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The Serbia-EU Stabilization and Association Agreement takes effect on September 1. Thus a formal prerequisite for the commencement of membership negotiations will be met and Serbia will be granted the status of an EU associated state. More on this in the International Economic Review, prepared by Ranka Pavlović. In the field of trade, a liberalization process is to be completed by January 1, 2014. This process applies to the import of all the industrial products and the majority of agricultural products of EU origin. During the SAA negotiations, Serbia has managed to retain protection for strategic agrarian products, such as wheat and corn, so they will remain protected after this date as well. At the EU level, Serbia will invest efforts to protect the geographical origin of domestic agricultural and food products, as well as wines and strong alcoholic drinks. The products that have been protected at the national level to date include the Uzice cured ham (pršuta), the Srem kulen, the Mt Rtanj tea, the Mt Homolje cheese and honey, the Kladovo caviar, the Apatin beer „Jelen“, the Leskovac grilled meat and ajvar, the Futog cabbage, the Arilje raspberry and the Pirot kashkaval (kačkavalj) cheese pivo. By having the names with the designation of geographical origin registered at the EU level, Serbia will make its domestic products recognizable at the European market. In Serbia, 33 agricultural and food products have been protected with the name of origin or a geographical designation at the national level so far. By the way, name and geographical origin protection disputes are by no means rate in the EU. Serbia as well will have a problem – when it comes to slivovitz (šljivovica), the famous Serbian plum brandy as, the Czech Republic has already protected the plum brandy produced in the province of Moravia under the same name – in 2007. However, the Serbian brand name will probably be expanded to the term: Serbian slivovitz (srpska šljivovica). The EU accession talks start date should enable Serbia to benefit from all the five components of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistsance. Only two of them have been used so far – support for transition and institution building and support for cross-border cooperation. For these purposes, Serbia has obtained irrevocable funds of some EUR 200 million annually in the past five years. Ever since the beginning of the transition process, Serbia has been granted around EUR 3.5 billion in total from the EU, both from pre-accession funds and from individual donor states. When it is admitted to the EU, Serbia will be able to count on EU structural funds as well, which may reach around 4% of the gross domestic product. For instance, as an EU member-state, Bulgaria has obtained EUR 7 billion from these funds so far. The opening of Serbia’s EU membership negotiations could entail withdrawal of bilateral donors. That was the case with German donations for Croatia, which were suspended two years before Croatia joined the EU. However, there are exceptions here as well, e.g. in the case of the Swiss Office for Cooperation, which has increased its budget for Serbia and is currently working on a strategy for the period from 2014 tp 2017, whereas the German Organization for International Cooperation (GIZ) has agreed to extend assistance to Serbia during the next five years adn is planning to donate around EUR 11 million to Serbia annually. Radio Srbija
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