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. 











European Integration of the Western Balkan - Can the V4 Countries Serve as Role Models?

Authors: Jelica Minic, Dragan Djukanovic, Hana Semanic, Tomas Strazay, Marta Szpala, Michal Vit

Belgrade, May 2015

Area: regional cooperation, european integration


The study deals with the results of the great EU expansion in 2004 and its impact on internal reforms in the Visegrad Group countries (V4), as well as related adjustments within the EU. It aimed to identify practical lessons for Serbia and the Western Balkans (WB) which could make the EU enlargement process towards this region faster and more efficient.








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.










What does the European Commission's progress report on Serbia really say?


Author: Maja Bobic


Every year in October the Government of the Republic of Serbia starts reiterating that the latest report on Serbia's progress is "the most positive so far", "positive" or "the most positive in the region". The truth is that only the 2013 report might have had a slightly positive and euphoric tone when compared to the administrative, terse and bureaucratic vocabulary of Brussels, and it is no secret that the reason for this was the signing of the Brussels Agreement, which lead up to the actual beginning of resolving the issues between Belgrade and Priština. It is also true that this method (persuading the people and oneself) is not the best way to interpret the progress report.


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.










South Stream: Business Deal of the Century or Lawsuit of the Century?

Author: Vladimir Medovic

Belgrade, June 2014

Area: Energy


Announced as one of the most important construction endeavor expected to provide additional volumes of Russian gas to the European Union, the South Stream project threatens to grow into a major international dispute. Six member states of the EU and Serbia, as a member of the Energy Community, entered into a bilateral international agreements with Russia, dropping out of sight that some of the provisions of these agreements are at variance with the rules and regulations of the EU and the Energy Community. This created conditions for the emergence of international legal dispute between the European Union and Russia, which escalated under the circumstances caused by the international crisis in Ukraine. Caught in the dispute between the two global powers, Serbia found itself in a precarious legal situation, pressed by conflicting liabilities under the Treaty of the Energy Community, and obligations under the international agreement with Russia. Based on legal analysis of the problems related to the construction of the South Stream pipeline, the aim of this study is to demonstrate how this came about, what are the possible outcomes and what are the consequences and prospects for the realization of this undoubtedly important project. 








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