UDC 341.217.02(4-672EU:497.11)
Biblid: 0543-3657, 65 (2014)
Vol. 65, No 1153-1154, pp. 24-39
DOI:

Original scientific paper
Received: 18 Feb 2014
Accepted: 18 Mar 2014

SPECIFIC FEATURES AND DIFFICULTIES IN THE PROCESS OF ACCESSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA ABSTRACT TO THE EUROPEAN UNION

Dragišić mr Nikola (Advokatska kancelarija Tomašević, Beograd), dragisicnikola@yahoo.com

The article analyses the path of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union, this including the concrete results it has achieved on this path as sell as the difficulties which follows this process. They primarily concern the normalisation of relations with Kosovo and Metohia as well as the political and economic reforms which have not been completely carried out that is actually, the fulfilment of the political and economic criteria – the so-called Copenhagen criteria. Further constructive dialogue between Belgrade and Prishtina is a necessary condition for Serbia to start its accession negotiations with the EU and its possible integration in the Union. In spite of this, the EU is of the opinion that Serbia has achieved significant results and that it is in a good way to attain the level which is necessary for a country to achieve for the accession to the EU. The paper consists of the following six parts: the first, introductory part generally considers the conditions for the accession to the EU, the second discusses the beginning of Serbia’s European integration, the third part is focused on the Stabilisation and Association Agreement that is practically an integral part of the process of accession, the fourth speaks of the hitherto progress Serbia has made on its path toward the EU, this including the opinion of the European Commission, the fifth part regards the Kosovo and Metohija issue, and in the final part the author makes conclusions.

Keywords: Serbia, European Union, European integration, political and economic reforms, criteria, dialogue, negotiations, concrete results – success