Financial discipline important in EU talks
BELGRADE -- Tanja Miščević says "the main challenges facing Serbia along the EU path will be the finance, securing funds for implementing plans and meeting deadlines."
Serbia's negotiator in EU talks spoke during a a panel discussion entitled "Negotiations as priority, priorities in negotiations" organized by the Institute for Public Policy, a research think-tank based in Belgrade.
Miščević noted that the explanatory and bilateral screening for Chapter 32, which deals with financial control, has already been carried out, and added that the main question was how to create a system of financial control, spending control of budgetary and other funds.
"For the time being, that system does not exist, but that is one of priority tasks," Miščević said.
Finance Minister Lazar Krstić expects Serbia to be more aggressive, capable and competent in the reform process, and thus in the EU accession process, than some other countries, as "we are often in a situation that we just take and copy solutions".
"Now, we should tailor our own policy, and that will in most cases coincide with the EU Acquis," Krstić said, underlining that in the process Serbia will need discipline so as to put its finances in order.
The Ministry of Finance plays a big role in the negotiation process- the ministry is responsible for five fields, and cooperates with the National Bank of Serbia on another two, and the ministry also fields its officials to working groups for all chapters so as to know, among other things, how the money will be spent, he said.
"The EU deems that financial discipline is almost of the same importance as the rule of law. Much attention will be focused on that, and we have a lot of problems there," Krstic said, concluding that it is very important for the Union that Serbia spends the funds for the purpose for which they had been earmarked in the first place.
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