media freedom and in many segments of the political criteria. Coupled with the rocky normalisation process with Kosovo, the lack of progress in key areas could harm the prospects of opening at least one negotiation chapter by the end of the year. The economic situation is more encouraging, and even this year’s outlook seems stable despite the COVID-19 pandemic and its detrimental impact on economies worldwide. Regional cooperation and good neighbourly relations are high on Serbia’s foreign policy agenda.

As a frontrunner among the current accession candidates and the largest country in the Western Balkans, Serbia is key to the region’s stability. Serbia is actively involved in numerous regional initiatives, some of which offer real prospects of enhanced cooperation and the easing of sometimes tense political relations. The formation of a common market and the implementation of four fundamental freedoms of the European Union would significantly increase the region’s capacities to meet the demands of the EU single market in the future, and the challenge of simultaneous economic and political transition.

Even if the accession process itself seems insurmountable and unending, it is in Serbia’s best interest

Following the findings of the progress report, the new Serbian government is expected to redouble its efforts and speed up the reforms that are crucial to Serbia’s EU accession. Democratic governance anchored on stable institutions, efficient public administration and an independent judiciary able to eradicate corruption and organised crime should undoubtedly remain strategic priorities, which can only materialise if the level of motivation to pursue domestic reforms remains high in the future. Even if the accession process itself seems insurmountable and unending, it is in Serbia’s best interest to become a modernised and Europeanised state.

The prospects of membership have always been among the most important arguments giving wind to the sails of pro-European political forces. The political choice of wanting to join the EU should be met with the political will to accept new members. The “European perspective” has been on the table for almost 20 years and now risks becoming an unconvincing notion. Stronger engagement of the EU would finally bring much needed positive dynamics to the enlargement process, reduce the risks of alternative external influences and thus (re)build a resilient alliance with all Western Balkan partners.

By Zoran Panović

Serbia Divided

Vučić’s calls for “unity” actually represent a call for his supporters to unify. Serbia is a deeply divided society – and two massacres (in...

H.E. Christopher Hill, U.S. Ambassador To Serbia

Mutual Understanding Is The Bedrock Of Community Resilience

Crises remind us to listen and be kind to one another, transcending divisions like politics and embracing our shared humanity Any crisis is a reminder...

H.E. Annika Ben David, Swedish Ambassador To Serbia

Freedom And Inclusion Strength Societies

Culture empowers the dynamic interplay of diversity, human rights and both social and economic cohesion, driven by the creative and cultural industries as drivers...

H.E. Raúl Bartolomé Molina, Spanish Ambassador To Serbia

Cultural Connections Foster Long-term Relationships

Cultural diplomacy operates on the basis of the belief that shared understanding can be nurtured through the promotion of cultural exchange and dialogue, thereby...

Serbia To Celebrate The EU Green Week

Serbia is celebrating the EU Green Week again this year, with a set of events that brings together hundreds...

Elon Musk Reclaims Title Of World’s Richest Person

Elon Musk is once again the world’s richest person after leapfrogging French billionaire Bernard Arnault, after a slump in the...

Argentina’s Candidate Wins Vote To Lead UN Weather Agency

 Argentina's Celeste Saulo was appointed to head the U.N. weather agency on Thursday, a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) spokesperson...

Sweden Likely To Becoming First Smoke-free Country

Sweden has the lowest smoking rate in the European Union, and is likely to be declared a "smoke-free" country...

Serbia’s Foreign Trade In goods In The First 4 Months Was 21.94 Billion Euros

Serbia's total foreign trade in goods for the period January-April this year amounted to 23,632.9 million dollars (23.6 billion...

Serbia To Celebrate The EU Green Week

Serbia is celebrating the EU Green Week again this year, with a set of events that brings together hundreds...

Elon Musk Reclaims Title Of World’s Richest Person

Elon Musk is once again the world’s richest person after leapfrogging French billionaire Bernard Arnault, after a slump in the...

Argentina’s Candidate Wins Vote To Lead UN Weather Agency

 Argentina's Celeste Saulo was appointed to head the U.N. weather agency on Thursday, a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) spokesperson...

Sweden Likely To Becoming First Smoke-free Country

Sweden has the lowest smoking rate in the European Union, and is likely to be declared a "smoke-free" country...

Serbia’s Foreign Trade In goods In The First 4 Months Was 21.94 Billion Euros

Serbia's total foreign trade in goods for the period January-April this year amounted to 23,632.9 million dollars (23.6 billion...

Serbia To Celebrate The EU Green Week

Serbia is celebrating the EU Green Week again this year, with a set of events that brings together hundreds...

Elon Musk Reclaims Title Of World’s Richest Person

Elon Musk is once again the world’s richest person after leapfrogging French billionaire Bernard Arnault, after a slump in the...

Argentina’s Candidate Wins Vote To Lead UN Weather Agency

 Argentina's Celeste Saulo was appointed to head the U.N. weather agency on Thursday, a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) spokesperson...

Sweden Likely To Becoming First Smoke-free Country

Sweden has the lowest smoking rate in the European Union, and is likely to be declared a "smoke-free" country...

Serbia’s Foreign Trade In goods In The First 4 Months Was 21.94 Billion Euros

Serbia's total foreign trade in goods for the period January-April this year amounted to 23,632.9 million dollars (23.6 billion...
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