SERBIA AND THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY BEFORE 1989 – HISTORY FORGOTTEN
Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracologie
(Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
Abstract: The future and the obstacles faced by the relations between Serbia and the European Union are subject of many studies. An interesting fact is that most of these studies lack analysis on the historic experience gained when Serbia was part of Yugoslavia. Even recent European publications and handbooks do not mention the longstanding cooperation with Yugoslavia before 1989. This silence is completely undeserved. Yugoslavia has a long and successful collaboration with the European Economic Community created in 1958. The relations between Serbia and the EEC follow and are synchronized with the process of integration with Western Europe. The relationship between the EEC and Yugoslavia can be divided into four phases. The first phase is from 1958 to 1968, the second phase is from 1968 to 1976, the third phase is from 1976 to 1989 and the last – after 1989. Concrete steps have been taken, but there was no historic time for Yugoslavia to join the European Community.
Keywords: EU Integration, Serbia, Yugoslavia, Gast-Arbeiters, Guest Workers