Institute for Political Studies
EDUCATIONAL POLICY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION: STANDARDS AND CHALLENGES OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA’S АCCESSION PROCESS
As a country that has EU membership as its main foreign policy goal, the Republic of Serbia has been conducting negotiations for membership in the Union since 2014. This process involves negotiations that are divided into 35 chapters. The chapter that was first temporarily closed on the same day it was opened is Chapter 26, which deals with education and culture. The subject of this paper will be European education with a focus on the phases of development, goals, standards and instruments of European educational policy. The second part of the paper will be dedicated to a more detailed analysis of the conditions contained in Chapter 26 that Serbia has to meet in order to achieve compliance with the standards proclaimed by the EU. The last part of the paper shows the degree of harmonization of the education system of the Republic of Serbia with EU standards in the mentioned area. The author concludes that it is necessary to review the existing performance at all levels of education and especially to work on improving a greater degree of inclusion and accessibility of all levels of education.