Serbia’s pursuit of interest in the EU
The aim of this study is to explore Serbia’s current administrative, financial and lobbying capacities at the EU level in the context of Serbian EU accession negotiation process, in order to acquire a comprehensive understanding of how Serbia is pursuing its interests in Brussels.
Transparency and opacity in the EU accession negotiations
This discussion paper argues that the current dynamics in Serbia’s EU accession talks and the existing modes of interaction between the Serbian government, civil society and European Commission (EC) are not conducive to swift and sustainable progress on the EU track.
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.
Serbia’s Pursuit of Interests in the EU
The interaction between the EU and Serbia is expected to increase in the following phases of the EU accession process. However, the research on how Serbia is pursuing its interests in Brussels is rather scarce and at the same time there is very little policy debate on that issue.
Is the EU on the move again?
A touch of optimism has returned to Brussels.
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.
On 17 January 2017 Antonio Tajani became President of the European Parliament (EP), succeeding Martin Schultz in this position. He underwent four rounds of voting – a practice rather unseen in the EP, which indicates how firm different political groups were in supporting their candidates.
The Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU
2016 will be remembered as a year that brought unexpected political outcomes and outrages in the Western hemisphere. Nevertheless, 2017 is promising to be more intense than the previous year.
Visegrad Bloc and the EU’s Future
Despite a considerably assertive and costly media campaign, the Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban did not manage to convince the majority of Hungary’s citizens that the issue of migrants/refugees is the most critical “for their own future and the future of Europe”.
Effects of the Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) on Strengthening of Administrative Capacities in the Western Balkans
The European Court of Auditors recently published a special report on the impact of EU pre-accession assistance on strengthening the administrative capacity of the countries of the Western Balkans (WB).