In his first visit to Serbia as the European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn said his goal was to prepare the country for full EU membership, "not only to transpose the acquies into the national regulation" but "to push and promote its economy" and implement the laws. Serbia should see the European Commission as its partner, Hahn said, vowing to work hard towards "the final goal that Serbia joins the EU as soon as possible."
Reconstruction process on private houses for over 770 families in 24 municipalities mostly affected by the floods is well underway. This includes reconstruction works and construction of new homes which is funded by the European Union with 6.2 million euros. The construction process for 15 new houses started in Valjevo, Ub, Lajkovac and Bajina Bašta last week. Depending upon the weather conditions, the completion of this intervention is expected in December 2014 – January 2015.
The conference on "Fundamental rights, non-discrimination and the protection of vulnerable groups, including LGBTI", which took place in Albania on 20-21 November 2014, has shown that enlargement countries have improved legal and policy framework for fundamental rights, but that LGBTI citizens remain at risk of discrimination, marginalization or even violence.