What should change in the approach to reforms in Chapters 23 and 24 after the publication of the Enlargement Strategy?

Coalition prEUgovor will present its latest report on Serbia’s progress in implementation of policies in the areas covered by chapters 23 and 24 of EU accession negotiations, and provide the assessment of the EU and the Serbian government's approach to reforms in the field of rule of law.

The conference will take place on 13 April 2018, starting at 12:00, in the Media Center (Terazije 3, first floor) in Belgrade.

By publishing the Enlargement Strategy, the EU announced the possible date of Serbia's membership in the EU, as well as a series of new initiatives to improve the rule of law and security in the Western Balkans. In addition, the Government of Serbia has adopted a new plan for harmonizing legislation with the EU and announced a revision of the Action Plans for Chapters 23 and 24. The main question that the coalition prEUgovor poses at this event is whether the proposed changes will substantially improve the rule of law, or the existing approach to negotiations in this area needs improvement.

Coalition’s proposals are based on insights gained through monitoring reforms in the areas of judiciary and fundamental rights (Chapter 23) and justice, freedom and security (Chapter 24), and presented as the semi-annual report - Alarm.

This event precedes the publication of the Annual progress report of the European Commission for Serbia which will be released on April 17th, and represents a unique opportunity for the interested public in Serbia to get an independent assessment of the situation in the field of the rule of law.

Conference speakers will include:

Sonja Stojanović Gajić, Belgrade Center for Security Policy - how to apply new instruments from the Enlargement Strategy for substantial improvement to the rule of law

Zlatko Minić, Transparency Serbia - fight against corruption and judicial reform

Branko Čečen, Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia - space for public debate in media

Miroslava Jelačić-Kojić, Group 484 - new key legal solutions in the area of ​​migration (Asylum Act, Foreigners Act)

Tanja Ignjatović, Autonomous Women's Center - gender equality

Moderator: Milan Aleksić, Center for Applied European Studies

Translation to English will be provided. Please confirm your attendance no later than Thursday, April 12, by email to [email protected] or by phone at 011 / 3287-226.

The event is a part of project "prEUgovor Policy Watch: Monitoring Reforms in Chapters 23 and 24", funded by the European Union. This conference is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, within the MATRA program.


About the prEUgovor

Coalition prEUgovor is a network of civil society organisations formed in order to monitor the implementation of policies relating to the accession negotiations between Serbia and the EU, with an emphasis on Chapters 23 and 24 of the Acquis. In doing so, the coalition aims to use the EU integration process to help accomplish substantial progress in the further democratisation of the Serbian society.

Members of the prEUgovor are: ASTRA - Anti Trafficking Action, Autonomous Women’s Center (AWC), Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP), Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia (CINS), Center for Applied European Studies (CPES), Group 484 and Transparency Serbia (TS).

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