GDP Publishes the Report: “Serbia’s European integrations: the EU or the EEA?”

Group for Development Policy (GDP) has published the report following its expert debate, “Creeping Dilemma: Serbia’s Accession, EU or EEA?”, which was held on April 1, 2013, in Media Center in Belgrade.

The report consists of general overview of both integrations, European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA), points out differences among them and explains the process of accession to these integrations. It also discusses the effects of integration on Serbian economy, focusing on access to the common market, agriculture, effects on the budget and the regional policy. Political effects that have been analyzed are the Kosovo issue, Serbia’s influence as a EU/EEA member and reducing Serbia’s sovereignty as a consequence of accession. The report ends with an overview of benefits of joining EU and EEA.

This report does not represent views of one or all panelists that participated in the debate, or is an attempt to highlight some of their positions; on the contrary, this is a contribution by GDP’s authors, which was inspired by the discussion at the debate, pointing out the issues which we have considered to be most important.

Publication of this report has been supported by The European Fund for the Balkans, a joint initiative of the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Compagnia di San Paolo, the ERSTE Foundation and the King Baudouin Foundation.

The report can be downloaded here.