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    • Business and Security Conference held in the National Assembly

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    • Date: 10 November 2008

      The Centre for Civil - Military Relations organized ‘Business and Security’ conference on 6 - 7 November in the National Assembly  of the Republic of Serbia. Representatives of the governmental institutions of the Republic if Serbia, nongovernmental organizations and Serbian academic community as well as numerous guests from the Western Balkans and Central and East European countries took participation in the conference. This project is supported by the governments of the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Hungary as well as ‘Jagelo 2000’ organization from the Czech Republic.  

      Main thematic framework of the conference was relation between economic development and national security. During the conference that topic was developed and specified through the panels which focused on theoretical and methodological difficulties of calculating economic costs of security, the price of proclaimed military neutrality of Serbia and on the economic and social costs of the integration in NATO. Speakers from Croatia, Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro offered their findings on the costs of their countries’ integration into NATO, while guests from Hungary, Slovakia and Bosnia and Herzegovina discussed NATO impacts on the local economies.

      NATO membership fee and costs of maintaining a permanent mission to NATO are the most prominent direct costs of the NATO membership, as well as keeping up to NATO standard of maintaining the defence budget on the 2 percent level of the GDP, a standard not achieved by the majority of the current NATO member countries.

      Besides direct gains of the participation in the system of collective defence and the development of military industrial complex and attached industries, NATO membership brings indirect gains: the shift of one country’s image and increased flow of foreign direct investment, which are being attracted by the increased predictability and transparency in one country after NATO admission. Special attention was paid to the impacts of the possible integration into NATO on the military industrial complex and private security sector in Serbia.

      By organizing the conference, CCMR initiated multidisciplinary research approach to interdependence between economy and security which has not been present in the public and expert discourse on the Euro - Atlantic integration of Serbia until now.

      Report prepared by Jelena Radoman

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