The European Policy Centre (CEP) organises conference under the title Serbia in Brussels: Between an Active Participant and a Passive Observer? The conference will be held on Thursday, September 28th, from 10h to 12h.
This conference will feature a brief presentation on Serbia’s lobbying and administrative capacities, which allow it to pursue its interests in Brussels. Moreover, a study conducted by the CEP highlights the fact that Serbia has proven to have a functional institutional structure and competent professionals. However, it seems that the capacities in question are not appropriate to the sufficient extent for the current and next phases of the accession process, which is why the goal of this panel-discussion is to instigate a public debate and create a platform for discussion among Serbian policymakers and stakeholders involved in the process of EU accession, in order to raise the awareness of the importance of the researched topic, thus potentially leading to an improvement of the current capacities of Serbia at the EU level.
Speakers at the discussion will be Andor Deli, European Parliament Speaker and Duško Lopandić, Ambassador, former Head of Serbia’s mission to the EU. Strahinja Subotić, Junior Researcher in CEP, will present this research and study at which he worked with the support of the Open Society Foundations. Sena Marić, Senior Researcher in CEP, will moderate the discussion.