At the regular annual assembly of the European Movement in Serbia (EMinS) held last week, new leadership of the organization was elected. Former Vice-President Ms. Jelica Minić has been entrusted with a two-year term in office of President of the Movement, while the Vice-Presidents remain Mr. Vladimir Međak and Mr. Aleksandar Simurdić, joined by Prof. Ivan Vujačić, President of the Forum for International Relations and Mr. Goran Lapčević of the European Movement in Serbia – Kruševac.

The new Secretary General is Ms. Zvezdana Kovač, former director of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (CDRSEE).

At the assembly held on Friday, February 7th, in Belgrade, in the presence of members of the Movement and numerous friends and associates of EMinS, the annual financial and performance reports were adopted.

The European Movement cordially thanked, for his dedicated work and commitment, the current President, Prof. Mihailo Crnobrnja, who has served in that capacity for two terms, as well as former Secretary General Ms. Suzana Grubješić and Deputy Ms. Dina Rakin.

Last year, the European Movement in Serbia was engaged on projects and researches related to the constitutional change and regional relations; it advocated for changes to the draft Law on Social Entrepreneurship; monitored Serbia’s European integration process and internal changes in the European Union. Over 80 events have been organized in 20 cities across Serbia and the most attention was drawn by the Belgrade Security Forum 2019 and the conferences on European elections and on changes of the Serbian Constitution.

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The European Movement in Serbia is an association of citizens acting as an independent and non-profit civil society organization engaged in research, education and advocacy of European integration since 1992.

Jelica Minić – has extensive work experience in various institutions and organizations: media, scientific institutions, non-governmental organizations, state administration and international organization. She has been linked from the very beginning to the European Movement in Serbia and is one of its first members and founders. In the period from 1994 to 2000 she was the Secretary General of the organization, then from 2015 to 2019 President of the Forum for International Relations, and on several occasions Vice-President. She has spent decades researching international economics, comparative studies of international relations, European integration and regional cooperation, as well as designing and managing projects of national and international importance (Institute of International Politics and Economics, Center for Strategic Studies and Institute of Economic Sciences). She has worked in the state administration (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2000-2004) and regional intergovernmental organization (Regional Cooperation Council, 2008-2013). She holds a PhD in Economics and has published a large number of articles, studies, book chapters, conference papers in domestic and foreign publications.

Zvezdana Kovač – has worked in leadership positions for more than 20 years, both in the non-profit sector and in the media in the Western Balkans. She was the Executive Director of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (CDRSEE), a regional civil society organization promoting the building of democratic, pluralistic and peaceful societies, advocating principles of social responsibility, sustainable development and reconciliation in the region. Prior to joining CDRSEE in 2010, Zvezdana worked as a journalist and held executive positions at various TV stations across the region. She was the editor-in-chief of the national television of FR Yugoslavia. She holds a degree in Serbo-Croatian language and Yugoslav literature. She speaks English and Greek.