AS TWO SUPRANATIONAL
ORGANIZATIONS, EU AND NATO, SHARE THE SAME VALUES
The fifth public debate within the project "Helsinki Charter:
Promoting Serbia's Europeanization" realized with the assistance of the Norwegian
Helsinki Committee for Human Rights
Pancevo, December 1, 2010
The fifth public promotion of the Helsinki Charter magazine was held in
the Pancevo City Hall. The local non-governmental organization, Civil Action, helped the
Helsinki Committee to organize this successful and vibrant meeting between contributors
for the magazine and its present and potential readers.
Having introduced the magazine's editorial policy guided by two
determinants, facing the past and promotion of European values, Seska Stanojlovic,
editor-in-chief, gave the floor to authors.
Economist Vladimir Gligorov said, among other things, that in present
socioeconomic circumstances Serbia practically had no other alternative but membership of
the European Union. Recognizing the fact that admission of all the countries in the region
was unquestionable in EU enlargement policy, Gligorov detailed the "the Serbia
map." According to him, it would be realistic to expect Serbia's full-fledged
membership of EU in six to eight years, actually somewhere by 2020.
Zoran Dragisic, security expert and university professor, broached
manipulation, half-truths and false information the influential representatives of
Serbia's conservative bloc were resorting to so as to fuel public animosity for NATO. He
reminded that all post-communist countries in Europe had joined NATO before EU, and
emphasized that the two supranational organizations shared the same values.
Journalist Teofil Pancic spoke about "tangible" advantages of
EU membership by presenting illustrative examples. Apart from being able to travel from
Ljubljana to Lisbon through "invisible borders," every Slovenian can, say, go to
live and work in Germany, France or Spain under the same conditions as citizens of these
countries, said Pancic.
Bombarding keynote speakers with questions people in the audience
demonstrated their interest in a number of topics addressed. They posed questions such as
"Is Serbia 'mature' enough for such manifestations as the Pride Parade?"
"What is the correlation between the level of democratization of a country and its
economic development?," "Would the informal centers of power ever renounce their
influence in the name of institutional order, which is a crucial measure of
democracy?," etc. Such dynamic exchange of views lasted for almost two hours.
At the end the editor-in-chief of the Helsinki Charter was interviewed
by a reporter for the local TV station. A story about the launch was posted at the website
of the Pancevo City Hall.