22 April 2024 The National Assembly delegation at the Second Meeting dedicated to the drafting of the Convention for the Strengthening of the Central European Initiative

22 April 2024 The National Assembly delegation at the Second Meeting dedicated to the drafting of the Convention for the Strengthening of the Central European Initiative

Monday, 22 April 2024

EU Enlargement to the Western Balkans through Strengthening Central European Initiative

The National Assembly delegation took part in the second meeting dedicated to the drafting of the Convention for the Strengthening of the Central European Initiative (CEI).


The delegation was headed by Marina Ragus, National Assembly Deputy Speaker and Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee, with Ana Miljanic, member of the standing delegation to the CEI Parliamentary Dimension, also taking part. In addition to representatives of the National Assembly, our country was also represented at the meeting by Milos Todorovic, Acting Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and Zoran Jovanovic, coordinator for CEI in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The main topic of the meeting was the exchange of opinions on ways to revitalise and strengthen the CEI in order to achieve the members’ common political goals and improve the basic mechanisms supporting the development of the Organisation. In the course of the debate, the national delegations presented proposals on how to achieve the common political goals, among which the support of the CEI members for the further expansion of the European Union to the rest of the Balkans and Eastern European countries was recognised as the most important.

In her speech, the National Assembly Deputy Speaker Marina Ragus stressed that the CEI chief goal should be aimed at preserving the fragile peace in Europe and called for respecting procedures and principles in international organisations. As bad examples, she cited the violation of procedures in the Council of Europe regarding the acceptance of so-called "Kosovo’s" application for membership and eventual adoption of the resolution on Srebrenica in the United Nations General Assembly. She reminded the attending of the importance of preserving peace and stability in the region and, at the same time, expressed her belief that CEI member countries will continue to preserve the existing rules and procedures within international organisations. Without it, any future project becomes pointless. This is more than clear to a few countries today - Ragus pointed out, and thanked Italy and Hungary for their principled stance and the support they provided to Serbia in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Representatives of all sixteen CEI members participated in the meeting.



Previous month Next month
M T W T F S S
29 30 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
wednesday, 22 may
  • 11.00 - visit of the students of the Ivan Saric Technical School from Subotica to the National Assembly (National Assembly House, 13 Nikola Pasic Square)

  • 12.00 - National Assembly Deputy Speaker Elvira Kovacs opens the final debate of the 10th generation of the European Debate School (National Assembly House, 13 Nikola Pasic Square, Small Hall)

Full event calendar