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Bilateral issues in the EP

Croatian deputies have managed to “push” into the European Parliament’s Resolution on Serbia, adopted on March 11, the amendment by which Serbia is urged to reconsider its law on war crime trials. During the debate on the resolution, both at the plenary session ahead of its adoption and at the foreign policy committee’s meeting in February, this request caused heated debates, so the representatives of the European Commission estimated ...

Industrial Emissions as a Significant Challenge

The EU industrial emission standards will be a significant challenge for Serbia because of the financial resources needed for implementing them, but also because of a lack of sound planning. A transition period will be required during the accession negotiations to protect the industry, state secretary in the Agriculture and Environmental Protection Ministry Stana Božovic stated at a conference dedicated to the Industrial Emission ...

Poverty Cause of Mass Migration from Kosovo

Migration of the population in the Western Balkans toward the EU, motivated by the search for a better life, is not new in the region. Migration from Kosovo, however, by its size surprised many in early February, when the media began reporting that a large number of Kosovo Albanians were trying to enter Hungary via Serbia, in order to then proceed to Germany or ...

Progress in Belgrade-Priština Dialogue After 10-Month Pause

After a 10-month pause, Serbia and Kosovo resumed the dialogue on the normalization of relations at a meeting in Brussels on Feb. 9 that yielded the first results: the two sides initialed an agreement on the judiciary. This agreement should solve the issue of the judiciary’s functioning in Serb-populated areas, primarily in northern Kosovo. The talks, mediated for the first time by the new EU high representative for foreign policy and ...

Claims of Genocide by Serbia and Croatia Rejected

The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Feb. 3 rejected both Croatia’s genocide lawsuit against Serbia and Serbia’s countersuit. The court ruled that neither of the warring sides had committed genocide, but also confirmed that both Serbian and Croatian forces had committed crimes. Neither Serbian nor Croatian officials are fully satisfied with the decision, but both sides have announced they will respect this decision, which ...

Gas Sector Serbia's Weak Point on EU Road

Serbia's progress in the harmonization of its legislation with the European acquis in the field of energy is mostly going well, but the implementation of regulations represents a challenge, especially in the gas sector. At the end of December 2014, Serbia got a new Law on energy, which enables the implementation of the Third Energy Package of the EU, which envisages the further unbundling of activities in energy companies. Serbia is particularly ...

Reforms Main Challenge on Serbia's Path to the EU

Reforms are a main challenge in the EU accession negotiations, and I approach them with enormous enthusiasm and optimism, Jadranka Joksimović, Serbian Minister without portfolio responsible for european integration, told in an exclusive interview with EurActiv Serbia. Resumption of political dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina at the beginning of February will be the occasion to clarify some uncertainties regarding the chapter 35, which ...

Serbia-Croatia Relations Not to Decline

The victory of the conservative candidate Kolinda Grabar Kitarović in Croatia's presidential vote will not affect relations between Serbia and Croatia to any greater extent, despite Grabar Kitarovć's strong rhetoric on Serbia during the election campaign, according to analysts from both countries. Her public statements, however, have once again brought to the fore the outstanding issues between the two countries, which shows a rather slow ...

Serbia: Complex Attitude Toward the EU

Serbian citizens have a more positive attitude toward Russia than toward the EU, but they would prefer to see their children live in the EU than in Russia, a recent poll by Ipsos Strategic Marketing shows. The poll reveals that the apparent polarity in Serbia regarding the EU shouldn't be taken for granted. More importantly, the majority support of 54% for the EU integration is confirmed in the poll organized for Beta News ...

Road to progress in EU talks leads via agreement with Pristina

After the official beginning of the EU membership negotiations in January, Serbia did not succeed in opening the first chapter in this process. It had never lost hope in that outcome, although it became clear over time that this would be possible in 2015, partly because of the necessary preparations and because of the conditions it had to fulfill. The absence of concrete progress in the form of opening of a chapter resulted in the polemic in the ...

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