Belgrade, 8 November 2016. Current developments and novelties within the negotiating chapter 1 – Free Movement of Goods, and chapter 28 – Consumer and Health Protection respectively, were presented at the meeting of the working groups of National Convention on the European Union. The meeting was chaired by Dušan Protić, CEP’s Program Manager for Internal Market and Competitiveness, Coordinator of the above-mentioned working groups.
Nebojša Lazarević, a member of the Core Negotiating Team in the Serbian EU accession negotiation, in charge of coordination of negotiations in chapters 1 and 28, familiarised members of both working groups with the current status of this chapters in the negotiation process as well as with upcoming activities that are expected to occur shortly. Lazarevic presented detailed steps of the process of making conditions for the opening of these chapters and expressed his realistic expectations that the conditions will be met by the fall of 2017.
Nataša Dragojlović, National Convention Coordinator, introduced working group members and government representatives to the concept of analytical support which is beeing formed on the Convention’s platform, with the aim to provide better professional capacities for support in the negotiation process, precisely in the fields where competent authorities, negotiation groups and Core Negotiating Team, identify the need for that kind of support.
Representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Telecommunications and Ministry of Health attended the meeting of the working groups. They outlaid concrete activities that are in motion within the framework of Negotiating Groups in charge of these chapters, as well as the opportunities for coordination with civil society organisations, towards the accomplishment of the upcoming activities.
During the discussion, in the context of the current state in the relevant fields, questions such as protection of the population from the tobacco smoke and implementation of the E-Health system were especially pointed out. Furthermore, the need to consider the possibility of forming a specialised, interdepartmental working body within the Convention structures was part of the discussion. Lastly, the importance of an informed and competent involvement of the representatives of Convention, as well as representatives of economic society, in the stage of preparation of the negotiation position, was highlighted, having in mind that the beginning of this stage is approaching.