28th meeting of the European Integration Committee
Introducing the report, European Integration Minister Jadranka Joksimovic expressed her satisfaction that the EU duly noted all that we had achieved the previous year, which was a challenge for Serbia, as well as for the whole Europe. Serbia is the only candidate country to have fully accepted the new methodology, in the form of clusters, which was also recognized in the EC report, said Joksimovic.
After discussion, the members of the committee unanimously decided to propose to the National Assembly to adopt the report on the negotiations for the accession of the Republic of Serbia to the EU during the Portuguese Presidency.
In the aftermath, the Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, Emanuele Giaufret, presented the European Commission‘s 2021 report on the Republic of Serbia, saying he recognizes Serbia’s commitment to achieve results in reform processes and drew attention to areas that needed further work.
Ambassador Giaufret particularly insisted on the part of the Report devoted to the work of the National Assembly, underlining its constructive engagement in inter-party dialogue. He welcomed the fact that the number of laws adopted by emergency procedure had been reduced and that the work of the National Assembly was carefully planned during the regular meetings of the Collegium. The ambassador added that the report also notes that the activity reports of independent regulatory bodies are examined during sessions of the National Assembly and that the Institute of Parliamentary Questions is held regularly on the last Thursday of the month.
The head of the EU delegation to Serbia said that what is needed is a systematic application of the code of ethics, as well as a more systematic application of the recommendations of independent regulatory bodies and constant cooperation with civil society organizations, the National Convention on the EU in particular.
Ambassador Giaufret also spoke in detail about the progress assessments by cluster.
Concluding his presentation, he said that despite the challenges ahead, positive progress had been made in the previous year, and said he was convinced that the EU is also committed to Serbia and the Western Balkans, as well. than the enlargement policy, as it has been up to now. The EU remains Serbia’s biggest partner, he stressed.
Following a discussion, the committee members determined the proposed conclusion on the 2021 report of the European Commission on the Republic of Serbia and forwarded it to the National Assembly for consideration and adoption.
The session was chaired by the chairperson of the committee Elvira Kovacs, and in the presence of the following members and alternate members of the committee: Vuk Mircetic, Ljiljana Malusic, Dubravka Filipovski, Ana Miljanic, Viktor Jevtovic, Stanislava Janosevic, Vesna Rankovic, Dijana Radovic, Predrag Rajic, Nemanja Joksimovic, Vesna Markovic, Ana Pesic and Dusica Stojkovic.