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  • Brief analyses of current issues of relevance in the context of Serbia’s reform processes, developments in the Western Balkan region and in the EU, written in a user-friendly manner by CEP’s staff and close associates. Take 15-20 minutes of your time to get acquainted or get a new perspective on issues such as: Brexit, migration crisis, public administration reform in the Western Balkans, lobbying in the EU, and more!

    The German Presidency of the Council of the EU

    The German Presidency of the Council of the EU takes place against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the EU, along with the rest of the world, needs quick and bold action to adapt to the resulting tectonic changes. These circumstances have pushed Germany to lead the Union across the Rubicon in regard to the future of the European project.

    Authors: Sena Marić | Strahinja Subotić | Aleksa Ilić

    Croatia’s Presidency of the Council of the EU

    Croatia takes over the Council Presidency from Finland at a turbulent time for enlargement policy, especially after the opening of accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia was postponed yet again. While such a move caused shockwaves among the expert community, it also had a snowball effect of putting enlargement back on the agenda of EU leaders.

    Authors: Strahinja Subotić

    Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU

    While the Council of the EU has been headed by the countries from the Western Balkan’s neighbourhood (Austria, Bulgaria, and Romania) in the last 18 months, the time has come for Finland – a country geographically distant from the region – to take over.

    Authors: Strahinja Subotić

    Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU

    On 1 January 2019, Romania started presiding over the Council of the EU, for the first time since joining the Union. It took up the baton from Austria, a country whose priorities mainly revolved around strengthening the EU’s security, tackling the migration issue, and supporting the Western Balkan’s EU perspective. What about Romania’s priorities?

    Authors: Strahinja Subotić

    The Western Balkans Through the Brexit Lenses

    The overall aim of this Insight is to encourage further discussions on what lies ahead for the Balkans in the post-Brexit Europe

    Authors: Strahinja Subotić

    The EU Electoral Reform Efforts

    All across the EU, it has become quite common to label the modus operandi of the EU as ineffective, its institutional set-up as undemocratic and its politics as far removed from European citizens. 

    Authors: Strahinja Subotić

    From the Bulgarian to the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU

    While Bulgaria has recognised providing a clear European perspective for the WB countries as its first priority, Estonia has rather kept its centre of interest and activities on the Digital Single Market, while omitting enlargement from its top priorities; as for Austria, it is expected that it will direct its attention mostly on the issues of immigration and security, while simultaneously aiding the EU perspective of the region.

    Authors: Strahinja Subotić

    Possible Date for EU Accession and the Years Ahead

    Juncker’s speech represents the first occasion when an EU representative mentioned even a possible date for EU’s future enlargement.

    Authors: Duško Lopandić

    Is the EU on the move again?

    A touch of optimism has returned to Brussels.

    Authors: Duško Lopandić

    Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU

    From July 1, 2017, to January 1, 2018, Estonia will hold the Presidency of Council of the EU.

    Authors: Sena Marić | Strahinja Subotić
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