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Serbia and the EU

Latest business news about Serbia and the European Union

Western Balkans: a credible enlargement perspective
The European Commission adopted on 6 February a strategy for 'A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans'.

Post-visa liberalisation monitoring for the Western Balkan countries - Fifth Report
The European Commission published on 25 February its fifth assessment of the functioning of the visa-free scheme with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. The fifth post visa liberalisation report on the Western Balkans shows that more measures are necessary to maintain the integrity of the visa-free scheme and to address potential abuses of the EU asylum system.

Key facts on Kosovo
Key facts on Kosovo, one of Europe's poorest countries, after it reached a historic deal with former Yugoslav master Serbia on Friday to normalise ties.

Next steps for EU enlargement
The European Commission has recommended for a fourth time to open accession negotiations with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. It recommends granting EU candidate status to Albania subject to completion of key reform steps, and proposes negotiating a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with Kosovo once it has made progress in fulfilling a number of short term priorities. The Commission also confirmed that Croatia is on track in its membership preparations. In a set of annual reports, the Commission also assesses the progress towards EU accession made elsewhere in the Western Balkans, Turkey, and Iceland over the past year.

International Tax Guide Serbia (Deloitte)
Country Business guide from Deloitte featuring information on Taxation in Serbia.

Serbia: country overview
Serbia – along with 5 other Western Balkans countries – was identified as a potential candidate for EU membership during the Thessaloniki European Council summit in 2003. In 2008, a European partnership for Serbia was adopted, setting out priorities for the country's membership application, and in 2009 Serbia formally applied. In March 2012 Serbia was granted EU candidate status. In September 2013 a Stabilisation and Association AgreementSearch for available translations of the preceding link••• between the EU and Serbia entered into force. In line with the decision of the European Council in June 2013 to open accession negotiations with Serbia, the Council adopted in December 2013 the negotiating framework and agreed to hold the 1st Intergovernmental Conference with Serbia in January 2014. On 21 January 2014, the 1st Intergovernmental Conference took place, signalling the formal start of Serbia's accession negotiations.

Support to Enterprise Competitiveness and Export Promotion (SECEP) Project in Serbia
The Support to Enterprise Competitiveness and Export Promotion (SECEP) Project seeks to improve the competitiveness of Serbian SMEs through three closely interlinked but distinct components: cluster development (including cluster mapping and analysis), supply chain development and internationalisation - promoting Serbian Small and Medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and developing their ability to export.

EU Delegation to Serbia
Contacts of the European Delegation to Serbia.

Starting a business in Serbia
This World Bank site provides information about the procedures and costs associated with starting a business in Serbia.

Serbia Investment Climate 2009
Serbia is open to foreign direct investment (FDI), and attracting FDI is increasingly a priority for the government of Serbia (GoS). Serbia has a long history of international commerce, even under communism, and it once attracted a sizeable foreign company presence.

Serbia: Economy Overview
Mismanagement of the economy, an extended period of international economic sanctions, and the damage to Yugoslavia's infrastructure and industry during the NATO airstrikes in 1999 left Serbia's economy only half the size it was in 1990.

Serbia (The Bradt Travel Guide)
In the 2nd edition of his already excellent guidebook L. Mitchell has given a considerably enlarged, significantly improved and fully updated story about Serbia.

EU Kosovo relations
Kosovo is firmly anchored in the framework of the Stabilisation and Association Process, the EU policy which applies to the Western Balkans.

Serbia country profile
Serbia is a potential candidate country for the European Union. Following the independence of Montenegro, since 5 June 2006 the Republic of Serbia has been the legal successor of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. This in turn resulted from the constitutional restructuring of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia after the fall of the Milosevic regime.