Institute for European Affairs is focusing on negotiations between Serbia and the EU as well as on strengthening the capacity of all sides involved in the process. Given the complexity and long duration of the process, the Institute brings together a large number of professionals and external experts with whom organises trainings, debates and other forms of capacity development. We want to contribute to enhanced understanding of Serbia-EU relations. The Institute provides multi-perspective trainings in order to enable active participation of professionals and citizens in the decision-making processes. The Institute actively advocates for fundamental reforms within the EU integration process and in cooperation with partners working on strengthening Serbia's capacity to face the challenges of the global world through collective action. The overall objective is active membership of Serbia in Euro-Atlantic framework for the benefit of all citizens.

Ilija Jerković

He was born in Belgrade where he finished The Fourteenth Belgrade Grammar School, with direction for social studies, with honours. He studies legal theory at University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law.

Since 2014, he has been a volunteer of the European Youth Parliament (EYP), and from 2015 to 2017 he was in the Board of the European Youth Parliament Serbia, first as the Head of Communications and then as the President of the Board. In 2017 and 2018, he was the vice-president of the Board of National Committees of the European Youth Parliament and he organised and chaired two international meetings in Berlin. As a trainer and peer educator at over 30 events in European cities, he delivered training about non-formal education, methodology of working and leading a team, institutional framework of the European Union, as well as managing and implementation of projects and youth events for young people.

Since 2017, he is a member of the Consortium of Erasmus+ project Knowledge for Resilient Society (K-FORCE) led bz University of Novi Sad. On the project, he created, led and analysed surveys targeting young people about their knowledge of fire safety engineering and disaster risk management. He was also supporting promotion of project and its results.

In his free time, he likes writing and some of his articles have been published on a Student website Škrip. He also received an award for best essay by the Institute for European Affairs under their programme „How can I personally support Serbia’s integration to the European Union?“.

During his high school days, he initiated and organised charity concerts with high school band. He also took part in different seminars and courses.

He speaks English, can use German and has basic understanding of Spanish.

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