Belgrade, 7 May 2019 – Civil society, the media, the business sector and other citizens of Serbia are not sufficiently informed on economic issues, ie economic and financial chapters in the process of Serbia’s accession to the EU, as well as what they bring to our everyday lives, which means that the process of negotiation is not open enough for citizens. Active monitoring and participation in these topics is important, since they cover almost 3/4 of the EU negotiations and directly affect all citizens of Serbia. In addition, unlike “political chapters”, the speed and willingness to carry out reforms and thus make progress in economic chapters is much more in the hands of the candidate country, while the conditions have been created (by signing and entry into force of the Stabilization and Association Agreement association between the EU and the RS). At the same time, progress in these areas is what, in addition to the rule of law, has the greatest impact on the lives of all citizens.
In pursuit of the best ways to reach civil society and strengthen their capacity to protect the interests of citizens, the European Policy Centre – CEP with the portal European Western Balkans organised a workshop in the Human Rights House in Belgrade. The workshop was attended by members of several working groups of the National Convention in the EU that cover economic issues in the accession process.
The workshop discussed key communication tools, messages and channels that should be used in communication, the content and way of transmitting messages for greater reach to the intended audience, in order to enable the media and civil society to participate actively in this part of the negotiation process enabling the process to be fully open to the citizens.
The comments and conclusions from the workshop will be incorporated into the Strategy for Awareness Raising on the importance of more active participation of civil society and informing the media in the process of monitoring economic chapters in negotiations with the EU. The Strategy will be developed in the coming period and will be available online.
This workshop is organized within the project Prepare for Participation. This project is funded by the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Serbia under the Civil Society Support Program (CSF) aimed at strengthening democracy and the EU integration process through empowering civil society to participate actively in decision-making. The project is implemented by the CEP, NALED and European Western Balkans.