Serbia – In Quest for the Meaning of the Future Cover Image

Србија – у потрази за смислом будућности
Serbia – In Quest for the Meaning of the Future

Author(s): Snežana Grk
Subject(s): National Economy, Supranational / Global Economy, Economic policy, Government/Political systems, Policy, planning, forecast and speculation, Economic development, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment, Human Resources in Economy
Published by: Институт за политичке студије
Keywords: Europe 2020 strategy; Serbia 2020 strategy; (un)employment; human capital; knowledge and technology; poverty; social inclusion; quest for the meaning of the future;

Summary/Abstract: An alarmingly bad economic situation in Serbia has imposed the need for the Government of Serbia to draw up a strategic document for the economic development of Serbia from 2011 to 2020. This document has been designed after the document issued by the European Union under the title The New Lisbon. This European Union document gives clear directions, i.e. strategic directives for the development of the Union in the forthcoming decade. This paper presents a brief overview of the Europe 2020 strategy and the Serbia 2020 strategy, as well as the reasons due to which the anticipated projections will not be able to be achieved in this country. Furthermore, it analyses the reasons why Serbia will not be able to join the European Union for many years to come. Joining the European Union represents a government project, yet in Serbia from the very beginning, it has been marked by economic interests and strategies. Looking from this time horizon, it seems that all the former strategies in Serbia have been wrong. And the current model of economic growth is unsustainable. This is shown by macroeconomic parameters which are more than alarming. Besides the internal factors which represent an obstruction to further economic growth and development in Serbia, there are also numerous external factors. The most prominent include unsettled issues in this region, as well as the global economic crisis which has brought about the enlargement fatigue and a general identity crisis within the Union. Serbia which would like to join the European Union has to implement all the necessary reforms and meet all the obligations and criteria that had to be fulfilled by all member countries of the Union. Serbia also has to adopt European standards required by the European Commission, entailing that it truly has to show its pro- European orientation.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 77-99
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Serbian