Brief: EU conditioning on the elections in Montenegro and Serbia

Read the “EU conditioning on the elections in Montenegro and Serbia” brief by Aleksandar Ivković, Nikola Burazer and Radoš Mušović:

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Despite being in the process of EU accession for years, elections in Montenegro and Serbia are still not free and fair. European Union is in a unique position to tackle this problem given its leverage when it comes to Montenegro and Serbia, and it is in its interest to do so in terms of its enlargement policy and its credibility. The mechanisms currently available to the European Commission and the European Parliament provide a good starting point, but they can still be improved in multiple ways. Reporting of the European Commission, revised enlargement methodology and mediation of disputes over electoral conditions are the elements of EU’s policy towards the Western Balkans that can lead to significant improvements in the quality of their elections, if re-calibrated and implemented properly.

This brief was supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Serbia and Montenegro within the project “Strengthening the Rule of Law in the Western Balkans: Old Tools for New Rules” implemented by Politikon Network in cooperation with Centre for Contemporary Politics. All views expressed in this policy brief are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Serbia and Montenegro.

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