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Meeting of the members of National Assembly with MEPs – the members of informal group “Friends of Serbia”

The meeting of the members of National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia with the members of the European Parliament – members of informal group “Friends of Serbia” was held on 14 September 2017. at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, on the margins of the sixth meeting of the European Union-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee.

The meeting was chaired by Emilian Pavel, Romanian MEP and the president of the group “Friends of Serbia”.

The members of the group “Friends of Serbia” have welcomed the unequivocal support which the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, expressed in the context of Serbia’s accession negotiations. They have also underlined their support for reforms in Serbia and expressed hope that Serbia will become EU Member State during the next mandate of the European Commission.

The informal group “Friends of Serbia” was established in May 2015, bringing together the Members of the European Parliament who support Serbia's European integration, and they organise activities aimed at promoting Serbia in the European Parliament.


Sixth Meeting of European Union-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee in Strasbourg

The sixth meeting of the European Union-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee was held at the European Parliament HQ in Strasbourg on 13 and 14 September 2017. The Meeting was co-chaired by Eduard Kukan, Chairman of the European Parliament delegation and Dr Vladimir Orlic, Chairman of the delegation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. The Government of the Republic of Serbia was represented by Ksenija Milenković, Assistant Minister for European Integration.

In the course of the two-day discussions at the European Parliament, members of the National Assembly and the European Parliament have exchanged opinions on the state-of-play in accession negotiations and relations between the European Union and Serbia, Serbia’s preparations for opening of new chapters, dialogue on relations normalization between Belgrade and Pristina, refugee crisis, implementation of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement, fundamental rights and freedoms, gender equality, domestic violence, economic development and reforms. Co-chairs Kukan and Orlic have agreed that the meeting was held in a friendly atmosphere and that the debate was constructive and followed by excellent conclusions. The co-chairs have also emphasized that importance of the fact that the Joint Committee finalized the meeting by adopting a Declaration and Recommendations, which highlighted Serbia’s achievements, as well as the challenges both sides would have to tackle in the course of the accession negotiations and EU enlargement.

A meeting between the delegation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and the members of the informal group “Friends of Serbia” was held at the sidelines of the Committee.


PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA ALEKSANDAR VUČIĆ VISITED BRUSSELS ON 31 AUGUST 2017

The president of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić participated in another meeting, which was organized by the High Representative of the EU Federica Mogherini on 31 August 2017 in Brussels, in the framework of the Dialogue on normalization of relations between Belgrade and Priština. 

The aim of the meeting, which was attended also by Hashim Thaci, was to exchange the opinions on the continuation of the dialogue, in the light of the agreement reached in July, when the preparation of a “new phase of the dialogue” was agreed upon.

The president Vučić stated that on this occasion previously reached agreements had been confirmed and that full implementation of the agreement on judiciary was agreed upon. He emphasized that the implementation of the agreement on the bridge on river Ibar in Kosovska Mitrovica was also a subject of the meeting and said that the discussion regarding this issue would be continued in the following period, in order to implement this agreement until the end of the year, if possible. President Vučić and the director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Đurić noted at the meeting that there is no progress on the implementation of the agreement on the Community of Serbian Municipalities.

Vučić emphasized that it was the most important to conduct open discussion as regards long-term and more stable solution in the relations of Belgrade and Priština. He stated that there would be no change in the format of the dialogue, and that the discussions would be continued under the auspices of the EU. 
 


PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA ALEKSANDAR VUČIĆ MET PESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL DONALD TUSK


The President of the Republic of Serbia met the President of the European Council on 14 July 2017 in Brussels. 

While discussing the process negotiations on accession of Serbia to the EU, President Vučić underlined that there was a need to determine a framework date for the accession and to accelerate the pace of negotiations, which he also reiterated during previous meetings with the highest European officials, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini.

The President Tusk stated that the European Union supported European integration of the Western Balkans and that Serbia would be awarded with full membership in the EU once the dialogue with Priština and commenced reforms were finalized. He commended the efforts invested by Serbia in the normalization of relations with Priština and encouraged President Vučić to continue the reforms in the area of rule of law. President Tusk in particular emphasized and commended a personal devotion of President Vučić to the stability and security of the region.   


PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA ALEKSANDAR VUČIĆ MET PESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER


The President of the Republic of Serbia, who led our delegation at the first meeting of High Council for Cooperation between Serbia and Greece, met the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker on 13 July 2017 in Thessaloniki.   

While discussing European integration, President Juncker said that the European perspective of Serbia was clear, and President Vučić reiterated that there was a need to determine a framework date for the accession of Serbia to the EU. President Vučić also stated that the citizens of Serbia had believed in the accession to the EU for a long time, but that this was a long-lasting process. The President underlined that Serbia would continue to work on its European integration, but also that we aspired to have this process successfully finalized. 

On this occasion, the President Vučić invited the President Juncker to visit Serbia during the mandate of this composition of European Commission.


INFORMAL MEETING ON THE HIGHEST LEVEL BETWEEN BELGRADE AND PRISTINA


Informal meeting at the highest level between Belgrade and Pristina, under the auspices of the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini, was held on 3 July 2017 in Brussels. Apart from the President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić, the Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Đurić also attended the meeting.

Two sides tentatively agreed to start working on a new phase of the dialogue aiming at normalization of relations. It was agreed that the teams of both sides would immediately start working on the preparations of the upcoming meetings. The importance of the implementation of previously reached agreements was also reiterated.

During separate bilateral meeting, which preceded the informal common meeting on dialogue, President Vučić had a discussion with EU High Representative Mogherini. On this occasion, for the first time, Vučić requested, inter alia, from the EU representatives to determine a framework date for the accession of Serbia to the EU.


AMBASSADOR ANA HRUSTANOVIĆ MET MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALTA CARMELO ABELA


Ambassador Ana Hrustanović had a brief discussion with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta Carmelo Abela at the celebration on the occasion of finalization of Maltese EU Presidency, which was held on 30 June 2017 in Brussels City Hall.  

Ambassador Hrustanović expressed her gratitude for extensive support and efforts invested by Malta during its EU Presidency towards achieving progress in Serbia’s EU accession negotiations. She emphasized that four chapters were opened during Maltese EU Presidency and that we aspire to accelerate the pace of negotiations.

Minister Abela expressed strong support to the process of European integration of Serbia.  Ambassador Hrustanović said that the circumstances during Maltese EU Presidency were not favorable, but she pointed out that the EU, being currently left by one very important member state, should demonstrate its strength by supporting enlargement as one of the most successful EU policies.

Minister Abela emphasized that Malta remains a great supporter of enlargement. He also stated that Serbian community in Malta is very well integrated.


“Serbia: Driving Economic Force for the Western Balkans: How to integrate in the internal market?”


Working Breakfast titled “Serbia: Driving Economic Force for the Western Balkans: How to integrate in the internal market?” was held in the European Parliament in Brussels, on the 27th of June 2017. In her introductory note, Ambassador Ana Hrustanović, Head of Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, presented an overview of the most important economic results that Serbia has achieved over the last couple of years. She also highlighted Serbia’s ongoing economic reform program, as well as the importance of the regional economic integration process.

Working breakfast was organized by SME Europe, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia and Enterprise Europe Network, in cooperation with the EPP Group in the European Parliament. Apart from Ambassador Hrustanović, MEP and Co-opted Board Member SME Europe Andor Deli, Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia Representative Office in Belgium Zdravko Ilić, MEP and Vice-President of the informal group Friends of Serbia in the European Parliament Franc Bogovič and Head of EU-Office, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ) Markus Stock participated at the event. The event was moderated by Executive Director of SME Europe Dr. Horst Heitz.

  


SIXTH MEETING OF THE ACCESSION CONFERENCE SERBIA - EU


The sixth meeting of the Accession Conference with Serbia at ministerial level was held on the 20th of June in Luxembourg to open chapter 7 - Intellectual property law and chapter 29 - Customs union.

The Serbian delegation was led by Ms JadrankaJoksimović, Minister without portfolio responsible for European integration. The members of the delegation were: ambassador Ana Hrustanović, head of Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, Ms Ksenija Milenkovic, Acting director of European Integration Office, Ms Tanja Miscevic, Head of Negotiating Team and other representatives of the Republic of Serbia. The European Union delegation was led by Ms Helena Dalli, Minister of European Affairs and Equality of Malta, on behalf of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The European Commission was represented by Mr Christian Danielsson, Director General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. The conference was also attended by other representatives of the European Commission, European External Action Service and Member States. 

With the sixth meeting of the Accession Conference, Serbia has so far opened 10 chapters, out of which two were provisionally closed. Next accession conference is expected to be held in the second half of 2017.

 

 


Financial agreement (IPA 2016) worth EUR 96,2 million signed by Minister Joksimović and Commissioner Hahn in Brussels

   


The Serbian Government Minister in charge of European Integrations, Jadranka Joksimović and European  Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, signed on 7th July 2017 in Brussels the Financial agreement worth EUR 96,2 million, of which the EU financial support is in amount of EUR 95.1 million. This agreement is first of four financial agreements that are going to be signed in this year with the aim of realization of the annual IPA program for 2016 with the total amount of EUR 166.4 million.

The grant will be used for project that will assist Serbia in implementation of reforms in key sectors, focusing on: stimulating competition in Serbia and support to small and medium enterprises in Serbia; Stimulation of competitiveness of economy and support to small and medium enterprises; improvement of infrastructure for ensuring better access to public buildings for persons with disabilities and reduced mobility; continued works on Golubac fortress reconstruction and promotion of efficiency of judicial institutions. This agreement will also support the activities in the areas relevant for the realisation of rights of internally displaced persons, refugees and returnees, but also in the fields of food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary policy, statistics, transport, environment and energy.

Later in the year, another three financial agreements are to be signed, the funds wherefrom will be allocated to promotion of border management system (28 million euro) and reform of education sector (27.4 million euro). The last out of four agreements will be funded by the EU in the amount of 15.9 million euro and it will, among other, ensure the participation in other EU programmes.

With more than three billion euro of grants invested in Serbia in the past 15 years, the European Union is the largest donor in Serbia, but also the first partner of the country considering the support to development and ongoing reforms.


Minister Joksimović participated in the 6th European People’s Party Group Conference on the Western Balkans


Minister without portfolio responsible for European Integration of the Republic of Serbia Jadranka Joksimović participated in the 6th European People’s Party Group Conference on the Western Balkans „EU – Western Balkans: Addressing together challenges and using opportunities“, held in the European Parliament in Brussels on 06 June 2017. Minister Joksimović has participated as a guest speaker in the second panel, dedicated to the regional cooperation and relevant security issues. Minister has used this opportunity to present the progress that Serbia made on its European path, challenges that it faces, as well as the ways to improve regional cooperation and cooperation between the candidate countries and the EU. She has emphasized the role of Serbia in maintaining regional stability and its contribution to the preservation of the wider security, primarily through participation in the EU and UN peacekeeping missions.

The other participants that have taken part at the conference are President of the European People's Party Joseph Dol, Chairman of the parliamentary group of the European People's Party Manfred Weber, European Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament and Rapporteur for Serbia David McAllister and Head of the European Parliament Delegation to the Stabilization and Association Parliamentary Committee EU-Serbia Eduard Kukan.

 


MEETING OF AMBASSADOR ANA HRUSTANOVIC AND COMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT AND MOBILITY VIOLETA BULC

 

Ambassador Ana Hrustanovic, Head of Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, met comissioner for transport and mobility Violeta Bulc in Brussels on June 1, 2017. On this occasion, ambassador Hrustanovic initialled Transport Community Treaty on behalf of the Republic of Serbia, with aim to deepen the integration of Western Balkans in the field of transport and to encourage the application of EU legislation and standards in this field.


The Third Enlargement Day was organized by and held at the European Committee of Regions in Brusselson 1 June 2017

The Plenary Session of the Enlargement Day on 1 June was chaired by Mr. Karl-Heinz Lambertz, First Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions. The Meeting was addressed by Mr. David Mc-Callister, Member of the European Parliament, and also by Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Mr. Johannes Hahn (by video-message). For the First Panel Debate on Enlargement: Dynamics and Stabilisation speakers were Mr. Allan Jones, Head of Unit “Strategy, Policy” from the DG NEAR, Ms Corina Stratulat, Senior Policy Analyst from the European Policy Centre and Mr. NaimIsmajli, Mayor of Štime Municipality from Kosovo and Metohija. During the Second Panel Debate on Connectivity speakers were Mr. Morten Jung, Senior Adviser from the Western Balkans Directorate of the DGNEAR, Mr. Dirk Buschle, Deputy Director of the Energy Community Secretariat, Mr. Adam Szolyak, Policy Oficer with DG Energy of the European Commission and Mr. Fuad Kasumović, Mayor of Zenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The main message from this meeting was that the European path of the Western Balkans has no alternative and that the process of the already initiated reforms in the region should be carried out to the end, where full contribution should be givenat and by all levels of government, including the citizens themselves. It was reiterated that on the path toward the European integration the region should cooperate more intensively, and that this process is not a substitute for the process of European integration, but should be its part. The need for a better and more dedicated EU approach to the region was confirmed once more, and especiallyhaving in mind that this is the EU’s firstNeighbourhood,thus looking for sustainable solutions for some of current problems the EU is facing, such ascrisis with migrants and security issues, are indispensable without the Western Balkans.


The Second Joint Consultative Committee Meeting CoR-Republic of Serbia took place on 31 May


The Meeting was moderated by two JCC Co-Chairs, Mr. DimitriosKalogeropoulos, on behalf of CoR, and Mr. DejanJovanović, on behalf of the Republic of Serbia. The meeting was organized in two consecutive sessions: 1) An Update on EU-Serbian Relations and 2) EU Local and Regional Authorities Experience in Using Structural and Cohesion Funds: Transposing Lessons to Pre-Accession Funds. The speakers within the First Thematic Session were Ambassador Ms Ana Hrustanović, Head of Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union, Mr. Ivan Bošnjak, State Secretary, Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government of the Republic of Serbia and Mr. Christos Makridis, Deputy Head of Unit for Serbia, Directorate-General Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) of the European Commission.  The speakers within the Second Thematic Session were: Mr. Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head od Unit for Macro-Regions, Transnational/International Cooperation, IPA, Enlargement of the European Commission’s Directorate-General Regional and Urgan Policy, Mr. Ognjen Bjelić, Provincial Secretary for Regional Development, Interregional Cooperation and Local Self-Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina in Serbia and member of the JCC, Mr. Petr Osvald, Member of CoR, and Mr. SašaDjordjević, Mayor of Municipality Gadžin Han in Serbia, Alternate Member of the JCC.

The participants at the meeting agreed in their assessment that Serbiais leader in the region, in terms of economic reforms being implemented in the country. It was noted that it is necessary to maintain the existing rate, where cooperation between the Republic of Serbia and CoR can significantly contribute, especially at the level of local and regional authorities.

  


Regional stability primary goal of Serbia


Belgrade/Brussels, 24 May 2017 – Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic met in Brussels with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini to discuss the European perspective of Serbia and the Western Balkans, the situation in the region and the future of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.

Mogherini said that with tonight's gathering of Western Balkan leaders she wants to emphasize that the doors of the EU are open for this region and to encourage regional cooperation with the aim of preserving stability and faster economic progress of all.

She praised the economic reforms of Serbia and its progress on the European path, as well as the constructive role of Prime Minister Vucic in preserving regional stability.

Prime Minister Vucic underlined the importance of cooperation in the region and said that Serbia will continue with such a responsible regional policy.

At the same time, he expressed concern for the future of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina in the view of the development of the political situation in the southern Serbian province and statements of Kosovo Albanians.


Economic and Financial Affairs Council– ECOFIN


The final meeting of annual Economic and Financial dialogue between the EU and the Western Balkans and Turkey was held on 23 May 2017 during the Economic and Financial Affairs Council – ECOFIN. Serbian delegation was led by Mr. Dušan Vujović, minister of finance and Ms. Jorgovanka Tabaković, governor of the National bank of Serbia. At the meeting, the participants discussed about Economic Reform Programmes for the period 2017-2019 (ERP) which were submitted to the European Commission earlier this year. The representatives of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and EU member states congratulated Serbia on economic growth in 2016 and strong fiscal consolidation that has been implemented. In addition, it was noted that financial stability, especially with a decline in non-performing loans, has been preserved.

Joint conclusions of the Economic and Financial dialogue were adopted the end of the meeting.


MINISTER IVICA DAČIĆ MET EUROPEAN COMMISSIONER JOHANNES HAHN


First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dačićmet European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations on 24 April 2017 in Brussels. On this occasion, Minister Dačić and Commissioner Hahn discussed the European integration of the Republic of Serbia, regional stability and other questions.

Minister Dačić emphasized that the membership in the EU is one of the most important prioritiesof Serbian foreign policy, that Serbia remains devoted to regional cooperation and good neighborly relations. In this context, Minister Dačić emphasized in particular the importance of Berlin Process and the activities which are being implemented with the aim to increase Western Balkans connectivity. The Minister reminded that Serbia has a constructive role in the preservation of regional stability, despite all the challenges it is facing in this regard. As it concerns the process of accession of Serbia to the EU, Minister Dačić expressed expectations that the pace of negotiations will accelerate in the following period.

Commissioner Hahn emphasized that Serbia remains the most stable country in the Western Balkans and commended its constructive approach towards coping with negative rhetoric that might endanger the stability of the region. The Commissioner expressed hope that Serbia will continue the implementation of the reforms and opening of new negotiating chapters.


PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL OPEN COMPETITION FOR THE DESIGN OF A CONCEPTUAL SOLUTION FOR THE ZORAN ĐINĐIĆ MEMORIAL AT THE STUDENTS SQUARE IN BELGRADE

We would like to inform you that the Belgrade City Administration, Secretariat for Culture, has announced a “Public international two-phase open competition for the design of a conceptual solution for the Zoran Đinđić memorial at the Students square in Belgrade”.

The aim of the competition is to obtain the best quality conceptual solution for the Zoran Đinđić Memorial at the Students Square in Belgrade and to create a dignified memory of Zoran Đinđić, his life, work and social and historical changes he initiated in Serbia, as well as of his tragic death at the entrance to the building of the Government of the Republic of Serbia on March 12, 2003.

Zoran Đinđić was one of the founders of the Democratic Party and served as President of the Executive Board from September 1990, and as President of the Party from January 1994. He was a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Philosophy and Social Theory, member of all three multiparty sessions of the National Parliament of the Republic of Serbia and of the Council of the Republics in the Parliament of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

He was elected Mayor of Belgrade on the 21st February 1997, representing the Together coalition, which topped the polls in many Serbian cities in the 1996 local elections. In June 2000, Đinđic took on the role of coordinator in the Alliance for Change and then became head of the Central Election Committee and promotional campaign coordinator of the Serbian Democratic Opposition (DOS) for the elections held on the 24th September 2000.

He became Prime Minister of Serbia on 25th January 2001, after the victory of DOS in the Serbian parliamentary elections in December 2000. Zoran Đinđic was murdered on March 12th 2003 in front of the Serbian government building, for striving to liberate Serbia from her past and to lead her into the future. Đinđic left behind his wife Ruzica, daughter Jovana and son Luka.

 

BELGRADE CITY ADMINISTRATION

Secretariat for Culture

Belgrade, Trg republike 3

announces

PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL TWO-PHASE OPEN COMPETITION FOR THE DESIGN OF A CONCEPTUAL SOLUTION FOR THE ZORAN DINDIC MEMORIAL AT THE STUDENTS SQUARE IN BELGRADE

 

Competition organizer:

City of Belgrade - Belgrade City Administration, Secretariat for Culture.

Competition Purpose:

The aim of the competition is to obtain the best quality conceptual solution for the Zoran Bindic Memorial at the Students Square in Belgrade.

The meaning of the artistic and program solution is to create a dignified memory of Zoran Bindic, his life, work and social and historical changes he initiated in Serbia, as well as of his tragic death at the entrance to the building of the Government of the Republic of Serbia on March 12, 2003.

The space for which this memorial should be designed is a part of the reconstructed Students Square which is to be transformed into a pedestrian zone, according to the project design made by architect Boris Podrecca.

The memorial is expected to be designed in the tone of contemporary visual art.

Type of Competition:

As for the type, the competition is public.

As for the participants, the competition is open.

As for the form, the competition has two phases.

As for the manner and design submission, the competition is anonymous.

Language of the competition for local participants shall be Serbian, and for foreign participants English.

Documentation:

Competition participants may download the competition material free of charge at the web-portal of the City of Belgrade (http://www.beograd.rs) and Association of Belgrade Architects (http://www.dab.rs/) starting as of March 30, 2017.

Term:

The final deadline for submission of designs in the first phase of the competition is June 15, 2017, till 3 p.m., irrespective of the manner of design submission (direct submission or by mail).

Deadline for the completion of the jury work and publication of the first phase results is June 30, 2017. The final deadline for submission of the design in the second phase of the competition is September 28, 2017, till 3 p.m., irrespective of the manner of design submission (direct submission or by mail).

Deadline for the completion of the jury work and publication of the second phase of the competition is October 16, 2017.

Prize fund:

If minimum 10 designs are submitted by the end of the defined deadline, which meet the propositions of the competition for the second phase, 6 (six) designs will be selected.

Prizes at the total amount of the net prize fund of 19.000 euros shall be granted in the following order:

- First prize 8.000 euros,

- Second prize 5.000 euros,

- Third prize 3.000 euros,

and three equally valuable purchases of 1.000 euros each.

Prize purchase payments for designs whose authors are residents of the Republic of Serbia shall be paid in dinar equivalent. The design is awarded the first prize shall be selected for realisation.


The student’s day on College of Europe in Bruges – donation from Embassy and Mission to EU

The College of Europe in Bruges hosted the Balkans national week from 27 January to 03 March 2017. Having become a crucial part of student life, this tradition gathered, among others, students from all around Europe last Thursday in order to delight in Serbian gastronomy, kindly provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU.

This year's student and representative of Serbia is miss Hana Hudak, Joseph Bech promotion scholar for 2016/17.


INTERGOVERNMENTAL CONFERENCE ON ACCESSION OF SERBIA TO THE EU


The fifth meeting of the Intergovernmental Conference at ministerial level on the accession of Serbia to the EU was held in Brussels on February 27, 2017. On this occasion, the negotiations on chapter 20 - Enterprise and Industrial Policy were opened, while the negotiations on chapter 26 - Education and Culture were opened and provisionally closed.

The Serbian delegation was led by Ms JadrankaJoksimović, Minister without portfolio responsible for European integration. The European Union delegation was led by Mr Louis Grech, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for European Affairs of the Republic of Malta, on behalf of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The European Commission was represented by Mr Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.

 


Minister for Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vulin visited Brussels on 2-3, February 2017

Minister for Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vulin visited Brussels on 2 and 3 February 2017. During the visit, he had meetings with Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, with whom he talked about the continuation of financial assistance provided by the European Commission to Serbia in order to address the problem of migration crisis. Minister Vulin informed the Commissioner about the situation on the ground and of a number of migrants currently present in Serbia, as well as on country needs in order to solve the problem caused by the migrant crisis. Minister Vulin thanked the Commissioner Stylianides for the additional humanitarian aid that he had announced during his recent visit to Belgrade. In addition, it has been agreed to start negotiations on securing additional funds from the EU fund for Syria (Madad).


CEFTA Chairmanship 2017 Republic of Serbia

The Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia and the CEFTA Secretariat organized a panel in Brussels on 1 February 2017 dedicated to the presentation of the CEFTA Chairmanship priorities of Serbia. Ambassador Ana Hrustanović in her welcoming remarks has emphasized the importance of CEFTA market for the Serbian economy. CEFTA is the second trade partner of Serbia with the participation in total trade with the world of about 11%. Serbia's presidency will be focused on the consolidation and strengthening the implementation of CEFTA and will provide us the opportunity to insist on the adoption of the new decisions and agreements such as the adoption of the Protocol on Trade in Services and the Protocol on Trade Facilitation. List of speakers has also included Ms. Bojana Todorovic, Chair in Office, CEFTA and Assistant Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Mr. Umut Ergezer, Acting Director of CEFTA Secretariat and Mr. Nenad Djurdjevic, Director of the International affairs, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia.


CEFTA SECRETARIAT – VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT DIRECTOR OF THE CEFTA SECRETARIAT, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

The Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA 2006) is a modern and comprehensive regional free trade agreement, designed as an integral part of the pre-accession agenda. It provides a strong legal basis for policy formulation and implementation in key areas related to trade and investment. The successful implementation of the Agreement to date with full liberalization of trade in goods has substantially contributed to the creation of a free trade area in South East Europe. The CEFTA Parties have agreed on an ambitious agenda to further contribute to economic growth.

The Secretariat of CEFTA 2006 was established in Brussels, Belgium, in September 2008 in accordance with the Article 40.2 of the Agreement. The overall role of the Secretariat is to provide technical and administrative support to the Joint Committee, Chair in Office and any body established by the Joint Committee.

A specially appointed Selection Committee is now seeking applications for the position of Director.
Entitled: Job description is below:

http://cefta.int/contact/vacancy/

Eligible applicants include civil servants from national administrations and personnel from international organizations, the private sector and civil society. The successful candidate will be offered a competitive contract by the CEFTA Secretariat.
Interested candidates should upload a letter and a completed application form as provided below (both in English). The deadline for receipt of applications is midnight (CET), Friday, 10 February, 2017. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.


Project ANTARES оf the BioSense Institute from Serbia Won the First Place in the Strongest European Competition for the Excellence in Science, by which an Investment of 28 Million Euros Has Been Provided for the Serbian Science

BioSense Institute from Novi Sad won the first place in Europe, as part of the most prestigious call on the European Commission's Horizon 2020 – Timing Program, intended for the creation of European Centres of excellence in science and research, their implementation and the creation of innovations. It enables the economic development of the countries and strategically put them on the innovative path for growth in Europe.

In the competition of nearly 200 projects and participation of the strongest research institutions all over Europe, such as the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the Max Planck Institute, Fraunhofer and others, through a multi-stage competition during the last two years, the project ANTARES of the Serbian BioSense Institute has won the convincing first place, ahead of all EU Member States and as the only non-EU funded project.

With a budget of up to EUR 28 million, of which 14 million are EU grants and 14 million national co-financing, already been provided by the Government of the Republic of Serbia, ANTARES aims at developing BioSense into the European Centre of excellence for advanced technology in the field of sustainable agriculture. 

The BioSense Institute’s partners on the project are the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia and the Institute DLO from the Netherlands – a leading world institution in the field of contemporary agriculture.


 


The fourth meeting of the Accession Conference with Serbia, held in Brussels, on 13 December 2016

The fourth meeting of the Accession Conference with Serbia at ministerial level was held in Brussels on 13 December 2016, to open negotiations on Chapter 5 - Public procurement, and to open and provisionally close Chapter 25 - Science and research.

The European Union delegation was led by Mr Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, on behalf of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The European Commission was represented by Mr Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. The Serbian delegation was led by Ms Jadranka Joksimović, Minister without portfolio responsible for European integration.

With the fourth meeting of the Accession Conference with Serbia, out of a total of 35 negotiation chapters, 6 chapters have now been opened for negotiations of which 1 chapter has already been provisionally closed. Further Accession Conferences will be planned, as appropriate, in order to take the process forward in the first half of 2017. The accession negotiations were launched in January 2014.


The Third EU-Serbia SA Council Meeting, held in Brussels, on 13 December 2016

The EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Council (SA Council) held its third meeting on 13 December 2016. This meeting was chaired by Ms Jadranka Joksimović, Minister without portfolio for EU integration of Serbia, Mr. Miroslav Lajčak, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, led the European Union delegation on behalf of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, and by Mr. Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Enlargement Negotiations and European Neighbourhood Policy, represented the European Commission.

The SA Council meeting provided a timely opportunity to review Serbia's progress in its preparations for accession and to consider priorities for further work within the framework of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement.

The SA Council welcomed the major steps Serbia had taken since its last meeting, with the adoption of its action plans for rule of law chapters 23 and 24 as well as progress in the EU facilitated dialogue between Belgrade and Priština. In this regard, the SA Council welcomed the opening of chapters 32 (Financial control) and 35 (Other issues: Item 1 - Normalisation of relations between Serbia and Kosovo*) on 14 December 2015, chapters 23 (Judiciary and fundamental rights) and 24 (Justice, freedom and security) on 18 July 2016, as well as the opening of chapter 5 (Public procurement) and the opening and provisional closure of chapter 25 (Science and research) on 13 December 2016. The SA Council also held an exchange of views on developments in the Western Balkans.


Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Nedimovic visited Brussels

Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, Mr. Branislav Nedimovic attended  the meetings on 17 November with the representatives of Directorate General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Directorate General for Trade, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, Directorate General for Health and Food Safety. Minister Nedimovic discussed issues relevant to trade facilitation with the EU, accreditation process for IPARD, prevention and eradication of animal diseases. During the above mentioned meetings, it was confirmed that the EU will financially support LSD vaccination. 


Exhibition „Danube - An Artist, Witness, Traveller“

Minister without portfolio responsible for European integration of the Republic of Serbia Jadranka Joksimovic opened exhibition „Danube - An Artist, Witness, Traveller“ at the European Parliament, on 15 November 2016. Member of the European Parliament and the host of the exhibition Andor Deli and the president of the Assembly of AP of Vojvodina Ištvan Pastor also addressed the audience.

Number of guests attended the opening of the exhibition, including Vice President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, Chair of the European Parliament delegation for Serbia Eduard Kukan, Vice President of the informal group “Friends of Serbia” at the European Parliament Franc Bogovič, representatives of the European Commission, regional representations, member states of the EU and others.

Exhibition „Danube - An Artist, Witness, Traveller“ was prepared by a team of authors of  Public Enterprise Belgrade Fortress and it was initiated and organised by the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU at the European Parliament from 14 - 18 November 2016.


10/11/2016 Presentation of letters of credentials of Ambassador Ana Hrustanovic

 

Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, H.E. Ms Ana Hrustanovic presented on 10 November 2016 the letters of credentials to President of the European Council, H.E. Mr Donald Tusk. Presentation of letters was followed by exchange of views with regard to bilateral relations and further cooperation between the Republic of Serbia and the EU.

 

 


INVITATION TO TENDER FOR THE PROVISION OF REAL ESTATE SALES SERVICES – THE SALE OF DIPLOMATIC REAL ESTATE IN NEW YORK (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA), TOKYO (JAPAN), BONN (GERMANY), AND BERNE (SWITZERLAND)

- Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Slovenia, and the Republic of Serbia – as the sole Successor States to the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (hereinafter “the SFRY”) – and the co-owners of diplomatic and consular property of the SFRY, as the previous title owner, hereby issue an invitation to tender for the provision of the service of brokering the sale of the following immovable property [1] :

a) Permanent Mission of the SFRY to the UN, New York, USA (854 Fifth Avenue, N.Y. 10065); additional indicative data: block 1391, Lot 6, site area 3,600 sq. ft./30 x 120, gross living area 16,125 sq. ft, est. 1910;

b) Residence of the Permanent Representative of the SFRY to the UN, New York, USA (730 Park Avenue, N.Y. 10021); additional indicative data: Apt. 16/17B, cooperative interest, 718/30.000 shares, block 1385, Lot 37, project name: Park 71st St. Corp., gross living area above grade 4,294 sq. ft., Act. Age: 1929;

c) Embassy and residence of the SFRY in Tokyo, Japan (7-24, 4-chome, Kitashinagawa Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo); additional indicative data: land 316-37 Kita Shinagawa 4-Chome, Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo, registered total area 995.27 m2 (app. 28 m x 30 m), building 316-37 Kita Shinagawa 4-Chome, Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo, total floor area 1,725.70 m2 (size in building design document), time of completion 1965;

d) Embassy of the SFRY in Bonn, Germany (Schlossallee 5, 5300 Bonn 2), additional indicative data: land register Mehlem, entry no. 2,865, building and garden/courtyard area 5,441 m2, Schlossallee 1 and 5, floor area 1,565 m2 (ground floor, cellar, attic, underground garage with 14 parking spaces);

e) Embassy and residence of the SFRY in Berne, Switzerland (Seminarstrasse 5, 3006 Bern), additional indicative data: estate: nr. 199 Bern 4, land area: total 1,760 m2, building gross area 540 m2, garden area/courtyard 1,220 m2, construction year: 1978.

The Successor States underline the following:

- The service of brokering the sale of all the immovable property listed above will be awarded to a single real estate agency, which will be awarded the contract by the Successor States;

- The deadline for submitting tenders is 30 days from the day following the issuing of this invitation to tender, while the Successor States will notify tenderers of their decision within 50 days from the deadline for submitting tenders;

- Among the references qualifying them to successfully broker the sale of the listed property, interested tenderers will submit the following documents, and define their conditions for providing brokerage services. In their offer, the interested tenderers will include:

a) Documents certifying that the tenderer is a registered company;

b) Documents proving that the tenderer has offices, branches, or partner organisations in the countries where the property on sale is located, operating in the listed cities (New York, USA; Tokyo, Japan; Bonn, Germany; Bern, Switzerland);

c) Documents showing the tenderer’s turnover amounted to at least US$ 100 million [2] in the last three years;

d) Guarantee for the offer in the amount of US$ 50,000.00 (the guarantee will be returned to the tenderer upon the signing of the brokerage contract); 

e) Performance guarantee in the amount of US$ 100,000.00 (the performance guarantee will be returned to the tenderer upon the completion of the contract);

f) Evidence of financial and business solvency;

g) Evidence of technical and professional capacities and references proving the successful provision of brokerage services;

h) Certificate of no conviction of the tenderer/legal entity and its CEO, in accordance with the legal provisions of the country of the registered seat of the tenderer and permanent residence of its CEO;

- The period of validity of the tender shall be at least 90 days from the date of submission;

- Interested tenderers will specify their tenders as a brokerage fee, which is a percentage of the total gross sales price of the property listed above;

- The lowest brokerage fee shall be the decisive criterion in selecting the successful tenderer, provided that the tenderer meets all the above conditions;

- Interested tenderers will submit their tenders (in a sealed envelope, marked with the designation ‘Do not open’) by registered mail addressed to:

Stanislav Vidovič, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, SI-1001 Ljubljana, Prešernova cesta 25.

- The Successor States will provide appraisals of the market value of all the listed immovable property to the successful tenderer; the property’s appraised market value will represent the minimum asking price for the property concerned, unless otherwise decided by the Successor States;

- The sale of the immovable property will be conducted preferably by way of public auction or by any other method in accordance with the local real estate market practice for each immovable property concerned, as advised by interested tenderers in their tenders;

- The Successor States reserve the right not to select any tenderer, even if all conditions are met;

- The immovable property listed in this invitation to tender may be sold separately or not. Each Successor State must confirm the sale of each immovable property under the terms to be negotiated with the best offer/potential buyer prior to concluding the sale if the purchase price offered is below the appraised market value or the minimum asking price.

- Contact details for additional information: gp.mzz@gov.si or sekretariat.mzz@gov.si.

Please find the documents required for applying here:

Tenderer information sheet

Tender Bond (Guarantee) Form B-1

Performance Bond (Guarantee) Form B-2

______________________________________________________________________________________________________

[1] The information on property in this invitation to tender are only indicative. The Successor States accept no responsibility for their accuracy. Precise information may be obtained by consulting public databases of the countries where the immovable property is located. The Successor States will submit relevant data in their possession regarding the immovable property listed in this invitation to tender to the successful tenderer after the completion of the selection process.

[2] Or the equivalent in €, CHF, or ¥.


Minister Brnabic presented in the European Parliament in Strasbourg solutions for the national minority issues in Serbia

Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government of the Republic of Serbia Ana Brnabić, Assistant Minister of Justice Čedomir Backović and Chief Negotiator for the Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the EU Tanja Miščević participated in the meeting of the Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 27th October 2016. They presented to the members of the European Parliament, who are also members of the Intergroup, institutional and legislative framework of Serbia for national minority rights, with the special emphasis on the Action Plan for the realization of the rights of national minorities.

Minister Brnabić stressed that Serbia represents success story when it comes to solutions for the national minority issues, proved through continuous work on the improvement of laws and other legislative acts related to the adequate use of language and script of national minorities, their representation in the political and democratic processes and better definition of their jurisdiction and funding sources. Institutions of the National Assembly and the Government of the Republic of Serbia, as well as independent bodies, which together with the National Councils of National Minorities work to protect national minority rights and freedoms in Serbia, were presented as well.

Vice-President of the Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and provincial secretary for education, regulations, administration and national minorities Mihály Nyilas and president of the National Council of Hungarian National Minority in Serbia Jenő Hajnal also participated in the meeting and presented the role of Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and its institutions in the implementation of the Action Plan, as well as role of the National Council of Hungarian National Minority in Serbia.


Briefing on Belgrade – Pristina dialogue at the Mission of Serbia to the EU

In the premises of the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU on 20 October 2016 a briefing was held on the issue of Belgrade – Pristina dialogue. Representatives of member states, European Commission and European External Action Service were briefed by Marko Djuric, Director of Office for Kosovo and Metohija. Briefing was also attended by Ambassador Ana Hrustanovic and Head of Negotiating Team with the EU Tanja Miscevic.

Key message of Marko Djuric at this gathering was that Serbia will not renounce its assets. He stressed that we remain committed to further talks but that does not stipulate giving concessions at the expense of the interests of the Serbian people.


Minister Vulin visited Brussels on 17-18 October

Minister for Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vulin visited Brussels on 17-18 October 2016. During his visit, he had meetings with Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and Director for Western Europe, Western Balkans and Turkey in EEAS Angelina Eichhorst.

Minister Vulin said that it is of outmost importance for Serbia to be treated as an equal to member states of the EU and as such to receive all necessary assistance. He stated that Serbia will receive additional €6 million of humanitarian aid for tackling the problem of migrant crisis. Vulin confirmed that general opinion of the international community is that Serbia is treating  migrants and consequences of the migrant crisis in the best possible way. Vulin pointed out that Serbia offered some accommodation facilities for migrants but he made it clear that these facilities will not increase. He explained that it is very important for Serbia to be part of the agreement which the European Commission is trying to achieve with the government of Afghanistan and possibly Pakistan on return and readmission of citizens of these countries.


 


Reception for the delegation from the City of Novi Sad - European Capital of Culture 2021

Reception was organized in the premises of the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU in the honor of the delegation from the City of Novi Sad, who has received a title European Capital of Culture 2021.

Reception was opened with the statements of Ambassador Ana Hrustanović, Head of the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, Mr. Miloš Vučević, Major of the City of Novi Sad and Mr. Nemanja Milenkovic, President of the Organizing Committee for the candidacy of the City of Novi Sad for European Capital of Culture 2021.


Reception „Experience Vojvodina“, 12.10.2016

Reception was organized in the premises of the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, on 12 October 2016, at the invitation of the President of the Provincial government, Mr. Igor Mirovic and President of the Assembly of the AP Vojvodina, Mr. Istvan Pastor. Reception was thrown with an intention of promoting the investment potential of the AP Vojvodina to the European and regional officials. Speeches were given at the reception by presidents Mirovic and Pastor, Major of the city of Novi Sad, Mr. Milos Vucevic and Ambassador Ms. Ana Hrustanovic, Head of the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU. During the evening, specially prepared video material about Vojvodina was shown.


Successful promotion of AP Vojvodina in Brussels at the European Week of Regions and Cities 2016

Delegation from the Provincial government and Assembly of the AP Vojvodina, led by the president of the Provincial Government Mr. Igor Mirovic and president of the AP Vojvodina Assembly Mr. Istvan Pastor, visited Brussels between 10-13.10.2016 at the European Week of Regions and Cities.

High level political delegation from AP Vojvodina meet with Ms. Genoveva Ruiz Calavera, Director for Western Balkans at the Directorate General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) and Eduard Kukan, MEP and Chairman of the Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee.

During those three days, successful meetings were organized with the representatives from Hessen and Baden-Wuerttemberg (Federal Republic of Germany), Styria (Austria) and Osijek-Baranja County (Croatia).

Reception “Experience Vojvodina” was organized in premises of the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, where the Vojvodina European Office in Brussels is based, with an idea of promotion of Vojvodina and its investment potential to representatives from the European institutions, regions and the business community.

Reception was the final part of the project during the European Week of Cities and Regions. Before the Round table at the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, potential of AP Vojvodina was promoted to many representatives from the business community.

During the “European Week of Regions and Cities”, AP Vojvodina organized a joint workshop with eight regional partners in Northern Ireland Representation in Brussels, on the theme of empowering entrepreneurial potential and solving the pressing problem of the high rate of youth unemployment.


 


City of Novi Sad - European Capital of Culture 2021

After the final presentation of the "Novi Sad 2021" project, which was held on 14 October 2016 in Brussels, the panel of independent experts decided that the first city from the candidate or potential candidate country for the EU membership who will take this prestigious title is city of Novi Sad, administrative center of the AP Vojvodina and second largest city in the Republic of Serbia. In the final stage, in a competition with Herceg Novi, final oral presentation of the candidacy was held by the delegation made up of artists, teachers, city planners and curators from Novi Sad, led by city Major, Mr. Miloš Vučević and Mr. Nemanja Milenković, President of the Organizing Committee for the candidacy of the City of Novi Sad for European Capital of Culture 2021.

The “Novi Sad 2021” project is designed as a platform for the development of cultural and creative potential of the city, which aims to strengthen the cultural vitality of the City, enabling urban regeneration and improve the international reputation and touristic offer of Novi Sad.

City of Novi Sad will, try out the project “Novi Sad 2021”, develop its local concept and strategy for sustainable development of the cultural sector with focus on strengthening the institutions of culture, reconstruction of cultural heritage, strengthening cultural participation, development of cultural and creative industries, decentralization and intersectoral cooperation, with intensive usage of EU funds defined for the development of content in the field of culture.


Minister Vulin at Brussels Conference on Afghanistan

              

Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs Aleksandar Vulin attended Brussels Conference on Afghanistan on 5 October 2016. On this occasion, he had bilateral meeting on the margins of the conference with Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia, Hungary, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia.

Minisiter Vulin underlined that Serbia should be treated equally with EU member states in regards to financial, technical or other types of assistance and programs related to addressing migrantion crisis in Europe.

                      


New Ambassador of Serbia to the EU handed over copies of credentials

New Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the EU H.E. Ms Ana Hrustanovic handed over on 6 October 2016 copies of credentials to the Chief of Protocol of the European Commission Nicolas de La Grandville.


Reception on the occasion of the visit of representatives of the Foreign Investors Council

Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU on the occasion of the Foreign Investors Council – FIC visit to Brussels organised a reception on 3 October 2016. Reception was opened with the statements of Ana Hrustanović, Ambassador and Head of the Mission of Serbia to the EU and Yana Mikhailova, President of the Foreign Investors Council and CEO of Nestle Adriatic.

Reception was attended by several representatives of the European Commission and other institutions, diplomatic missions and various companies and international organizations.


Serbian food fair in Brussels

Serbian food fair was held on 28 September 2016 in Brussels organized by the Euxcellence project. On this occasion seven Serbian SMEs Agri-food and beverage producers presented their products. Representatives of the Serbian small agri-businesses have held meetings with the authorities in a number of relevant European institutions and discussed about their business vision in the light of European integration. They also visited Serbian diplomatic representation in Brussels, where they were greeted by Ana Hrustanović, Ambassador and Head of Mission of Serbia to the EU and Vesna Arsic, Ambassador of Serbia to Belgium.


Farewell meeting between the ambassador Lopandić and the European Commissioner for Hahn

Farewell meeting between the ambassador Duško Lopandić and the European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement negotiations Johannes Hahn was held on 19th of July at the European Commission. During the meeting, it has been said that the relations between the Republic of Serbia and the European Union have been significantly improved in the last couple of years.
Commissioner Hahn underlined that the cooperation between the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU and the European Commission was very good and expressed his gratitude to the ambassador Lopandic for his overall contribution to the improvement of cooperation with the EU.


Meeting between Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and EU High Representative Federica Mogherini

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic talked on 19 July 2016 in Brussels with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini about Chapter 35, as well as the continuation of dialogue with Pristina and achieving of better results in that process, which would mean stability of that part of the Balkans.

Vucic said after the meeting that they also spoke about how to further strengthen the region economically by bringing foreign investments, stressing the importance of encouraging foreign investors to invest in this part of Europe. The Prime Minister said that the Kosovo Albanians need to cooperate for mutual benefit, in order to find the best possible political framework of this cooperation that would not hamper our national interests. The Prime Minister said that not everything is at a standstill when it comes to implementation of the Brussels agreement, but that implementation of the agreement on the Community of Serbian municipalities is, which is also the most difficult issue. He added, however, that all this should be seen in the context of what has so far been done well, and what reduced tensions in the province and significantly reduced the number of incidents between Albanians and Serbs.


THIRD INTERGOVERNMENTAL CONFERENCE ON THE ACCESSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA TO THE EU – OPENING OF CHAPTERS 23 AND 24

The Third Intergovernmental Conference on the Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the EU and opening of Chapters 23 (Judiciary and Fundamental Rights) and 24 (Justice, Freedom and Security) was held in Brussels on 18 July 2016. 

The members of Serbian delegation, led by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, were also Ivica Dacic, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jadranka Joksimovic, Minister without portfolio responsible for European Integration, as well as other representatives of the Republic of Serbia. The Conference was attended by the representatives of member states and the European Union was represented by Miroslav Lajcak, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia which holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU. European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Johanes Hahn was also a member of EU delegation.

At the beginning of the Conference, Miroslav Lajcak, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia gave his introductory speech. In addition to him, Commissioner Hahn and Prime Minister of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic, Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Hungary and Bulgaria, as well as Heads of Permanent Representations of Croatia and Italy gave their speeches at the Conference. After the introductory part of the Conference, the agenda was adopted, as well as the Summary Conclusions of the Second Intergovernmental Conference on the Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the EU and opening of Chapters 35 (Other) and 32 (Financial Control) which was held in Brussels on 14 December 2015. Subsequently, Minister Lajcak and Commissioner Hahn made reference to the contents of Chapters 23 and 24 and gave an overall assessment of the progress made by Serbia in terms of these chapters. The Conference was closed by formal opening of negotiations on both chapters, based on the positions of both sides and under the terms specified in Common Positions of the EU. Following closing remarks of Minister Lajcak, Commissioner Hahn and Prime Minister of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic, press conference was held at the premises of the Council of the European Union.


Working meeting between Head of the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU H.E Duško Lopandić and the Director of the Representaton of the Bavaria to the EU, Barbara Schretter

Meeting with Ms Barbara Schretterwas organised on 06 July 2016 in the Bavarian Representation in Brussels, with the aim of establishing the first comunication with the newly appointed director, exchange of views on the current socio-economic situation in Europe after Bregzit, migrant and refugee crisis as well as ways to improve cooperation between Bavaria on one hand and the Republic of Serbia, and AP Vojvodina, on the other hand. The meeting was attended, from our side, by Mitar Vasiljevic, from the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU / AP Vojvodina European Office in Brussels, and from the German side, Manuel Rimkus, who in charge of Internal Affairs, Construction and Transportation in the Representation of Bavaria to the EU.


Reception in the Mission on the ocassion of the Youth from Serbia and Slovenia Study Visit to Brussels, 20-22 June 2016

On the ocassion of Youth from Serbia and Slovenia Study Visit to Brussels, in the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU was organized reception on 20 June 2016. In his welcome speech, Head of the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU ambassador Duško Lopandić expressed his pleasure for the organization of the visit and emphasized importance of building stronger connections among young people and their better understanding of the functioning of the EU institutions.

Youth Study Visit was organized by the member of the European Parliament and vice-chair of the informal group “Friends of Serbia” in the European Parliament Franc Bogovič.


 


Conference “Better future for the Youth in the Western Balkans” in the European Parliament

Conference Better future for the Youth in the Western Balkans was held in the European Parliament on 21 June 2016. The aim of this conference was to give additional push to this topic ahead of the next Berlin process summit in Paris in July as well as to help improve the prospects of young people in the region by emphasizing the importance of the European perspective.

Conference was hosted by MEP T.Fajon and MEP F.Bogovič, while the Republic of Serbia was presented by the Head of the Negotiation Team for Serbia’s accession to the EU T.Miščević. The Conference was also attended by representatives from nongovernmental sector, including President of Serbian Association of Managers M.Petrović. Keynote speaker was EU Commissioner for Regional Policy C.Cretu.


Project „Roma Integration 2020“

The project „Roma Integration 2020“ was officially launched in Brussels on 9 June 2016 at the high level event which brought together officials from Western Balkans and Turkey, next to the European Commissioner Johannes Hahn, founder of Open Society Foundation George Soros and Secretary General of Regional Cooperation Council Goran Svilanović. From the Republic of Serbia, this event was represented by Miodrag Poledica, State Secretary of Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure and Duško Lopandić, Ambassador of Serbia to the EU.

The project „Roma Integration 2020“, as a joint initiative of the European Commission, Open Society Foundation and Regional Cooperation Council, aims at reducing socio-economic gap between Roma and non-Roma population in Western Balkans and Turkey. The initiative will build on the achievements and the spirit of the „Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015“.


Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the so called Berlin Process - Preparations for the Paris Summit

First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dačić participated at the Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the “Berlin Process”, held in Paris, on 24 May 2016, in preparation for the Paris Summit. The ministers exchanged views on the issue of youth cooperation in the Western Balkans (the start of the work of the Regional Office for Youth Cooperation), as well as on the so far undertaken measures needed for the implementation of projects in the infrastructure and energy sectors that had been agreed at last year's Summit West Balkans in Vienna.

Summit on the Western Balkans, which will be held in Paris on July 4, is a continuation of the Western Balkans summit in Berlin in 2014 and Vienna in 2015.


Working meeting between the Head of Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, ambassadors Dusko Lopandić and director of Representation of the State of Hessen (FR Germany) in Brussels, Friedrich von Heusinger

On the 27.05.2016, during the meeting between Ambassador Dusko Lopandic and director Friedrich von Heusinger, in the Representation of State of Hessen in Brussels, opinions were exchanged on the current political and economic situation in Europe, refugee and migrant crisis, the role of representations of Hessen in relations with the EU institutions in Brussels, process of the European integration of the Republic of Serbia and cooperation on the regional level. In the forthcoming period, cooperation can be based on the exchange of information in respect of the mid-term review (2016) and reform of the Cohesion policy after 2020, possibilities for cooperation in the fields of economy, investments and regional cooperation.


Economic and Financial Affairs Council– ECOFIN

Final meeting of this year Economic and Financial dialogue between the EU and the Western Balkans and Turkey was held on 25 May 2016 during the Economic and Financial Affairs Council– ECOFIN. The Serbian delegation was composed of the representatives from the Ministry of Finance and the National Bank of Serbia and led by minister of finance Mr. Dušan Vujović. Participants at the meeting discussed Economic Reform Programmes for the period 2016-2018 (ERP) which were submitted earlier this year. Serbian representatives informed participants from the European Commission, the European Central Bank and EU member states about economic growth and positive trends achieved and implemented reforms.

This year's recommendations for Serbia are oriented towards the further implementation of the fiscal consolidation measures, resolving the status of state-owned enterprises, public administration reform, implementation of strategy addressing issues of NPL and dinarisation strategy, progress in preparation of the construction of Bulgaria-Serbia gas interconnection, finalization of road works on Corridor X as well as improving the business environment and the labour market reforms.

At the end of the meeting Joint conclusions of the Economic and Financial dialogue were adopted.


Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic met with Commissioner Johannes Hahn

Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic met with Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn on 17 May 2016 in Belgrade. On this occasion Prime Minister Vucic confirmed the commitment of our side to EU path and regional cooperation.


EPP Conference on Western Balkans, Brussels, 4 May 2016

European People’s Party (EPP) Group Conference on Western Balkans “Western Balkans: Towards European Future” was held in European Parliament in Brussels, on 4th May 2016.

Conference, opened by EPP President Joseph Daul, Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs Elmar Brok, Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung Hans-Gert Poettering, Chairman of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies Mikulas Dzurinda, was divided into two panels dedicated to the good governance and EU-Western Balkans cooperation in facing migration crisis and relevant security issues. Conference participants from the region and members of the European Parliament, exchanged views on current topics related to the accession of Western Balkans to the EU. Representatives of the EPP Group expressed their commitment to assist its partners in the reform process and to support their aspirations for EU membership.


Working meeting between the Head of the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU ambassador Dusko Lopandić and director of the Representation of the North Rhine Westphalia Rainer Steffens

During the meeting between the Head of Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, Ambassador Dusko Lopandić and director of the Representation of North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) to the EU Rainer Stephens, opinions were exchanged on the current political and economic situation in Europe, process of the European integration of the Republic of Serbia, migrant and refugee crisis and the role of NRW Representation in relations with the EU institutions in Brussels.

Ambassador informed his interlocutor about the results of recent elections in Serbia, the process of European integration of the Republic of Serbia and the support that Germany has provided in this process, with special emphasis on the stability in the region in light of the migrant and refugee crisis. Steffens reiterated readiness to provide necessary assistance in order to solve current situation, and stressed that in the SR Westphalia at this moment provided shelter for around six hundred thousand migrants and refugees, which means that the Lander took the biggest share of burden in the acceptance of migrants.

The counterparts underlined that, at the moment, work has been done on several joint initiatives that will lead to the strengthening of economic cooperation and trade and increased investments from Germany to Serbia, with the intensification of the existing cooperation between universities and the cities of Dortmund and Novi Sad.

It has been agreed to establish communication and exchange of information in the field of the interior affairs and the movement of migrants and willingness to organize joint events in the field of investment, regional cooperation and exchange of best practices experiences.
 


Third meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Committee

The Stabilisation and Association Committee (SA Committee) held in Brussels on 12 April 2016 its third meeting following the entry into force of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) between the EU and Serbia on 1 September 2013. Representatives of the Republic of Serbia and of the European Commission reviewed the implementation of the Copenhagen EU accession criteria and the implementation of the SAA.
The meeting was co-chaired by Ms Catherine Wendt, acting Director at Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission and by Ms Ksenija Milenkovic, Director of the Serbian European Integration Office (SEIO).
Joint Press Release оf European Commission and Serbian European Integration Office can be found here.


Meeting of Ambassador Duško Lopandić with President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Georges Dassis

Ambassador Duško Lopandić met with President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Georges Dassis on March 11, 2016. It was noted during the meeting that Serbia has established a good cooperation with the EESC, through the Joint Consultative Committee. The EESC welcomed the more intense involvement of civil society in the negotiation process of Serbia with the EU. During the conversation, they discussed current issues that burden the region, such as the crisis with migrants, a large percentage of unemployed, especially among the young population, and in this regard for a long time present problem of the "brain drain".

The meeting was held in a friendly atmosphere, with expressed interesse from both sides for inhenced cooperation in the coming period.
 


Sub-Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries

Sub-Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries was held on March 4th in Brussels. Co-chairman from the Serbian side was Mr Danilo Golubovic, State-Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection while the co-chairman from the EC side was Mr. Christos Makridis, Deputy Head of Unit for Serbia in DG NEAR. Discussion was focused on progress made after the last Sub-Committee meeting which was held in June 2015 in Belgrade.


EU-Serbia SAA sub-committee for transport, energy, environment, climate change and regional development

EU-Serbia SAA sub-committee for transport, energy, environment, climate change and regional development was held in Brussells 2-3 Mrach 2016. The meeting was co-chaired by Dejan Trifunovic, State Secretary in the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Serbia and Christos Makridis, Deputy Head of Serbia Desk, European Commission Directorate General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement (DG NEAR). The meeting was attended by the representatives of numerous institutions of the Republic of Serbia, as well as line directorates of the European Commission. Relevant information regarding harmonization of Serbian legislation with the EU acquis and overview of all relevant activities thereof were presented at the meeting. 


President of the European Council Donald Tusk visited Belgrade on 4 March

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic met on 4 March 2016 in Belgrade with President of the European Council Donald Tusk to discuss the migrant crisis and possible solutions to this problem.

During the meeting, the officials pointed out that changes in the current European policy towards migrants can be expected. The Prime Minister reiterated that Serbia will respect comprehensive and unique conclusions, should they occur, at the Summit of the European Union.


 


Meeting on the occasion of the study visit of the delegation of Serbian National Defence University, in Brussels, February 29th, 2016

On the occasion of study visit of the 5th Class of the Advanced Security and Defense Studies Course (ASDSC) of the Serbian National Defense University who is currently visiting EU/NATO institutions in Brussels, a meeting with Ambassadors D. Lopandić, Head of the Mission of Serbia to the EU, V. Arsić, Ambassador of Serbia to the Belgium and Luxembourg and Ambassador M. Udovicki, Head of the Mission of Serbia to the NATO was organized. Ambassadors gave a lecture on the issue of EU/NATO - Serbia relations, as well as the bilateral relation between the Republic of Serbia and the Kingdom of Belgium.    


Conference in the European Parliament „The Refugee Crisis in the EU – Voices from the Balkans“

Conference „The Refugee Crisis in the EU – Voices from the Balkans“, organised by Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats, was held in the European Parliament on 1 March 2016. The main topic of the discussion was the ongoing migration crisis and its impact on Balkan countries, as well as possible solutions and European response to the crisis. Among the speakers who took the floor during the discussion were Ambassador Dusko Lopandic, Ambassador of Bulgaria to the EU Dimitar Tyanchev, Ambassador of Croatia to the EU Mato Skrabalo, Ambassador of Macedonia to the EU Andrej Lepavcov and many others from universities and socio-political institutes from Balkan countries, including Serbian expert for migration issues Vladimir Grecic. In his speech, Ambassador Lopandic underlined the need for a common European solution and he stressed out that Serbia is ready to contribute and be a part of that solution.


Working breakfast of countries at Western Balkan migrant route

A working breakfast of countries at Western Balkan migrant route was held on the margins of Justice and Home  Affairs Council on 25 February in Brussels. Our delegation was led by Minister for Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs of the Republic of Serbia and Chairman of the Working Group for solving the problem of mixed migration flows Aleksandar Vulin.

After the meeting, Minister Vulin said that Serbia would not take any unilateral measures and that we would act as other countries do. He added that migration crisis could not be solved by one country alone and stressed out that we received assurances that the EU-Turkey Summit on 3 March 2016 would lead closer to the solution. 
 


Book of Condolences for two staff members of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Libya

On the occasion of tragic deaths of Sladjana Stankovic and Jovica Stepic, staff members of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Libya, who lost their lives on 19 February 2016, a Book of Condolences will be opened at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Belgium, Boulevard du Regent 53, 1000 Brussels, on Monday, 22 February 2016, from 14h00 to 16h00 and on Tuesday, 23 February 2016, from 10h00 to 16h00. 


President Nikolic attended a working dinner on the migrant crisis

At the invitation of European Council President Donald Tusk, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic attended a working dinner on the issue of migrant crisis on Wednesday, 17 February 2016 in Brussels.

The working dinner was also attended by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov, Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar, Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini, Commissioner Johannes Hahn and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Netherlands Bert Koenders.

After the dinner, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said that the solution is neither in Belgrade nor in Zagreb, but in Brussels. He said that Serbia is prepared for any decision and that he believes that EU member states will refrain from unilateral moves.
 


Reception on the occasion of the Statehood Day – Sretenje, 15 February 2016


Minister Dacic attended Informal Meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Amsterdam

First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dacic attended on 05 and 06 February 2016 the Informal Meeting of EU Foreign Ministers (GYMNICH) in Amsterdam, which was devoted to the issue of migrants. A working breakfast for the countries of Western Balkan migratory route was organised on the sidelines of the meeting.

Speech of Minister Dacic can be found here.


Minister Joksimovic at European Parliament in Strasbourg

Minister without portfolio responsible for European integration Jadranka Joksimovic attended  the final discussion and the adoption of the European Parliament Resolution on the Progress Report on Serbia for 2015 during European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg on 03 and 04 February 2016. After the adoption of the resolution, Minister Joksimovic stated that the abovementioned document presents a clear indicator that Serbia’s overall progress and a stable and continuous European path have been recognised. She also said that this document is an encouragement for Serbia on its European path and noted that although it is not of binding character, this act is very important because it can influence the public opinion.

While in Strasbourg, Minister Joksimovic had separate meetings with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Bert Koenders, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, European Parliament Rapporteur for Serbia David McAllister, Vice-Chair of informal group “Friends of Serbia” in European Parliament Franc Bogovič, as well as with numerous other members of the European Parliament.

Please find the link below for the European Parliament Resolution on the Progress Report on Serbia for 2015.


Second meetingof EU-Serbia Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC)

Second meeting of EU-Serbia Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) was held on 4 February 2016 in European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels.

The meeting was dedicated to the current state of play in EU-Serbia relations and the accession process. The emphasis of the meeting was on Chapters 23 and 24, particularly on the rule of law and the fight against corruption. Members of JCC adopted a Joint Declaration at the end of the meeting.

EU-Serbia Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee has been instituted pursuant to Stabilisation and Association Agreement between Serbia and EU. It allows civil society organisations on both sides to monitor Serbia’s accession negotiations. The members of Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee represent trade unions, associations of employers and other interest groups from Serbia and EU.

 


EU-Serbia Stabilization and Association Agreement: Sub-Committee on Trade, Industry, Customs and Taxation

The Sub-Committee on Trade, Industry, Customs and Taxation was held in Brussels on 4 February 2016. On behalf of the European Commission the meeting was attended by the representatives of DG for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), DG TRADE, DG for Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD) and DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). On behalf of the Republic of Serbia, the meeting was attended by the representatives of the Negotiating Team for Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union, Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Health, Customs Administration, Chamber of Commerce of Serbia and EU Integration Office. The meeting was co-chaired by Christos Makridis, Deputy Head of Serbia Desk, DG NEAR and Stevan Nikčević, State Secretary in the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications. Issues related to trade, taxation, customs, SMEs, industry and free movement of goods were discussed on the meeting.


EU-Serbia Stabilization and Association Agreement: Third Sub-committee on Justice, Freedom and Security

The third Sub-committee on Justice, Freedom and Security was held in Brussels on 1 and 2 February 2016. The state of play in Serbia and progress achieved in these areas in the previous period were thoroughly reviewed on this meeting. The meeting also provided an opportunity to review the implementation of Serbian action plans required for the opening of accession negotiations on the rule of law chapters, which were adopted in September 2015.

The latest legislative developments, results achieved and activities envisaged for the upcoming were reviewed in the following areas: fight against corruption, police cooperation and the fight against organized crime, post visa liberalization monitoring, migration management, asylum, visa policy, document security, trafficking of human beings, drugs, fight against terrorism, anti-money laundering, judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters, judiciary and fundamental rights.

The meeting was co-chaired by Aleksandar Nikolic, State Secretary in the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia and Christos Makridis, Deputy Head of Serbia Desk, DG NEAR. The representatives of the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior, Republic Public Prosecutor’s Office, Anti-Corruption Agency, Anti-Corruption Council, Deputy Ombudsman, Security Information Agency, Administration for the Prevention of Money Laundering, Office of the War crimes Prosecutor, Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veterans and Social Issues, Ministry of Culture and Information, Office for Minority and Human Rights, members of High Judicial Council and High Prosecutorial Council, as well as Judicial Academy Director took the floor during the meeting.


 


Informal presentation of the Action Plan for Exercise of the Rights of National Minorities

Informal presentation of the Action Plan for Exercise of the Rights of National Minorities was held on 3 February 2016 in Brussels. Presentation was given by Ms Tanja Miščević, Head of the Negotiating Team for Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, Mr Čedomir Backović, Assistant Minister of Justice of the Republic of Serbia, Chair of the Negotiating Group for Chapter 23 and Professor Saša Gajin. This presentation was attended by representatives of member states and competent institutions of the EU.


David McAllister on 2015 report on Serbia's progress

European Parliament's rapporteur for Serbia David McAllister answers questions from the civil society on some of the topics of the 2015 report on Serbia's progress towards EU accession.

Please find the link below:

http://europarltv.europa.eu/en/player.aspx?pid=e1b3e7ce-5c84-4c1e-8e09-a59500dcfa9d


Round of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina

A round of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina was held in Brussels on 27 January 2016. In this meeting, which was mediated by EU HR for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini, our delegation was headed by Prime Minister of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic. First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic and Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Đurić also took part in the meeting.

The topics of the dialogue were the Community of Serbian municipalities, university diplomas, freedom of movement and the upcoming parliamentary elections in the entire territory of Serbia. A statement by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy says that progress has been made in the recognition of diplomas, as well as in the implementation of the agreement on freedom of movement, whereby both parties have agreed on starting talks on direct flights and rail connections. Mogherini underlined that the talks were held in a very good atmosphere and that they focused on the implementation of agreements reached in the dialogue.

Press statement of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy is available here.


Visit of Commissioner Stylianides to Serbia

European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides visited Serbia on 15 January 2016, where he met with Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs Aleksandar Vulin. He also visited recepetion center for migrants in Sid.
Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic requested from the EU to establish a unique policy towards migrants which Serbia will follow and implement, as a loyal partner. Prime Minister thanked the European Commissioner for the significant assistance provided by the EU to Serbia during the refugee crisis and on the decision of the EU to open an office for humanitarian affairs in Belgrade. Vucic said Serbia will successfully implement every task it is assigned by the EU as a serious and responsible country while protecting the rights of migrants and human rights.
Stlylianides underlined that Serbia is a key partner of the EU and noted that during the refugee crisis, which is not only a European and national crisis, but global as well, Serbia has been doing a job that should be admired. Stlylianides stated that the EU will continue to support Serbia with regard to the refugee crisis, recalling that in December last year it allocated an additional €13 million for humanitarian aid.


Reception on the occasion of the start of the new year and celebration of holidays in the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU

On the occasion of the start of the new year and the celebration of holidays, the Mission of the Republic of Serbia in the EU organized on 14 January an informal reception for representatives of institutions of the EU and representations of the member states of the EU.

Head of the Mission of Republic of Serbia to the EU, H.E. Ambassador Dusko Lopandic addressed the participants and congratulated them the New Year.


President Nikolic met with President of the European Council and President of Macedonia

President of the Republic of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic met on 16 December 2015 in Brussels with President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov, in order to discuss problems caused by the migrant crisis.

Meeting was also attended by Commisioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and Frontex’s Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri.

President Nikolic said after the meeting that the EU had commended Serbia for its role in the migrant crisis, adding that our country would continue to act as before, no matter what kind and amount of support would be provided by the EU.


First two chapters opened

The second meeting of the Accession Conference with Serbia at Ministerial level was held on 14 December 2015 in Brussels to open negotiations on Chapter 32 – Financial control and Chapter 35 – Other business.
The European Union delegation was led by Jean Asselborn, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg, on behalf of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The European Commission was represented by Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood policy and Enlargement negotiations. The Serbian delegation was led by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and included First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic, the Minister without portfolio responsible for European integration Jadranka Joksimovic, the Minister of Finance Dusan Vujovic, Head of the negotiating team for negotiations with EU Tanja Miscevic and Head of the Mission of Republic of Serbia to the EU Dusko Lopandic.

After the conference, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said that it is a great day for Serbia and that our country now understands that it will be part of the European Union, but when it will happen depends on our hard work, diligence and energy. Vucic underlined that Serbia will be regulated to the highest democratic standards, with stronger institutions and announced a strong fight against corruption and crime through a more modern judiciary.

Press statement of the Council of the EU regarding Accession conference with Serbia is available here.


Ambassador Lopandic participated in TV shows “Ici l’Europe” and “Talking Europe”

Ambassador of Serbia to the EU Duško Lopandic took part in TV shows “Ici l’Europe” and “Talking Europe” dedicated to the migratory crisis - Western Balkan route which were broadcasted on France 24 on 5th of December 2015 in English, and 12th of December in French.

Guests of the TV shows were: Alojz Peterle, (Slovenian MEP, EPP), Monika Hohlmeier, German MEP, European People’s Party, Suela Janina, Albanian Ambassador to the EU.

Ambassador Lopandic said that Serbia has insisted on the unique approach in resolving this problem. He added that Serbia has applied international standards in this process, respected human rights of the migrants and provided them with temporary shelter bearing in mind that the majority of them wouldn’t like to stay longer in Serbia. He underlined that Serbia would not build the fence to the neighbors or undertake any uncoordinated steps.

Ambassador added that communication among the countries affected by the crisis is much better after the mechanism of regular communication and exchange of information has been established, following Leader’s meeting, which took place in Brussels on the initiative of the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel. He stressed that Serbia was ready to provide a shelter to certain number of refugees, but added that our accommodation capacity is limited.

Please find below links for participation of Ambassador Lopandic in mentioned TV shows:

http://www.france24.com/en/20151205-talking-europe-balkans-route-economic-migrants-refugees

http://www.france24.com/fr/20151212-route-balkans-europe-migrants-refugies-accueil-ue


The first Meeting of the Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) of Serbia and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR)

The first inaugural meeting of the Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) of Serbia and the Committee of the Regions (CoR) was held in Brussels on 7 December 2015. At the very opening the meeting was addressed by Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia and Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-government Ms Kori Udovički, CoR President Mr. Markku Markkula, as well as two co-chairmen of the JCC Serbia-CoR Mr. Dejan Jovanović and Mr. Dimitrios Kalogeropoulos. Within the first roundtable discussion on The role of local and regional authorities in Serbia's accession, keynote speakers were Acting Director, DG NEAR, and Head of Unit for Serbia Ms Catherine Wendt, Member of the European Parliament, Rapporteur on Serbia Mr. David McAllister and CoR Rapporteur for Enlargement strategy and main challenges 2015-2016 Ms Anna Magyar. In the second roundtable discussion on Western Balkans Migration Route - focus on Serbia participated members of the JCC Serbia-CoR.
All participants at the meeting agreed in their assessment that Serbia has done a lot in 2015 regarding the reform process in the country and welcomed the holding of the Second Intergovernmental Conference and the opening of the first chapters in the negotiations with the EU later this year. It was concluded that it is necessary to maintain the existing course, where the just started cooperation with the CoR is seen as added value to the whole process, especially at the level of local and regional authorities.


Commissioner Hahn visits Serbia

EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn is paying an official visit to Serbia, in order to mark the opening of the first chapters in EU accession talks with Serbia.
Johannes Hahn has meetings with Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, Speaker of the National Assembly of Serbia Maja Gojkovic, leaders of Parliamentary Committees, representatives of Serbian media and EU journalists visiting Serbia.
Hahn said that opening of the first chapters will be a deserved moment for celebration for Serbia, with economic recovery and rule of law as the focus in the future. He underlined that our common strategic goal is to bring the benefits of EU accession to all Serbian citizens.
Speech by Commissioner Hahn in the National Assembly of Serbia can be found here.


Donald Tusk visited Belgrade

President of the European Council Donald Tusk visited Belgrade on 21 November 2015, where he met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic.

After the meeting, Aleksandar Vucic said that Serbia knows its obligations in solving the migrant crisis and that it is trying to do its job in the best possible way. He also stressed that Serbia is willing to assume even greater responsibility than other countries in the Western Balkans and said that if Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary refuse to receive economic migrants, Serbia will not receive them either. This would mean that Serbia would take over complete burden on itself, he explained and added that our country is ready to help its neighbours, but is also waiting for a comprehensive solution of the issue of refugees at the EU level. Vucic underlined that Serbia cannot accept that one rule applies to our country, and the other rules apply for the rest.

Prime Minister told Tusk that he hopes that they will be able to celebrate the opening of the first chapter in the negotiations of Serbia on the road to EU membership soon and thanked him for the support to Serbia on its European path.

Donald Tusk explained that the reason for his visit to Belgrade is, first of all, the dramatic refugee crisis, and added that he brings with him a message that Brussels is a consistent friend of Serbia.

He said that Serbia can rely on the continued financial support of the EU in dealing with the refugee crisis and that he will call on EU leaders to support the Western Balkan region, which is on the front lines.  European Council President announced that the Union will continue to assist Serbia, but that now all forces must be directed at improving security cooperation.

Tusk voiced the hope that the first chapters in Serbia's EU entry talks would be opened very soon, which would be an important step forward, and noted there was no alternative to the Western Balkans' future in the EU. EU appreciates what Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has done for Serbia's advancement along the EU path, he said, noting that there is no better, alternative future that the Union.


PANEL DISCUSSION “CONNECTING THE WESTERN BALKANS TO THE EU –WHAT NOW”

Panel discussion “Connecting the Western Balkans to the EU –what now”, organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia and the representatives of the EP was held at the European Parliament, on November 16, 2015. The improvement of transport infrastructure in the Western Balkans as a precondition for economic development in the region, connecting Western Balkan countries to the EU and acceleration of major infrastructure projects implementation was the main topic of the discussion. Andor Deli, member of EPP group of the European Parliament was the moderator of the discussion. Marko Čadež, president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, Catherine Wendt, acting director of the Department for Western Balkans at the Directorate General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission, Andreja Kodrin, member of the Cabinet of the Commissioner for transport Violeta Bulc and Ksenija Milenković, acting director of the European Integration Office of the Republic of Serbia were among the speakers who took the floor during the discussion. 


Visit of members of the European Parliament

Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić met members of the European Parliament from the ranks of the European People's Party (EPP) Sandra Kalniete and Eduard Kukan in Belgrade on 19 November 2015. During a meeting, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić expressed gratitude on the support they offer to Serbia on its path to the EU and pointed out that Serbia remains fully committed to meeting its foreign policy priority, and that is a full membership in the EU.

He informed his interlocutors about the reforms implemented by the government of Serbia in order to improve the economy and society, all in accordance with the wish for Serbia to become an organised and successful country.

Vice Chairwoman of the EPP Group Sandra Kalniete said that she is very optimistic about Serbia’s progress and added that she and her colleagues are impressed by successful preparations for opening of the negotiation chapters.

Kalniete pointed to the important role of Serbia in the Berlin process, launched by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with the aim of maintaining stability and progress of the Western Balkans.

She also praised the way in which Serbia is addressing the migrant crisis.

President of the Parliamentary Group for Serbia in the European Parliament Eduard Kukan commended the cooperation with Serbia and highlighted the role of Prime Minister Vučić and the Serbian government in maintaining regional stability, as well as its progress on the European path.

Speaking about the opening of the first negotiation chapters, Kukan underlined that Serbia must be given recognition for its achievements so far.


Conference “Europe in crisis: A call for a new dialogue 1975-2015: 40 years Helsinki Final Act”

First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić, who is OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, attended  the conference “Europe in crisis: A call for a new dialogue 1975-2015: 40 years Helsinki Final Act”, held in the European Parliament on 17 November 2015. With the participation of Gianni Pittella, president of the S&D group, Aleksey Pushkov, chairman of the Committee on International Affairs of Russian State Duma, Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe of Germany, members of the European Parliament, national parliaments and other speakers from Russia, Georgia, Moldova, Council of Europe and think-tanks, the conference highlighted the need for a new dialogue promoting security, economic cooperation and human rights.

In his introductory statement, first Deputy Prime Minister and Minister Dačić pointed out that Serbia's OSCE Chairmanship has marked this important anniversary in July in Helsinki and that it is important that anniversary also take place in the European Parliament. He expressed his believe that this reflects the awareness of the pivotal role played by the Helsinki Final Act in lessening tensions between Eastern and Western blocs, the affirmation of the concept of collective security and in overcoming divisions in Europe.

Minister Dačić reminded that earlier this year a terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine has happened and that only a few days ago, we witnessed another unprecedented terror attack on the streets of Paris. Minister Dačić reiterated the strong condemnation of this act of terrorism and to offer our condolences to the families of victims. He stressed that the shock we feel in the face of such terror and extreme violence strengthens our resolve not to let them endanger the fundamental principles of democracy and human rights on which the OSCE and our societies rest, which are guarantors of security and peace for all.

Whole speech of Minister Dačić at the opening of the conference can be found here: http://www.mfa.gov.rs/en/press-service/statements/14857-osce-cio-dacic-participates-at-conference-marking-40th-anniversary-of-the-helsinki-final-act
 


Minister Vulin met with representatives of the European Commission

Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs Aleksandar Vulin met with representatives of European Commission on 12th November 2015 in Brussels, in order to discuss EU aid for Serbia for tackling the migrant crisis.

After the meeting, Minister Vulin said that the EU has committed to increase the aid. He also said that the talks tabled interim reception centers for migrants in Serbia, adding that there will be a bigger number of smaller centers along the migrant route.

Vulin stressed that he has heard much praise about the manner in which Serbia treats migrants from the EC officials, who underlined that many EU member-states should follow Serbia's example.
 


Debate on migration thorugh the Western Balkans in the European Parliament

Debate on migration thorugh the Western Balkans was held in Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (AFET) on 10 November 2015. Key note speakers were Roksanda Ninčić, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Nikola Poposki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Macedonia, Esen Altuğ, Deputy Director General for Migration, Asylum and Visa Issues in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Volker Türk, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection and Christian Leffler, Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service.

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Roksanda Ninčić stressed that despite serious challenges Serbia is facing with, its policy towards refugees is firmly based on human approach. She pointed out what has been done so far regarding registration of refugees and providing them shelter, food and medical help, as well as undertaken operational measures. Ninčič said that it has been evident that Serbia is and should be part of the solution and not part of the problem and stressed importance of solidarity in the region of Western Balkans and whole Europe.

Representatives of foreign affairs committees of National Parliament of Member States also participated in the debate.  


Serbia and the European Union today signed an Agreement on the participation of Serbia in the EU Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Programme - COSME

Ambassador Dusko Lopandić and Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for the internal market, industry, entrepreneurship and SMEs on 10 November in Brussels signed an Agreement on the participation of Serbia in the EU Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Programme - COSME. Agreement between the European Union and Serbia shall enter into force on 1 January 2016 and it confirms participation of our country in the Program until 2020. The Ministry of Economy will be responsible for the coordination and implementation. COSME will support projects for financing activities aimed at raising the competitiveness and the establishment and growth of SMEs in Serbia. The program will enable better promotion of entrepreneurship, facilitate access to finance and it will contribute to the internationalization of our SMEs. Serbian small and medium-sized enterprises will be able to compete under the same conditions with companies from the EU member states and other partner countries for the projects financed by COSME. This will enable our companies to prepare for the future membership in the EU and to already use various instruments offered by the EU programs.

COSME is running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of €2.3bn.


 


Vacancy Announcement, Director of the CEFTA Secretariat, Brussels, Belgium

The Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA 2006) is a modern and comprehensive regional free trade agreement, designed as an integral part of the pre-accession agenda. It provides a strong legal basis for policy formulation and implementation in key areas related to trade and investment. The successful implementation of the Agreement to date with full liberalisation of trade in goods has substantially contributed to the creation of a free trade area in South East Europe.  The CEFTA Parties have agreed on an ambitious agenda to further contribute to economic growth. 

The Secretariat of CEFTA 2006 was established in Brussels, Belgium, in September 2008 in accordance with the Article 40.2 of the Agreement.  The overall role of the Secretariat is to provide technical and administrative support to the Joint Committee, Chair in Office and any  body established by the Joint Committee.

A specially appointed Selection Committee is now seeking applications for the position of Director.

A detailed job description and application form are available at: http://www.cefta.int/vacancy

Eligible applicants include civil servants from national administrations and personnel from international organisations, the private sector and civil society.  The successful candidate will be offered a competitive contract by the CEFTA Secretariat.
Interested candidates should send a letter and a completed application form (both in English) to:   recruitment@cefta.int 

The deadline for receipt of applications is midnight (CET), Friday, 27 November, 2015. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.


Leaders’ Meeting on refugee flows along the Western Balkans route

Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic attended Leaders' Meeting on 25 October in Brussels. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called the Leaders’ Meeting to discuss the refugee flows along the Western Balkans route.
Leaders' Meeting was attended by the Heads of State or Government of Austria, Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. The President of the European Council, the President of the European Parliament, the High Representative of the EU, the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees also attended this Leaders' Meeting.
Leaders agreed to improve cooperation and step up consultation between the countries along the route and decided on pragmatic operational measures that can be urgently implemented in order to tackle the refugee crisis in the region.
The 17-point action plan, on which leaders agreed on, is available here.


Why Kosovo is ineligible for membership in UNESCO?

• Because the request for its membership is a serious breach of the international law, the Constitution of UNESCO' The legally binding UN Security Council resolution 1244 (1999) and the Charter of the UN whose Article 25 says that "The Members of the UN agree to accept and carry out the decisions of the Security Council in accordance with the present Charter".
• Because according to the UN Security Council resolution 1244, which reaffirms the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (now Serbia), Kosovo and Metohija is an integral part of the Republic of Serbia, under the administration oBf the UN. Since Kosovo cannot be considered a State, it does not fulfill the basic requirement for membership set out by the UNESCO Constitution.
• Because unilateral attempts such as this one seriously harm and disrupt the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, under the auspices of the European Union in which mutually acceptable solutions for many complex issues  have been devised so far. The issue of the Serbian cultural heritage and the property of the Serbia Orthodox Church has not yet been discussed within the dialogue where it belongs.
• Because this is an unacceptable politicization of UNESCO which should not overtake the competences of the UN. Security Council as the highest authority for the preservation of the international peace and security. UNESCO should not serve as an instrument for the affirmation of an illegal and unilaterally declared independence of a part of the territory of one UN member state. The primary goal of UNESCO is to promote universal values of humanity through education, science and culture not to make political decisions with regard to the statehood.
• Because this would be a dangerous precedent, harmful for many states. This would open the door for other entities to follow the same path thus threatening territorial integrity and sovereignty of other member states.
• Because this issue is polarizing the membership of UNESCO.
• Because, besides not being a state, Pristina does not have moral credibility for membership. Anyone aspiring to UNESCO membership must prove not only in words but as well in deeds its commitment to the goals of the UNESCO Constitution, which certainly is incompatible with deliberate, systematic, vandal demolition of Serbian cultural and historic monuments with  the aim to remove the traces of centuries-long existence of Serbs in this area as well as the impunity of the perpetrators of  such barbaric acts unworthy of the 21st century. These acts are comparable only to the acts of destruction of cultural heritage by terrorist groups in the Middle East and elsewhere that the world is witnessing and UNESCO is strongly condemning.
• Because four Serbian orthodox monasteries  are inscribed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage in danger although the armed conflict in Kosovo is over for many years now. In danger from whom?
• Because the inclusion of this item in the provisional agenda of the 197th  session of the UNESCO Executive board raises serious concerns about the compliance with procedure and the respect of the established UNESCO rules. Just to mention that that even publishing of the document on the unacceptability of Kosovo's application for UNESCO membership from the standpoint of the international law, prepared by Serbian Delegation to UNESCO, as an official document, as we requested, was refused. And the only intention was the voice of Serbia also to be heard.
• Because we all would have to live with the negative consequences of such an irresponsible decision from the lesioning of the international law up to the fate of the Serbian cultural heritage in the province of Kosovo and Metohija which not only belongs to the Serbian people but also represents a part of the historical and civilizational heritage of modern Europe and the world.


OPENING OF THE SPECIAL PURPOSE ACCOUNT TO COLLECT DONATIONS AND TO ESTABLISH THE USE OF FUNDS OF DONATION FOR MIGRANTS

Based on the Resolution of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, a special account is opened, dedicated to raising funds and identifying ways of using donations for migrants and the instructions were made to deposit funds.

Exchange dedicated multi-currency account opened at the National Bank of Serbia Ministry of Finance - Treasury evaporated - dedicated multi-currency account for payment of funds for the collection of donor and humanitarian assistance to migrants:

Payment instructions - EUR

SWIFT MESSAGE FIN 103

FIELD 32A: VALUDE DATE - AMOUNT

FIELD 56A /INTERMEDIARY/:     DEUTDEFF 

FIELD 57A / ACC. WITH BANK/  DE20500700100935930800 / NBSRRSBG

FIELD 59:  (BENEFICIARY) RS35908504642019323074,  MINISTARSTVO FINANSIJA UPRAVA ZA TREZOR

FIELD 70:  DETAILS OF PAYMENT


CALL FOR HUMANITARIAN AID FOR REFUGEES IN THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA

The Republic of Serbia is facing emergency situation due to the increased flow of refugees and lack of capacities and resources to facilitate their temporary stay and accomodation. The humanitarian assistance is collected by the Red Cross of Serbia and the potential donors may obtain further information on the procedure for importing humanitarian aid and the humanitarian needs in the following documents:


1. The procedure of import of humanitarian aid 

2. The required humanitarian assistance to refugees and migrants in the winter

The contact address of the Red Cross of Serbia is: indep@redcross.org.rs, phone +381 11 30 32 125 lok. 214, 215, 217.
Useful information can be obtained from the website of the Customs Administration – Ministry of Finance: http://www.upravacarina.rs/en/Pages/default.aspx.


Dacic and Stefanovic attended the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Balkan route conference

First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic and Minister of the Interior Nebojsa Stefanovic visited Luxembourg on 8 October 2015, where they attended a high-level conference dedicated to the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Balkan route.

The meeting was also be attended by foreign and interior ministers of EU member states, Schengen associated countries, Western Balkan countries, Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. The conference focused on the important increase in the number of migrants coming from the Middle East through the Western Balkan route, with the aim to enhance engagement among all partners, increasing solidarity and ensuring an orderly management of refugee and migration flows. The high-level conference adopted a declaration, which you can find below:

http://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-12876-2015-INIT/en/pdf


Panel Discussion „Belgrade-Pristina-Brussels: stabilization through dialogue“

Panel Discussion „Belgrade-Priština-Brussels: stabilization through dialogue“ was organized by Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Brussels on 28 September 2015. Participants were Marko Đurić, Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija, Member of the European Parliament and Rapporteur on Serbia David McAllister, Minister of Dialogue from Priština Edita Tahiri and, as a moderator of discussion, head of Brussels’ office of German Institute for International and Security Affairs Dušan Reljić.
In the presence of the representatives of  european institutions, diplomatic corps, academic community and media, panellists presented actual state of play in the process of the normalization of relations between Belgrade of Priština, in the light of  four agreements  signed on 25 August 2015 and further steps regarding their implementation. Special focus was on the issue of establishing of Community of Serbian Municipalities. Director Marko Đurić pointed out that, despite many differences existing with chief negotiator from Priština Edita Tahiri, he believes that Community of Serbian Municipalities will be formed as agreed and that authorities in Priština will issue a decree that would allow it.
Rapporteur on Serbia David McAllister stressed, among other issues, that it is of crucial importance implementation of everything that has been agreed, in order to open negotiating chapter 35 by the end of 2015.


Reception on the occasion of the visit of representatives of the Foreign Investors Council

In honour of Foreign Investors Council visit to Brussels the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU organised a reception on 24 September 2015. Reception was opened with the statements of Ambassador D.Lopandić, Head of the Mission of Serbia to the EU, V.Arsić, Ambassador of Serbia to the Belgium and Luxembourg and O.Fredheim, President of the Foreign Investors Council and CEO of Telenor in Serbia.
It was attended by several representatives of the EU Commission, members of the European Parliament, members of the Working Party on Enlargement and Countries Negotiating Accession to the EU (COELA) and various international and Belgian organizations and diplomatic missions.


Commissioner Hahn visited Serbia

Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn visited Belgrade on Friday, 25 September 2015, where he met with Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, Minister of Interior Nebojsa Stefanovic, Minister of Labour, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs Aleksandar Vulin and Minister in charge of EU Integration Jadranka Joksimovic. During his stay in Serbia, Hahn also visited temporary reception centre for migrants “Principovac” near Sid.

Prime Minister Vucic said that the current migrant crisis was discussed during the talks with Commissioner Hahn, as well as Serbia's European path, asylum seekers who go to European countries and also obligations that Serbia took upon itself, relations in the region and economic and political circumstances.


 


AFET and DROI delegation visit to Belgrade

Delegation of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and the Subcommittee on Human and Minority Rights (DROI) of the European Parliament (EP), led by president of AFET Elmar Brok, met with Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia in Belgrade on 24 September 2015.
In the meeting, that was also attended by Minister without portfolio responsible for European integration Jadranka Joksimovic, members of the European parliament praised Serbia's progress in the EU accession process, and expressed expectation that the first negotiating chapters will be opened by the end of the year.

They also highlighted the importance of the policy of regional stability led by Prime Minister Vučić and the government of Serbia.

Prime Minister Vučić explained that the decision of Croatia to ban the passage of freight traffic from Serbia, as well as the entry of our citizens on its territory, has nothing to do with solving the migrant crisis, but represents a breach of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement, which is why Serbia expects the EU to react on this matter.

He added that the Serbian government is ready to contribute even more to solving the migrant crisis and that Serbia, although not a member of the EU, has accepted the suggestion of EU officials.
Members of the European Parliament praised the way in which the authorities and the citizens of Serbia treat refugees and noted that even some EU Member States failed to act properly in the acceptance of refugees and their treatment.

They stated that the measures taken by Croatia unilaterally on the border with Serbia are unacceptable and that individual decisions do not lead to a solution of the migrant crisis.

Participants in the meeting confirmed Serbia's progress in implementing the policy of promoting the rights of national minorities and the situation of minority groups, as an important element of the rule of law.

They also noted that it is a very demanding field, even for EU Member States.
AFET and DROI members, apart from the meeting with Prime Minister Vučić, also have had meetings with the Speaker of the National Assembly Maja Gojković, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić, the Ombudsman Saša Janković, Members of Committees of Foreign Affairs, European Affairs, of Human Rights and Minority Rights, Commissioner on refugees and leaders of opposition. 


Vucic sends letter to EU officials over suspension of traffic with Croatia

Belgrade, 23 Sept 2015 – Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic sent today a letter to President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, following Croatia’s unilateral decision to close border crossings with Serbia.

The letter was also addressed to President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission Vice President and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Han.

The government website brings the letter in full:

“I am writing to you in order to once again draw your attention to the situation in Western Balkans where our neighbouring country, the EU member state – the Republic of Croatia, closed border crossings for flow of goods from one candidate country – the Republic of Serbia. By aggressive and unacceptable measures, the Republic of Croatia has drastically affected our national and vital economical interests, but also strongly undermined regional relations and stability, bearing in mind the whole context of regional reconciliation process as well as opened and unsolved issues still existing in our bilateral relations.

Following my recent conversation with Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Zoran Milanovic, I would like to reconfirm Serbia’s readiness to maintain an open dialogue with all regional partners on potential solutions to migration crisis. Croatia’s unilateral decision to bar traffic cargo from Serbia has nothing to do with solving Europe’s migrants crisis, but with a breach of the SAA that directly hurts Serbia’s economic cooperation with the EU.

While the government of the Republic of Serbia is putting efforts, both human and financial, to open registration centers, borders for all economic activities including the transportation of goods are being unilaterally closed to us by one member state.

In the situation of migration crises worsening every day in the Western Balkan Route, where Serbia, as I am sure you know, reacted on most serious, human and responsible way based on European values, I am asking you to call the Republic of Croatia, as officially EU member state, to finally start acting as a real EU member state.

As you certainly know, Serbia hasn’t imposed any similar or comparable measures toward any neighbouring state, being either candidate or member state, obliged to respect Dublin III regulation, or as a candidate country to respect obligations stemming from visa liberalization arrangements. Quite to the contrary Serbia bared all costs of migration crises by its own without bilateral financial support or EU financial support. Entry costs per registration and food supply are €20,000 per day in last four months. Overall costs are much higher, and the operational expenses for only one reception centre are estimated to be half a million euro per month.

Unprecedented unilateral decision of the Republic of Croatia to close the border for cargo traffic is directly in breach of the SAA between the EU and the Republic of Serbia. Unilateral closure of the border is contrary to aims of the SAA defined in Article 1 of the SAA, especially to the proclaimed goal of contributing to political, economic and institutional stability in Serbia, as well as to the stabilization of the region. Opening of borders and building economic cooperation in the Western Balkans is the most tangible form of cooperation, usually far more developed than political relations in the Western Balkans. We would like to point out that economic cooperation is what drove the reconciliation process in the Western Europe after World War II. Building fences and closing borders negates the very fabric of reconciliation and of the process of European integration of the continent.

Apart from breaching aims of the SAA, by its unilateral decision the Republic of Croatia is breaking several other important articles of the SAA, notably Article 36 prescribing that no new charges having equivalent effect shall be introduced, in trade between the Community and Serbia. Closing the border represents the ultimate quantitative restriction.

Being aware that the SAA allows in Article 45 for prohibitions on imports, exports or goods in transit justified on grounds of public security, we must point out that it also prescribes that such prohibitions or restrictions shall not, however, constitute a means of arbitrary discrimination or a disguised restriction on trade between the Parties. We believe that closing of border for cargo traffic constitutes disproportional and discriminative restriction, which does not serve the control of migration. This puts Serbia additionally in a difficult position bearing in mind that two thirds of Serbian overall exports is made through this route. Signatories to the SAA are also bound by Article 129 stipulating Parties should consult each other before making decisions like these and that in the selection of measures, priority must be given to those which least disturb the functioning of this Agreement. Border closure without consultation with Serbia represents a very concerning foreign policy act.

Additionally, this unilateral action negates the entire Protocol 4 on transit and especially its Article 11 that was intended to allow free transit between parties

We would like to remind you that implementation of the SAA by the Republic of Serbia has so far been assessed as smooth by the European Commission and that Serbia has always consulted European Commission before making decisions concerning implementation of the SAA, behaving as an honest party to the SAA and a reliable partner to the EU.

Serbia has always been bound by its international commitments and signed agreements. We believe that one of the basic values of the European Union and European integration process is accountability and honouring commitments taken. This is the reason Serbia has applied for membership in the EU, sharing those values. Serbia is asking representatives of the highest institutions of the EU to remind Member States that practice of unilateral breach of the SAA is both unacceptable and constitutes flagrant breach of the SAA.

On the economic side, the Republic of Serbia has already suffered from extensive damages caused by flooding mounted to €1.7 billion back in 2014.

Aiming at fiscal consolidation, the government of the Republic of Serbia has undertaken very serious social measures, such as wage cuts in the public sector and the labour pension as well as well as public sector reforms with strong emphasis on reorganization and job cuts in public sector. The results of fiscal consolidation were commended both by the European Commission and the recent IMF mission during their successful audit of the financial arrangement that Serbia has with the Fund.

Further negative impact that may arise from non-economic barriers to entry and exercised by Croatia may not only increase economic pressure on Serbia but harm as well the overall efforts aimed at promoting regional economic outlook.

Latest announcement coming from the Republic of Croatia are certainly not contributing to predictability so essential for development of economic and good neighbourly relations.

Since the beginning of accession negotiations Serbia is devoted to improvement of bilateral relations with all neighbours, that hasn’t been welcomed by all neighbours. As a sincere partner of the EU and candidate country we do not wish to believe that the EU is going to allow to one of its member states to involve the whole EU into the breach of the SAA, and to damage economic relations between EU and Serbia.

Therefore I really hope that measures introduced against Serbia will be abolished as soon as possible, in order to avoid implementing equal measures.

Once again I would like to emphasize my personal readiness and devotion to resolve all issues with our neighbours in political dialogue without economic damage to any side, as I hope that we would be able to avoid any similar measures in future. At the same time as a future member of the EU we are looking forward to take part in the comprehensive European solution to migration crisis that is affecting us all,” the Prime Minister wrote.
 


Minister Vulin visited Brussels

Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Affairs Aleksandar Vulin visited Brussels on 21 and 22 September 2015, where he met with Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship and Commissioner for  Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn.
Vulin told reporters after talks that the attitude of Commissioners is that Serbia is an example of how to behave towards migrants. He pointed out that returning refugees to Serbia under readmission agreements is not a solution and that it is necessary for the EU to formulate a common policy. He expressed hope that the EU will find a comprehensive solution under which all countries that are affected by the migrant crisis will act by the same rules, stressing out that Serbia wants to be a part of that solution. He said that the fact that Serbia registered around 140,000 migrants since the beginning of the crisis is crucial for future talks with Brussels, primarily for security reasons. Minister underlined that Croatia did not do anything to prepare for migration flows, regardless of the fact they knew they would soon also be affected by this problem.


MEP Knut Fleckenstein met Prime Minister Vučić and MFA Dačić

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic met in Belgrade on 19 September 2015 member of the European Parliament and President of the Managing Board of the German humanitarian organisation Workers' Samaritan Federation Knut Fleckenstein.  During the meeting, that was mainly dedicated to the current situation of refugees, Prime Minister underlined  that the Serbian government is taking all measures to enable the registration of refugees and their accommodation.
President of the Serbian Government thanked Fleckenstein for the assistance that experts and volunteers of the Workers' Samaritan Federation provide to the Serbian competent authorities in the care for refugees, especially in Subotica and Kanjiza.

Fleckenstein welcomed the responsibility and good organisation with which Serbia handles the migrant crisis in its territory, stating that Serbia has thus become an example of respect for European values. He announced that the Workers' Samaritan Federation, which has around 1.2 million members in Germany, will soon send financial aid to Serbia for the accommodation of migrants.

The Prime Minister expressed gratitude to Fleckenstein, who is also Vice President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, for the support of that political group to the European path of Serbia.

Knut Fleckenstein met one day earlier, on 18 September 2015, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dačić with whom he also talked about current situation of refugees in the region, as well as process of European integration and reform process in Serbia.


Minister Joksimović met informal group “Friends of Serbia” in EP

Minister without portfolio in charge of European integration Jadranka Joksimović met in Brussels on 16 September 2015 with the group “Friends of Serbia” in the European Parliament. Minister Joksimović gave members of the European Parliament first hand information on current state of play in Serbia's accession process and the perspective of opening of the first negotiating chapters by the end of this year. In an open and friendly discussion, minister Joksimović and European parliamentarians exchanged views on the other topics as well, having special focus on the role of Serbia in the current migrant crisis.

The meeting was chaired by MEPs and Chair and Vice-chair of "Friends of Serbia" Group, members of the European Parliament Emilian Pavel and Franc Bogovič. Present were chair of the European Parliament Delegation in Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee EU-Serbia Eduard Kukan, as well as shadow rapporteurs for Serbia from different parliamentary groups and other MEPs.

Minister Joksimović on 16 September 2015 separately met member of the European Parliament Knut Fleckenstein, with whom she specially discussed problem of migrants. Knut Fleckenstein, after the meeting with minister Joksimović, announced his visit to Serbia on 18 and 19 September, as well as financial assistance for migrants in our country.


MFA Dacic participated in Informal Meeting of the Foreign Affairs Ministers of the EU

First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dacic visited Luxemburg on 5 and 6 September 2015, where he participated in an Informal Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the European Union. On the sidelines of the meeting, Minister Dacic had a series of bilateral meetings, among others with Ministers of Slovakia, Romania and Hungary.
This informal meeting was devoted to the issue of migrants. Minister Dacic used the opportunity to present the latest information that we have on number and status of migrants in Serbia. He also participated in the discussion about measures taken individually by countries, as well as measures proposed for the future period.

   


Vienna Summit

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic visited Vienna, where he attended the Civil Society Forum of the Western Balkans, while on 27 August he participated in the Summit of Leaders of the Western Balkans. In the Serbian delegation were also First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic, Minister of Finance Dusan Vujovic and Minister of Mining and Energy Aleksandar Antic.

The opening of the Forum, which was attended by 200 representatives of civil society in the fields of culture, economy, media and politics, was preceded by Vucic’s meeting with EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn.

On the second day of the visit, the Prime Minister met with EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti, and attended a meeting dedicated to the building of the Nis-Pristina-Durres motorway, after which the formal opening of the Summit took place.

The Summit of Leaders of the Western Balkan was opened with keynote addresses by Chancellor of Austria Werner Faymann and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel. The main topics of this meeting were the economic situation and reform processes in the Western Balkans, youth and education, as well as energy and transport links.

The conference in Vienna was completed by the celebration of "10 years of the Energy Community" and the announcement of the next summit to be held in 2016 in France.


New round of dialogue between Belgrade and Priština held in Brussels: four agreements signed

New round of dialogue between Belgrade and Priština was held in Brussels on 25 August 2015, at the end of which four agreements have been signed: on the Community of Serbian Municipalities, energy, telecommunications and freedom of movement on the bridge in Kosovska Mitrovica. Our delegation in the meeting, mediated by EU HR for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini, was headed by Prime Minister of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić.
After the meeting, Prime Minister told media that now he has a message for our people in Kosovo-Metohija, that the agreements signed are good, since they guarantee not only the safety and security, but also that the jobs for Serbs in Kosovo-Metohija will be kept.

The Prime Minister underlined that the Community of Serbian Municipalities is being established and that it will have broad powers.
According to Prime Minister, the Community will have a president and vice president, assembly, council, coat of arms, flag, and will decide on health care, education, urban and rural planning and economic development. The Prime Minister stressed that it is extremely important that it will be possible to finance the Community of Serbian Municipalities from Serbia without taxes and duties, pointing out that it was unequivocally stated that Serbia has a right to that. I think we have done a great job for our people, and all agreements will be presented to the public, he announced and added that he will visit all ten municipalities in Kosovo-Metohija to present what has been achieved in Brussels.

Prime Minister explained that today's negotiations were held with representatives of the European Union and that the Serbian delegation met with the delegation from Pristina only at the end of the day.

The agreement on telecommunications was reached first and this is the first time since 1999 that Serbia has managed to legalise its position. According to Prime Minister, Serbs from Kosovo-Metohija will continue to dial only dialling numbers for cities in Serbia, such as 011, 018, 034, while citizens from central Serbia when calling Kosovska Mitrovica will dial only 028.With this agreement Telekom Srbija is recognised, while the Electric Power Industry of Serbia will have a daughter company in Kosovo-Metohija, the Prime Minister explained.

Speaking about energy, he pointed out that the Serbian side did not agree to attempts by Priština to appropriate the assets of Serbia, which belong to Serbia in line with the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia.It is precisely because of such aspirations of Priština that the negotiations on energy were the most difficult and some issues in this field have remained unresolved, Prime Minister noted and added that no agreement was reached on the distribution system operator, which is however specified in the agreement.

The Prime Minister stated that Serbia will do everything to implement the agreements signed, noting that the agreement reached in Brussels means a lot for entire Serbia since it leads to the opening of negotiating chapters with the EU. I think that we have achieved more and better than we expected. In any case I am not dissatisfied with what we have achieved and I will go to Kosovo-Metohija in September with joy, he reiterated and congratulated the Serbs from the province on the establishment of the Community of Serbian Municipalities.
READ the full text of the Association/Community of Serb majority municipalities in Kosovo - general principles/ main elements.


 


European Parliament Rapporteur for Serbia David McAllister met with Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić and First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić, Belgrade, 20 July 2015

European Parliament Rapporteur for Serbia David McAllister met with Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić in Belgrade on 20 July 2015. Two officials spoke about European integration of Serbia, regional stability, the possibility of holding a referendum in Republika Srpska and a meeting with members of the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina, which will take place on 22 July 2015 in Belgrade.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Vučić and rapporteur McAllister also discussed the opening of the first negotiating chapters in accession talks with the EU, the problems concerning the formation of the Community of Serbian Municipalities in the talks with Priština, as well as solving the problem of migrants.
Prime Minister Vučić informed McAllister about economic reforms conducted by the government of Serbia and the first results of fiscal consolidation.
McAllister highlighted the importance of continuing the dialogue with Priština, and stressed that the stability of the region is important both for its economic progress and for the process of European integration of future members of the EU.

Rapporteur of the European Parliament for Serbia David McAllister also met with First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić. Two officials spoke about the process of European integration, regional situation, cooperation with the European Parliament and other foreign affairs issues.
Minister Dačić thanked McAllister on his personal engagement in the acceleration and continuation of the European integration of Serbia, especially for the support for opening the first negotiating chapters and Serbia’s policy in the region.


Reception on the occasion of the opening of the Secretariat of the Danube Strategy Point in the Representation of the State of Baden Wurtembergh in Brussels, 15 July 2015

On the occasion of the beginning of work of the Secretariat of the Danube Strategy Point (DSP), in the Representation of the State of Baden Wurttembergh in Brussels, reception was held in 15 July. Key speakers on the event were Minister for European Affairs of the State of Baden Wurttembergh, Mr. P.Friedrich and Director General for Regional and Urban Policy in the European Commission Mr. W.Deffa.
Mission of Republic of Serbia to the European Union in the framework of activities on promotion of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, presented at its promotional stand tourist, scientific, cultural and gastronomic potentials of the Danube in Serbia.


President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz visited Serbia

President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz visited Serbia on 14-15 July 2015. During his visit, president of the European Parliament met with President of the Republic of Serbia Tomislav Nikolić, Speaker of National Assembly Maja Gojković, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, representatives of the Serbian civil society, as well as the opposition parties. President of the European Parliament also addressed to the Serbian National Assembly.
President Tomislav Nikolic said, in a meeting with President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, that Serbia should be given clear impetus, as up to this point it has not been backed enough for all that it has done along the path toward full membership in the EU. The two officials discussed the recent developments in the region, with a special emphasis on the hostile act in Potocari on Saturday, when Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic was attacked, and the issue of migrants that are trying to reach Western Europe, across Serbia.
In a meeting with Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić, two officials discussed the european perspective of Serbia, as well as the issue of maintaining of regional political stability. Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic stated after the meeting that President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz expressed a strong, clear and unequivocal support to Serbia's European path, and said that Serbia will continue the policy of peace and stability.
President of the European Parliament Schulz said that European Union is looking with expectations at the key role that Serbia can play in the region. He also stressed the importance of economic and infrastructure connections in the region, pointing out that stability and sustainable development are possible only with cooperation, and their importance is immeasurable both for the region and for the EU as a whole.


Ambassador Lopandic welcomed postgraduate students of the Faculty of Law

Ambassador Dusko Lopandic welcomed on 10 July 2015 postgraduate students of the Faculty of Law in Belgrade who are currently visiting Brussels. On that occasion, he gave a lecture on the issue of EU – Serbia relations.


Commissioner Navracsics visited Serbia

Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Tibor Navracsics visited Serbia on 13 July 2015. During his visit, he met with First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic, Minister without portfolio responsible for European Integration Jadranka Joksimovic, Minister of Culture and Information Ivan Tasovac, Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development Srdjan Verbic, Minister of Youth and Sports Vanja Udovicic and civil society representatives dealing with education, youth and culture in Serbia. 
Commissioner Navracsics stressed that the European Commission is aware of the efforts made by Serbia in the field of regional cooperation, as well as on a wider scale, such as the promotion of European values.


European Commission supports European perspective of Serbia

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic met on 09 July 2015 in Brussels with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and talked about Serbia's European integration and the process of normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina.

Prime Minister Vucic underlined that he and the President of the European Commission had a good and frank discussion. He said that he sent an invitation to Juncker to visit Serbia, which he accepted and announced a visit to Belgrade in October this year.

Juncker pointed out that joint efforts should be made for at least one chapter to be opened and so that pro-European forces in Serbia could feel that efforts on the European road give results. Serbia is a European country and the European Commission and member states for the EU support Serbia’s European perspective, he said and welcomed the economic reforms undertaken by the government of Serbia, offering greater support of the European Commission to reform of the state administration.


Photo exhibition “Colours of Serbia”

 

The roundtable discussions “Serbia on the path towards the EU Membership” was followed by a photo exhibition of Serbian artist Dragoljub Zamurović “Colours of Serbia”. The exhibition, featuring photos of Serbia’s natural beauty, was held in the exhibition space of European Parliament, from 29 June - 3 July 2015.
The roundtable discussion and photo exhibition also marked the official launch of “Friends of Serbia” Informal Group in the European Parliament.


“Friends of Serbia” in European Parliament

Roundtable discussion “Serbia on the path towards the EU Membership”, co-hosted by Emilian Pavel, MEP and President of the “Friends of Serbia” Informal Group and Ambassador Duško Lopandić, Head of the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, was held in the European Parliament on 30 June 2015.

The roundtable discussion was an opportunity for the exchange of views on the progress that Serbia has undergone on its European path as well as on the further steps. First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić participated at the roundtable, together with Vice Speaker of the National Assembly Gordana Čomić, Co-Chair of the Joint Stabilization and Association Parliamentary Committee EU-Serbia Vladimir Orlić, Member of the European Integration Committee Vesna Marković, Acting Director of Serbian European Integration Office Ksenija Milenković and numerous members of the European Parliament from different political groups – Franz Bogovič, Victor Bostinaru, Eduard Kukan, David McAllister, Tanja Fajon, Knut Fleckenstein, Andor Deli and many others. European Commission was represented by Michael Karnitschnig, Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn.


 


New round of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina

New round of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina was held in Brussels on 29 June 2015. In this meeting, which was mediated by EU HR for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini, our delegation was headed by Prime Minister of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic. First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic and Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric also took part in the meeting. A new round of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina ended without agreement after 17 hours of talks.


Minister Jadranka Joksimovic visited Brussels

Serbian Minister without portfolio in charge for EU Integrations Jadranka Joksimovic met on 23rd and 24th  July 2015 in Brussels with members of the European Parliament  – Head of EP delegation to the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee Eduard Kukan, European Parliament Rapporteur for Serbia David McAllister, president of the Group of Friendship with Serbia Emilian Pavel and shadow rapporteur for Serbia of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, Tanja Fajon .
Among various topics that Minister Joksimovic and MEPs discussed, main focus was on the Serbian European integration process and the problem of illegal migrants that are trying to reach Western Europe across Serbia. Reffering to the issue of European integration, Minister Joksimovic emphasised that Serbia has achieved visible progress in the reform process and European integration and deserves opening of the chapters in the EU accession negotiations by the end of the year. She pointed out that this would serve as an additional impetus for both – further reforms and the dynamics of the accession process.
Regarding the issue of illegal migrants, Minister Joksimovic and MEPs agreed that search for a solution to the problem calls for partnership relations and that the announcement of a fence that would be built on the borders does not in any way constitute a part of sustainable and European solution. Minister Joksimovic stressed that Serbia will not resort to similar measures and, as the EU candidate country, will respect European standards in this area.

During her visit to Brussels, on 26th July 2015, Minister Joksimovic also met with Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn. Joksimovic and Hahn voiced the expectation that initial chapters in accession negotiations would be opened by the year's end.
Joksimovic outlined the belief that the issue of chapter opening would enter the procedure in September already, so that they could be opened in the coming months, and certainly before the end of the year.
When it comes to action plans for Chapters 23 and 24, Hahn said that excellent progress has been made, adding that much depends on progress in the dialogue on the normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina. He expects that enough progress will be made in the dialogue for member countries to give the go-ahead for the opening of chapters.


The Rountable discussion on the occasion of the International Danube Day in the Mission of Serbia to the EU, 26 June 2015

On the occasion of the International Danube Day, which is celebrating on 29 June each year in 14 countries of the Danube River Basin, Mission of Serbia to the EU organized the Roundtable discussion under title: „Importance of research and innovation in the context of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR)“. Head of the Mission of Republic of Serbia to the EU H.E. Ambassador Dusko Lopandic pointed out that cooperation in Danube region has a long tradition and great importance for broader process of economic and political integration of the all nations in Europe.
The Roundtable was attended by representatives of the DG for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission, the Joint Research Centre, and the Secretariat of the Danube Strategic Points in Brussels, representatives of the European Parliament and the diplomatic corps of the Danube countries .


Serbia on the path towards the EU Membership

The roundtable discussion “Serbia on the path towards the EU Membership” will be held on Tuesday, 30 June from 12:45 to 14:15 in the European Parliament.  The event will gather representatives of the Serbian Government, National Assembly and other institutions, as well as the Members of the European Parliament, for the exchange views on the progress that Serbia has undergone on its European path.  The roundtable discussions will be followed by a photo exhibition of Serbian artist Dragoljub Zamurović “Colours of Serbia”, featuring photos of Serbia’s natural beauty.


Belgrade – Pristina dialogue

New round of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina was held in Brussels on 23 June 2015. In this meeting, which was mediated by EU HR for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini, our delegation was headed by Prime Minister of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic. First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic and Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric also took part in the meeting. 

Prime Minister Vucic said that certain progress has been made regarding the Community of Serbian Municipalities and that points of disagreement between the two sides have been clarified. The Prime Minister stressed that Belgrade can only accept what is not contrary to and is in the interest of our people, and it has to evaluate the overall interest of our people, which is not easy, which is why it cannot accept certain arrangements only for the sake of opening negotiating chapters. We will try to do the best for our country and for our interests, and I believe there could be first concrete results at one of the next meetings, Vucic said.


Meeting of Kori Udovički with David McAllister

During her visit to Brussels, Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia and Minister of Public Administration and Local Self- Government Kori Udovički met EP standing rapporteur on Serbia David McAllister and presented to him main goals and measures of comprehensive public administration reform process in Serbia. They exchanged views on steps that should be undertaken in order to reach higher level of effectiveness of public administration towards citizens and commerce entities, as well as professionalism of administrative capacity.


Kori Udovicki visited Brussels

Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia and Minister of Public Administration and Local Self- Government Kori Udovički participated in a panel discussion “Getting the fundamentals right: Public administration reform in the Western Balkans’’, organized by European Policy Center  in Brussels, on 16 June 2015. Deputy Prime Minister presented the main characteristics of size and organization of public administration in Serbia, important reform measures undertaken in this area during the last year, as well as further steps towards effective PA in the coming period. 


Meeting of the Ministerial Council of Adriatic-Ionian Initiative and Ministerial Meeting of participating states of the EU Strategy for Danube Region, Brussels, 13 May 2015

XVIII Meeting of the Ministerial Council of Adriatic-Ionian Initiative was held in Brussels on 13 May 2015. In Ministerial Declaration adopted at the meeting, ministers welcomed readiness of all member states to continue with implementation of the EU Strategy for Adriatic-Ionian Region, as an efficient tool of promoting economic, social and territorial cohesion of this part of Europe.
Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the participating countries in the EU Strategy for Danube Region was held the same day. This meeting was hosted by Mr. Peter Friedrich, Minister for EU and International Affairs of State of Baden Wurttembergh. In the Joint Statement adopted at the conference, participants welcomed current level of commitments of states in implementation of the strategy, pointing out important role of creating the Danube Strategy Point (DSP), as a political and operational mechanism for further affirmation of the EUSDR.
On behalf of the Republic of Serbia, Head of Unit for Regional Cooperation in MFA Mr. Pavle Jankovic participated in both ministerial meetings.


Meeting “Friends of Serbia”

Conference “Friends of Serbia” was organized in Brussels on 18 May by foreign ministers of Austria and Italy, Sebastian Kurtz and Paolo Gentiloni. All 28 member states participated in the meeting, as well as Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn.

Prime Minister Vucic has said that the meeting in Brussels was a great opportunity for Serbia to present Serbia's achievements in its European integration process. After today’s gathering, which was attended by 20 foreign ministers of the EU, Vucic thanked Austria and Italy for organising the event and for this opportunity. Serbia today presented the results of its economic reforms. There is more to be done in the process of dialogue with Pristina, but it is important for everyone to see the bigger picture, to see Serbia as a pillar of stability in the region and as an economically and politically stable country, the Prime Minister said. Vucic said that he asked the EU heads of diplomacy to have the negotiating chapters with Serbia opened long before the end of the year.


Economic and Financial Affairs Council– ECOFIN

Final meeting of this year Economic and Financial dialogue between the EU and the Western Balkans and Turkey was held on 12 May 2015 during the Economic and Financial Affairs Council– ECOFIN. The Serbian delegation was composed of the representatives from the Ministry of Finance and the National Bank of Serbia and led by minister of finance Mr. Dušan Vujović. Participants at the meeting welcomed the submission of the Economic Reform Programmes (ERP) of the Western Balkans and Turkey. Programmes from this year consist of two parts. The first part refers to the medium-term macroeconomic and fiscal framework, while the second part covers the sectoral structural reforms in the areas such as transport, energy, education. The aim of the dialogue is to strengthen economic governance within the Western Balkans and Turkey and to better reflect the links with the process of the European semester at the EU level
At the end of the meeting Joint conclusions of the Economic and Financial dialogue were adopted:

https://eu2015.lv/images/news/Joint_Conclusions.pdf


Visit of Commissioner Johannes Hahn to Serbia on 7 May 2015

Commissioner Johannes Hahn visited Serbia on 7 May 2015. The aim of Commissioner Hahn's visit was to support Serbia's accession process and discuss the possibility of opening of the first chapters.
In Belgrade, he met President Tomislav Nikolić and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić. Commissioner Hahn discussed negotiations with the focus on rule of law and chapters 23 and 24 with Minister for EU Integration Jadranka Joksimović, Minister of Justice Nikola Selaković and Minister of the Interior Nebojša Stefanović. He also had meetings with the Ombudsman Saša Janković and civil society representatives on the same topics. During his visit Commissioner Hahn gave a keynote speech at the Foreign Investors Council conference and discussed the economic and structural reforms and the connectivity agenda with Ministers of Finance Duṧan Vujović and of Economy Zeljko Sertić at the meeting of the National Investment Committee. He also met opposition leaders Bojan Pajtić and Boris Tadić. Commissioner Hahn testified to EU solidarity by visiting Obrenovac, where people are recovering from last year's floods.
During the visit of Commissioner Hahn, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić handed over action plans for chapters 23 and 24 to European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy and at the same time said that EU membership is Serbia's strategic goal.


Serbian Diplomacy Day established

The Serbian government adopted at its session on 7 May 2015 the Decision on the establishment of the Serbian Diplomacy Day. The government set 29 May the Serbian Diplomacy Day, to honour the founding of the Prince’s Office of Foreign Affairs of the Principality of Serbia on 29 May 1839, which is considered to be the beginning of professional diplomacy in Serbia.


Conference „Regional Cooperation Day“ in the Representation of State of Baden Wirtembergh, Brussels, 6 May 2015

In organization of the Regional Cooperation Council,  Representation of State of Baden Wirthembergh in Brussels and European Fund for Balkans, one day conference “Regional Cooperation Day“ was held in Brussels on 6 May 2015.
In the first part of the conference, the key findings of project "Balkan Barometer", were presented. This project represents a mechanism for tracking targets in the framework of the Strategy for South Eastern Europe 2020 (SEE 2020). In the second part, discussion was focused on the regional cooperation and prospects of enlargement of the European Union, with participation of the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and the enlargement negotiations J.Han, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council G.Svilanovic, and foreign ministers of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia. On behalf of the Republic of Serbia, State Secretary in Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ms. Roksanda Nincic participated in the conference.

It was noted in discussion that regional cooperation is an important element of the process of accession of the Western Balkan countries. The recent agreement on the establishment of a Core transport network in the WB, is a good model of identifying common priorities and integrating the Western Balkans into the key strategic directions of development of the European Union.


 


Minister of Mining and Energy Aleksandar Antić visited Brussels

Minister of Mining and Energy Aleksandar Antić visited Brussels on 24th of April 2015, where he met director-general of the Directorate-General for Energy within the European Commission Dominique Ristori, Secretary General of the Energy Charter Urban Rusnák and Jean-Eric Paquet , Director for the Western Balkans at the Directorate General of the European Neighborhood Policy and Negotiations for Enlargement. The sides exchanged views on the next important steps by Serbia towards acceding to the Energy Charter Treaty and gaining the status of the observer in the Energy Union. The counterparts expressed their belief that Serbia is making good progress on its European path that, among other, proves also the invitation to join the European energy system through Energy Charter and Energy Union.
Minister Antić participated at the evening debate dedicated to the topic of “Serbia and the EU: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead”, organized by Serbian oil and gas company NIS, that send the call to European and world entrepreneurs to invest in Serbia.


Second meeting of the Subcommittee on internal market and competition

Second meeting of the Subcommittee on internal market and competition was held in Brussels on 23 April 2015. The delegation of the Republic of Serbia was led by Vesna Kovač, State Secretary in the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications. Dušan Vujović, Minister of Finance of Serbia has also participated at the state aid session of the meeting. From EU side Subcommittee was chaired by Christos Makridis, deputy head of unit for Serbia in DG for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR). Subcommittee on internal market and competition is one of the six Stabilisation and Association Agreement subcommittees and it is held annually in order to consider issues of implementation of the Agreement in this field. The following areas were discussed: intellectual property right, public procurement, services, company law, accounting and auditing, financial services, consumer and health protection, state aid and competition. Subcommittee meeting was attended by representatives of various ministries and other Serbian institutions, because of the complexity of the issues. The third meeting will be held next year in Belgrade.


Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Protection visited Brussels

Snezana Bogosavljevic Boskovic, Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of Serbia met with Monique Pariat, Deputy Director General for Agriculture and Rural Development, during her stay in Brussels. In an open dialogue Minister Bogosavljevic presented the problems that Serbian agriculture is facing, while Mrs. Pariat stated the importance of prompt accreditation of IPARD structures as well as that effort is needed in abstention from further introduction of trade restriction measures.

While visiting Brussels Mrs. Snezana Bogosavljevic Boskovic spoke in the Parliamentary afternoon  “The Role of Bio-energy for Energy Security and Climate Protection in the Danube Region” organized in the Representation of Baden Wurttemberg. The cooperation in the field of bio-energy of the Republic of Serbia and Baden Wurttemberg has been highly assessed and expectations of continuation and enhancement of cooperation was stated.



The visit of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic to Brussels, 21 April 2015

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic visited Brussels on 21 April 2015, where he attended the meeting of the Western Balkans Six. He also had bilateral talks with President of the European Council Donald Tusk, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama.

The Prime Minister underlined that Serbia is on the European path and that it continues to implement economic measures to improve the economic situation in the country, as well as dialogue with Pristina in order to contribute to political stability in the region. Vucic expects that the negotiating chapters will be opened in June and that Serbia will complete in the coming days the Action plan for chapters 23 and 24.
In the evening hours on 21 April 2015, Prime Minister Vucic participated in the next round on normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina, which was mediated by EU HR for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini. Prime Minister Vucic stated that the talks were difficult but that certain progress has been made in the fields of telecommunications, civil protection and energy. The working groups will now start preparing the next round of dialogue which will be held in May, Vucic said.


 


Western Balkans 6 Prime Minister Meeting on Connectivity, Brussels, 21 April 2015

The meeting on Connectivity of the Western Balkans Six was organized in Brussels, 21 April 2015, under the auspices of European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc. Delegation of the Republic of Serbia was headed by the Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić.

The Brussels meeting confirmed the agreement of the core network through a joint statement and discussed concrete ways which would help implement the core transport network in the Western Balkans until 2030. The EU has announced that in the next few years around one billion euro in financial assistance would be provided for the improvement of connectivity within the region and its integration into the main traffic corridors in the EU. The focus will remain on ensuring that the Summit in August 2015 in Vienna will achieve concrete results based on specific investments projects.


 


Visit of Minister of Justice Nikola Selaković to Brussels, 16 April 2015

The Minister of Justice, Mr. Nikola Selaković, met with European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Ms. Vera Jourova, Director for the Western Balkans of the Directorate General for Neighborhood and Negotiations for Enlargement of the European Commission Mr. Jean Eric Paquet and with EP Rapporteur on Serbia Mr. David McAllister.
At the meeting with European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Ms. Vera Jourova, Minister Selaković disscused drafting of the Action plan for Chapter 23, challenges that Ministry of Justice is facing in the preparation of this plan, as well as future cooperation between Commissioner’s office and Ministry of Justice, in order to speed up preparations for the opening of negotiating Chapter 23.
During his stay in Brussels, Minister Selaković also met with Director for the Western Balkans of the Directorate General for Neighborhood and Negotiations for Enlargement of the European Commission, Mr. Jean Eric Paquet and with EP Rapporteur on Serbia Mr. David McAllister, with whom he discussed  progress and the activities of the Ministry of Justice in the European Integration process, as well as future steps in this process.


“Young Professionals in Foreign Policy” in the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, 31 Mach 2015

Brussels “Young Professionals in Foreign Policy” continued its YPFP Ambassadors’ Series event with the Ambassador Lopandic. With more than 60 members of YPFP present at the event, ambassador Lopandic gave an introductory speech on Serbia and current state of play in the process of negotiations between Serbia and the EU, followed by a number of Q&A.


Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 33 “Financial and Budgetary Provisions” was held in Brussels, 24 March 2015

Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 33 on Financial and Budgetary Provisionswas held in Brussels on 24 March 2015.
Delegation of the government of the Republic of Serbia was headed by Ms Mirjana Ćojbašić, Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Finance and Deputy Head of the Negotiating group 33, and Ms Tanja Miščević, Head of Negotiating Team with the EU. In the delegation were also other representatives of the Ministry of Finance, as well as of the administrative authorities within this ministry – Tax Administration, Customs Administration and Public Debt Administration, accompanied by civil servants from the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia, National bank of Serbia and European Integration Office.
At the bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 33, chaired by a representative of the Directorate General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, civil servants of the line ministries and institutions presented in detail the situation in this field divided into the following parts: own resources and administrative infrastructure; VAT resource; GNI resource. After the presentations, Serbian civil servants were replying to the questions of the experts from DG BUDG and DG ESTAT. Representatives of DG BUDG explained in the end of the meeting the planned technical assistance and monitoring programme.
Assistant Minister Ms Mirjana Ćojbašić accepted at the end of the meeting harmonization of the legal system of the Republic of Serbia with the EU acquis in the field of financial and budgetary provisions.
This was, in fact, the last, 65thscreening meeting. The process lasted for 130 screening-days and it involved almost two thousand civil servants and officials of the government of the Republic of Serbia.


Reception on the occasion of completing screenings

On the occasion of completing all 65 meetings within screening process of chapters in EU accession talks, Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU in Brussels hosted a reception. The ceremony was attended by participants of the last screening for chapter 33 – Budget and Financial Provisions, as well as representatives of the Unit for Serbia in Directorat General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations and representatives of other EU institutions who were involved in screening process. Guests were welcomed by Ambassador Dusko Lopandic and Head of Negotiating Team with the EU Tanja Miscevic, while Head of Unit for Serbia in Directorat General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Myriam Ferran and former Director for Western Balkans in Directorat General Enlargement Pierre Mirel greeted guests on behalf of EU.


Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Goverenment Kori Udovicki visited Brussels

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister Public Administration and Local Self-Govrenement Kori Udovicki said after meeting with senior officials of the European Commission (EC) in Brussels, March 20, that the EU is willing to technically and financially support the reform of the public administration in Serbia. During her visit, she met with European Commission Vice-President in charge of the budget and human resources Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, Director od the Directorate General for Human Resources and Security Irene Souk, acting Director General for Health and Food Safety Ladislav Miko and Director for Western Balkans in DG NEAR Jean-Eric Paquet. Kori Udovicki also took part in the Brussels forum, organised by the German Marshall Fund.
During her visit to Brussels, Udovicki underlined that the reform of public administration is one of the pillars of the new EU enlargement policy, necessary for economic growth and a better quality of life of citizens. Udovicki said that the opening of accession negotiations Chapter 32, Financial Control, would help the reform to be conducted more efficiently. Udovicki also said that Serbia is aware that it must achieve better results, but with fewer resources and she thanked the EU for its assistance to Serbia.


Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 17 “Economic and Monetary Policy” was held in Brussels, 12 March 2015

Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 17 on Economic and Monetary Policywas held in Brussels, on 12 December 2015.
Delegation of the government of the Republic of Serbia was headed by Mr Branislav Zoroja, Director-General of the Monetary Operations Sector in the Central Bank of Serbia and Head of the Negotiating group 17, and Ms Tanja Miščević, Head of the Negotiating Team with the EU. Mr Dušan Vujović, Finance Minister of the government of the Republic of Serbia, participated in the work of the screening meeting and presented the current economic situation in the country as well as ongoing fiscal and structural reforms. In the Serbian delegation were also other representatives of the Central Bank, as well as of Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy, Cabinet of the minister without portfolio in charge of European Integrations, Fiscal Council, Statistical Office of the R. of Serbia, Republic Secretariat for Public Policies, Securities Commission and European Integration Office.
At the bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 17, chaired by a representative of the Directorate General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, civil servants of the line ministries and institutions presented in detail the situation in the R. of Serbia in the areas of economic and of monetary policies. After the presentations, Serbian civil servants were replying to the questions of the experts from DG ECFIN.
Head of the Negotiating group Mr Branislav Zoroja accepted at the end of the meeting harmonization of the legal system of the R. of Serbia with the EU acquis in the area of economic and monetary policy.


Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 16 “Taxation” was held in Brussels, 5 – 6 March 2015

Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 16 on Taxation was held in Brussels on 5 and 6 March 2015.
Delegation of the government of the Republic of Serbia was headed by Mr Nenad Mijailović, State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Head of the Negotiating group 16, and Ms Tanja Miščević, Head of Negotiating Team with the EU. In the delegation were also other representatives of the Ministry of Finance, as well as of Ministry of Agriculture and Environment Protection, Ministry of Mining and Energy, Tax Administration, Customs Administration and European Integration Office.
At the bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 16, chaired by a representative of the Directorate General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, civil servants of the line ministries and institutions presented in detail the situation in this field divided into the following parts: general presentation of the Serbian tax system and administration; direct taxation; indirect taxation; prevention of tax evasion and avoidance, administrative cooperation and computerisation. After the presentations, Serbian civil servants were replying to the questions of the experts from DG TAXUD.
Mr Mijailović accepted at the end of the meeting harmonization of the legal system of the Republic of Serbia with the EU acquis in the field of taxation, with possible transition periods as a result of negotiations.


Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 14 (Transport policy) and Chapter 21 (Trans-European network) was held in Brussels 24 – 26 February 2015

Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 14 on Transport policy and Chapter 21 on Trans-European networks was held in Brussels, on 24 and 26 February 2015.
Delegation of the government of the R. of Serbia was headed by Mr. Dejan Trifunović, State Secretary in the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure and Chair of the Negotiating group 21, Ms. Tatjana Jovanović, Assistant Minister in the same Ministry and Chair of the Negotiating group 14, and Ms. Tanja Miščević, Head of the Negotiating Team with the EU. In the delegation were also other representatives of the Ministry, as well civil servants from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veterans and Social Issues, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Mining and Energy, Authority for Transport of Dangerous Goods, Road Traffic Safety Agency, Railway Directorate, Authority for Determination of Seaworthiness, Directorate for Inland Waterways, Civil Aviation Directorate and European Integration Office.
At the bilateral screening meeting for chapters 14 and 21, chaired by a representative of the Directorate General European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, civil servants of the line ministries and institutions presented in detail the situation in this field divided into the following parts: general transport acquis; road transport; rail transport; combined transport; maritime transport; inland waterways; air transport; Trans-European Networks. After the presentations, Serbian civil servants were replying to the questions of the experts from DG MOVE.
Ms. Tatjana Jovanović accepted at the end of the meeting harmonization of the legal system of the R. of Serbia with the EU acquis in these fields.


National week at the College of Europe in Bruges

On 16 February 2015, students from Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia and Macedonia have organized the panel discussion “The future of the EU and the NATO enlargements” during the traditional National week celebration at the College of Europe in Bruges. The speakers on the panel discussion were H. E. Duško Lopandić, Serbian Ambassador to the EU, H. E. Ivan Leković, Montenegrin Ambassador to the EU, H. E. Mario Nobilo, Croatian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and H. E. Zoran Dabik, Macedonian Ambassador to the NATO.


Round of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina held in Brussels

A round of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina was held in Brussels on 9 February 2015. In this meeting, which was mediated by EU HR for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini, our delegation was headed by Prime Minister of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic. First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic, Minister of Justice Nikola Selakovic and Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Đurić also took part in the meeting. At the end of the round an arrangement on the judiciary, which ensures the participation of Serbian judges in the north, has been initialed.
Prime Minister Vucic expressed hope that this progress will contribute to open the first chapter in the accession negotiations with the EU soon and that it will also give Serbia a new impetus to European integration.


Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 6 „Company Law“ was held in Brussels, 5 February 2015

Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 6 „Company Law“ was held in Brussels on 5 February 2015.
Delegation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia was headed by Dragan Janjić, Deputy Minister of  Economy and Tanja Miščević Head of negotiating team. In the Serbian delegation were also representatives of  the Ministry of  Finance, Central Bank, Privatization Agency of the Republic of Serbia, The Serbian Business Registers Agency, Securities Commission and European Integration Office.
At the screening meeting, chaired by a representative of the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement negotiations (DG NEAR), representatives of the Ministry of Finance, Central Bank, Privatization Agency of the Republic of Serbia, The Serbian Business Registers Agency, Securities Commission presented the legal body of the Republic of Serbia in the area of Company law, Corporate governance and Financial reporting. Following the presentations, civil servants were replying to the questions of the experts of the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST), and Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (DG FISMA).
At the end of the meeting, Mr. Reljić accepted the harmonization of the EU acquis in this area into the legal system of the Republic of Serbia. Representatives of  European Commission emphasized that the Republic of  Serbia largely adopted and implemented the EU acquis in this area.


Conference “On the Way to Europe: Serbia and the Western Balkans, Brussels, 4 February 2015

Foundation Hans Seidel and Wilfred Martens Centre for European Studies, have organized on 4 February in Brussels a Conference called "On the Way to Europe - Serbia and the Western Balkans”. In the introductory part of the event, Head of the negotiating team for negotiations with EU Miscevic, pointed out that despite the complex situation in the Western Balkans and the internal problems facing the EU, enlargement policy remains one of the priorities of the EU. Presenting the ongoing activities in the negotiation process,  Miščević stressed that Serbia committed to maximum harmonizing the legal framework with the EU and added that Serbian public administration is ready for opening of the first negotiation chapters during 2015.
In the panel discussion rapporteur for Serbia in European parliament Mr. David Makalister, Deputy Head of Unit for Serbia in the DG Neighborhood Policy and negotiations on the enlargement of the EC Mr. Christos Makridis, Deputy director of the Office for European Integration Mr.  Srdjan Majstorovic and Head of the Brussels office of the German Institute for International and Security Policy Mr. Dusan Reljic presented their views about perspective of integration of the Western Balkans countries into the EU.


Ksenija Milenkovic named as Acting Director of EU Integration Office

The Government of Serbia has named Ksenija Milenkovic, Deputy Head of Serbia’s Mission to the EU, as Acting Director of the EU.

Ksenija Milenkovic has served as Deputy Head of Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU in Brussels since 2011. She was a member of the Parliament of the Republic of Serbia  from 2004 to 2006, after which she became Secretary General of the European Movement in Serbia. From 2007 to 2011, Milenkovic was an advisor for foreign policy and European integration in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
 


Briefing meeting in the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU

Minister without portfolio responsible of European integration Jadranka Joksimovic , Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the EU Dusko Lopandic and Head of the Negotiating Team with the EU Tanja Miscevic, held a briefing for the members of Committee on EU enlargement of the Council of EU (COELA).  The briefing meeting, on the current state of play in Serbia’s accession negotiations as well as on the progress made by the Government of the Republic of Serbia in implementing structural policy reforms, was held in premises of the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU in Brussels on 3 February 2015.

On this occasion, Minister Jadranka Joksimovic stressed out that Serbia has achieved a considerable progress in the previous year. She underlined the strong support of citizens of Serbia to reform process, which indirectly also proves their support to the EU path. Minister Joksimovic said difficult fiscal measures have been introduced with the aim of achieving fiscal discipline and aligning with economic governance.
In regards to the continuation of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, she pointed out that our side has taken numerous steps to fulfil its obligations and Pristina should the same.


Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 22 “Regional Policy and Co-ordination of Structural Funds” was held in Brussels, 28 – 29 January 2015

Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 22 on Regional Policy and Co-ordination of Structural Funds was held in Brussels, on 28 and 29 January 2015.
Delegation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia was headed by Ms. Ana Ilić, Deputy Director of the European Integration Office and Chair of the Negotiating group 22, and Ms. Tanja Miščević, Head of the Negotiating Team with the EU. In the delegation were also other representatives of the Office, as well civil servants from the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-government, Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, Audit Authority Office, Republic Secretariat for Public Policies and Republic Statistical Bureau.
At the bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 22, chaired by a representative of the Directorate General European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, civil servants of the line ministries and institutions presented in detail the situation in this field divided into the following parts: general context in Serbia; legislative framework; institutional framework; financial management and control systems; programming; monitoring and evaluation; administrative capacity. After the presentations, Serbian civil servants were replying to the questions of the experts from DG Regional policy and DG Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility.
Ms. Ana Ilić accepted at the end of the meeting harmonization of the legal system of the R. of Serbia with the EU acquisin the field of regional policy.


Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić met with European Commission’s First Vice-President Frans Timmermans

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic spoke 22 January 2015 in Davos with European Commission’s First Vice-President Frans Timmermans about the achievements and problems of Serbia on its European path.

Vucic conveyed gratitude to Timmermans for the great support provided to Serbia, on the assistance which the EU gave to our country during the May floods, as well as for the support to Serbian agriculture sector and the Serbian economy as a whole.

The Prime Minister invited Timmermans to visit Belgrade, which the European Commission’s First Vice-President accepted with pleasure.

Timmermans welcomed the economic reforms of the government of Serbia and supported Serbia's path towards full membership in the EU.


 


Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 9 “Financial Services” was held in Brussels, 21 – 22 January 2015

Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 9 on Financial Services was held in Brussels on 21 and 22 January 2015.
Delegation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia was headed by Mr. Zlatko Milikić, Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Finance and Deputy Head of the Negotiating group 9, and Mr. Srđan Majstorović, Deputy Director of the European Integration Office, on behalf of the Head of the Negotiating Team with the EU. In the Serbian delegation were also other representatives of the Ministry of Finance, as well as of the Central Bank of Serbia, Deposit Insurance Agency, Securities Commission, Serbian Export Credit and Insurance Agency and European Integration Office.
At the explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 9, chaired by a representative of the Directorate-General Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, the experts of the Directorate-General Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, presented in detail the relevant acquis divided into the following parts: banking and financial conglomerates; insurance and occupational pensions; financial markets infrastructure; securities markets and investment services.
The bilateral screening meeting, when Serbian side will present its legal system in this area, as well as gaps in relation to the EU acquis, is scheduled for 17 and 18 March 2015. 

 


Reception on the occasion of the starting of New Year and celebration of holidays in the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, Brussels, 13 January 2015

On the occasion of the start of the New Year and the celebration of holidays, the Mission of the Republic of Serbia in the EU has organized on 13 January informal reception for representatives of institutions of the EU, representations of the member states of the EU, missions of the Western Balkans countries, and representatives of the Serbian diaspora in Belgium. In his address, Head of the Mission of Republic of Serbia to the EU, H.E. Ambassador Dusko Lopandić expressed his expectation that the upcoming 2015 will be successful in terms of Serbia's progress in the negotiations with the European Union, along with the continued economic and social reforms and raise living standards, which will allow for the dynamic process of European integration of the country.


Explanatory screening meeting for Chapters 14 „Transport Policy“ and 21 “Trans-European networks” were held in Brussels, 16-18 December 2014

Explanatory screening meetings for chapters 14 (Transport Policy) and 21 (Trans-European networks) were held in Brussels from 16-18 December 2014. Delegation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia was led by Ms. Tatjana Jovanovic, Assistant Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure. Apart from the representatives of the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, in the Serbian delegation were also representatives from Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veterans and Social Issues, Port Governance Agency, Road Traffic Safety Agency, Directorate for Railways, Civil Aviation Directorate.

At the explanatory meetings, that were chaired by a representative of the Directorate-General for the Enlargement, the experts of the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) and Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry (DG ENTR)  presented in detail the relevant acquis related to different aspects of road, rail, maritime and air transport, as well as the Trans-European Networks. Bilateral screening meeting, in which the Serbian side will present its legislation in the abovementioned areas, will be held from 24-27 February 2015 in Brussels.
 


Second meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Council between Serbia and the EU

The Stabilisation and Association Council (SA Council) between Serbia and the European Union
held its second meeting on 17 December 2014. The meeting was chaired by the Serbian side, by
Jadranka Joksimović, Minister without portfolio for EU integration of Serbia. The EU Delegation
was led by Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, and included Commissioner Johannes Hahn.
The SA Council welcomed the official opening of the accession negotiations with Serbia on 21
January 2014 and the ongoing screening process, where Serbian authorities have showed a good level of preparedness. Also, it underlined progress made in a number of important areas including in public administration reform, judicial reform, the fight against corruption and organised crime. The SA Council noted with satisfaction Serbia's ambitious programme of economic and structural reforms and its active involvement in further developing regional cooperation. The SA Council noted that it was important that Serbia maintains an active and constructive engagement in the normalisation process with Kosovo. It also recalled Serbia's obligation from the negotiating framework to progressively align with the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy in the process up to accession.

For the Joint  Pres Release, please click here.


Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 6 „Company Law“ was held in Brussels, 11 December 2014

Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 6 „Company Law“ was held in Brussels on 11 December 2014.
Delegation of the Goverment of the Republic of Serbia was headed by Dragan Janjić, Deputy Minister of  Economy. In the Serbian delegation were also representatives of  the Ministry of  Finance, Central Bank, Privatization Agency of the Republic of Serbia, The Serbian Business Registers Agency, Securities Commission and European Integration Office.
At the explanatory meeting for Chapter 6, chaired by a representative of the Directorate-General for Enlargement, the experts of the Directorate-General for Justice and consumers (DG JUST), and Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (DG FISMA)  presented in detail the relevant acquis divided into the two parts: Company Law and corporate governance and Financial reporting. Our representatives are asked some questions for clarification of certain segments of the exposure of  EC experts and emphasized that the Republic of  Serbia in this area largely adopted and implemented the EU acquis.
  Bilateral screening, in which the Serbian side will present its legislation in this area, and any observed differences in relation to the EU acquis, is scheduled for February 5, 2015 in Brussels.


Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 17 “Economic and Monetary Policy” was held in Brussels, 2 – 3 December 2014

Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 17 on Economic and Monetary Policy was held in Brussels, on 2 and 3 December 2014.
Delegation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia was headed by Mr. Branislav Zoroja, Director-General of the Monetary Operations Sector in the Central Bank of Serbia and Head of the Negotiating group 17, and Ms. Tanja Miščević, Head of the Negotiating Team with the EU. On the first day, Mr. Dušan Vujović, Finance Minister of the Government of the R. of Serbia, participated in the work of the screening meeting. In the Serbian delegation were also other representatives of the Central Bank, as well as of Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy, Securities Commission and European Integration Office.
At the explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 17, chaired by a representative of the Directorate General for Enlargement, the experts of the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs presented in detail the relevant acquis divided into the following parts: exchange rate policy and euro adoption; participation in the procedure of coordination of economic policies; fiscal policy; sound national budgetary frameworks; monetary policy; European System of Central Banks and European Central Bank.
The bilateral screening meeting, when the Serbian side will present its legal system in this area, as well as gaps in relation to the EU acquis, is scheduled for 3 and 4 March 2015.


Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 25 “Science and Research” was held in Brussels, 1 December 2014

Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 25 on Science and Research was held in Brussels on 1 December 2014.
Delegation of the Government of the R. of Serbia was headed by Mr. Viktor Nedović, Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, and Ms. Tanja Miščević, Head of the Negotiating Team with the EU. In the delegation were also other representatives of theMinistry of Education, Science and Technological Development, as well as of Ministry of Mining and Energy, National Council for Science and Technological Development, Innovation Fund, Centre for Science Promotion, Intellectual Property Office, University in Niš, Institute of Food Technology and European Integration Office.
At the bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 25, chaired by a representative of the Directorate General for Enlargement, the civil servants of the line ministries and institutions presented in detail the legal framework in this area in the fields of cooperation in research and innovation, participation in the EU programmes, other EU actions and instruments, as well as in the Innovation Union and European Research Area.
At the end of the meeting, Mr. Viktor Nedović accepted the alignment of the Serbian legal system with EU acquis in the area of science and research.


Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 18 “Statistics” was held in Luxembourg, 25 – 26 November 2014

Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 18 on Statistics was held in Luxembourg, on 25 and 26 June 2014.
Delegation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia was headed by Mr. Dragan Vukmirović, Director of the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia, and Mr. Srđan Majstorović, Deputy Director of the Serbian European Integration Office, as a representative of the Head of Negotiating Team with the EU. In the delegation were other civil servants of the Office, as well as of the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Issues, Central Bank of Serbia and Serbian European Integration Office.
At the bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 18, chaired by a representative of the Directorate General for Enlargement, the representatives of the Statistical Office, line-ministries and institutions presented the legal body of the R. of Serbia in the areas of sectoral, business, economic, demographic and other statistics. Following the presentations, civil servants were replying to the questions of the experts of DG Eurostat.
At the end of the meeting, Mr. Vukmirović accepted the transposition of the EU acquis in this area into the legal system of the Republic of Serbia.


MFA Dačić spoke at the session of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the EP

First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić spoke today at the session of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament (AFET) in Brussels.

In his address to the MEP, MFA expressed foreign policy priorities of Serbia, underlining full membership to the EU. Minister Dačić talked about the report of the European Commission on Serbia’s progress in the process of European integration and pointed out Serbia's determination to continue the ongoing reform process and fulfil all the objectives in the process of European integration.

On the AFET session, attended by ministers of foreign affairs of Western Balkans, Minister Dačić reiterated that the presidency of the OSCE is one of the most important foreign policy tasks that Serbia had so far in an international organisation.

In the discussion on WB, minister Dačić underscored that Šešelj’s political agenda should be condemned but not Serbia. He stressed that Serbia today and Serbia when Šešelj went to Hague are not the same, adding that all open issues should be solved bilaterally.

During his visit to Brussels, Minister Dačić had a number of bilateral meetings with members of the European Parliament. He met with Chair of political group EPP M. Weber, Vice-Chair of S&D V. Bostinaru, Chair of AFET E. Brok, Chair of Delegation to the EU – Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee E. Kukan, as well as many other MEPs.


Conference “The European Union and Serbia Relations: State of Play”

The conference on Serbia’s passage towards EU membership “The European Union and Serbia Relations: State of Play” was hosted by Mr. Eduard Kukan, MEP and Chair-elect of the Delegation to the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (D-RS), in the European Parliament, on November 19, 2014.  The event featured key note speech by Minister of economy of Serbia Mr. Željko Sertić, who delivered his address on the state of Serbian economy and key reform measures undertaken by the Serbian Government. At the conference were present MEPs, representatives of the European Commission and other institutions of the EU, as well as the representatives of the media.
Among key note speakers at the conference were Tanja Miščević, Chief Negotiator for Serbia’s accession negotiations to the EU and Duško Lopandić, Head of the Serbia Mission to the EU.


Commissioner Hahn visited Serbia

Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn visited Belgrade on November 20. On his first official visit to the Western Balkans in his new capacity, Commissioner Hahn had meetings with President Tomislav Nikolic, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic, as well as many other Ministers. During his visit Hahn also met with representatives of the National Assembly, NGOs and IFIs.
After his meeting with Commissioner Hahn, President Tomislav Nikolic pointed out that Serbia wants to become a member of the European Union and it will patiently participate in the negotiations and solve potential problems.
Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said that he did not ask from Hahn the opening of negotiations with Serbia before end of 2014 or any date. Serbia should continue to do its job and the European Union will assess when to open chapters 32, 35, 23 and 24, he underlined. We want to see the most difficult chapters of the accession talks be opened at the start, he said, adding that Serbia has done a very good job on the expert level. Serbia is on a European path and its strategic goal is EU accession, because it wants to become a modern and well organised country, he underscored.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic underlined that we see EU membership as a joint work and partnership between Western Balkan countries and EU, adding that Serbia finds EU role to be very useful in process of resolving problems in our region.
Commissioner Johannes Hahn stated that he came to Belgrade to once again assure Serbian people and authorities that the European Commission and the European family of peoples are Serbia's partner on the EU pathway. He expressed certainty that in the coming weeks or months, Serbia will open the first chapter in the EU accession talks, adding that usually the first to be opened are Chapters 23 and 24 referring to the rule of law, judiciary and basic rights.
He underlined that the EU membership will be valuable for Serbia, bringing welfare to the citizens of Serbia. The EU Commissioner said that he plans to organise investment conferences in Serbia in order to encourage investments and creation of jobs. Serbia is on a good path, it is working on the fight against corruption, improving judiciary and these are all necessary conditions for the arrival of new investors, Hahn said.


Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 27 “Environment” was held in Brussels, 17 – 21 November 2014

Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 27 on Environment was held in Brussels, 17-21 of November 2014.
Delegation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia was headed by Ms. Stana Bozovic, State Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection and Chairman of the Negotiating Group 27, and Ms. Tanja Miscevic, Head of Negotiating Team with the EU. In the delegation were representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Mining and Energy, Ministry of Interior, European Integration Office, Republic Geodetic Authority, Provincial Secretariat for Urbanism, Construction and Environmental Planning, Civil Aviation Directorate, Environmental Protection Agency, Road Traffic Safety Agency, as well as representatives of many other institutes.
At the bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 27, chaired by a representative of the Directorate General for Enlargement, the representatives of the line-ministries and institutions presented the legal body of the R. of Serbia in the areas of environment and climate change.
At the end of the meeting, State Secretary S. Bozovic fully accepted the transposition of the EU acquis in this area into the legal system of the R. of Serbia.

 


Meeting of Minister Dacic with EU High Representative Mogherini

First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic met on November 18 in Brussels with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini.

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini stressed that she supported the EU enlargement process and stated that the process would not slow down on her watch, despite the fact that no country would become an EU Member State during that period. Mogherini supported the resumption of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina on the political level as soon as possible, pointing out that she would participate in it personally. She also stressed the importance of the OSCE chairmanship by Serbia in 2015, particularly bearing in mind the role played by this organization in the process of crisis management in Ukraine.

Minister Dacic pointed out that, during its OSCE chairmanship, Serbia would seek all possible ways to help the Minsk peace process to find a peaceful solution. When it comes to the alignment of Serbian foreign policy with that of the EU, Mogherini stated that the EU expected Serbia's progressive alignment.

During the meeting, Mogherini and Dacic discussed also an initiative of the EU related to the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dacic pointed out that Serbia was willing to assist in this process and added that Serbia "would support any solution that contributes to the stability of BiH". Mogherini said that she planned to visit Serbia early next year at the latest.


 


Minister Dacic met Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn

On the sidelines of the Launch Conference on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region, which was held November 18 in Brussels, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dacic met European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn.

Minister Dacic congratulated Commissioner Hahn on assuming his new duties and underscored the importance of the fact that the representative of Austria, a state that strongly supported the EU enlargement, was the head of this important department.

The Serbian Foreign Minister stressed that Austria, as a neighbour of the Western Balkan region, was well acquainted with the history, culture and politics of the region and understood that this part of the Balkans was facing great challenges, and that it would all have significant implications for the whole EU, its future and development.

At a press conference held after the meeting, Commissioner Hahn emphasized that Serbia was not asked to join the sanctions against Russia, adding that the issue was not related to the opening of chapters in the enlargement process. Hahn told journalists that the decision was a sovereign matter for the Government of Serbia, but that Brussels expected our country to align its foreign policy to that of the EU before becoming its member.

The Serbian Foreign Minister expressed the confidence that Chapter 32, relating to financial control, would be opened very soon and added that almost all EU Member States supported it.


Launch Conference on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR), Brussels, 18 November 2014

European Commission (DG for Regional and Urban Policy and DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Under the Italian Presidency of the EU), under the Italian Presidency of the EU   has organized launch conference on the Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region in Brussels on 18 November. The delegation of the Republic of Serbia at the conference was headed by First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Ivica Dacic. The conference also attended by representatives of the European Integration Office of the Republic of Serbia,  Ministry of Culture and Information, Ministry of Mining and Energy, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Ministry of EU integration.

Minister Dacic said that the EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian region for Republic of Serbia provides a good framework for deepening practical cooperation with Member States and partners in the region in terms of the identification and realization of common interests, strengthening state and local administration, reconstruction of transport infrastructure, tourism development and increase the investment potential in this part of Europe. The development of good infrastructure, economic and cultural ties, may contribute to the implementation of key economic goals and lead to the harmonization of macroeconomic system with EU standards.
Ministers of the countries covered by the EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian region at the conference adopted the Joint statement in which they expressed political support for efforts to implement the Action Plan of the Strategy,  with a call for the active involvement of all stakeholders at different levels of state administration in the next steps in the implementation of the EUSAIR.


 

 


Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 13 “Fisheries” was held in Brussels, 14 November 2014

Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 13 on Fisheries was held in Brussels, 14 November 2014.
Delegation of the Government of the R. of Serbia was headed by Ms. Tanja Mišćević, Head of the negotiating team and Mr. Danilo Golubović, State Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection and Chair of the Negotiating group 13.
At the Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 13, chaired by a representative of the Directorate General for Enlargement, the experts of the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries asked questions and gave comments after the presentations of the state of play and planned actions for the transposition of the relevant acquis in the Republic of Serbia.


Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 7 “Intellectual Property Law” was held in Brussels, 12 – 13 November 2014

Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 7 on Social Policy and Employment was held in Brussels, on 12 and 13 of November 2014.
Delegation of the Government of the R. of Serbia was headed by Ms. Branka Totic, Director of the Office for Intellectual Property and Chairman of the Negotiating Group 7, and Ms. Tanja Miščević, Head of Negotiating Team with the EU. In the delegation were representatives of the Ministry of Education Science and Technological Development, Public Prosecutor’s Office, The Supreme Court of Cassation and European Integration Office.
At the bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 7, chaired by a representative of the Directorate General for Enlargement, the representatives of the line-ministries and institutions presented the legal body of the R. of Serbia in the following areas: Trade Marks, Designs, Patents, Supplementary Certificates, Compulsory licensing, Protection of IPRs in criminal law proceedings,  Copyright in the information society,  Orphan works, Computer Programs, Semiconductors,  Term of protection,  Rental and public lending rights, Broadcasting via satellite and retransmission by cable,  Artist's resale right, Legal protection of databases,  Audiovisual performances and Visually impaired. Afterwards, the civil servants were replying to the questions of the experts of DG Employment and DG Internal Market.
At the end of the meeting, Director Ms. Totic fully accepted the transposition of the EU acquis in this area into the legal system of the R. of Serbia.


Minister Kori Udovicki on working visit to Brussels

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government Kori Udovicki attended in Brussels on 12 November 2014 the ministerial conference of the West Balkan countries and Turkey.
Kori Udovicki underlined that the reform of the public administration, along with the reforms in judiciary and economy, is one of the key areas necessary to join the EU. She has emphasized that the reforms of the public administration is important not only for accelerating the European integration of Serbia, but also for the better life of the citizens.
After the conference, the line ministers signed the joint declaration on the main principles in the area of state administration and local self-government.


Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 8 “Competition policy” was held in Brussels, 4 – 5 November 2014

Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 8 on Competition policy was held in Brussels, on 4 and 5 November 2014.
Delegation of the Government of the R. of Serbia was headed by Ms. Vesna Kovač, State Secretary in the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications and Chairwoman of the Negotiating Group 8, and Ms. Tanja Miščević, Head of  Negotiating Team with the EU. In the delegation were representatives of the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Ministry of Culture and Information, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, Central Bank of Serbia, Commission for Competition Protection, Commission for State Aid Control, Accreditation Body of Serbia, Export Credit and Insurance Agency and European Integration Office.
At the bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 8, chaired by a representative of  the Directorate General for Enlargement, the representatives of the line-ministries and institutions presented the legal body of the Republic of Serbia in the following two areas: 1) Antitrust and Mergers and 2) State Aid. After the presentations, Serbian civil servants were replying to the questions of the experts of DG Competition and DG Enlargement.
At the end of the meeting, State Secretary Ms. Vesna Kovač accepted the transposition of the EU acquis in this area into the legal system of the Republic of Serbia.


Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 12 “Food Safety, Veterinary and Phytosanitary Policies”

Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 12 on Food Safety, Veterinary and Phytosanitary Policies was held in Brussels, 20-24 October 2014.
Delegation of the government of the R. of Serbia was headed by Mr. Danilo Golubović, State Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection and Chair of the Negotiating group 12. In the delegation, apart from the representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, there were representatives of the Ministry of Health. At the Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 12, chaired by a representative of the Directorate General for Enlargement, the experts of the Directorate General for Health and Consumers asked questions and gave comments after the presentations of the state of play and planned actions for the transposition of the relevant acquis in the Republic of Serbia.
The Report is expected at the beginning of February 2015.


Meeting of First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dacic with High EU Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Ashton

First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic had on 21 October in Brussels a farewell meeting with High EU Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton.
Dacic thanked Ashton on the patience she demonstrated during the lengthy sessions on the normalisation of relations with Pristina. He said that Ashton was the only objective mediator in the crises in the Western Balkans and expressed gratitude to Ashton for helping Serbia launch the EU accession negotiations this year.  Dacic underscored that Serbia is committed to its EU path, and added that the country will implement all points it agreed to take on by signing the Brussels agreement.

Ashon acknowledged the statesmanlike courage that Dacic demonstrated during the dialogue and his persistence on the European path.
At the end of the meeting, Dacic presented Ashton with the icon of the Holy Lady Theotokos as the protectress of the Serbian people.
 


Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 16 “Taxation” was held in Brussels, 14 – 15 October 2014

Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 16 on Taxation was held in Brussels on 14 and 15 October 2014.
Delegation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia was headed by Mr. Nenad Mijailovic, State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Head of the Negotiating group 16. In the delegation were also other representatives of the Ministry of Finance, as well as Tax Administration, Customs Administration, Negotiating Team with the EU and European Integration Office.
At the explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 16, chaired by a representative of the Directorate General for Enlargement, the experts of the Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union presented in detail the relevant acquis divided into three parts: direct taxation, indirect taxation and administrative cooperation.
The bilateral screening meeting, in which the Serbian side will present its legal system in this area, as well as gaps in relation to the EU acquis, is scheduled for 5 and 6 March 2015.


Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 31 “Foreign, Security and Defence Policy”

Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 31 “Foreign, Security and Defence Policy” was held in Brussels, on 10 October 2014.
Bilateral screening for Chapter 31 started with the speech of Mr. Ivica Dacic, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, accompanied by the delegation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia that consisted of Ms. Tanja Miscevic, Chief negotiator with the EU and representatives of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice, Security Information Agency and Office of the Council on National Security.
In his introductory speech, Mr. Dacic emphasized the Serbian’s commitment to join the EU and importance of the Chapter 31. The Republic of Serbia, as a candidate country for the EU accession, actively contributes to the efforts to preserve international peace and stability, which will remain the cornerstone of Serbian diplomacy during the forthcoming OSCE presidency.
At the bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 31, chaired by a representative of the Directorate General for Enlargement, together with the European External Action Service and the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments, the Serbian delegation presented and answered relevant questions in relations to general overview and implementation strategies for Foreign, Security and Defence Policy (CFSP/CSDP).
At the end of the meeting, Mr. Filipovic, on behalf of the Serbian delegation, accepted the transposition of the EU acquis in this area into the legal system of the Republic of Serbia.


EPC Policy Briefing with Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic, 10 October 2014, Brussels

EU membership is the first priority of this government and there is no doubt about that, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić said in his speech at the European Policy Center Briefing „Serbia’s accession negotiations with the EU: the toolkit fot the to-do list“, in Brussels 10 October 2014.
Dačić expressed hope that Serbia will open the first chapters in the EU accession talks as early as this year. "I know that some EU member states do not share the view that the chapters be opened during the Italian presidency, but we will continue to move towards Europe anyway, at an unrelenting pace," he said.
In regards to the development of the Belgrade-Priština relations, Dačić underlined that Serbia is firmly committed to a continuation of the dialogue, adding that anything that does not interfere with the matter of Kosovo's status is acceptable to Belgrade.
On the issue of alignment, Dačić said that Serbia will gradually align its diplomacy to the EU's common diplomacy. "We are aware of our obligations and there are no disputes about them - the only thing that we do not agree on with the EU is the anti-Russian embargo, which we cannot support, just like we do not support Russia's embargo on EU food imports," Dačić said.
Serbia is not only aligning its foreign policy to that of the EU, but also its security policy, which is reflected by its participation in peacekeeping operations and the joint fight against terrorism, Dačić noted.

For the short EPC summary of the briefing, please click here.


Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 30 “External Relations”

Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 30 “External Relations” was held in Brussels, on 9 October 2014.

The delegation of the government of the Republic of Serbia was headed by Mr. Stevan Nikcevic, State Secretary in the Ministry for Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, and Ms Tanja Miščević, Head of the Negotiating Team with the EU. In the Serbian delegation were also other representatives of the Ministry for Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Serbian Export Credit and Insurance Agency and Serbian European Integration Office.

At the bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 30, chaired by a representative of the Directorate General for Enlargement, the representatives of the line-ministries and institutions presented the legal body of the Republic of Serbia in the following areas: Common Commercial Policy, Application of EC Trade Policy Aspects, WTO, Implementation of Trade Policy and FTAs (Customs and Quotas), Dual Use Export Controls, Anti-Torture Regulation, Bilateral Investment Treaties, Export Credits, Development Policy and Humanitarian aid. After the presentations, the civil servants were replying to the questions of the experts ofthe Directorates-Generalfor Trade, Development, Service for Foreign Policy Instruments, Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection.
At the end of the meeting, State Secretary Mr. Nikcevic accepted the transposition of the EU acquis in this area into the legal system of the R. of Serbia.


Serbia receives the 2014 Progress Report from European Commission

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic stated on 8 October, after being delivered the 2014 Progress Report on Serbia’s results in the European integration process by Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Michael Davenport, that Serbia has done an important job and got the best assessments in the region from the European Commission. The Prime Minister said and pointed out that in certain areas, such as the judiciary and the environment, he himself would be even stricter than the European Commission.
The Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to the European Commission for understanding the difficult steps that the government will implement in the economy, and underlined that he is satisfied with the assessment of regional policy, and that Serbia will remain dedicated to the preservation of full regional stability. Regarding the situation in the field of protection of human rights, the Prime Minister said that it is objectively presented in the Report both in the case of national minorities and the Pride Parade.
I am particularly proud of the fact that the Report acknowledges the fight against crime and corruption, Vucic said.
The Report also states, he added, that media freedom should be improved, but that a significant progress in the area of information society and the media has been made with the passing of three media laws. Vucic undrelined that the issue of foreign policy is particularly important, and Serbia is doing everything it can to respect and follow the processes and policies of the EU.
Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Michael Davenport stated that this is a very important day for Serbia and for the Union, and that, despite the difficulties and challenges, negotiations go as planned and not a single day has been lost. He noted that it is very important that Serbia has taken steps for negotiations to become an inclusive process, where, as he said, it is essential that Serbia continues to be committed to regional cooperation and full implementation of the agreement between Belgrade and Pristina.
It is clear, he stated, that Serbia must focus on the rule of law, media freedom, freedom of expression, the implementation of media strategy and the reform of the public administration. According to him, Serbia is expected to gradually harmonise its views with those of the EU in terms of security policy, as well as to increase efforts in harmonisation with EU standards in the fields of environment and energy.

The EU will support Serbia in all its efforts to meet its requirements, Davenport confirmed and announced that instruments for pre-accession assistance will be the main common financial instrument.
 


Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 25 “Science and Research” was held in Brussels, 6 October 2014

Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 25 on Science and Research was held in Brussels, on 6 October 2014.
Delegation of the government of the R. of Serbia was headed by Mr. Viktor Nedović, Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, and Ms. Tanja Miščević, Head of the Negotiating Team with the EU. In the delegation were also other representatives of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, Innovation Fund, Centre for Science Promotion, Intellectual Property Office, University in Niš and European Integration Office.
At the explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 25, chaired by a representative of the Directorate General for Enlargement, the experts of the Directorate-General for Research and Technological Development presented in detail the relevant acquis divided in to the following parts: Cooperation in the field of policy: Research and Innovation; Programmes; Other EU actions and instruments; Innovation Union; European Research Area.
The bilateral screening meeting, when the Serbian side will present its legal system in this area, as well as gaps in relation to the EU acquis, is scheduled for 1 December 2014.


Reception on the occasion of the visit of representatives of the Foreign Investors Council

In honour of Foreign Investors Council visit to Brussels the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU organised a reception on 2 October 2014. Ambassador D.Lopandić, Head of the Mission of Serbia to the EU, V.Arsić, ambassador of Serbia to the Belgium and Luxembourg and F.Coin, President of the Foreign Investors Council and chairman of the board of Societe Generale Bank in Serbia in their statements informed participants about the measures taken by the Government of the Republic of Serbia, the EU accession process, as well as the possibilities of enhancing economic cooperation.
Reception was attended by several representatives of the EU Commission, members of the European Parliament, members of the Working Party on Enlargement and Countries Negotiating Accession to the EU (COELA) and various international and Belgian organizations and diplomatic missions.


Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 22 “Regional Policy and Co-ordination of Structural Funds” was held in Brussels, 1 – 2 October 2014

Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 22 on Regional Policy and Co-ordination of Structural Funds was held in Brussels, on 1 and 2 October 2014.
Delegation of the government of the Republic of Serbia was headed by Ms. Ana Ilić, Deputy Director of the European Integration Office and Chair of the Negotiating group 22. In the delegation were also other representatives of the Office, as well civil servants from the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-government, Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, Audit Authority Office, General Secretariat of the Government, Republic Secretariat for Public Policies, Republic Statistical Bureau and Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Team.
At the explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 22, chaired by a representative of the Directorate General for Enlargement, the experts of the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy and Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusionpresented in detail the relevant acquis divided in to the following parts: general principles and objectives, legislative framework, programming, institutional framework, administrative capacity, monitoring, evaluation, management and control systems, information and publicity, and financial management.
The bilateral screening meeting, when the Serbian side will present its legal system in this area, as well as gaps in relation to the EU acquis, is scheduled for 28 and 29 January 2015.


Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 13 “Fisheries” was held in Brussels, 30 September 2014

Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 13 on Fisheries was held in Brussels, on 30 September 2014.
Delegation of the government of the R. of Serbia was headed by Mr. Danilo Golubović, State Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection and Chair of the Negotiating group 13. In the delegation apart from the representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection there was one representative of the European Integration Office.
At the explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 13, chaired by a representative of the Directorate General for Enlargement, the experts of the Directorate General Maritime Policy and Fisheries presented in detail the relevant acquis.
The bilateral screening meeting, when the Serbian side will present its legal system in this area, as well as gaps in relation to the EU acquis, is scheduled for 14 November 2014.


Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 7 “Intellectual Property Law” was held in Brussels, 24 – 25 September 2014

Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 7 on Intellectual Property Law was held in Brussels, on 24 and 25 September 2014.
Delegation of the government of the R. of Serbia was headed by Ms. Branka Totić, Director of the Intellectual Property Office and Chair of the Negotiating group 7. In the delegation were also other representatives of the Office, as well civil servants from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, Public Prosecution Office, Supreme Court of Cassation and European Integration Office.
At the explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 7, chaired by a representative of the Directorate General for Enlargement, the experts of the Directorate General for Internal Market presented in detail the relevant acquis divided into following three parts: copyrights and neighbouring rights, industrial property rights and enforcement.
The bilateral screening meeting, when the Serbian side will present its legal system in this area, as well as gaps in relation to the EU acquis, is scheduled for 12 and 13 November 2014.


Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 27 – Environment

Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 27 – Environment, was held in Brussels between 15 and 19 September 2014.
Delegation of the government of the Republic of Serbia was headed by Stana Bozovic, State secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection and Tanja Miscevic, Head of Negotiating Team with the EU. In the delegation were also representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, Ministry of Mining and Energy, Ministry of Interior, Serbian European Integration Office, Serbian Environmental Protection Agency, Republic Geodetic Authority, Institute for Hygiene and Environmental Medicine and Provincial Secretariat for Urbanism, Construction and Environmental Planning.
During the meeting European Commission experts presented EU horizontal legislation in the area of environment, as well as legislation in the areas of air quality, noise, waste management, civil protection, water management, nature protection, chemicals, industrial pollution, risk management and climate change.


Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 1 “Free movement of goods”

Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 27 – Environment, was held in Brussels between 15 and 19 September 2014.
Delegation of the government of the Republic of Serbia was headed by Stana Bozovic, State secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection and Tanja Miscevic, Head of Negotiating Team with the EU. In the delegation were also representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, Ministry of Mining and Energy, Ministry of Interior, Serbian European Integration Office, Serbian Environmental Protection Agency, Republic Geodetic Authority, Institute for Hygiene and Environmental Medicine and Provincial Secretariat for Urbanism, Construction and Environmental Planning.
During the meeting European Commission experts presented EU horizontal legislation in the area of environment, as well as legislation in the areas of air quality, noise, waste management, civil protection, water management, nature protection, chemicals, industrial pollution, risk management and climate change.

 


COELA visit to Serbia

Members of the Committee on EU enlargement of the Council of European Union (COELA) visited Serbia on 10-12 September 2014, at the proposal of Italy as the EU presiding country. The delegation had separate meetings with President of the Republic of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic, Minister of Interior Nebojsa Stefanovic, Minister of Justice Nikola Selakovic, Minister of Finance Dusan Vujovic, Minister without portfolio responsible for European integration Jadranka Joksimovic, Head of the Negotiating Team for EU Accession Tanja Miscevic, Head of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament Gordana Comic and Chairman of the European Integration Committee Aleksandar Senic.
During his meeting with members of COELA, President of the Republic of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic pointed out that full EU membership is the first Serbian government’s priority. He stressed that we are very dedicated to this goal and committed to fininshing negotiations by 2018. He said that Serbia is dedicated to the conducting of reforms in all areas, especially in the fileds of rule of law, internal affairs, protection of human and minority rights. President Nikolic pointed out that EU membership perspective had a positive affect on the Balkans, where cooperation has been established within concrete project and where all open issues are being resolved only by dialogue.
First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic informed members of COELA about the reform and legislative activities carried out in Serbia. He said he expects the European Union to recognize and acknowledge the efforts made by our side in the EU integration process and allow it to open the first chapters in accession talks by the end of 2014. Dačić said that the screening conducted so far has been described as successful, noting that the screening process is completed for 14 and still underway for 7 EU acquis chapters, so Serbia has thus demonstrated that it possesses adequate administrative capacities.
Minister without Portfolio responsible for European integration Jadranka Joksimovic presented to representatives of the COELA the priorities of the Serbian government in achieving the foreign policy strategic goal to harmonise its domestic legislation with that of the EU by the end of 2018. She stressed that this is a realistic goal based on the implementation of the contractual obligations arising from the Stabilisation and Association Agreement, as well as on a comprehensive reform process which the goverenment pursues. Joksimovic pointed out that the EU enlargement is in mutual interest and the policy in which everyone wins.

 


Article of Ambassador Dusko Lopandic in magazine “The Parliament” (21.07.2014.) – „EU membership remains „top priority“ for Serbian government“

For the article of Ambassador Dusko Lopandic in magazine “The Parliament” (21.07.2014.) – „EU membership remains „top priority“ for Serbian government“, please click here


Donors’ conference in Brussels for the purpose of raising aid for Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina after the catastrophic floods in May

Donors’ conference, for the purpose of raising aid for Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina after the catastrophic floods in May, was organised in Brussels, 16 July 2014, by European Commission, France and Slovenia. Delegations of over 60 countries and 23 international organisations, as well as representatives from the civil society and private sector who participated in this conference, manage to gather a total of 1,846 million euros.

The Serbian delegation, which was led by President Tomislav Nikolic, also included First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic, Minister without portfolio responsible for European integration Jadranka Joksimovic, Director of the Office for assistance and recovery of the flooded areas Marko Blagojevic, Ambassador to the EU Dusko Lopandic and Advisor to the Serbian President Ivan Mrkic.

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said that 995 million euros in favorable loans and grants had been earmarked for Serbia at the international donors’ conference, adding that he was very pleased and proud about it. “A total of 1,846 million euros, of which 995 million for Serbia, partly in the most favorable loans possible, partly in grants, which are allocated to us to deal with the problem and remove all the consequences of the flooding, have been collected,” Nikolic said. He expressed his gratitude to all participants of the conference for their solidarity and support.

First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic expressed gratitude to the countries that allocated significant funds, concrete humanitarian aid and sent their crisis response teams. He said the region of the Balkans in times of this terrible natural disaster really showed a high degree of solidarity and, in a way, demonstrated the core of regional cooperation. He underlined his strong believe that we have demonstrated that as a region we belong to the system of values fostered by the European Union.

Commissioner Stefan Fule said that the European Union will allocate a total of EUR 195 million for the rehabilitation of flood affected regions in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, underlining that the money was coming from EU institutions, and the figure did not include donations by individual member states. He pointed out that donors will provide part of funds for reconstruction, but that it is up to the countries that were affected by floods to use these funds to their best ability, and announced that in six months a conference will be held to check how the funds were used.

 

 


Serbia submits first version of application for funding from EU Solidarity Fund

Minister without portfolio responsible for European integration Jadranka Joksimovic stated that Serbia can expect between €40-50 million in unrepayable aid from the EU Solidarity Fund for the clean-up of the damage caused by the May flooding. After the meeting on 16 July with European Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn in Brussels, Joksimovic said that these funds could be available to Serbia in November or December. The Minister noted that this sum will be approved irrespective of the funds that will be raised at the donors’ conference. According to her, the funds will be used for the rehabilitation of public infrastructure, i.e. power plants, roads, capital projects, flood prevention, but not for the reconstruction of private houses. Joksimovic said that the funds will be available for use retroactively too, or for projects that Serbia launches until November. She added that she delivered the first version of the application for funding from the Solidarity Fund to Commissioner Hahn today, to which he will make comments by the end of the week. The Minister confirmed that Serbia will submit the official application before the deadline of 5 August, after which it will enter into a procedure envisaging that the European Commission, within six weeks, analyses and determines whether the data submitted is correct, after which the European Parliament and the European Council will approve funds to Serbia.

 


Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 31 – Foreign, Security and Defense policy took place on July 15, 2014 in Brussels; this effectively opened the process of the analytical examination of the acquis in this area.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia is responsible for coordination on the Serbian side, and their representatives, together with experts from other relevant state institutions, were present at the meeting, alongside Commission, EEAS and Member States’ representatives. The explanatory screening for Chapter 31 brings the total number of chapters examined, since this process has started, to 21. It is expected that the whole screening process, for all 35 chapters, will be wrapped up by March 2015. EC representatives expressed their satisfaction with the conduct of process so far, underlining that the Serbian state administration showed a high level of readiness and commitment to the European integration process and reforms.

 


Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 10 “Information society and media”

Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 10 on Information society and media was held in Brussels on 10 and 11 July 2014. The delegation of the Republic of Serbia was led by Ms. Irini Reljin, Advisor to the Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications and Ms. Tanja Miščević, Chief Negotiator. Our legal framework and status of harmonization with EU legislation was presented to the European Commission by representatives of various ministries: Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Ministry of Culture and Information, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defence, Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services, Public Broadcasting Agency, and Serbian European Integration Office. During the meeting our side also presented the package of three media laws that have been drafted and prepared for adoption. Chapter 10 consists of three main areas Electronic communication, Information society and Audiovisual policy. At the end of the meeting Irini Reljin confirmed that Serbia accepts EU acquis in this area.

 


Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 30 “External relations”

Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 30 on External relations was held in Brussels on 2 July 2014. The delegation of the Republic of Serbia was led by State Secretary in the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Mr. Stevan Nikčević and Mr. Vladimir Međak, Assistant Director in the Serbian European Integration Office. In the Serbian delegation were also representatives of the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior, Serbian Export Credit and Insurance Agency and Serbian European Integration Office. During the meeting European Commission experts presented EU legislation primarily in the areas of trade, bilateral investment treaties and development and humanitarian aid. In particular, it was pointed out that precondition for Serbia's EU membership is to conclude the process of the accession to the World Trade Organization. Bilateral screening will be held on 9 October 2014.

 


Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 20 “Enterprise and Industrial Policy” was held in Brussels

Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 20 on Enterprise and Industrial Policy was held in Brussels on 1 July 2014.

Delegation of the government of the R. of Serbia was headed by Mr. Dejan Radulović, Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Economy and Chairman of the Negotiating Group 20, and Mr. Vladimir Međak, Assistant Director in the Serbian European Integration Office, on behalf of the Head of Negotiating Team with the EU. In the delegation were representatives of the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications and Serbian European Integration Office.

At the bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 20, chaired by a representative of the Directorate General for Enlargement, the representatives of the line-ministries presented the legal body and strategic documents of the R. of Serbia in the area of industrial policy in general and by sectors. After the presentations, the civil servants were replying to the questions of the experts of DG ENTR and DG ELARG.

At the end of the meeting, Assistant Minister Radulović accepted the transposition of the EU acquis in this area into the legal system of the R. of Serbia.

 

 


Signing of the Horizon 2020 association agreement with Serbia

Brussels, July 1, Five Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia), and the Republic of Moldova secured full access to the European Union's new seven year research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020.

On behalf of Serbia, the agreement was signed by minister for education, science and technological development Mr Srdjan Verbic.

Association agreements will apply retroactively from 1 January 2014.

 


Barroso meets with Nikolic and Vucic

President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso visited Serbia on June 29, where he met with Serbian president Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has thanked European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso for the support for Serbia on its path towards the EU. The Serbian president said that the aid the European Union has given Serbia after the catastrophic floods in May showed that Serbia can count on a lot bigger European family. Nikolic said he and Barroso discussed a donors' conference, to be organized by the the EU in cooperation with the United Nations, where solidarity between the countries of the world and Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia will be put to work.

Speaking about political issues, Nikolic said that Western Balkans’ future is very uncertain without Serbia in the EU.

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic thanked Barroso for the assistance and support that the EU has provided to Serbia after the catastrophic floods that hit our country. He reiterated that full membership of Serbia in the EU is the priority of this government, and expressed his belief that our country will meet all requirements for accession by 2018, and after that all the decisions will be up to EU member states.

The Prime Minister stressed that, although there are many tasks ahead of Serbia and although economic reforms will not bring immediate prosperity, our country must implement radical changes if it wants to become part of the Union.

The President of the European Commission stated that the EU will continue to strongly support Serbia's European path so that our country could become a full EU member as soon as possible. Barroso said that Serbia has made big progress towards European integration and that the EU is building a stronger partnership with it, noting that negotiations for accession are running very well.

He pointed out that the screening is now open for 18 out of the 35 chapters, and welcomed the efforts made by the government of Serbia aimed at strengthening the rule of law, the fight against corruption and crime, respect for human rights and reform of the public administration. Referring to dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, he said that both sides have shown vision and courage, which has been materialised through a number of agreements.

 


Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 19 “Social Policy and Employment” was held in Brussels, 24–26 June2014

Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 19 on Social Policy and Employment was held in Brussels, between 24 and 26 June 2014.

Delegation of the government of the R. of Serbia was headed by Mr. Laszlo Csikos, State Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Issues and Chairman of the Negotiating Group 19, and Ms. Tanja Miščević, Head of Negotiating Team with the EU. In the delegation were representatives of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Issues, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Republic Institute for Social Protection, National Employment Service, European Integration Office and Team for Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion.

At the bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 19, chaired by a representative of the Directorate General for Enlargement, the representatives of the line-ministries and institutions presented the legal body of the R. of Serbia in the following areas: Health and Safety at Work, Labour Law, Social Dialogue, Employment Policy, European Social Fund, Social Protection, People with Disabilities, Anti-discrimination and Equal Opportunities. After the presentations, the civil servants were replying to the questions of the experts of DG Employment and DG JUST.

At the end of the meeting, State Secretary Csikos accepted the transposition of the EU acquis in this area into the legal system of the R. of Serbia.

 


Protocol to the SAA to take account of the accession of Croatia to the EU, 25th June 2014

Head of Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, Ambassador Duško Lopandić has signed on 25 June 2014 in Brussels on behalf of the Government of Serbia Protocol to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Serbia, of the other part, to take account of the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union. Theodoros N. Sotiropoulos, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Hellenic Republic to the European Union and Christian Danielsson, Director General for Enlargement at the European Commission have signed the Protocol for the European Union and its Member states. The aim of Protocol is to adapt concession in the SAA to concessions that were effective in CEFTA. In fact, Croatia has left the trade regime, which was regulated by the CEFTA and the legal framework for trade between Croatia and Serbia became the SAA. The Protocol will enter into force provisionally on 1 August 2014 which is first day of the second month following the signing

 


Serbian Customs Authorities representative presiding over Subcommittee again

In Brussles, on July 12 and 13, the 67th session of the Subcommittee for Information Technologies of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) was held. The session was presided over by the representative of the Serbian Customs Authorities, Gordana Vidanović, the counsellor for customs affairs in the Mission of Republic of Serbia in Brussels. Subcommittee for Information Technologies is responsible for initiation of activities and studies in the sphere of informatics in customs business. The goal of these activities is improvement of the efficiency of customs controls, more efficient realisation of trade benefits and identification of ways for improvement of the existing information systems as well as cost reducing. The session was especially important as questions regarding the achieved agreement about trade benefits of the WTO were discussed. Namely, the WCO Secretariat provided the analysis of the effects of the achieved agreement on customs IT systems and need for changes in the customs’ IT systems. There was some word about the product identification codes, about updating the Manual for single window and about data model for WCO. At the end of the meeting, the elections for the President over Subcommittee for Information Technologies of the WCO were held. Gordana Vidanović, representative of Serbian Customs Authorities, was re-elected for another term

 


Serbia signed Creative Europe agreement

Minister of Culture and Information Ivan Tasovac and European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth Androulla Vassiliou signed on June 19 in Brussels an agreement on Serbia’s participation in the "Creative Europe" programme. Tasovac underlined that Serbia is the first candidate country for membership in the EU to take part in "Creative Europe", whose total budget amoun ts to €1.46 billion. He said that from this day, Serbia is formally a member of Creative Europe and not just symbolically. Serbian Minister said that the Ministry of Culture and Information has already set up the „Creative Europe“ desk, which will organise it’s first international conference by the end of this month, with participation of experts from more than 10 European countries. European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth Androulla Vassiliou, who signed the agreement on behalf of the EC, said that she is satisfied with the fact that the signing of the agreement would make it possible for Serbia to use the benefits of the programme. Vassiliou stressed that Serbia is a country with a number of museums, theatres, recognised music festivals and literary tradition dating back to the 11th century. With its culture of everyday life, extraordinary Old Roman and Early Byzantine architectural heritage which is included in the UNESCO list of world monuments of culture, Serbia enriches the joint European cultural space.

 


Bilateral screening for the Chapter 15 – Energy and Chapter 21 – Trans European Network, Brussels 11 and 12 June 2014

Meeting of the bilateral screening for negotiating Chapter 15 - Energy and 21 - Trans-European Networks was held in Brussels on 11 and 12 June. The delegation of the Republic of Serbia to the meeting was led by the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Mining and Energy and the Negotiation Group for Chapter 15 Mirjana Filipovic and the head of the negotiating team for Serbia's negotiations with the EU Tanja Miščević. Delegation of the Republic of Serbia was composed by representatives of the Ministry of Mining and Energy, Ministry of Transport, Construction and Infrastructure, Ministry of Finance, Serbian Office for European Integration, Energy Agency of the Republic of Serbia, Serbian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia, Directorate for Commodity Reserves of the Republic of Serbia, Public Enterprise EPS and Public Enterprise Elektromreze Srbije. Representatives of the relevant ministries and agencies presented on the meeting legislative and institutional framework of the Republic of Serbia in the field of energy, conventional energy sources, new and renewable energy, nuclear energy and trans-European networks.

 

 


Meeting with Head of Representation of the Free State of Bavaria in Brussels, Mr. Michael Hiterdobler, 4 June 2014

Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the EU Dusko Lopandic met on 4 June with Mr. Michael Hinterdobleh, Head of Representation of the Free State of Bavaria in the EU. Serbia and Bavaria have a long tradition of good political, economic and cultural relations in the institutional sense promoted through the activities of the Joint Commission Serbia – Bavaria. Experiences of Bavaria are very important and useful in understanding the optimal model of economic development and the use of modern technology in the structure of economic growth and prosperity. There are numerous opportunities for joint action to promote the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, which is a good mechanism to accelerate EU integration of Serbia. The two sides also discussed the possibility of exchanging experiences with experts from Bavaria important for the acceleration of the negotiation process, as well as the modalities of strengthening the administrative capacity of Serbia in the EU accession process.

 


A meeting of bilateral screening of Negotiation chapter 29-Customs Administration Union was held in Brussels on June 3 and 4, 2014.

The delegation of the Republic of Serbia consisted of representatives of the Ministry of Finance, Customs Administration, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Culture and Information, the Office for European Integration and a negotiation team for negotiating Serbia's EU accession. Representatives of the Republic of Serbia in the EU attended the meeting. Delegation of the Republic of Serbia consisted of 33 members, 20 of whom were from Customs Administration. The leader of the Negotiation chapter 29 and the assistant of the Minister of Finance, Vesna Hreljac-Ivanović led the Delegation.

Delegation of the European Commission consisted of representatives of the Directorate General for Enlargement (DG ELARG), the Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD) and European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). A representative of European Union Delegation to the Republic of Serbia also attended the meeting.

During two-day screening, the Delegation of the Republic of Serbia had 25 presentations of the legislation of the Republic of Serbia, its application, institutional framework, administrative capacities and future steps for harmonization and improvement of capacities in 17 key areas of this negotiation chapter.

A high level of harmonization of domestic regulations with EU aquis was ascertained.

It was stressed that the Republic of Serbia did not expect big challenges in the process of harmonization of domestic regulations with EU aquis in this area and that we expected the beginning of negotiations within this Chapter soon.

 


Meeting of the Working group for Western Balkans, Committee of Regions, 28 May 2014

Meeting of the Working Group for Western Balkans of the Committee of the Regions was held on 28 May in the Committe of Regions in Brussels. Chair of the Working Group for WB in the Committee of the Regions Mia de Vits, said that the Committee of the Regions invited the representatives of the regional and local levels of government across Europe to help the flooded areas in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. De Vits recalled that in the past two years, CoR achieved a good level of communication with local and regional authorities in Serbia. Two meetings of the working group were held in Serbia in 2012 and 2013 in Kragujevac and Novi Sad. Deputy Head of of Mission of Republic of Serbia to the EU, Ambassador Miloš Todorović informed about the ongoing activities of relevant ministries and institutions in the constitution of the Serbian part of the Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), and it can be expected that the entire process from the Serbian side to be completed in June-July this year. In the panel devoted to the analysis of the state of local and regional structures in Serbia, participated Dejan Jovanovic, counselor of the City of Nis, Olivera Drenovac, counselor in Assembly of the City of Krusevac and Miodrag Milosevic, Deputy Head of Cabinet of the Mayor of Novi Sad. They have presented the activities and projects of the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities of Serbia, projects in the framework of strengthening administrative capacity and infrastructure of cities and municipalities in Serbia and analyzed the needs and directions of further involvement of local government structures in various activities relevant to the process of EU integration of Serbia.

 


Serbia Flood Relief by SMS in Belgium

From 2nd June 2014, it is possible to support the population affected by floods in Serbia via SMS in Belgium.

Sending the SMS with the text SER to number 4666, the amount of 1 EUR is donated. SMS number will be active until 30th June 2014 after which Belgacom will transfer the entire amount of the donation to the special account of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Belgium.

 


Assistance of Brussels in fast application for EU funds

The EU is ready to assist Serbia as if it were already a member state, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn underscored in Brussels on May 21.

Hahn stressed out the EU is ready to aid Serbia through the civil protection program, solidarity fund and IPA funds, after talks with Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and Minister without Portfolio responsible for EU integration Jadranka Joksimovic He noted that the demage caused by the severe flash floods crossed the threshold of 0,64 percent of the gross national income, or EUR 175 million, which means that the country satisfied the requirement for assistance from the EU solidarity fund. Dacic said that the Serbian delegation came to Brussels to learn more about the mechanism for accessing the Union’s funds.

Our country has never been in a situation to apply for this kind of assistance, he said, thanking the EU for aid it offered to Serbia that is fighting floods.

We agreed that Commissioner Hahn should come to Serbia as soon as possible and that his department will help us apply for assistance from the EU solidarity fund, the Serbian foreign minister said. He expects that Serbia, with the help of the European Commission and Commissioner Hahn will submit the application very soon.

Joksimovic voiced confidence that the EU funds will far exceed the donations from any individual country, nothing that this best proves how important the process of EU integration is to Serbia.

 


Special account for Belgium and Luxembourg for humanitarian aid to those affected by floods in Serbia

Those who wish to support flood victims by making payments may now donate also through the special account for Belgium and Luxembourg for humanitarian aid to those affected by floods in Serbia.

AMBASSADE DE SERBIE

IBAN: BE72 3631 3501 1916

SWIFT: BBRUBEBB

 


Government declares three days of mourning for flood victims

The Serbian government declared three days of mourning over the death and suffering of a large number of citizens in the floods, to be observed on 21, 22 and 23 May 2014. A book of condolences is opened at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels, Boulevard du Regent 53, 1000 Bruxelles, on Wednesday, May 21st from 14 am to 16 pm, and on Thursday May 22nd and Friday May 23rd from 10 to 12 and 14 to 16 hours.

 


Announcement of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia in relation to the state of emergency provoked by floods and donation of necessary aid in medicines and medical equipment

In relation to the state of emergency provoked by natural disasters, numerous people from Serbia and abroad, wishing to donate necessary medicines and medical equipment, contacted the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia. As a result of the state of emergency, it is necessary to provide additional amounts of certain groups of medicines and medical equipment for which there is an increasing need of the population.

Ministry of Health informs that, in order to safeguard health of the patients, it is not possible to accept direct donations from individuals in form of medicines and medical equipment, due to insufficient information regarding their storage and procurement.

All legal entities and individuals wishing to donate medicines, medical and other equipment registered in the Republic of Serbia, can do so through the producer or whole-seller delivering a donation to the Central Pharmacy of the Clinical Centre of Serbia, that takes further care of distribution to all medical institutions on the territory of the Republic of Serbia, according to their declared needs.

In the case of donations of unregistered medicines, import of the donation is conducted with the approval of the Medicines and Medical devices of Serbia, on the basis of following documents: HACCP (Hazard analysis and critical control points - issued by competent EU authority) and certificate of the analysis of the medicine from the producer. Import of unregistered medical equipement is also done with the approval of the Medicines and Medical devices of Serbia, on the basis of following documents: the Statement of compliance, CE certificate and a proof that the medical equipement is distributed and sold in the country of the producer.

The Agency will deal with the import of donated medicines and medical equipment urgently within 24 hours. The donation agreement is concluded with the the Central Pharmacy of the Clinical Centre of Serbia.

The list of most essential medicines, medical and other equipement can be downloaded here.

For additional information all potential donors can call the following telephone numbers: +381(0)11/3614-666 and +381(0)11/3616-257, or write to the following email: lekovi@zdravlje.gov.rs

We thank you in advance for your help!


Floods in Serbia, humanitarian aid in Belgium and Luxembourg

 Donations in goods can be brought to the Embassy of Republic Serbia. The address is: Boulevard du Regent 53, 1000 Brussels. The Embassy will then dispatch the goods to Serbia.

For those who want to deliver directly their donations/goods to Serbia, please contact the Embassy to obtain a cover sheet, to expedite the proceedings with the customs authorities of Republic of Serbia.

List of urgent and most needed supplies provided by Red Cross include following:

- mattresses

- linen / bead sheets

- beds (folding cot beds, tent beds, bunk beds)

- diapers for children and adults

- socks

- underwear

- children's clothing

- flashlights

- batteries for flashlights

- Hygiene products (soap, toilet paper, paper towels, sanitary napkins, toothbrushes, toothpaste...)

- Asepsol 5P

- rubber boots.

It is advisable to make a short phone call to arrange your drop off for goods via: 02 647 26 52 or 02 647 57 81


PayPal account for flood relief opened

The Serbian government stated today that starting from 18 May it will be possible to donate humanitarian assistance to victims of floods in Serbia through PayPal service from 193 countries and the region. The account belongs to the diplomatic mission of Serbia in Brussels, from where the funds will be sent directly to the account of the Republic of Serbia intended for the assistance to victims of floods. The payment of humanitarian assistance, through the PayPal service, can be made on the address floodrelief.gov.rs


Contact person in the Mission of Serbia to the EU for coordination activities related to the emergency situation in Serbia

Contact person in the Mission of Serbia to the EU for coordination activities related to the emergency situation in Serbia is Mr. Dragan Stojovic, Counselor at the Mission, Mobile +32 473 971 216, e-mail: dragan.stojovic@mfa.rs


Government opens accounts for assistance to flood victims

The Serbian government has opened dinar and foreign currency accounts at which those who want to help victims of floods can deposit money. The assistance to those in need can be paid to the dinar account 840-3546721-89, purpose of payment: the removal of consequences of the emergency situation - floods. The number of the foreign currency account at which the assistance for the removal of consequences of the emergency situation can be deposited is 01-504619-100193230-000000-0000 (IBAN: RS35908504619019323080).

 


XVII Meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative, Brussels 13 May 2014

XVII Meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative was held in Brussels on 13 May 2014. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Ditmir Bushati, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania, which last year presided over the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative. The delegation of the Republic of Serbia was led by Deputy Assistant Minister for the European Union, Ambassador Jela Baćović. The Ministers adopted the "Brussels Declaration 2014" affirming the readiness of member countries of the AII, that actively work together, to promote the EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian region (EUSAIR), which will be published in June of 2014. The Strategy will be formally adopted during the Italian presidency of the EU in October 2014. The strategy provides a good opportunity for strengthening regional cooperation in the Adriatic-Ionian region, restoration of transport and regional infrastructure and the promotion of sustainable environmental development. At the same time, the strategy is a mechanism for strengthening the administrative and other capacities of the candidate countries in the accession process. On the meeting, mandate of the Secretary General of the AII, Ambassador Fabio Piljapoko, was extended. Bosnia and Herzegovina will be chairing the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative in the period June 2014 - June 2015. The meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative was preceded by a meeting of National Coordinators. On behalf of the Republic of Serbia, Pavle Jankovic, Head of Unit for Regional initiatives and national coordinator for the AII in Serbia, participated in this meeting.

 


The National Assembly hosted a conference "Ten Years in the EU: Lithuanian Achievements in the Euro-Integration Process "

Although negotiations on EU membership have varied for each country, all of them have gained from positive socio-economic changes since joining the European family, stated at today’s conference "Ten Years in the EU: Lithuanian Achievements in the Euro-Integration Process ". Minister without portfolio in charge of European integration Jadranka Joksimović said that Serbia's only real objective was to become a valued and functional part of the EU and urged its member states to support EU enlargement. "EU Member States should support enlargement because the principles and values for which it stands contribute to the stability of not only the Western Balkans, but the whole Europe", emphasised Joksimovic at a meeting organised by the Embassy of Lithuania in Budapest to mark a decade since 10 new members joined the EU in the largest single expansion. Joksimovic stated that there should be understanding for the fact that some member states have not prioritised the process of expansion primarily because of the presence of an economic crisis. In addition, she pointed out the many benefits of further expansion. "These are the goals that the new Serbian government has set for the future, relating to higher levels of productivity, the fight against poverty, an economy based on education, and environmental protection", said the Minister, adding that it was a challenge for Serbia to take a "clear and sustainable position" in the reshaping balance of the EU and simultaneously create a way to adjust to the policies of Brussels. Speaking about the great EU expansion of 2004, Joksimovic assessed that it was a huge success that met the expectations of its new member states, but also the expectations of countries such as Serbia. Head of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Serbia Michael Davenport expressed his belief that Serbia would achieve its goal of joining the EU "within reasonable time", adding that the offer of membership was just in the reach of our country and that it was up to the state to "secure many benefits from the accession process." Discussing the benefits of membership in the EU, Davenport said that the experience of Lithuania represented "a success story on multiple levels- economically and socially", and that the country would most likely join the Euro zone next year. The former head of the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry Antanas Valionis followed up by saying that accession represents a qualitative leap for every country, including his, and that he expected the same in the case of Serbia. "You need Europe and Europe needs Serbia. You should be aware of the fact that you have many friends in the EU", said Valionis, expressing his confidence that the new Serbian government would take all necessary steps on the path towards Europe. Pointing out that each candidate had its own path to the EU and that negotiation elements have been increasing with every year, Valionis said that its core values have still remained the same. "Today's focus is on negotiating the rule of law, however, the EU is constantly changing, introducing new obligations for candidates", said Valionis. He continued by saying that all reforms conditioned by negotiations influence the modernisation of a country and boost its competitiveness in the market. In this context, he recalled that his country had to make some concessions, including the closure of a nuclear power plant in Lithuania. Deputy Director of the Serbian Integration Office Srdjan Majstorovic said that Serbia in comparison to other candidate countries has a remarkable institutional capacities, but admitted that even they might not suffice for the future negotiations. He noted that the process of negotiations requires coordination from the "central government", adding that exactly such states have been the best prepared for them. "It is up to us to change our society and modernise the country", concluded Majstorovic.

 


Stefan Fule's visit to Belgrade

Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Fule visited Belgrade on Monday, 5 May, were he met with President Tomislav Nikolić, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, First Deputy Prime Minsiter and Minister of Foriegn Affairs Ivica Dačić, Minister of the Interior Nebojša Stefanović, Minisiter of Justice Nikola Selaković, Speaker Maja Gojković and representatives of parliamentary groups. Fule expressed the hope that the process of screening of 18 chapters will be completed by the end of the Greek presidency of the EU, which is an excellent result and a reflection of great efforts of Serbia. He explained that further negotiation process will be based on three pillars, adding that the first one refers to the rule of law, fight against corruption, human rights and security. Fule expressed hope that Serbia will soon deliver Action plans for the chapters 24 and 24, adding that he expects these chapters to be opened early next year. The second pillar applies to economic control, which is a new approch of the EU, while the third pillar relates to the future course of normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Priština, he said. Fule stated that the talks in Belgrade showed full compatibility in approach and he highlighted economic reforms as most important ones. Prime Minister Vučić expressed his gratitude to Fule over his commitment to Serbia's EU integration process, as well as his understanding, stenght and wish to help Serbia. He said that it is of great importance to open chapters 23 and 24, taht are related to the judicary, fundamental rights, justice, freedom and security, as they are pivotal for the establishment of the legal state and the rule of law. Vučić said he expects the first chapters in the EU accession talks to open in October, including chapters 32 and 35, which would be followed by talks on chapters 23 and 24. He announced major events in Belgrade and the region in the next two months, stressing that by implementing reforms and adopting important economic laws Serbia will improve business environment.

 


Meeting between EU finance ministers and finance ministers and central bank governors of the candidate countries

The meeting between EU finance ministers and finance ministers and central bank governors of the candidate countries was held in Brussels on May 6 2014. The meeting was organized in the form of a working lunch in the margins of the EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN). The Serbian delegation was composed of representatives of the Ministry of Finance and the National Bank of Serbia and led by minister of finance Mr. Lazar Krstic. It was pointed out that the EU finance ministers and the European Central Bank (ECB) representatives recognize the efforts of Serbia for fiscal stabilization and strengthening of sustainable economic growth. Krstic confirmed to the EU counterparts commitment to European integration and economic reforms of the new Serbian government. He pointed out that stable growth based on exports, reduction of the deficit and strengthening the financial stability are some of the government objectives for coming years. Moreover, plan for the next three to four years is to face a serious and profound reform of public enterprises, restructuration of 157 state owned companies and consolidation of state-owned shares in the financial sector. Tasks for the new government are also adoption of the Labour law, control of state aid in line with EU rules, as well as establishing stricter fiscal discipline in the public sector in general. Minister Krstic in addition said that one of the major tasks in the following period for Serbia is the public administration reform.

 


EU High Representative for Foriegn Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton visit to Belgrade

EU High Representative for Foriegn Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton visited Serbia on Monday, 28 April. In Belgrade, she met with President Tomislav Nikolić, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foriegn Affairs Ivica Dačić and Speaker Maja Gojković. Ashton arrived to Belgrade only a day after the formation of the new Government of Serbia, wanting to express strong support and encouragement for its course of reform and path towards EU membership. She said that is great to see that the Serbian Government is committed to EU membership, underlining that this resolve is going to ensure that the journey be a success. Catherine Ashton stressed out that Serbia can be the example to others in the region and can also show what can be achieved through hard work, leadership and determination to make tough choises. She paid a tribute to the current and to the previous Government for their courage, politicial maturity and statesmanship in the Dialogue with Priština. High representative pointed out that Serbia is an important political partner of the EU and said that contribution of Serbia to better cooperation and improved relations with neighbours are pivotal to the stability of the entire Western Balkans. Ashton said that becoming a full member of the EU is not an easy process and underlined that on its journey towards EU, Serbia will have to deal to with normalisation of relations with Priština, rule of law and economic reforms. The Prime Minister Vučić said that the EU High Representative’s arrival on the first day after the election of the new Government is a great honor and a good sign for Serbia. He pointed out that the Dialogue with Priština will continue, as a lot remains to be done. Vučić said he expects that Serbia will sign an agreement with the Internation Monetory Fund in June at the latest and added that the agreement with the World Bank has already been made. The Prime Minister stressed out that the opening of Chapters 23 and 24 next year will be a clear signal that we want to bring order into our contry and its legal system. According to Vučić, the rule of law is one the most important things that will boost investments. Big challenges are ahead of Serbia, and that is why it needs help in the process of real reforms, the Prime minister declared and underlined that our country expects from the EU the assistance, as confirmed by Ashton during her visit to Belgrade.

 


Meeting with President of the Committee of Regions, Mr Ramon Luis Valcarel, 15 April 2014

Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the EU Dusko Lopandic met on 15 April with the President of the Committer of Regions Mr. Ramon Luis Valcarel. The two sides discussed the current activities and modalities of cooperation between the Republic of Serbia and the Committee of the Regions. According to the provisions of the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the EU, Serbia is entering into a new phase of relations with the Committee of the Regions, primarily through the constitution of Joint Consultative Committee (JCC). After the formation of the new Government of the Republic of Serbia and the appointment of members of the JCC on the Serbian side, the first meeting of the Joint Consultative Committee should be held by the end of this year. President of the Committee of the Regions Mr. Ramon Luis Valcarel has pointed out that the opening of accession negotiations with the EU represents a very important moment for Serbia in the process of strengthening administrative capacity, rebuilding infrastructure and promoting investment potential of country. Committee of the Regions will tend to be an active partner in this process, primarily through the promotion and strengthening of cooperation with regional and local levels, the exchange of good practices and experiences in the process of decentralization and the strengthening of the financial capacity of regional and local self-governments in Serbia.

 


New round of dialogue

The meeting between EU's Catherine Ashton as mediator and Prime Ministers of Serbia Mr. Ivica Dacic and delegation from Pristina ended late on Monday 27th of January in Brussels without agreement on key issues. First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić also took part in this round of the dialogue. According to Ivica Dačić, no agreement was reached on key issues related to the justice system and the community of Serb municipalities. The Serbian prime minister said that there were "significant differences in the positions of the two sides." A new round of dialogue will be held on February 12

 


Explanatory screening for Chapter 2 “Free movement of workers” was held in Brussels

Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 2 on Free movement of workers was held in Brussels, on 23 January 2014. Delegation of the government of the R. of Serbia was headed by Mr. Zoran Martinović, State Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Affairs and Chairman of the Negotiating Group, and Ms. Tanja Miščević, Chief Negotiatior with the EU. In the delegation there were representatives of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Affairs, Ministry of Health, Institute for Social Insurance, Pension and Disability Insurance Fund, National Employment Service and European Integration Office. At the explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 2, which was presided by a representative of the Directorate General for Enlargement, the experts of the EU Delegation presented in detail the relevant acquis communautaire, divided in four parts: general priniciples of access to labour market, European Employment Service, coordination of social security systems and European Healts Insurance Card. The bilateral screening meeting, where the Serbian side will present its legal system in this area, as well as some differences in relation to the acquis communaitaire, is scheduled for 25 March 2014.

 


Screening which refers to Chapter 35 was held in Brussels

 22 st of January 2014

A screening for Chapter 35 negotiations on Serbia accession in the EU was held in Brussels - a chapter that covers the issue of normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina. The Serbian delegation in the screening of Chapter 35 comprised Serbian Minister without Portfolio in charge of Kosovo-Metohija Aleksandar Vulin, and Chief Negotiator of the Republic of Serbia Tanja Mišćević. The officials of the European Commission (EC) and European External Action Service (EEAS) and the members of the delegation of the Republic of Serbia are alternately, in accordance with the practice of so-called explanatory screening, as well as bilateral screening, presented their positions. As usual practice, after every screening, the European Commission files the report to member countries on the degree of adjustment of Serbia's plans to those of the EU in the scope of the Chapter 35. After the screening meeting for Chapter 35, Minister Aleksandar Vulin said that the explanatory and bilateral screenings were held in Brussels, which means that both sides presented their respective positions concerning the normalisation of the Belgrade-Pristina relations, and stressed that this chapter did not open new topics in the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue.

http://www.tanjug.rs/videodet.aspx?galID=116538

 


Reception on the occasion of the opening of accession negotiations, 21st January 2014

21st January 2014

Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU in Brussels hosted a reception for the opening of accession negotiations with the EU. With the participation of the Prime Minister I. Dacic, First Deputy Prime Minister A. Vucic, Foreign Minister I. Mrkić, Minister for European Integration B.Ružic, the chief negotiator with the EU T. Miscevic and other members of the Serbian delegationa, the ceremony was attended by many representatives of the EU institutions (European Council, European Commission, European Parliament, European external action service, etc.), Permanent missions of the EU Member States, the diplomatic corps in Belgium and NATO, members of the International organisations in Brussels, think thank experts, and other distinguished guests. On the ceremony, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, E. Venizelos, took place in his capacity as president of the EU. Also, the reception was attended by the EU Commissioners European Commissioner for Consumer Protection N. Mimica and European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response K. Geogrijeva. The guests were welcomed by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia I. Dačić, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, E. Venizelos.

Video link: http://www.tanjug.rs/videoDet.aspx?galID=116483

 


Republic of Serbia started official talks with EU First Intergovernmental Conference between the European Union and Serbia Brussels, 21.01.2014.

21.01.2014. European officials extended congratulations to Serbia on Tuesday on the occasion of the first session of the intergovernmental conference with the EU, which marked the official start of the country's EU membership negotiations, stressing that this is an important day both for Serbia and the region. Following the meeting with the Serbian delegation which participated in the first Serbia-EU intergovernmental conference in Brussels, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy stated that a new chapter is opening in EU-Serbia relations and congratulated the country on the start of accession talks. Tuesday's start of Serbia's EU accession talks is the most important event for the country since World War II, Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic has said. "Historically, this will further determine our path," Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said on Tuesday at a press conference on the start of the Serbia-EU talks. First Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic said that for the citizens of Serbia today's opening of negotiations with the European Union brings a different future than the one they had a few months ago and said that our country has finally become a reliable partner not only the EU, but also for all of its members states. Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkic said on Tuesday that the start of the EU accession talks is a great event, maybe even a historic one, for Serbia and the success of the country's foreign policy. “It is possible that we will be fully aware of this event only in the months to come, maybe even years,” Minister Ivan Mrkic said.

 


EU: Negotiations with Serbia to start January 21

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy stated that the decision to start accession negotiation with Serbia on 21 January had been confirmed by the European Council. Heads of the European Union states or governments confirmed the decision of the Council of Ministers to start membership negotiations with Serbia, at the meeting in Brussels which took place on December 20th 2013. The recommendation adopted by the Foreign Ministers, following report of the High Representative Catherine Ashton, that the first intergovernmental conference with Serbia should be held in January, have been confirmed at the summit in Brussels. EU leaders have also confirmed the negotiating framework – mechanism and rules for membership negotiations with Serbia. Greece, which will take over the EU presidency on 1 January, stated that the first intergovernmental conference will be scheduled for 21 January.


Signing of EDA-Serbia Administrative Arrangement

Brussels - 13 December, 2013

Nebojša Rodić, Serbian Minister of Defence and Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Head of the European Defence Agency (EDA), in the presence of Ivica Dačić, Serbian Prime Minister, signed an Administrative Arrangement between the EDA and the Serbian Ministry of Defence. The conclusion of the Administrative Arrangement follows a mandate provided by the EDA Steering Board. The EU Council approved the Administrative Arrangement in May 2013. The Administrative Arrangement formalises the relationship between EDA and Serbia, enabling Serbia’s potential participation in EDA’s projects and programmes. Cooperative areas remain to be further defined, but Research & Technology and training are examples of possible cooperative areas.

 


Bilateral screening which refers to Chapter 24, (police and human rights) was held in Brussels

Date: 13. December 2013

The Serbian delegation was led by Tanja Miščević, Serbian chief negotiator and Vanja Vukić, state secretary at the Ministry of the Interior. During the screening, Serbia's delegation informed European Commission (EC) experts about the system of laws and regulations in connection with the functioning of the police and human rights protection. The goal of the screening was determination of the level of harmonization of Serbia's system with the European standards, which is a necessary step in the preparations for the accession talks.

 


Bilateral screening which refers to Chapter 23, (the judiciary, battle against corruption and basic rights) was held in Brussels.

Date: 10. December 2013

The Serbian delegation was led by Justice Minister Nikola Selakovic, Besides Minister Selakovic, the Serbian delegation includes head of the negotiating team Tanja Miscevic and officials of the Supreme Court, Public Prosecutor's Office, High Judicial Council, National Council of Prosecutors, Anti-Corruption Agency and other state bodies whose involvement and opinion is relevant to the start of the talks. Minister Selaković expressed the expectation that Serbia would open Chapter 23 in the EU accession talks by the end of the next year. “This is a specific chapter but we will do all we can to open it in late 2014 at the latest”.


Meeting of the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, Duško Lopandić with Henri Malosse, the President of the European Economic and Social Committee

 Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union, Dusko Lopandic met with the Henri Malosse, the President of the European Economic and Social Committee, on 30th October 2013 in Brussels. The discussions focused on the cooperation between the civil societies of Serbia and the European Union, in the context of the establishment of an EU-Serbia Joint Consultative Commitee.

Video link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ocu-vE6WZHA

 

 

 


The Stabilisation and Association Council between Serbia and the European Union held its first meeting

The Stabilisation and Association Council (SA Council) between Serbia and the European Union held its first meeting on 21 October 2013 in Luxembourg. The meeting was chaired by Ms Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission. The Delegation of Serbia was led by Prime Minister Ivica Dačić who was accompanied by Minister without portfolio responsible for European integration Branko Ružić. Commissioner Štefan Füle also took part in the meeting. The Stabilisation and Association Council welcomed the entry into force of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement on 1 September 2013 and commended Serbia for its progress in 2013 on its path towards the European Union. The SA Agreement will remain at the core of the relationship between the EU and Serbia all the way until accession.

Joint Press Release:

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/EN/foraff/139092.pdf

 

 

 


Government appoints Tanja Miščević as chief negotiator with EU 04.09.2013

Serbian government appointed at meeting held on September 3 Tanja Miščević as the chief negotiator for the accession of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union. The government has adopted a decision to form a negotiating team for the accession of Serbia to the EU, which will be responsible for coordinating and managing the process of negotiations on all chapters in all stages of the negotiations.


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“Young Professionals in Foreign Policy” in the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, 31 Mach 2015
Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 33 “Financial and Budgetary Provisions” was held in Brussels, 24 March 2015
Reception on the occasion of completing screenings
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Goverenment Kori Udovicki visited Brussels
Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 17 “Economic and Monetary Policy” was held in Brussels, 12 March 2015
Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 16 “Taxation” was held in Brussels, 5 – 6 March 2015
Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 14 (Transport policy) and Chapter 21 (Trans-European network) was held in Brussels 24 – 26 February 2015
National week at the College of Europe in Bruges
Round of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina held in Brussels
Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 6 „Company Law“ was held in Brussels, 5 February 2015
Conference “On the Way to Europe: Serbia and the Western Balkans, Brussels, 4 February 2015
Ksenija Milenkovic named as Acting Director of EU Integration Office
Briefing meeting in the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU
Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 22 “Regional Policy and Co-ordination of Structural Funds” was held in Brussels, 28 – 29 January 2015
Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić met with European Commission’s First Vice-President Frans Timmermans
Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 9 “Financial Services” was held in Brussels, 21 – 22 January 2015
Reception on the occasion of the starting of New Year and celebration of holidays in the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, Brussels, 13 January 2015
Explanatory screening meeting for Chapters 14 „Transport Policy“ and 21 “Trans-European networks” were held in Brussels, 16-18 December 2014
Second meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Council between Serbia and the EU
Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 6 „Company Law“ was held in Brussels, 11 December 2014
Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 17 “Economic and Monetary Policy” was held in Brussels, 2 – 3 December 2014
Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 25 “Science and Research” was held in Brussels, 1 December 2014
Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 18 “Statistics” was held in Luxembourg, 25 – 26 November 2014
MFA Dačić spoke at the session of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the EP
Conference “The European Union and Serbia Relations: State of Play”
Commissioner Hahn visited Serbia
Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 27 “Environment” was held in Brussels, 17 – 21 November 2014
Meeting of Minister Dacic with EU High Representative Mogherini
Minister Dacic met Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn
Launch Conference on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR), Brussels, 18 November 2014
Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 13 “Fisheries” was held in Brussels, 14 November 2014
Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 7 “Intellectual Property Law” was held in Brussels, 12 – 13 November 2014
Minister Kori Udovicki on working visit to Brussels
Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 8 “Competition policy” was held in Brussels, 4 – 5 November 2014
Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 12 “Food Safety, Veterinary and Phytosanitary Policies”
Meeting of First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dacic with High EU Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Ashton
Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 16 “Taxation” was held in Brussels, 14 – 15 October 2014
Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 31 “Foreign, Security and Defence Policy”
EPC Policy Briefing with Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic, 10 October 2014, Brussels
Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 30 “External Relations”
Serbia receives the 2014 Progress Report from European Commission
Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 25 “Science and Research” was held in Brussels, 6 October 2014
Reception on the occasion of the visit of representatives of the Foreign Investors Council
Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 22 “Regional Policy and Co-ordination of Structural Funds” was held in Brussels, 1 – 2 October 2014
Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 13 “Fisheries” was held in Brussels, 30 September 2014
Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 7 “Intellectual Property Law” was held in Brussels, 24 – 25 September 2014
Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 27 – Environment
Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 1 “Free movement of goods”
COELA visit to Serbia
Article of Ambassador Dusko Lopandic in magazine “The Parliament” (21.07.2014.) – „EU membership remains „top priority“ for Serbian government“
Donors’ conference in Brussels for the purpose of raising aid for Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina after the catastrophic floods in May
Serbia submits first version of application for funding from EU Solidarity Fund
Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 31 – Foreign, Security and Defense policy took place on July 15, 2014 in Brussels; this effectively opened the process of the analytical examination of the acquis in this area.
Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 10 “Information society and media”
Explanatory screening meeting for Chapter 30 “External relations”
Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 20 “Enterprise and Industrial Policy” was held in Brussels
Signing of the Horizon 2020 association agreement with Serbia
Barroso meets with Nikolic and Vucic
Bilateral screening meeting for Chapter 19 “Social Policy and Employment” was held in Brussels, 24–26 June2014
Protocol to the SAA to take account of the accession of Croatia to the EU, 25th June 2014
Serbian Customs Authorities representative presiding over Subcommittee again
Serbia signed Creative Europe agreement
Bilateral screening for the Chapter 15 – Energy and Chapter 21 – Trans European Network, Brussels 11 and 12 June 2014
Meeting with Head of Representation of the Free State of Bavaria in Brussels, Mr. Michael Hiterdobler, 4 June 2014
A meeting of bilateral screening of Negotiation chapter 29-Customs Administration Union was held in Brussels on June 3 and 4, 2014.
Meeting of the Working group for Western Balkans, Committee of Regions, 28 May 2014
Serbia Flood Relief by SMS in Belgium
Assistance of Brussels in fast application for EU funds
Special account for Belgium and Luxembourg for humanitarian aid to those affected by floods in Serbia
Government declares three days of mourning for flood victims
Announcement of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia in relation to the state of emergency provoked by floods and donation of necessary aid in medicines and medical equipment
Floods in Serbia, humanitarian aid in Belgium and Luxembourg
PayPal account for flood relief opened
Contact person in the Mission of Serbia to the EU for coordination activities related to the emergency situation in Serbia
Government opens accounts for assistance to flood victims
XVII Meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative, Brussels 13 May 2014
The National Assembly hosted a conference "Ten Years in the EU: Lithuanian Achievements in the Euro-Integration Process "
Stefan Fule's visit to Belgrade
Meeting between EU finance ministers and finance ministers and central bank governors of the candidate countries
EU High Representative for Foriegn Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton visit to Belgrade
Meeting with President of the Committee of Regions, Mr Ramon Luis Valcarel, 15 April 2014
New round of dialogue
Explanatory screening for Chapter 2 “Free movement of workers” was held in Brussels
Screening which refers to Chapter 35 was held in Brussels
Reception on the occasion of the opening of accession negotiations, 21st January 2014
Republic of Serbia started official talks with EU First Intergovernmental Conference between the European Union and Serbia Brussels, 21.01.2014.
EU: Negotiations with Serbia to start January 21
Signing of EDA-Serbia Administrative Arrangement
Bilateral screening which refers to Chapter 24, (police and human rights) was held in Brussels
Bilateral screening which refers to Chapter 23, (the judiciary, battle against corruption and basic rights) was held in Brussels.
Meeting of the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, Duško Lopandić with Henri Malosse, the President of the European Economic and Social Committee
The Stabilisation and Association Council between Serbia and the European Union held its first meeting
Government appoints Tanja Miščević as chief negotiator with EU 04.09.2013
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