Belgrade, June 6, 2016 – The role of the Member States in the EU membership negotiation process is becoming increasingly important - the enlargement process might be blocked or entirely brought to a halt if contentious issues are not solved bilaterally. This was the conclusion of the panel discussion “Member States’ Role in the EU Negotiation Process – Playing Cat and Mouse?”, organised by CEP and the European Policy Centre (EPC) from Brussels.
The opening remarks were given by Tanja Miščević, the Head of the Negotiating Team for Accession of Serbia to the EU, Dejan Jović, Professor at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb and former Advisor to the President of Croatia, Corina Stratulat, Senior Policy Analyst at EPC, and Nebojša Lazarević, Director of CEP. A discussion followed, with Srđan Majstorović, Deputy Director of the Serbian European Integration Office, Sonja Stojanović Gajić, Director of Belgrade Center for Security Policy, and Andrej Horvat, Project Leader at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) as the main discussants.
April 27, 2016. - Dusan Protić, Programme Manager for Internal Market and Competitiveness at CEP, spoke at the third plenary session of the National Convention on the European Union (NKEU), as the coordinator of the working group on Chapter 1 - Free movement of goods and Chapter 28 - Consumer and Health Protection. He presented the key results of [ ... ]More
Belgrade, March 3rd, 2016. – The third session of the Working Group (WG) of the National Convention on the EU (NKEU) for Chapter 28 – Consumer and Health Protection - was held today in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. The session was attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, the Mi [ ... ]More
Programme Director Milena Lazarević participated on 25-26 February 2016 in the international conference Civil Society and Beyond: A Joint Dialogue on the European Path, organised in Belgrade by the European Movement International and European Movement in Serbia, in partnership with TACSO and the Serbian European [ ... ]More
The Ideas Lab is an annual event bringing together think tanks, policy-makers and practitioners from across Europe to discuss burning issues facing the EU. It enables think-tanks to help national governments, Parliaments and European institutions to find the best possible solutions to the above mentioned problems. Some of the thirty three sessions [ ... ]More
In cooperation with 5 partner organisations from the Western Balkan countries and European Policy Centre, Brussels, CEP held a regional kick-off meeting of the joint project "Western Balkans Enabling Project for Civil Society Monitoring of Public Administration Reform (WeBER)“, on February 22-23, 2016. The WeBER Project, funded by the [ ... ]More
Milena Lazarevic, CEP Senior Programme Manager and Senior Researcher, was one of the key speakers at “2015 Global Go To Think Tanks Report” presentation, held on January 28th in Brussels. The report has been traditionally composed by the University of Pennsylvania within their "Think Tanks and Civil Societies Programme". Milena spoke at the “ [ ... ]More
CEP representatives took part in the ReSPA conference on Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Policies, held in Danilovgrad, Montenegro from 13th to 14th of October. Milena Lazarevic, CEP senior programme manager, moderated two sessions and contributed her expertise to developing the conference concept. Milos Djindjic, CEP researcher, participa [ ... ]More
By: Milena Lazarević and Sena Marić Even though the EU is the largest single donor in Serbia since 2000, the majority of Serbian citizens are not aware of that fact, and more than two thirds have never heard of any EU-financed project. Instead, they perceive Russia, Japan, China and others as greater donors than the EU. Moreover, around&nbs [ ... ]More
What is WeBER and why was it initiated? Which organisations implement it and how? The European Policy Centre proudly presents a two-page info sheet about our new 3-year regional project, financed by the EU and co-financed by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.More
What makes CEP a standout think tank? By virtue of wich acomiplishments have we been able to represent a marketplace of ideas for an evidence-based policymaking? To which programme areas do we commit our research activities? What are the qualities of CEP team and partner networks that we build within the country and region-wide? Answers to these an [ ... ]More
What is the current state of Vojvodina’s nature? How are nature protection areas regulated and financed? What are the challenges and opportunities with regard to the EU integration process? The new study addresses these questions and more, and provides a set of anwers as well as recommendations for better nature protection in line with the EU sta [ ... ]More
CEP, as the national researcher of the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) under the Open Government Partnership (OGP), has produced the Progress Report 2014-15 for Serbia. The IRM assesses development and implementation of national action plans to foster dialogue among stakeholders and improve accountability. “Completion of Serbia’s [ ... ]More
By: Milena Lazarević, Sena Marić, Katarina Kosmina, Lana Radovanović Starting from 1 January 2016, the Netherlands took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Luxembourg which held it for the second half of 2015. They plan to focus on the essentials, by which they mean innovation, growth, jobs, and stronger relationships [ ... ]More
A comprehensive analysis of the EC's country reports has been lacking on the regional level. There have been eﬀorts by CSOs at country level to provide a systematic input to the annual country reports and to the strategy through the so-called “shadow reports”, primarily intended to provide objective assessment of the accession process by the [ ... ]More