The process of European integration when it comes to Serbia is very slow in relation to the countries that became members of the European Union, and were part of the Eastern bloc, said Nenad Spasojevic from the Center for Policy and Strategy Creation today.

He said at the online round table of civil society organizations (CSOs) organized by the European Movement in Serbia that despite the opening of Cluster Four in Serbia’s accession negotiations with the EU, which includes a green agenda, there was still too much work ahead of everyone.

“I would see this opening of the Cluster more as the beginning of studying. Finish the entrance exam, enroll in the faculty and then you have four years of study,” said Spasojevic, drawing a parallel with the four Chapters included in the new Cluster.

He assessed that Serbia has a long process ahead of him and pointed out that the non-governmental sector will have a large share in all this, and referred to the problems that CSOs encounter in case they want to influence an environmental problem.

“Let’s divide it into three steps. One is the institutions of the competent authorities, private companies or individuals according to which CSOs act in order to solve the problem,” he pointed out.

According to Spasojevic, the second and third steps are the capacities of the non-governmental sector and the necessary knowledge, as well as the necessary support of colleagues, ie mutual networking of organizations, media and the public.

He also emphasized that those organizations should be more involved in public debates, debates, tribunes, as well as independently organize similar actions.

Vanja Jaksic from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF Adria) assessed that Serbia is “not ready and mature enough” for that process and pointed out that the competent authorities should keep in mind CSOs when making decisions related to the newly opened Cluster.

“First of all, we should have worked on improving that intersectoral cooperation and involving all citizens in making some crucial decisions that primarily concern them and their environment,” Jaksic emphasized.

The representative of the Association of Citizens “Battle for Kosutnjak”, Dejan Jovanović, assessed that the opening of the fourth Cluster for activists on the ground “only failed”.

According to him, instead of opening the Cluster, the EU should first talk directly to citizens, civic movements and associations, which have experience and more precise information.

By Editor

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