Julija Simić

Freedom of thought 17-09-2018

Belgrade Gay Pride participants call for law on same-sex marriage

Belgrade held its eighth Pride Parade, under the slogan Say Yes, on Sunday (16 September). It passed without incident and, according to media estimates, with fewer police officers guarding the event than in previous years. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Enlargement 06-09-2018

Kosovo-Serbia talks to resume, overshadowed by land swap rumours

An EU-mediated dialogue aimed at resolving the Kosovo-Serbia issue will resume in Brussels on Friday (7 September) but the latest speculation that the conflict might eventually be resolved by swapping territory has turned everything upside down. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Health 23-08-2018

West Nile fever grips Southern and Central Europe

The number of West Nile virus infection cases in Europe has gone up in 2018, with increased temperatures to blame. The biggest number of cases has been registered in Serbia, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Health 23-08-2018

Sudden spike in number of measles cases in Europe, highest death toll in Serbia

The first six months of 2018 have seen a sudden increase in the number of measles cases in Europe with at least 37 deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned.
Enlargement 16-08-2018

Serbia eyes Kosovo border review, opposed by Merkel

Serbia's political life is heating up in August as discussions about its relations with Kosovo have reached frantic speed, varying from a possible partition of its former province to exchange of territory and border changes.
Enlargement 19-07-2018

France to help Serbia’s accession to EU, reforms needed beforehand

Paris wants to help Serbia solve its most delicate issues en route to the EU, French President Emmanuel Macron has told his Serbian counterpart. But Macron also said that both Serbia and the EU have to be reformed before any further EU enlargement. EURACTIV.rs reports.
Enlargement 28-06-2018

Is two too little or just right for Serbia?

Earlier this week, Serbia opened two more chapters in its EU accession talks. It also received another clear message that progress on the rule of law and the normalisation of relations with Kosovo were crucial for the pace of its advance towards membership. EURACTIV.rs reports.
Global Europe 14-06-2018

Serbia launches probe into 1999 NATO bombing

Almost two decades after the NATO bombing of Serbia, local authorities there have launched an investigation to determine whether depleted uranium bombs were used, which could explain in surge in autoimmune diseases. EURACTIV.rs reports.
Enlargement 11-05-2018

Serbian citizens not ready for personal sacrifice over Kosovo

Many Serbians see Kosovo's independence as a realistic option, according to a new survey. A majority are also not ready to make any personal sacrifices to regain control over the former Serbian province, whose independence Belgrade refuses to recognise, and are much more preoccupied with economic issues instead.
Energy 27-04-2018

Serbia starts to embrace clean energy

2018 will be a crucial year for Serbia's energy sector as 250 megawatts from renewable sources are to be connected to the grid. The same amount again will come online in 2019. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Enlargement 19-04-2018

Croatian Parliament speaker cuts short visit to Serbia after flag incident

A Croatian parliamentary delegation cut short its official visit to Serbia on April 18 after an incident caused by Serbian Radical Party leader, MP and convicted war criminal Vojislav Šešelj. The incident highlighted the fragility of relations between erstwhile Balkan foes, more than 20 years after ethnic wars ended.
Enlargement 19-04-2018

Kosovo, rule of law remain key for Serbia’s EU bid

The European Commission's latest enlargement report has acknowledged Serbia's progress in the fight against corruption and organised crime and its growing role in regional cooperation, but also highlighted a lack of improvement in the freedom of speech and media.
Enlargement 05-04-2018

Serbian president sees ‘tough talks’ ahead on Kosovo

Serbia appears to be moving closer towards resolving relations with its former province of Kosovo - a key issue holding back its EU membership bid. President Aleksandar Vučić, who is trying to get cross-party support for a lasting solution, expects "very difficult talks" on Kosovo this month.
Enlargement 22-03-2018

‘We’ll pay you to have babies’, Serbia tells its women

Faced with an ageing and declining population - a common problem across Europe - Serbia is offering financial incentives to parents. But not everyone is happy and critics say it is "reducing women to baby-producing machines". EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Enlargement 16-03-2018

Belgrade and Washington have differing views on Kosovo army

The visit of US Assistant Secretary of State to Belgrade made it clear yet again that the issue of Kosovo remains a thorn in Serbia's side and the biggest obstacle to its hopes of joining the European Union in 2025.
Enlargement 08-03-2018

Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia show new will to solve disputes

A first meeting between Croatian, Serbian and Bosnian leaders in six years may not have yielded solutions to controversial issues but the three started discussing ways to improve relations and cooperation, especially in energy and infrastructure. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Enlargement 28-02-2018

Juncker: Normalisation deal with Kosovo is key for Serbia’s EU bid

The rule of law, judiciary and a legally binding agreement on normalising relations with Kosovo are the main challenges Serbia faces with on the road to EU membership, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker highlighted during a visit to Belgrade.
Enlargement 15-02-2018

Serbia, Croatia differ on past but agree to look to the future

This week's talks between Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and her visiting Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vučić, produced few spectacular results. But analysts say that coming face to face was a good start, particularly for the EU hopeful Serbia.
Enlargement 08-02-2018

Hahn: Western Balkans can join EU, but there will be no discount

All six countries in the Western Balkans have a European perspective, and Serbia as one of the leaders in the process could help the entire region's progress towards membership, Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said in Belgrade on Wednesday (7 February).
Enlargement 02-02-2018

EU insists on Serbia-Kosovo dialogue, normalisation

Brussels expects to see a legally binding document regulating relations between Belgrade and Pristina before Serbia joins the EU and insists on Belgrade's continued dialogue with Kosovo, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani said in the Serbian capital this week.
Enlargement 25-01-2018

Most Serbs support EU membership, cite job opportunities, in new poll

Just over a half of Serbia’s people support the country's bid to join the EU, citing better jobs and free movement that membership would provide, according to a new survey.
Enlargement 18-01-2018

Bulgaria’s EU presidency offers Western Balkans unique opportunity 

This year is supposed to finally see progress on the Western Balkan countries'  long and tortuous journey towards European Union membership, with at least three successive EU presidencies - Bulgaria, Austria and Romania - keen to make enlargement one of the priorities. 
Economy & Jobs 11-01-2018

French Vinci gets concession for Belgrade airport

The French Vinci Airports corporation will manage Belgrade's Nikola Tesla Airport for the next 25 years. The government is counting on the concession boost investment in the airport, but not all are convinced.
Enlargement 15-12-2017

Serbia judges want more transparency, independence, higher pay

There is a widespread lack of trust among judges and prosecutors in Serbia in the process of electing judiciary officials and climbing the career ladder, with eight out of ten believing that those processes are steered by connections and nepotism as much as by objective criteria.