European Movement in Serbia

Mihailo Crnobrnja
Mihailo CrnobrnjaPresident

Mihailo Crnobrnja is a university professor with a PhD in economics. He first came into contact with the European Union in 1989, when he was appointed ambassador of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to the then European Economic Community. He kept that position until 1992 and the disintegration of Yugoslavia. He then emigrated to Canada, where he worked as a professor at McGill University.

Upon returning to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 2001 he took part in the forming of institutions in the Serbian government for accession to the European Union. He participated in negotiations with the EU as a member of the Yugoslav delegation. He was appointed secretary of the government’s European Integration Council, which was formed in 2003. In 2003 he formed and taught European Integration at the Faculty of Economics, Finance and Administration (FEFA), while two years later he formed and taught European Economic Integration at the Faculty’s department for master studies. He joined the EMinS in 2011 as a member of the Forum for International Relations. He was elected as EMinS President in 2015 and his term in office was renewed in 2017.

Maja Bobić
Maja BobićVice President

An ethnologist and anthropologist with an MA in Southeast European Studies conferred at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. She has been employed at the EMinS since 2003, first as a local council coordinator, later as a project coordinator/researcher. She was the EMinS secretary general in 2007-2018, a Freedom House fellow at the ‘Advocacy and Lobbying’ school seminar in the U.S., alumna of the BFPE School of Political Studies (under CoE auspices), alumna of the IVLP, etc.

Ms. Bobic has been a regional co-chair of the German Marshall Fund’s MMF programme and a European Movement International Executive Board member since 2014.

Besides expertise in project development and management, her areas of interest include civil society development, civil dialogue, European integration and enlargement, and regional cooperation.

She is fluent in English, and has a working knowledge of French and Greek.

Jelica Minić
Jelica MinićVice President

Jelica Minić, PhD, is the president of the Forum for International Relations of the European Movement in Serbia. She has a background in research and policy making in European integration affairs and regional cooperation. She was the Deputy Secretary General and Head of the Expert Pool of the Regional Cooperation Council in Sarajevo (2008-2013) and held high management positions in the state administration (Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2000-2004), NGO (Secretary General of the European Movement in Serbia, 1994-2000) and academia (1971-2000 and 2006-2008) as consultant or team leader for projects of the UNDP, the German Marshall Fund in Serbia, and the European Integration Fund of the European Agency for Reconstruction. Besides teaching different courses, she regularly gives lectures on regional cooperation in South East Europe and EU Enlargement Policy at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia. She has published over 170 articles, essays and book chapters, around 60 conference papers and edited several books and reviews.

Vladimir Međak
Vladimir Međak Vice President

He was born in Belgrade in 1976 and graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade in 2000. Earned an MA degree at the Faculty of Political Sciences and Diplomacy, University of Bologna, Italy, on the subject of EU Regional Policy and Structural Funds, in 2002. Received a Chevening Fellowship for research in the area of EU competition law at St. Peters College, University of Oxford, in 2004. He earned his PhD degree at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, in 2013, on the subject of Harmonisation of National Legislation with the EU Acquis in the Area of Competition Law. He has been working as a consultant for European integration and EU law since March 2016 and has been a vice president of the EMinS since December 2017. He is also the president of the EMinS Research Forum.

He was the chief legal expert in Serbia’s team for accession talks with the EU from August 2015 to May 2017. Worked at the former Serbian European Integration Office of the Government of Serbia, from its establishment in 2004 until 2016, in the area of harmonisation of legislation. From 2010 to February 2016 (when he resigned) he was the assistant director and head of division responsible for harmonisation of legislation, implementation of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement and accession negotiations. He coordinated the expert part of the negotiating team during the Stabilisation and Association Agreement negotiations in the period 2005-2008.

He worked on several international projects in Serbia and abroad and is the co-author of a number of books and articles on EU law, EU integration, Stabilisation and Association Agreement and competition law.

Aleksandar SimurdićVice President

EMinS Secretariat

Suzana Grubješić
Suzana GrubješićSecretary General

Suzana Grubjesic is Secretary General of the European Movement in Serbia. Prior to that she occupied the position of special advisor for European integration to the minister of trade, tourism and telecommunications. Also worked as a researcher at the Centre for International Relations and Sustainable Development. Suzana Grubješić was also a deputy prime minister of the Government of the Republic of Serbia for European integration. She spent eight years as a member of parliament, was a caucus whip, chairperson of the European Integration Committee, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, head of the delegation with the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and a member of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Foreign Policy Council.

She has a degree in International Relations from the Faculty of Political Sciences; attended the first EU TEMPUS post-graduate studies and worked as a guest researcher at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She has so far taken part in numerous domestic and international meetings and conferences in Serbia and abroad.

Dina Rakin
Dina RakinDeputy Secretary General

She has been active in the EMinS for seven years and currently occupies the position of deputy secretary general. Manages complex projects in the fields of social economy, social entrepreneurship, employment policy, and social affairs, both in Serbia and South East Europe. She is involved in projects aimed at increasing the participation of civil society organisations in decision-making processes, and at informing various stakeholders and target groups on EU-related topics. She has in-depth knowledge of policy research and advocacy in related policy areas. Dina has a wealth of experience in support and cooperation with local initiatives, local municipalities and marginalised groups and works on capacity building of national and local institutions and representatives of social enterprises.

Dina Rakin has a BA in Journalism and an MA in International Relations. She is also interested in multilateral diplomacy and the concept of mentoring.

She is fluent in English and has a basic knowledge of French.

Aleksandar Bogdanović
Aleksandar BogdanovićProject Manager

He has a degree in International Relations from the Faculty of Political Sciences (University of Belgrade). Joined the EMinS team in 2007. Over the past few years he has been working on various projects in the area of youth activism and non-formal education and improvement of the position of youth in the society. One of his main tasks since October 2012 has been coordinating the activities of the EMinS Research Forum, especially its fundraising and development component. His fields of interest include think tank development, European affairs and youth policies.

He speaks English.

Ivan Knežević
Ivan KneževićProject Manager

He was born in Nova Varoš, where he completed his primary and secondary education. Graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Belgrade. He completed his master’s studies in Bologna, at the Management and European Integration Policy in Central and Eastern European Countries and the Balkans programme. During his bachelor studies, he attended an undergraduate programme of the Belgrade Open School, as well as a master’s programme entitled Transition and Reconstruction, organised by the Alternative Academic Educational Network. He has been active in the EMinS since 2003 and has worked on numerous projects related to Serbia’s European integration. In 2006-2007 he worked at the government’s European Integration Office, in the sector tasked with analysing the economic aspects of Serbia’s EU accession. Additionally, he worked on the technical coordination of the Office’s administrative capacity building projects. In the period 2007-2010, he worked at the Novi Sad-based Centre for Strategic Economic Studies of Vojvodina – CESS, as the head of the project management sector. He was elected deputy secretary general of the EMinS in April 2010.

His fields of interest include the economy and EU funds, regional development, cross-border cooperation, preparation and management of EU-funded projects. He is fluent in Italian and English.

Nina Lopandić
Nina LopandićProject Associate - Assistant, NEminS Coordinator

She has been working at the European Movement in Serbia since 1993, first as an executive secretary and afterwards as the office manager. From 1995 to 2007 she coordinated the activities of the Forum for International Relations.

She worked as an assistant on numerous projects dealing with European integration and regional cooperation, and organised a number of gatherings, round tables, local and international conferences. She was involved in the preparation of many EMinS publications.

She is fluent in English and has a basic knowledge of Portuguese.

Nina Cvetanović
Nina CvetanovićProject Associate - Assistant

Graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, Department for International Relations, module: European Integration. She is currently enrolled as an MA student of Environmental Policy at the same faculty. During her undergraduate studies she worked as a volunteer in several NGOs, was engaged in student organisations and is an animal rights activist. In the EMinS she started off as a member of the Youth Forum, where she took part in several projects.

Besides European integration, her fields of interest are environmental policy and regional relations. Nina is fluent in English and Russian and has a basic knowledge of German.   

Emilija Milenković
Emilija MilenkovićOffice and Event Manager

Graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, Department of International Relations, module: European Integration. She gained her activist experience in several civil society organisations in the field of European integration, security and youth policies. She is currently enrolled as an MA student of Environmental Policy at the Faculty of Political Sciences. She holds the position of vice president of the EMinS Youth Forum. Special areas of interest include EU enlargement, environmental policies and youth policy.

Fluent in English, intermediate in German and Italian and has a basic knowledge of Spanish.

Isidora Martinenko
Isidora MartinenkoProject Associate - Assistant

She is a student of the Master’s Programme of International Studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade – U.S. Studies. Has a BA in International Relations from the Department of International Affairs at the same faculty. During her undergraduate studies she was active and engaged in extracurricular activities and seminars. She joined the EMinS in February 2017 as a volunteer. Since March 2018 she has been working on projects related to social entrepreneurship. She is a member of the EMinS Youth Forum.

Areas of interest: international politics, European integration, diplomacy.

She speaks English and has a basic knowledge of Italian.

Maša Živojinović
Maša Živojinović Menadžerka za odnose sa javnošću

Born in Belgrade in 1982. Earned her bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade, where she also earned a master’s degree in International Politics in 2012. Upon graduation, volunteered at the Women’s Studies Centre. Worked at a grant fund and in several non-governmental organisations on communication with the donor community, project proposal writing and event planning. While on the MDTF for Justice Sector Support project, she was a consultant for media and communication and monitoring and evaluation at the Ministry of Justice. Fields of interest include international relations, the European Union and the accession process, human rights and animal rights and well-being.

Speaks English and has a passive knowledge of Italian and German.

Zorana Milovanović
Zorana MilovanovićProject Associate - Assistant

Born in Belgrade in 1994. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of International Relations, module: International Politics. Also, she is an alumni member of the Program of International business at the Business Academy in Belgrade. Currently, she is a student of the Master’s Programme of International Economic Relations at the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade. Special areas of interest include gender equality, social entrepreneurship and international economic cooperation. In the European Movement in Serbia she is engaged in the mentoring program for women “Share Your Knowledge”.

She is also volunteering at the civil sector for more than 3 years. Her hobbies are photography, web design and following trends in technological innovations. She is fluent in English and intermediate in French.

Đorđo Cvijović
Đorđo CvijovićYouth Forum President

Graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, Department for International Relations. He is currently enrolled as an MA student of International Law at Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade. Currently is engaged as student instructor on the subject Introduction to Diplomacy and Diplomatic Analysis at Faculty of Political Sciences.  He joined the European Movement as a volunteer in 2016. In 2017 becomes a member of Youth Forum of European Movement in Serbia, and was elected president of Youth Forum in June 2018. During his studies he was active at seminars and non-formal education programs, mainly in the field of human rights.

In addition to human rights, his areas of interest are youth policy and regional cooperation.  He is fluent in English and Russian.

EMinS Boards

President
prof. dr. Mihailo Crnobrnja

Secretary General
Suzana Grubješić

Deputy Secretary General
Dina Rakin

Vice Presidents
Maja Bobić
Vladimir Međak
Jelica Minić
Aleksandar Simurdić

Honorary President
Vlastimir Matejić

EMinS’ Forums Presidents
Jelica Minić, President of the Forum for Foreign Relations
Vladimir Međak, President of the Research Forum
Gordana Lazarević, President of the Economy and Business Forum
Vida Ognjenović, President of the Forum for Culture
Đorđo Cvijović, President of the Youth Forum

Collective Members Representatives (11)
Dušica Semenčenko, Udruženje poslovnih žena
Stamenko Joksimović, Prva evropska kuća, Čukarica
Dragomir Vasić, Evropska Vojvodina
Jelena Ribać, Generacija 21
Vesna Nikolić Ristanović, Viktimološko društvo Srbije
Darko Radičanin, Dostignuća mladih
Svetlana Kisić, Ženska vlada
Vladimir Jelačić, Čivning društvo
Jelena Babić, Unija evropskih federalista
Miroslav Stanojević, Mladi evropski federalisti / Beograd
Katarina Đorđević, Klub Alpbah Beograd

Local Councils Representatives and Regional Coordinators (14) 
Milenko Jovanović, EM Bor
Christos Alexopoulos, EM Ćuprija
Radmila Popović, EM Inđija
Dušan Vrućinić, EM Kikinda
Nenad Đorđević, EM Kragujevac
Mirjana Prodanović, EM Kraljevo
Goran Lapčević, EM Kruševac
Milorad Đoković, EM Lazarevac
Srđan Dimitrijević, EM Leskovac
Bisera Šećeragić, EM Novi Pazar
Uroš Davidovac, EM Novi Sad
Dmitar Stanišić, EM Sremska Mitrovica
Milan Bošnjak, EM Subotica
Branko Petrović, Em Valjevo

Others (21)
Dušan Janjić, Former Secretary General
Danijel Pantić, Former Secretary General
Ksenija Milenković, Former Secretary General
Stevan Lilić, Pravni fakultet u Beogradu
Zoran Stojiljković, profesor Fakultet političkih nauka
Vladimir Goati, predsednik Transparency Srbija
Aleksandar Kovačević, ekonomista
Dragoljub Todic, IMPP
Aleksandar Đorđević, Ekonomski fakultet
Borivoj Erdeljan, Forum za međunarodne odnose EPuS
Stanislav Sretenović, Istorijski institut
Dragan Živojinović, Fakultet političkih nauka
Dragan Đukanović, profesor Fakultet političkih nauka
Jasna Dimitrijević, direktorka, Kolarac
Milena Stefanović, FDU
Žarko Šunderić, Centar za socijalnu politiku
Vlada Jeremić, RARIS
Dragan Vujčić, MDULS
Ana Kotevska, predsednica Muzikološkog društva Srbije
Goran Kronja, hirurg
Ljubinka Trgovčević Mitrović, profesor Fakultet političkih nauka

Duško Lopandić

President
prof. dr. Mihailo Crnobrnja

Deputy President
Duško Lopandić

Secretary General
Suzana Grubješić

Deputy Secretary General
Dina Rakin

Vice Presidents
Maja Bobić
Vladimir Međak
Jelica Minić
Aleksandar Simurdić

EMinS’ Forums Presidents
Jelica Minić, President of the Forum for International Relations
Vladimir Međak, President of the Research Forum
Gordana Lazarević, President of the Economy and Business Forum
Vida Ognjenović, President of the Forum for Culture
Đorđo Cvijović, President of the Youth Forum

Others
Srđan Dimitrijević, President of the EM Leskovac
Nataša Dragojlović, National Convention on the EU Coordinator
Ivan Knežević, EMinS Member
Goran Lapčević, President of the EM Kruševac

Predrag Bjelić, Faculty of Economy

Mihajlo Babin, FEFA

Zvonko Brnjas, Belgrade Banking Academy

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