The main results of the project are:
European Institute (EI), Sofia, Bulgaria
Institute of International Politics and Economics (IIPE) Институт за међународну политику и привреду), Belgrade, Serbia
The project started with local research into topics related to Serbia’s integration and accession to the EU, which were perceived to be of greatest relevance to the local civil society sector and community in six regions of the country. It was carried out by the project partner, IIPE, using questionnaires, interviews and other networking tools. The findings of the research were discussed at a working meeting held in Sofia in October 2010 with 12 representatives of the project partner and other Serbian civil society organisations, and specific topics were identified for follow-on public debates. The key project events – public debates preceded by half-day info sessions – were on the topics of legislative harmonization with the acquis (Novi Sad), fight against corruption and organized crime in the context of EU integration (Vranje), agricultural policies and quotas for the EU (Zrenjanin). The upcoming debates, which will be held in Novi Pazar, Čačak and Belgrade in April 2011, will address the benefits and challenges of EU integration, and the accession negotiation process and its implications for Serbia. The purpose of the info sessions is to improve the knowledge of the society at large about key EU issues while the debates aim at facilitating the dialogue between the informed civil society and local/national policy makers, and search for common solutions to problems of national reforms. The results of the public debates will be summarized in a final publication, which will also include analysis of the project e-tools: online forums on the topics and blog on Serbia’s EU i
The main goal of the project is to involve the civil society organisations in six regions of Serbia into public debate over the EU integration process in the country and provoke their reflections and search for solutions to common problems in the pre-accession period. The project also aims at improving their capacity to influence the formulation of public policy and decision making at local and national level, which deal with EU integration issues, through meaningful dialogue and advocacy.
The specific objectives of the project are as follows: