The work of the EESC will take place at a crucial moment for Serbia on its path toward the EU. The Council indeed tasked the European Commission in December 2012 to draft a report on the progress made by Belgrade in its dialogue with Prishtina. This report will be released by the European Commission in Spring 2013. On the basis of this report, the EU Council may decide to open accession negotiations with Serbia by the end of the Irish Presidency of the Council.
The opinion should take stock of the current situation of civil society in Serbia (legal environment, relations with the authorities, situation of social and civil dialogues) and propose recommendations for possible EU action in this field.
The opinion will provide an opportunity to get the views of Serbian civil society organisations in the course of a study visit to Serbia.