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CSO Coalition “prEUgovor” presented its Independent Progress Report on Key Chapters in the Negotiation Process between Serbia and EU

“prEUgovor” (Engl. prEUnup) Coalition presented independent report on progress made by the Republic of Serbia in implementing policies relevant for Chapters 23 (Judiciary and Fundamental Rights) and 24 (Justice, Freedom and Security) in Media Center, Belgrade, on October 1st, 2013.

The main issue highlighted at the occasion was concerned with conditions that the Government of Serbia needs to meet in order to enable transparency of the negotiation process with EU. Other topics addressed by the coalition include systematic fight against corruption, connection between organized crime and politics, trafficking in human beings, problems related to migration and asylum, and the protection of human rights, particularly those of vulnerable groups.

Three main messages contained in the prEUgovor’s report are as follows:

1. It is very important that the process of accession is transparent. Main demand from the Government of Serbia in this phase is to secure that negotiations are public.

2.   The fight against corruption should be provided with anti-corruption system based on the separation of powers and the rule of law.

3. It  is  necessary  to  ensure  human  rights  protection,  especially  of  the vulnerable  groups  because  their  access  to  rights  are  still  significantly hindered. Greater attention must be paid to the application of laws and international obligations in this area.

The complete report can be accessed by clicking here.

“prEUgovor” is the first coalition of civil society organizations formed in order to monitor implementation of policies related to the Accession Negotiations between Serbia and EU, with an emphasis on Chapters 23 (Judiciary and Fundamental Rights) and 24 (Justice, Freedom and Security). The mission of the coalition is to propose measures to improve the condition in the fields relevant for the negotiation process. In doing so, the coalition aims to use the process of EU integration to help accomplish substantial progress in further democratization of Serbian society.

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