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The fourth generation of the School of European Integration (SEI) from Kosovska Mitrovica was Belgrade on 14th and 15th September with the aim of visiting institutions that play a significant role in the process of EU accession of the Republic of Serbia, including the Office for Kosovo and Metohija of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, the European Integrations Committee in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, the EU Delegation to the Republic of Serbia and the newly formed Ministry for European Integration.

In addition to the official visits to the institutions, the SEI participants had the opportunity to meet and talk with civil society representatives who play a relevant part and actively engage in the process of EU integration. 


Bojan Elek, researcher at the Belgrade Security Policy Center together with Đorđe Popović, program coordinator at the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence shared their knowledge and experience in dealing with specific topics of their expertize. In the informal atmosphere of the working dinner, participants had the opportunity to talk with the President of the European Movement in Serbia, Mihailo Crnobrnja, and the Coordinator of the National Convention on EU Nataša Dragojlović as well.

Next day, SEI participants visited the Office for Kosovo and Metohija of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, where they talked with the Deputy Director Dušan Kozarev about the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue; the views of Belgrade on the political processes in Kosovo and Metohija, as well as the role of the Office itself in the process of EU Integration. One of the topics discussed was the education system in Kosovo and Metohija and the problems that the Pristina University faces.

In the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Jadranka Joksimović, Minister for European Integrations met with SEI participants and introduced them previous and future activities in the accession process, relations between Serbia and the EU among other topics important for EU Integration. Minister Joksimović stressed that membership in the EU is the strategic interest of Serbia, and that she is convinced that this process will contribute to citizens and society in the whole. 

The participants then visited the European Integrations Committee of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, where they met with Secretary of the Committee, Aleksandar Đorđević and Aleksandra Jovanović, Senior Advisor in the for EU Integration. The SEI participants had the opportunity to hear about parliamentary diplomacy and the role of the parliament in the process of European integration, but also about the work of the Parliament itself. After the meeting, a tour around the National Assembly House was organized.

The study visit was concluded with a visit to the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia, where SEI participants met Mateja Norčič Štamcar, the Deputy Ambassador and Head of DEU. They discussed the work of the EU Delegation, European programs, current trends in the EU, as well as the changes that the European integration process brings to the citizens themselves and society as a whole.

The School of European Integration is a project launched in 2014 by the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society in cooperation with the European Movement in Serbia and NGO Aktiv. In addition to regular lectures in Kosovska Mitrovica, the program of the School also includes interactive workshops, seminars and study visits to Belgrade and Pristina, with the aim of gaining more practical skills and experiences.

More information about the project can be found here.


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