European Talks podcast is a short form conversation that aims to untangle difficult questions on various topics related to Serbia’s relations with the EU and its member states, by talking to experts, diplomats, and other relevant actors. Whether you are a researcher, a politician, or just genuinely curious about the topic, European Talks podcast will provide you with valuable ideas, answers as well as new questions.
The producer is European Policy Centre - CEP, non-governmental, non-profit, independent think tank based in Belgrade.
E28_10: Work-life balance in the EU - Benefits of becoming a member state
Following the European Commission’s 2017 Proposal for a Directive on work-life balance for parents and carers, the new EU Work-life Balance Directive was passed by the European Parliament in April 2019. The aim of this Directive is to “improve families’” access to family leave and flexible work arrangements’, and ultimately “contribute to an increase in women’s employment and families’ economic stability.” Moreover, it introduces a set of legislative and non-legislative measures, i.e. policy measures, designed to modernise the existing EU frameworks in the work-life balance area.
How will this affect Western Balkan countries? How much more funds will the countries of the Western Balkans receive, once they become members, having in mind that our closest neighbour, Croatia, receives 10 times more from the EU for this area?
We talked with Ms Katarina Ivanković Knežević, Director in the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion in the European Commission, former State Secretary at the Ministry of Labour and Pensions of Croatia.
E27_10: Armenia and Azerbaijan at the same table: an attempt to approach opposing positions
A conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno Karabakh, a territory which is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, but de facto ruled by the Armenian majority living there, re-erupted a couple of days ago. In order to get the full picture of what is happening on the ground, and to see what can Europe to prevent the conflict from escalating, we have invited two prominent experts, one from Armenia and the other from Azerbaijan.
- Chairman of the Centre for Political and Economic Strategic Studies in Yerevan
- Former director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the Armenian Ministry of Defence
- Graduated at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
- Consultant in public affairs and communication
- Former diplomat from Azerbaijan, with the focus on NK
- Graduated at Harvard
Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/jYrbOhMv7Ao
E26_9: Winds of change in Montenegro: What to expect in the next period?
The recent elections in Montenegro suggest that major changes could soon take place in this Western Balkan country. Montenegro has opened all chapters in the process of negotiations with the EU, but how far has the enlargement process really progressed and what can be expected in the coming period when it comes to the EU accession process, but also with the political climate in the country? We spoke with Stevo Muk, President of the managing board of the Institute Alternative, Podgorica-based think tank.
WeBER Podcast_01: En route to a better public administration: Why bottom-up pressure is necessary
Welcome to the first episode of the WeBER podcast series of European Talks podcast, a new communication tool in the regional WeBER initiative context. Each podcast episode will be devised around a relevant public administration reform and civil society related topic in the region. With this series, we mainly target civil society, experts, government officials and external interested audience (rather than public). Highly conversational in nature, it is available in video format on WeBER portal - https://www.par-monitor.org/weber-podcast-series/
In the first episode, our guest is Gregor Virant, Head of SIGMA (Support for Improvement in Governance and Management, a joint initiative of the OECD and the EU, principally financed by the EU), and former Minister of Public Administration of Slovenia. Milena Lazarević, an expert on this topic, European Policy Centre - CEP Programme Director and WeBER initiative Team Leader, talked with him about the SIGMA principles of public administration, the WeBER initiative and why civil society must monitor the public administration reform process.
E25_8: Advancing Albania's road to EU: Side with agendas and ambitions
In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the Council of the EU gave the green light to opening of accession talks with Albania. What are the expectations regarding next steps, given the current pandemic restrictions? Can the revised enlargement methodology lead to a more effective accession process? What is the current political climate in this country?
In this episode, we talked to Gjergji Vurmo, programme director of Institute for Democracy and Mediation - IDM, Tirana-based think tank.
E24_7: What does the future of EU accession process hold? The case of North Macedonia
In this episode, we talked about the current political situation in North Macedonia, EU sentiments of its citizens, and about the strengths and risks of the revised accession methodology for the Western Balkans. Our guest is Dr Simonida Kacarska, director of the European Policy Institute in Skopje, North Macedonia.