Priority area Democracy, civil society and public administration Building public authorities that are responsive to people's needs

Good governance is a key aspect in the negotiations on EU accession. The chapters on judiciary and fundamental rights and on justice, freedom and security are currently being negotiated between the EU and Serbia.

Novi Sad City Hall

Novi Sad City Hall

Novi Sad City Hall

The negotiations started in July 2016. The outcomes of these talks will be decisive for the further course of the accession process. Germany is assisting Serbia in harmonising its legislation with European standards.

The purpose of the cooperation programme is to develop efficient administrative bodies that are responsive to citizens' needs, both at the national and at the local level, and to improve people's political participation.

To that end, Germany is providing advice to Serbian municipalities on topics such as budget management and human resource management, and it is helping them to modernise administrative procedures. Disadvantaged groups such as women and girls, Romani and refugees in particular are to be given better access to government services. Support is also being provided to municipalities as they invest in an environmentally sound social and economic infrastructure. This is also a contribution to local economic development.

At the national level, Germany is providing advice to the Serbian government, for example on how to reform public financial management and the administrative court system, and on how to combat corruption.