UDC 341.217.02(4-672EU:497.11)
Biblid: 0543-3657, 64 (2013)
Vol. 64, No 1150, pp. 20-32
DOI:

Pregledni članak
Received: 22 May 2013
Accepted: 01 Jan 1970

SERBIA’S EU INTEGRATION IN THE LIGHT OF POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE COUNTRY AND IN THE UNION

Urošević Marija (Spec. savetnik u Odeljenju za evropske integracije, Sektor za zakonodavstvo, Narodna skupština Republike Srbije, Beograd), m.urosevic@parlament.rs

In this article, the author analyses the impact of the political situation in Serbia on the enlargement policy and its achievements on the path towards EU. Maintaining credibility of the enlargement process, which is crucial to its success, EU has consistently proclaimed the inclusiveness of its policy towards the Western Balkans with the successive European Council confirming that the future of the whole region lies within EU. The Stabilisation and Association process remains the common framework for the necessary preparations. The European Commission has assessed that Serbia has achieved the necessary degree of compliance with the membership criteria. In particular, the key priority has been taking steps towards a visible and sustainable improvement of relations with Kosovo. Further constructive dialogue between Belgrade and Priština is necessary precondition for starting the negotiations with EU. Nevertheless, the deep economic crisis in the EU gives no opportunity for the dynamic and faster European integration of Serbia.

Keywords: European Union, enlargement, Western Balkans, Stabilisation and Association process, Serbia, achievements, dialogue, economic crisis