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Milija Zeković, SBB CEO

Technological Innovations Are In Our DNA

We want to enter the mobile telecommunications market and offer our users 4P services, i.e., a combination of broadband internet access, television and fixed-line...

Maria Boldor, Principal At Horváth

Key Challenges & Opportunities

The report “Finance at the Crossroads of Coronavirus, Digitalisation and Sustainability” presents key challenges and opportunities for the business world Management consulting company Horváth published...

Nataša Bezmarević, Branch Manager Serbia, DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH

Focus On Electrifying Train Lines

Deutsche Bahn has been providing engineering, consulting and train operation services, as well as digital systems, for many years and has successfully implemented railway...

Porto Montenegro

A Life Less Ordinary

Founded some 15 years ago by a consortium of visionary developers, Porto Montenegro is set in the spectacularly beautiful Bay of Kotor on Montenegro’s...

Ivan Crnojević, CEO, ELMED d.o.o.

ELMED – We can do more

The future belongs to modern, innovative companies that carefully plan and strategically manage their business. For this reason, Elmed doo in Temerin, winner of...

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.

Comment by Zoran Panović

Scholzing

Macedonia was one of the six republics of Tito’s Federal Socialist Yugoslavia. Even back then, Todor Zhivkov’s Bulgaria had intentions to assimilate the identity...

Aleksandar Vlahović, President Of The Association Of Serbian Economists

A Road To Avoid

Possible explicit or tacit punishment of Serbia by the EU, in response to what the EU deems to be inappropriate political decisions, could be...

Jurij Bajec Ph.D., Special Advisor At The Economics Institute And Full Professor At The University Of Belgrade Faculty Of Economics

Open Balkan Is A Good Initiative

During times of great uncertainty and deeply disrupted international economic and political relations, Serbia should seek additional forms of economic connection that complement its...

Milojko Arsić Ph.D., Professor At The University Of Belgrade Faculty Of Economics

There Will Always Be Bread, But Not Smarts

Even during the times of the harshest sanctions imposed during the 1990s, enough food products were still available in Serbia. Temporary shortages of such...

Investments Yet To Convert Into Significant Bilateral Trade

Although trade cooperation between the U.S. and Serbia remains below the level of a billion dollars, the two countries...

A Friend In Need Is A Friend Indeed

Relations between Serbia and America determine the future of our country and the Western Balkans as a whole. It...

New French Investments Expected

The visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to Serbia marked a turning point in the development of economic relations...

We Urge Responsible Business Conduct

If we want Serbia to have modern, green mining, we must have the highest standards in the field of...

EU To Extend Digital Covid Certificate For Travel Until June 2023

As the current EU Digital Covid Certificate rules are set to expire on 30 June, the Committee on Civil...

EU To Extend Digital Covid Certificate For Travel Until June 2023

As the current EU Digital Covid Certificate rules are set to expire on 30 June, the Committee on Civil...

Iran Applies To Join BRICS Club

Iran, which holds the world's second largest gas reserves, has applied to join the BRICS group of Brazil, Russia,...

Scottish Government Seeks Independence Vote In October 2023

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday that the Scottish parliament would publish an independence referendum bill with...

Ambassador Thomas Schieb: Sanctions On Russia Will Help Serbia Progress

German Ambassador to Serbia Thomas Schieb said that democracy, freedom of thought and expression, independent institutions and human rights...

Eu Clinches Deal On Mandatory Gas Storage For Next Winter

European Union negotiators agreed on mandatory gas storage obligations for EU countries, aiming for the the bloc’s storages to...

EU To Extend Digital Covid Certificate For Travel Until June 2023

As the current EU Digital Covid Certificate rules are set to expire on 30 June, the Committee on Civil...

Iran Applies To Join BRICS Club

Iran, which holds the world's second largest gas reserves, has applied to join the BRICS group of Brazil, Russia,...

Scottish Government Seeks Independence Vote In October 2023

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday that the Scottish parliament would publish an independence referendum bill with...

Ambassador Thomas Schieb: Sanctions On Russia Will Help Serbia Progress

German Ambassador to Serbia Thomas Schieb said that democracy, freedom of thought and expression, independent institutions and human rights...

Eu Clinches Deal On Mandatory Gas Storage For Next Winter

European Union negotiators agreed on mandatory gas storage obligations for EU countries, aiming for the the bloc’s storages to...
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