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Investment Plan for Europe

Autor: Ivana Lazarević

Beograd, jul 2015

Oblast: evropske integracije


Investment Plan for Europe is seen as a new solution for stimulating the European economy. European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) is considered to be part of the solution. EFSI will engage 21 billion euros for the purpose of conducting strategic investment and provide support for small and medium-sized enterprises. It is estimated that the means gathered in the EFSI will ensure 315 billion euros in new investment.

Factsheet on the Investment plan provides basic information on the purpose of the plan, way of operating of EFSI, estimated effects of the plan and the connections with already implemented initiatives. 











Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Authors: Jelena Ribac and Aleksandar Bogdanovic

Belgrade, December 2014

Area: European integration


Latvia holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from January 1 to June 30, 2015. The fact sheet presents the priorities, key events and changes during the Latvian presidency, as well as the most significant processes for Serbia's EU accession negotiations in this period.

In preparing for its first presidency, 1,140 employees of public administration have been trained within a year and a half, and around 200 events are planned in Latvia during its six-month term.

This is the latest in a series of fact sheets published by the Research Forum, following the relevant processes at EU level and the impact they have on Serbia and its EU integration.










Serbian OSCE Chairmanship-in-Office 2015

Author: Aleksandar Golubovic

Belgrade, December 2014

Oblast: foreign policy

Serbia will chair the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) from January 1 to December 31, 2015 and is currently part of the OSCE chairmanship "troika", which also includes Ukraine and Switzerland.
Serbia is taking over the OSCE chairmanship from Switzerland. They applied together for a two-year consecutive chairmanship in 2011 in Vilnius, unlike the previous single-state application practice.
The factsheet presents the priorities, specificities and main challenges of Serbia as the holder of the OSCE Chairmanship-in-Office, as well as the opportunities that this position provides to affect decision making and achieving consensus in one of the most important international organizations in Europe and the world.










Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Authors: Jelena Ribac and Aleksandar Bogdanovic

Belgrade, July 2014

Area: European integration


Italy holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1st of July to 31th of December 2014. Italy took over the presidency of the Council of the European Union from Greece and thus a new period of "Troika" led EU has begun. The new Troika" is composed of Italy, Latvia and Luxembourg and always of three EU member states which define and direct the agenda of the EU within a period of 18 months, providing unhindered functioning and continuity in dealing with certain issues. Presidency of the Council of the EU is at the same time an opportunity for Member States to highlight issues of importance to their national or regional interest. This is the 12th Italian presidency of the Council of the EU.










European Parliament Election 2014

Author: Aleksandar Avramovic

Belgrade, June 2014

Area: European integration


European Parliament Elections took place between the 22nd and 25th of May 2014. These are the eighth elections for European Parliament (EP) since 1979, and the first once including Republic of Croatia. Unlike the previous composition of the EP, which just before the elections counted 766), the new composition has 751 MPs that will represent 503.7 million citizens of the European Union (EU) in the forthcoming mandate. EU voter turnout was 43.09% of the total number of voters, which represents a slight increase compared to the previous EP elections, when the turnout was 43%. The European People's Party (EEP) won the most votes getting 221 seats, followed by the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats with 190 seats. None of the political groups were close to the number of 376 seats needed to form a majority in the EP.










Start of negotiations on Serbia's membership in the European Union

Author: Natasa Dragojlovic

Belgrade, February 2014

Area: European integration


The European Council decided to open accession negotiations with Serbia on the 28th of June 2013 with the first Intergovernmental Conference to be held not later than January of 2014. Negotiations on Serbia's membership in the European Union (EU) on the political level formally began on the 21th of January 2014 in Brussels with the first Intergovernmental Conference on the accession of Serbia to the EU. The Conference was an opportunity to share common views between representatives of the EU and Serbia, to present the EU Negotiating Framework and the Serbian negotiating team, and propose a calendar of meetings as part of the screening process prior to substantive negotiations, as well as calendar of following meetings of the Intergovernmental Conference on negotiating chapters that will be opened. 












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