Following Serbia's acceptance as a candidate for EU membership, it's agriculture and rural issues will receive major attention as agriculture is an important activity in Serbia, especially in the low-income rural areas. This raises questions such as: what will be the main challenges of EU membership for Serbia? What will EU membership imply for the structure and performance of the agri-food supply chain? How should Serbia address the adjustment process to comply with EU rules and face economic market forces best? This book explores the consequences of preparing for EU accession for Serbia's agricultural policies and its agri-food supply chain. The book presents a comprehensive description of Serbia's agricultural and food sectors, agricultural policies, trade, environmental, animal and plant health issues, and also addresses budgetary consequences of EU membership for both Serbia and the EU.
Siemen van Berkum (Phd) has a position at the Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI) in The Hague (The Netherlands) as head of section International Trade and Development. He has extensive experience in (European) agricultural policy and international market and chain analysis. He has substantial knowledge of agricultural and rural policy developments as well as experience of assessing the development needs of the agricultural and food sector in Central Europe. He has working experience in almost all new EU member states from the East as well as in several (non-EU-member) Balkan countries, Turkey and in Russia. Natalija Bogdanov has a position as Professor in Agricultural Economics at the University of Belgrade. She has over 20 years of working experiences in Serbia and the region. She has been involved in numerous consultancies for the World Bank, FAO, UNDP and the EU on agricultural and rural policy issues.
1: Introduction 2: Serbia's Economy and Regional Income Distribution 3: The Institutional Framework of Serbia and Serbian Agriculture 4: Agricultural Production, Prices and Income 5: Serbia's Rural Population and Agricultural Workforce 6: The Agri-food Supply Chain 7: Overview of Agricultural, Rural and Structural Policies 8: Serbia's Foreign Trade Position 9: Environment and Agriculture 10: Animal and Plant Health in Serbia 11: Expected Consequences for Serbia and the EU of Serbia Accessing the EU