Smiljana Vukojcic

Enlargement 26-05-2017

Mogherini to Western Balkans: EU door remains open

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini held separate meetings with six prime ministers from the West Balkans in Brussels on Wednesday (on May 24). The talks come amid concerns over the possible rise of tensions in the Western Balkans. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Enlargement 11-05-2017

Spring Economic Forecast: Bullish on Serbia

Serbia is on the path to recovery, according to the Commission’s Spring 2017 European Economic Forecast. However, the reality for Serbians is still tough, despite 3.6% growth and a public debt predicted to fall under 70% GDP in 2018. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Enlargement 27-04-2017

The Savamala case: A year without progress

The failure of the Serbian judiciary to make tangible progress in resolving the bulldozing of buildings in Belgrade's Savamala district brought angry citizens out on the street again on 25 April, a year after the event occurred. EURACTIV.rs reports.
Enlargement 14-04-2017

Serbs continue to protest election outcome

Ten days of protests against Serbia's election results continued on 13 April, with Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić minimising their importance, and the opposition saying that the political system needs changing. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Enlargement 16-03-2017

Serbia and Kosovo dispute property claims

Kosovo decided to appropriate the property of the former Yugoslavia’s Serbia and Kosovo Province, adding pressure to an already strained relationship. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Elections 03-03-2017

Serbia to hold snap elections in April

Serbian presidential elections will be held 2 April, the speaker of the Serbian Parliament announced on Thursday (2 March). EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Enlargement 23-02-2017

MEPs focus on Serbian Savamala affair

After ten months, and no judicial progress, lawmakers in the European Parliament are discussing the destruction of privately owned buildings in the centre of Belgrade last year. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Enlargement 14-02-2017

Poll: Serbs unwilling to go to war over Kosovo

Relations between Serbia and Kosovo may seem tense. But a new poll by an NGO shows that an overwhelming majority of Serbians wouldn’t support armed conflict in order to reclaim the province, which unilaterally declared independence in 2008. Euractiv Serbia reports.
Enlargement 06-01-2017

Serbian weekly fined for defaming interior minister

Serbian media defended the NIN newspaper after a court ordered the weekly to pay an estimated €2500 in damages to Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic on Wednesday (4 January), for an article about Belgrade's Savamala district. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Enlargement 05-12-2016

Hahn: New Serbian accession chapters imminent

Serbia can expect the green light for opening at least one chapter in its EU accession negotiations next week, Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said during his visit to Belgrade on 5 December. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Enlargement 07-10-2016

Low income Serbians set to benefit from free legal aid in 2018

Serbia has been struggling for six years to put in place a law on free legal aid, which is one of the requirements for progress in its EU accession negotiations. The law will be adopted by the end 2016, and implemented in 2018, the justice ministry told EURACTIV Serbia.
Enlargement 04-04-2016

Seselj acquitted: Balkans outraged, Belgrade conflicted

The acquittal of Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Šešelj by the Hague Tribunal sparked outcry in the wider region of former Yugoslavia region, while the reaction in Serbia was quite mild. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Enlargement 12-01-2016

‘Closed’ Serbian news agency with ties to government still publishing

Tanjug, the state-owned news agency in Serbia, is still publishing two months after it should have closed down, in line with EU-backed media reforms. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Enlargement 08-12-2015

Serbia’s defence minister fired over sexist slur on journalist

Serbia's defence minister was to be dismissed Monday, after making a sexist remark to a female journalist that prompted a storm of criticism in the Balkan country. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Serbia steps up migrant checks after Paris attacks

Serbian authorities announced they would increase border checks on refugees following the terrorist attacks in Paris. Seven Serbian citizens were severely injured in the attacks. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Refugee crisis triggers meltdown between Serbia and Croatia

In the worst crisis of relations between Serbia and Croatia since the Yugoslav Civil War, European Commission officials are trying to ease tensions between the two countries, following a massive influx of refugees into Croatia.

Serbia happy to help EU, ambivalent about refugee hub status

The EU has praised Serbia for coping with the refugee crisis. However, this contributed to widespread speculation inside the country that it will host a large refugee camp. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Enlargement 28-08-2015

Belgrade and Pristina interpret new agreement differently

Not all details of a recent EU-brokered Serbia-Kosovo agreement have been made public, allowing both sides to claim victory and interpret the deal in their own way. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Enlargement 10-06-2015

Berlin pressures Serbia to normalise relations with Kosovo

A leading German MEP has said that the upcoming meeting between Belgrade and Pristina on 23 June might be the key to open EU-Serbia accession negotiations. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Energy 02-06-2015

Serbia to diversify its energy suppliers

During a visit to Tirana on 27-28 May, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vu?i? said that Serbia would join a US-backed pipeline that would transport gas from Azerbaijan, while Minister of Energy Aleksandar Anti? said that a gas interconnection with Bulgaria are priorities. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Enlargement 30-04-2015

Steinmeier: No new conditions for Serbia accession

On Tuesday (28 April), German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier reassured Serbia that there would be no new conditions for the candidate country’s progress toward EU membership. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Enlargement 22-01-2015

Serbian minister: For EU integration, we need the understanding of our citizens

EU integration means deep reform. This is why Serbia needs the understanding of its citizens, as well as of its partners in the Union, Jadranka Joksimovi? told EURACTIV Serbia in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 09-01-2015

Poll: Serbia’s complex attitude towards the EU

Serbian citizens have a more positive attitude toward Russia than toward the EU, but they would prefer to see their children live in the EU, according to a recent poll by Ipsos Strategic Marketing for the Beta News Agency. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Digital 17-09-2014

Western Balkan countries attempt to lower roaming charges

Before the end of this month, Montenegro will host a meeting of communications ministers of several southeastern European countries, who will consider the possibility of reducing roaming charges in the region, following the EU’s example. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

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