UDC 341.217.02(4-672EU:497.11)
Biblid: 1451-3188, 21 (2022)
Vol. 21, No 79, pp. 77-94
DOI: https://doi.org/10.18485/iipe_ez.2022.21.79.5

Оriginal article
Received: 20 Aug 2022
Accepted: 28 Aug 2022

REPORTS OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION (2020­2021) AND THE EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE OF SERBIA

АРНАУДОВ Митко (Институт за међународну политику и привреду, Београд), mitko@diplomacy.bg.ac.rs

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic represents one of the most extensive challenges to the existing global order in recent history. Regardless of economic, political and military power, states are faced with an “invisible enemy” that systematically affects their internal infrastructure, but also the international order, collapsing the normal functioning of the existing economic system multiple times. The paper analyzes the activities of the competent institutions of the Republic of Serbia in the fight against Covid-19, as well as the perspectives of European integration in the changed circumstances brought about by this pandemic. Using a comparative approach, the author also analyzes Serbia’s cooperation with the European Union (EU) and other actors of international relations such as the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China. The work is focused on examining the reports of the European Commission for 2020 and 2021, i.e. on the analysis of the content of these documents, through which the questions should also be answered, whether Serbia progressed on the way to the EU during the pandemic, in what way the EU supported Serbia. in the fight against the pandemic and how did the EU evaluate Serbia’s cooperation with the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation in the field of overcoming pandemic challenges, i.e. is this cooperation treated as an obstacle for Serbia’s European path? Finally, the work as a case study in a theoretical sense should provide realistic views on the relationship of the EU towards the countries that are candidates for admission to this organization.

Keywords: Serbia, EU, Covid-19, People’s Republic of China, Russian Federation, foreign policy