By David McAllister, 20.09.2017
Serbia is well on its way towards fulfilling the EU membership criteria. Yes, more reforms are necessary, but as long as Serbia moves forward, steadily and consistently, we ought to acknowledge and support every step towards our united European future.
During my last trip to Belgrade in August, I noticed that the country is making steady progress in implementing its ambitious political, legal and economic reform agenda. For example, Serbia has adopted a comprehensive public financial management reform programme as well as important laws relating to regulatory reform, public salaries and administrative procedures.
It has developed strategies on e-government, harmonized its jurisprudence and continues to promote a merit-based recruitment system. Progress has also been visible in economic terms. By reducing its budget deficit and restructuring publicly-owned enterprises, Serbia has managed to reduce its domestic and external imbalances. According to the World Bank, Serbia’s economy is expected to grow by 3% this year.