What Needs to be Changed in the Action Plans for Chapters 23 and 24?

Coalition prEUgovor is organizing a round-table to discuss the upcoming revision of the Serbian Government’s Action Plans for Chapter 23 (Judiciary and Fundamental Rights) and Chapter 24 (Justice, Freedom, Security), on Tuesday december 19 startin at 11h, in Hotel Envoy (Salvador Hall, Gospodar Jevremova 47).

One and a half years after the opening of negotiations on these two crucial chapters, a revision of two strategic documents in this area is expected - the Action Plans for Chapters 23 and 24. In mid-December, the European Union presented its second non-paper, a report on the state of play in Chapters 23 and 24 for Serbia, outlining the general direction of the upcoming revision of these two documents. However, except for the announcements, no information is available to the public in regards to the content or the scope of the expected revision. If the upcoming EU’s Enlargement Strategy with 2025 perspective is taken into account, coupled with the ambitions planning of comprehensive reforms that are not being implemented in line with the agreed upon deadlines, a crucial question is how the Action Plans for these two chapters will look like after the expected revision.

Some of the questions that need to be answered:

  • Why is the upcoming revision of the Action Plans important for the citizens?
  • What are the issues that need to be addressed and what is the potential damage if the revision is limited only to extending the existing deadlines?
  • Which actors need to be included in order for this process to yield positive results
  • Why Serbia needs to do more than what the EU requires or what other candidate countries did?
  • Will the change of the Action Plans speed up the reform process and the accession of Serbia to the EU?

Round-table participants will be representatives of the organisations gathered around prEUgovor coalition, representatives of other civil society organisation interested in monitoring the progress of Serbia in the EU accession process, representatives of the Ministry for European Integrations, Negotiating Team for the Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union, Ministry of Justice (Negotiating Group for Chapter 23), Ministry of Interior (Negotiating Group for Chapter 24).

Please confirm your attendance no later than Monday, December 18, by e-mail info@preugovor.org or by phone 011/3287-226.

Discussion will be held in Serbian and translation to English will be provided.

MEMBERS OF THE PREUGOVOR ARE:

ASTRA - Anti trafficking Action, Autonomus Women's Center (AWC), Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP), Center for Applied European Studies (CAES), Center for Investigative Reporting in Serbia (CIRS), Group 484 and Transparency Serbia (TS).

Mission of the prEUgovor is to oversee the implementation of policies in the field of judiciary and fundamental rights (Chapter 23) and Justice, freedom and security (Chapter 24) and propose measures to improve the reforms, using the process of EU integration to achieve substantial progress in the further democratization of Serbia.

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The conference is a part of the project "prEUgovor Policy Watch: Monitoring Reforms in Chapters 23 and 24" funded by the European Union.