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.










Regional cooperation in the Western Balkans - what next?



Authors: Jelica Minic, Dragan Djukanovic, Jasminka Kronja

Belgrade, May 2014

Area: Regional cooperation


Following the accession of Croatia to the European Union in 2013, the contemporaneous structures and mechanisms of regional cooperation in the Western Balkans require adjustments. The future development of regional cooperation is dependent on the dynamics of bilateral and multilateral relations in the Western Balkans, especially the strengthening of existing institutional frameworks and increasing their capability to support regional cooperation. The EU-Western Balkan ministerial conference, held in Thessaloniki on the 8th of May 2014, reaffirmed the European perspective of the Western Balkans, but emphasised regional cooperation and good neighbourly relations as important components requiring improvement, specifically stressing the harmonious development of regional infrastructure.The aforementioned policy paper and accompanying public debate aim to contribute to a better monitoring and greater understanding of the latest trends in multilateral cooperation, relating these to the expectations and requirements of the EU. Additionally the text and event hope to provide relevant policy and decision-makers with the possible and necessary measures to improve policy in this field.








Improvement of Strategic and Operative Planning System in the Republic of Serbia

Author: Ognjen Miric

Beograd, april 2014

Area: EU pre-accession funds


The system of planning public policy in Serbia is not yet fully developed. As reforms so far have been limited in scope and effect, they require further support and attention. The improvement of strategic planning is becoming more important over time as a sectoral approach needs to be introduced for the 2014-2020 IPA funds and deficiencies need to be overcome. Hence the upcoming period requires a focusing of activities on the optimisation of sectoral strategies, their qualitative improvement and the development of methods that define both the priorities and content of strategic & action plans.








The purpose of human rights from the point of view of the present and future Serbian constitutional law system

Author: Sasa Gajin

Belgrade, April 2014

Area: Rule of Law



The main topic of this text is analyzed primarily in the context of application of fundamental principles of constituting a political community. The author goes on to analyze the deficiencies of the present constitutional law system which provides protection and respect of human rights. Finally, the author gives guidelines to amend constitutional provisions on human rights in the prospect of drafting a new constitution.








The position and role of the fourth branch of power in the present and future constitutional order of the Republic of Serbia

Autor: Sasa Gajin

Belgrade, March 2014

Area: Rule of Law



The theme of this article can be divided into three parts. The first relates the constitutional provisions pertaining to the organisation of public administration to the establishment of a fourth branch of government. What follows is an analysis of the unbalanced position thereof within contemporary positive law. Finally, the author provides conclusions outlining a possible constitutional framework for the fourth branch of government.








Necessity to amend the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia: position and importance of the National Assembly

Author: Vladimir Dzamic

Belgrade, February 2014

Area: Rule of Law



The start of negotiations on Serbia’s accession to the European Union represent an ideal moment for an inclusive debate on amending the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia. The National Assembly should take the lead in promoting a reorganisation of the political system, strengthening parliamentarism and consolidating democracy.








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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