The Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (BFPE) was established in 2003, the year in which the then Prime-Minister of the Serbia, Zoran Đinđić, was assassinated. That same year the State Union Serbia and Montenegro was established, in yet another step towards the disintegration of the former Yugoslav space. In 2003 Serbia also became a member of the Council of Europe, admittedly only after the assassination of Prime-Minister Đinđić. Until the assassination, the State Union’s membership of the Council of Europe was contested and conditioned on multiple grounds. At the 2003 EU Summit in Thessaloniki the EU declared its readiness to integrate the countries of the Western Balkans among its members, once the necessary requirements had been fulfilled. It was already clear then that Serbia’s road toward EU integration would be neither easy nor quick.