What’s Up in My Europe
Political culture in oblivion? The contemporary European youth seems to be living in prosperity and comfort incomparable in the history of the continent, providing unique
October 15th European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) presented 2019 Gender Equality Index in EU and its member countries. EIGE defines gender equality as “equal rights,
Taking the EU benefits for granted, citizens of CEE countries lack solidarity and understanding of WB EU accession process. Likewise, citizens in WB are unaware of changes that EU integration brings. There is deficiency of EU Enlargement debate based on individual experiences of citizens, in comparison to the one at policy level which does not engage wider public. This lack of citizens’ support and understanding on both sides could endanger forthcoming Enlargement process.
EnlargEurope organized a plenary panel at this year’s Belgrade Security Forum titled ’The Big Bang Enlargement’: 15 Years Since the EU’s Greatest Accomplishment that focused on the 2004 enlargement of the European Union and its consequences 15 years on. The panel, moderated by Jelica Minić, Vice-President of the European Movement Serbia, gathered two members from founding countries of the EU (Italy and Germany), and two members from the “Big Bang” countries (Czechia and Slovenia), who explored the current EU enlargement policies and a wider specter of questions and issues pertaining, but not limited, to the status of the Western Balkans, most notably Serbia, in the eyes of the EU.
In order to bring the EU enlargement process closer to citizens and discuss the benefits it brings to them, the European Movement in Serbia organized a debate in Prijepolje to present the process of European integration from the perspective of citizens of Montenegro, which is like Serbia on its path to the EU membership.
“People in the Western Balkans countries are not sufficiently informed about the EU accession process, and on the other hand, people in the EU Member States take this membership for granted and do not have too much empathy for the countries that are yet to enter, that many things are not harmonized, that it is necessary to add balance to the system”, says Radoje Mijušković of the partner organization “Alfa Centar” from Nikšić