27 November 2014
Belgrade – ESI workshop with EU ambassadors and Serbian Deputy Prime Minister on EU enlargement
Belgrade. Photo: flickr/rubinjoni
Belgrade. Photo: flickr/rubinjoni

ESI organised a high-level workshop on the future of the EU pre-accession process together with the office of the Serbian Prime Minister Kori Udovicki. This followed similar workshops organised by ESI in 2014 in different European cities – with the Swedish Foreign Ministry in Paris, in Stockholm and with the Dutch Foreign Ministry in The Hague; and presentations of these proposals at events in Berlin, Brussels, Rome, Warsaw, Bratislava, Vilnius, Zagreb and Ankara. The event took place at the Ministry for Public Administration and Local Self-government and was opened Deputy Prime Minister Kori Udovicki and moderated ESI's Gerald Knaus who also made a presentation.

The objective was to explore ways to increase the impact of the pre-accession process by making it more transparent, meritocratic, and useful to reformers in accession countries. A particular focus were the economic aspects of the pre-accession monitoring, with concrete ideas for a different approach through pilot reforms in specific areas such as statistics, public procurement and the assessment of what is, in the eyes of the EU, a functioning market economy.

Participants included: Thomas Kjellson, Acting Head of Division for Democratic Governance, SIDA; Hedvig Morvai, Executive Director at European Fund for the Balkans; Jean-Daniel Ruch, Swiss Ambassador; Johannes Eigner, Austrian Ambassador; Bojan Cvilak, Promotion and Commercial Officer, Embassy of Sweden; Liselott Agerlid, Swedish embassy, Counsellor, Deputy Head of Mission; Jela Bacovic, Serbian MFA, Assistant Minister for European Integration; Sneza Stojic, Serbian MFA; Sanja Mrvaljević Nišavić, SEIO, Head of Section for Political Criteria and JLS issues.

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