• How much does it cost (not) to be a member of the EU

    Serbia’s prospective membership in the European Union brings about political, legal, and economic changes. In this respect, the results of the conducted public opinion polls in Serbia show that the price of EU membership and the allocation of state funds to the EU budget is an issue that is of particular interest to citizens. In the interest of shedding light on how the EU membership might impact the citizens, the potential financial benefits and expenditures of membership will be discussed in detail at the panel discussion.

    Assessing the cost of Serbia’s delayed accession is also important, particularly as it is unable, as a candidate country, to access the structural funds and acquire other benefits enjoyed by EU member states. This is highly relevant, considering that Serbia’s accession path has witnessed a slowdown in the past year. Therefore, the panel discussion will consider the opportunity cost of Serbia, that is, the forgone benefit that could have been enjoyed had it already acquired membership.

    The panel discussion aims to bring the aforementioned issues closer to wider audiences and to better inform the citizens of matters that are of their direct concern.


    Opening the event and presenting the discussants (5 minutes)

    Panel discussion (45 minutes), moderator: Strahinja Subotic, CEP

    • Representative of the EU Delegation to Serbia/European Commission
    • Dušan Reljić, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politic (SWP)
    • Prof. Dr Mojmir Mrak, Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana
    • Nebojša Lazarević, CEP founder

    Q&A (25 minutes)

    You can access the event via the following link: https://zoom.us/j/94817232395

    Meeting ID: 948 1723 2395

    * The working language of the event is Serbian. Simultaneous translation into Englsih is provided.

    The event will be broadcast live via Facebook on the “EU u Srbiji” and “Centar za evropske politike” pages.

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