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The European Union - between the phenomenon of fragmentation and the strengthening of new forms of sub-regionalism

Author: Duško Lopandić, PhD

 

Subregional cooperation between EU member states is one of the elements of regionalism, as a wider phenomenon and trend in international relations. It represents some kind of addition or complement to the European integration process and as such, it will represent a process that will be developed in the coming decades. Is it just a matter of normal cooperation of direct neighbors, or is this phenomenon a hint of a deeper fragmentation of EU space, linked to the weakening of the process of overall European political and economic integration, or with the announcements of building a "Europe of concentric circles"?

Struggle for Separation of Powers and Rule of Law

 

Author: Milan Antonijevic

Belgrade, June 2017

Area: European Integration

 

The Constitution of the Republic in Serbia needs to be amended to eliminate: a) shortcomings regarding the status of institutions safeguarding judicial independence; b) inequality between the judiciary and other branches of government, and, c) imprecision and illogicality of provisions on the appointment of judges and prosecutors, court presidents and other judicial officers. Serbia is under the obligation to make these amendments also in the EU accession process, within Chapter 23. The author proposes the disassociation of the High Judicial Council and the State Prosecutorial Council from the executive and changes in the status of judges, especially first-time judges appointed to three-year probation terms in office. 

 

More than Hollow Words: Independent Bodies in Constitutional Revision

 

Author: Tara Tepavac

Belgrade, May 2017

Area: European Integration

 

The forthcoming process of revising the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia should be used to define the position of independent bodies and strengthen their influence. Defining independent bodies in charge of the protection of human rights in the Constitution is one of the key steps for strengthening their preventive and oversight functions and ensuring guarantees of fundamental rights and freedoms of the citizens enshrined in the Constitution. 

 

Necessity of Amending the Serbian Constitution Provisions on Constitutional Change within the EU Accession Process

Author: Jelena Jerinić

Belgrade, October 2016

Area: european integration

 

There is agreement that the Serbian Constitution will have to be amended at least twice within the EU accession process. The complex constitutional change procedure will slow down or prolong the period needed for enacting the accession-related amendments, as well as any other constitutional changes deemed necessary. The provisions on the amendment of the Constitution thus need to be amended, either within the recommended total revision of the Constitution, or the very first time its individual provisions are amended. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greek Crisis or the Burden of the New Atlas

 

Author: Ognjen Milićević

 

In the midst of new talks between the Greek government and its international creditors the predicament of the Greek people seems far from the minds of those sitting at the table. While the sustainability of Greek debt is once again brought into question the only path forwards appears a compromise between the SYRIZA government, the IMF and EU creditors that would entail them accepting policies that they currently perceive as unfavourable. As the resilience of the Greek people fades in light of years of austerity, a solution becomes ever more necessary to prevent the country from falling into a permanent state of political and economic decay. 

Election in France and the EU Destiny - Until the Last Breath

Author: Tara Tepavac

 

Amidst the discussions that have been following the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the French election represents, perhaps a key, moment that will show whether the EU is headed in the direction of renewal, strengthening or towards gradual disintegration. The election results have shown to be uncertain until the end; the electorate has a broad choice between the right, the left and the center as well as between the liberal defenders of the EU, radical eurosceptics, but also advocates of a complete revision of the European project. The question remains whether the two-round election system, conceived to block extremes in situations such as this one, will prove efficient this time: will the French even in the age of post-truth first vote with their hearts, and in the second round with their heads?

 

BREXIT, a struggle on three fronts

Author: Vladimir Međak

 

The United Kingdom is the first state that will leave the European Union. Bearing in mind that nothing like this has happened before, the entire process is veiled in the unknown, both for the UK and the EU. The result of the exit process will determine mutual relations, while the exit of the UK from the EU, will in itself, markedly influence the future outlook of the EU, and thus the outlook of the continent in the ensuing decades, whereby the EU holds a better negotiating position.



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