In his presentation, Marko attempted to close in the very process of negotiations, its more technical aspects, as listeners were all engaged in Macedonia’s public policies, either from the position of politicians and decision makers, or professionals working in state administration. He paid special attention to challenges in four areas of key importance for Serbia’s accession to the EU:
state administration reform;
protection of human and minority rights;
judiciary reform and
relations between Belgrade and Prishtina.
As it might have been expected, last point brought most attention from the audience. Delivering his concluding remarks, Savkovic stated how the perception – valid only several years ago – that Serbia has at its disposal capacities needed for a quick completion of negotiations – was rather too optimistic, and that many challenges still remain.
Both BFPE and its partner organization in Macedonia – the CRPM – are members of the Network of the CoE Schools of Political Studies.