At the business lunch, which was organised by the American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia (AmCham), Head of the EU Delegation Michael Davenport and Head of the Negotiating Team for the accession of Serbia to the EU Tanja Miščević stressed the importance and impact of EU accession negotiations on improving the business climate in Serbia, as well as the need for further progress in economic reforms.
Michael Davenport said that Serbia opened chapters in negotiations late last year thus beginning an important process of harmonisation with the standards of the European Union, which is also a sign of stability and predictability of the business environment, important for potential investors.
“Improvements in the business environment are palpable, but in the past have made great strides in economic reforms and in regional cooperation. Great progress has been made in relations with its neighbours, which is important for the stability of the whole of Europe. The direction of European integration of Serbia is very clear, “said Davenport.
He added that Serbia should have fully used its capacity and ability to make further steps in reforms, as well as the business community commitment to the consistent implementation of economic reforms and laws that regulate commerce that provides a significant contribution. “The country needs to be economically prepared to join the European Union. It will, in addition to the rule of law and public administration reform, be one of the most important measure of our success in the negotiations. And for citizens and for the economy it is important to establish stable institutions, clear standards and rules, and therefore to insist on the inclusion of all in the negotiating process. Debate with the business sector has been opened since the beginning, and the business community is invited to actively participate and contribute to the next phases of the negotiations,” said Tanja Miščević.
She welcomed the efforts of the American Chamber of Commerce and its members for the purpose of improving and establishing effective legal frameworks and institutional mechanisms, “which are clearly visible in the case of the fight against the grey economy.” At the end of the set, which was moderated by Vera Nikolić Dimić, executive director of AmCham and Zoran Petrović, President of the Board of Directors of AmCham. Petrović concluded that harmonisation with EU standards is “necessary to ensure legal certainty and the protection, predictable business environment and tax and fiscal policy, which are important to the business of each company in Serbia. ”