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DEBATE ON ACCESSION TO EU

Chapter 23

DEBATE ON ACCESSION TO EU

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Consultative meeting of the National Convention of the European Union for Chapter 23 was held in Leskovac within the framework of an International Conference regarding the accession of Republic Serbia to the European Union. The meeting was held within NCEU with the support of the German Organisation for Technical Cooperation (GIZ), the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights YUCOM and local council of the European Movement in Serbia.

The participants of a day long debate in Leskovac had the opportunity to present their suggestions regarding this issue.

-We are gathered here to discuss the Chapter 23 of the negotiations with the EU, what is the situation concerning the rule of law, what are the needs for civil society engagement, to what degree will the non governmental organizations monitor the situation and give their recommendations regarding the rule of law, fight against corruption and human rights, in order to improve the situtation of all citizens. I think we are starting this campaign in a timely manner, talking to the citizens, organizations, those from legal and other professions, who have their opinions and informations, said coordinator of the NCEU working group Milan Antonijević.

The state must count on civil society organizations and opinions of all those who provide services to citizens who should also participate in the process of negotiations, said Antonijević.

The meeting also discussed decentralization of some laws whose adoption is expected in the following period, where exists an obvious interest of citizens and organizations to participate in this process.

NKEU is a permanent body within which debate on Serbia’s accession to EU is carried out between the representatives of non-governmental organizations, experts, businesses, trade unions, professional organizations of public administration and political parties’ permanent bodies. The meeting in Leskovac was the last one organized by NCEU at which resolution of different local challenges was discussed.

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