Serbia Scores a Weak Two in Professionalisation of Public Administration
In this document we analyse Serbia’s score for the Public Service and Human Resource Management and present scores of other Western Balkan countries. The area of public service is analysed through seven principles which are recognised as necessary preconditions for the establishment of professional public administration and merit-based civil service system.
Possible Date for EU Accession and the Years Ahead
Juncker’s speech represents the first occasion when an EU representative mentioned even a possible date for EU’s future enlargement.
Is the EU on the move again?
A touch of optimism has returned to Brussels.
Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU
From July 1, 2017, to January 1, 2018, Estonia will hold the Presidency of Council of the EU.
On 17 January 2017 Antonio Tajani became President of the European Parliament (EP), succeeding Martin Schultz in this position. He underwent four rounds of voting – a practice rather unseen in the EP, which indicates how firm different political groups were in supporting their candidates.
The Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU
2016 will be remembered as a year that brought unexpected political outcomes and outrages in the Western hemisphere. Nevertheless, 2017 is promising to be more intense than the previous year.
(Un)success of Public Administration Reform in Serbia
In the recently published Serbia 2016 Report made by the European Commission, at the first sight, Serbia receives a positive assessment in the field of public administration reform. An encouraging fact is that public administration reform has been labelled as an area with the progress achieved.
(Non)critical European Commission
As was the case in previous autumns, the European Commission (EC) held the professional public in the countries of the Western Balkans (WB) in anticipation for the results of its assessment of compliance and progress in the Serbia EU accession process.
Visegrad Bloc and the EU’s Future
Despite a considerably assertive and costly media campaign, the Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban did not manage to convince the majority of Hungary’s citizens that the issue of migrants/refugees is the most critical “for their own future and the future of Europe”.
Slovak Presidency of the EU
From 1 July to 31 December 2016, Slovakia holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union.