Accession to the European Union remains Serbia’s strategic orientation which rests on a wide political and social consensus. The road to EU is seen as a road to a more modern society, a stable democracy with a developed economy, while political and economic requirements set by the European Union – since they coincide with preconditions for a successful political and economic transformation – are viewed as means instead of an end to development. This way, the accession to the European Union assumes success in relation to requirements for development and stability, along with simultaneous expansion of the peaceful and democratic European territory.
COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE EVALUATION OF THE WORK OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IN THE EUROEAN COMMISSION ANNUAL REPORTS BETWEEN 2008 AND 2011
The process of our country’s accession to the European Union formally began in 2001. On October 13, 2004 the National Assembly adopted the Resolution on Accession to the European Union. The Stabilization and Accession Agreement and the Transitional Commercial Agreement were signed on April 29, 2008 in Brussels and were ratified by the National Assembly on September 9, 2008. Since February 1, 2009 Serbia has been unilaterally implementing the Transitional Commercial Agreement which was freed up by EU in December the same year. On June 14, 2010 the European Union Council of Ministers decided to also free up the process of ratification of the Stabilization and Accession Agreement. On January 19, 2011, the European Parliament ratified the Stabilization and Accession Agreement. In December 2010, President of the Republic of Serbia submitted the request for membership at the European Union.
When the Rules of Procedure were amended on May 30, 2003, the National Assembly established the European Integrations Committee. After the disintegration of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro
in 2006, the National Assembly assumed the competences of the former Assembly of Serbia and Montenegro
related to European integrations. Thus, the European Integrations Department was established.