Future of Europe: Is the EU’s dream of expansion to the east dead?
14 September 2018 – “What’s happening in Poland and Hungary is a demonstration of the real failure to understand what it takes to nurture a democracy,” said Milena Lazarevic of the European Policy Centre for Telegraph. But abandoning the project carries its own, perhaps greater risk: what Ms Lazarevic calls the “Turkish scenario”.
“If Europe doesn’t put its foot down and show leadership here, you could see countries give up EU accession and turn to an increasingly autocratic form of government at odds with EU interests as a result,” she warns.READ MORE
Kosovo and Serbia need wide consensus to resolve conflict, expert says
7 September 2018 – The presidents of Kosovo and Serbia have floated the idea of a land swap to settle their disputes. The proposal, involving the predominantly Serb northern Kosovo and Preševo Valley in southern Serbia, has been welcomed by some and criticised by others for fear it might create further instability in the Balkans.
Srđan Majstorović, Chairman at the European Policy Centre, Belgrade, shared his views on the controversial proposal in an interview with Euractiv Poland.READ MORE
Secure Europe needs to remain open Europe
6 July 2018 – Op-ed by Srđan Majstorović, Chairman of the Governing Board at the European Policy Centre (CEP) and member of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG) for the European Western Balkans. Majstorović will be a speaker on the event “Beyond Berlin: What Does the Next Decade Hold for the Western Balkans?”, organized by Chatham House, European Fund for the Balkans and DG Near in London on 10 July, at the margins of the London Western Balkans Summit.READ MORE
EVENT INVITATION: From Bulgarian to Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU
26 June 2018 – European Policy Centre (CEP) will organise its traditional event on the occasion of rotation of EU Council Presidency. The event From Bulgarian to Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU: Will enlargement remain a priority? will be held on 28 June 2018 at the EU Info Centre’s premises.READ MORE
EU would “shoot itself in the foot” by not opening negotiations with Macedonia
25 June 2018 – If the European Union does not start accession negotiations with Albania and Macedonia during this week, it could destabilize the entire region, which should unite beforehand and provide support to these two countries in the European integration process, Srđan Majstorović, chairman of the board of directors of the Center for European Policy and member of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG), said today.READ MORE
First WeBER Western Balkans Service Delivery Survey: Governments don’t ask citizens’ feedback on quality of public services
18 June 2018 – Only 43% of the general public in 6 Western Balkan countries thinks that dealing with their public administration has become easier, says one of the findings of a comprehensive survey conducted by the WeBER Project. The survey “Exploring public perceptions of Administrative services in the Western Balkans” is the first regional survey dedicated to service delivery, covering Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.READ MORE (in Serbian)
The only way out is dialog and a search for a solution
EU benchmarks for Western Balkans: Political will missing
Milena Lazarević on the show “In the Spotlight”
February 14, 2018 – How does Serbia use money from pre-accession funds of the European Union? How serious is the problem of civil servants, experts in this field, leaving the civil service? Milena Lazarević, CEP Programme Director, talked about this topic in Radio Belgrade 1 radio show.
EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Experience Exchange in Opening of Public Sector Data
In order to raise the capacities of the Republic of Serbia in the field of public sector data opening, on February 28, 2018, the conference “Exchange of experiences in opening of public sector data” will be held.