July 4, 2017 – At the European Policy Centre – CEP, a Meeting of the Working Group of the National Convention on the EU for Chapter 3 (Right of establishment and freedom to provide services) was held. This Working group is coordinated by the CEP.
In addition to the permanent members of the Working Group, the Meeting was attended by member of the Core Negotiating Team for the Accession Negotiation of Serbia to the EU in charge of Chapter 3, Nebojša Lazarević and other members of the Negotiating Team for this Chapter, including representatives of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management and the Ministry of Environmental Protection.
Dušan Protić, CEP Programme Manager for the Internal Market and Coordinator of this Working Group, opened a Meeting and presented a working framework for discussion on the Draft Programme for the opening of Chapter 3, in the field of professional qualifications.
Lidija Stojanović, Assistant Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunication, and Deputy Head of the Negotiating Group for Chapter 3, presented a breakthrough of the current state, regarding preparation on the Draft Programme – document that is also a merit for opening this Chapter.
Nebojša Lazarević stressed that this Chapter has a so-called benchmark, which means that it is necessary for each member state to approve it individually. “Our goal is to open as many chapters as we can by 2019, if not all chapters. At the same time, by the end of this year, opening of 3, or even 5 chapters is expected, while the opening of Chapter 3 is expected in 2018.” Lazarević concluded.
Following a basic insights into the current situation, the representatives of the ministries have presented in detail the specific challenges they face within their respective roles regarding the Draft Programme for the fulfillment of Chapter 3 criteria, in the area of professional qualifications and related legal and subordinate acts.
The conclusion of the Session is that much wider involvement of professional associations is expected from autumn onward, as well as the intensified and broader cooperation of the NCEU with the competent state bodies within this negotiating Chapter.