Work Methodology

National Convention on the EU (NCEU) organizes:

plenary sessions,
sessions of the Working Groups, and
provides conclusions and recommendations.

Plenary sessions take place once per year in cooperation with the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, aiming to enable broad public insight in Serbia’s accession negotiation process with the European Union, to evaluate and compare improvement in certain fields – negotiation chapters and to locate possible imperfections in the process of creation and enforcement of reform measurements.

Sessions of Working groups follow the process and dynamics of the negotiations, they are held in accordance with the process of consultations between the National Assembly and the Civil society. Each session of the working groups can be a consultative meeting where important issues can be discussed, or a part of the effect analysis effect of the implemented/adopted previously (briefing and debriefing). In that regard, NCEU plays a consultative mechanism role, institutional open dialogue role, and a role of the mechanism for monitoring the adopted and implemented measures, during the entire accession negotiations process. A rapporteur from the government, corresponding negotiating group, or team is present at every NCEU working group session, while the civil society coordinator provides expert commentary and moderates discussions with the working groups. Sessions take place in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and outside Belgrade as well.

Conclusions and recommendations of the working groups represent a high quality and meaningful contribution, proposal or annex coming from the civil society, with a role to improve Serbian position in the EU accession negotiations, to propose corrective measures in practical implementations of the obligations set by the negotiations, as well as to establish new standards. The presiding group will forward the conclusions and recommendations to the relevant government institutions, President of the coordination body, department minister, the presiding officer of the negotiating group in question, Minister in charge of the EU, chief negotiator, and the president of the European integration parliamentary committee. Conclusions and recommendations will be available to the public, and distributed for the purpose of timely informing of the broad public, in order to increase the level of knowledge about the reforms and measurements, as well as about the consequences on every day life of the citizens and the development of Serbia.