We are delighted to announce the launch of a project focused on support for independent Serbian journalists reporting on Serbia’s EU integration process, its obstacles in the field of democratic governance, and the rule of law and fundamental rights and freedoms, including the freedom of media. The project is supported by the Transition Promotion Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and implemented together with the Centre for Contemporary Politics from Serbia.
The goal of the project is to support independent journalists reporting on Serbia’s EU integration process, focusing on its most significant obstacles - the state of democracy, human rights, including minority rights, and the rule of law. These are the key principles of the democratization process, and therefore an essential part of the country's political and social transformation. The project responds to the deteriorating state of freedom of media in Serbia and the growing restrictions and threats against independent journalists operating in the country. The implementation of the project will strengthen the capacity of independent journalists to report on the accession process and its main obstacles. The project will also facilitate a transfer of the Czech experience in communicating EU-related issues to the general public in an informative and attractive way. The second objective of the project is to raise awareness and provide a better access to objective information on Serbia's EU accession process and the crucial issues which are currently hampering the process, including the critical situation of independent media in Serbia. This endeavour builds on the positive outcomes achieved from an already implemented one-year TRANS project undertaken by EUROPEUM. The implementation of the project will further contribute to the discussion about the Czech foreign policy priorities and the Czech presidency of the Council of the EU in autumn 2022, with EU enlargement and support for regional transformation typically at the forefront of the position.
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Expertise: regionalism, Visegrad cooperation, democratization and European integration of the Western Balkan countries, EU enlargement