ČRo Plus: Serbs don't want to join the EU. According to ordinary people, it would be collusion with other corrupt countries

What attitude Serbian citizens have towards EU membership, why they have a "rational attitude" towards it and what their historical ties to Russia are, is the topic of our associate research fellow Marko Stojić's commentary for Czech Radio Plus.

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EU MONITOR: The European Union’s Position Toward Ukraine’s EU Membership

Jakub Ferenčík wrote the EU Monitor on "The EU's stance on Ukraine's EU membership", where he discusses Ukraine's potential membership in the EU. Ferenčík also discusses the process of transitioning to EU membership and compares it to a similar process faced by some other countries, notably Serbia. In his work, the author discusses some of the factors of the transition process, from subscribing to EU values such as "human dignity, freedom and equality" to creating an area of "prosperity and neighbourhood".

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Empowering Serbian CSOs involved in the decarbonization process through the V4 experience

The project focuses on strengthening civil society organizations in Serbia towards more successful advocacy and enhanced participation in policymaking within the area of green transformation with a particular focus on coal phase-out.

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Posílení srbských organizací občanské společnosti zapojených do procesu dekarbonizace prostřednictvím zkušeností V4

Projekt se zaměřuje na posílení organizací občanské společnosti v Srbsku směrem k úspěšnějšímu prosazování zájmů a větší účasti na rozhodování. v oblasti zelené transformace se zvláštním zaměřením na postupné ukončení těžby uhlí.

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Stošestka: How does the victory of Vučić and Orbán threaten the values of the rule of law?

Jana Juzová, EUROPEUM Research Fellow, participated in the new episode of Transparency International's Stošestka podcast. From Brussels, she explained how the elections in Serbia, Hungary, Slovenia, and France decided the political future of Europe.

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Info.cz: The tipping point has arrived. The West is losing patience with Serbia, Vucic faces his toughest test yet

Our researcher Jana Juzová commented for Info.cz on the Serbian elections, which were unusually important this year. The commentary details what made this political contest unbalanced, what the post-election set-up in Serbia looks like at the moment, and what surprises the elections offered.

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ČRo Plus: The elections in Serbia are won by President Aleksandar Vučić and his Serbian Progressive Party. How fair were the elections?

Our research fellow Jana Juzová spoke on Czech Radio Plus about the elections in Serbia, which did not go according to all standards. Various electoral fraud and voter intimidation occurred during the elections. An important factor in the Serbian elections was the situation that preceded it. It was also discussed what the victory of Aleksandar Vučić and his party would mean for the future of the country.

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EURACTIV: You're either with us or against us. Serbia is gambling with its future in the EU

Our researcher Jana Juzová commented for Euractiv on how Serbia's ambiguous position is affecting its EU accession process. Serbia is one of the few European countries, that has refused to join the anti-Russian sanctions, even though it has supported Ukraine's territorial integrity and promised to help refugees. The role taken by this Western Balkan country is not surprising, as it has been teetering between the EU and Russia for the last decade. In the accession process, according to our researcher, Serbia's current position towards Russia is not the biggest problem, as Serbia also faces other shortcomings for EU integration.

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REPORT: Online roundtable discussion: Media freedom in Serbia and the Western Balkans and its role in democratic society and European integration

An online roundtable discussion took place on 17 December, and you can read a report on its proceedings. The discussion focused on media freedom in Serbia and Western Balkans.

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Handbook for Reporting on EU accession: Czech Lessons for Serbia

Our researcher Jana Juzová, in collaboration with Nikola Burazer from Centar Savremene Politike, has written a handbook for reporting on EU accession. The handbook is intended for those reporting on Serbia's EU accession process, either as representatives of the media or civil society.

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