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Serbia's Prime Minister Ivica Dacic reiterated yesterday that Serbia is committed to becoming a member of the EU and arriving to a sustainable solution to the problem of Kosovo-Metohija which will be applicable in the field.Dacic told the press after a meeting with a delegation led by European Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule, that he is satisfied with the progress in meeting the political criteria for the continuation and acceleration of European integration of Serbia.
The Prime Minister underlined that Serbia has made great strides in the fight against corruption and crime, judicial reform and harmonisation of legislation with that of the EU, but also pointed out that, even though far more than expected has been done, there are high expectations and hard problems.
He recalled that a visible and sustainable progress in relations with Pristina is a key condition for the continuation of European integration, and reiterated that normalisation of these relations is not the goal just in order to get the date for the start of negotiations with the EU, but because that is an objective problem of Serbia.
We are trying to find a sustainable solution for the Serbian community in Kosovo. We will see if we will get a positive response from the other side, which is our goal, not in order to get the date, but in order to find a sustainable solution, Dacic said, adding that Serbia will continue to work on European integration.
He underlined that Belgrade wants constant communication with the European Commission in order to avoid misunderstandings related to the harmonisation of laws of Serbia with those of Europe.
The Prime Minister pointed out that this week is very important for Serbia's political life, and noted that in addition to Fule, a delegation of Bundestag is also on visit to Belgrade, that a new round of dialogue will be continued in Brussels on 20 March, while the UN Security Council will hold a session devoted to Kosovo on 22 March.
The process of submitting the European Commission’s report on Serbia's progress will start in mid-April, Dacic said and recalled that High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton will also present her report.
All these decisions should be made by the beginning of June and it is obvious that the weeks in which major political decisions will be made are ahead of us, the Prime Minister noted.
Fule said that the EU hopes for further progress in dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, particularly on the issue of northern Kosovo, and pointed out that if that happens, Serbia might get the date for the start of negotiations this year, after the European Commission evaluates the progress in dialogue in April and in the reforms in September.
The common goal of Belgrade and Brussels is Serbia in the EU, the European Commissioner declared, and reiterated that a large step in that direction can be made this year, and that is that Member States decide to set the date for starting accession talks with Serbia.
In order for that to happen, a progress in relations between Belgrade and Pristina must be made.
Asked whether Serbia can get the date even if no agreement on north of Kosovo is made, Fule said that two days before the next round of talks everyone should hope for the best and not make speculations.
The European Commissioner praised the efforts of the Serbian government at conducting reforms in the field of judiciary and fight against corruption and crime, and stressed that it is necessary to continue and intensify them.
The Serbian delegation included Prime Minister Dacic, Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Suzana Grubjesic and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivan Mrkic, while the EU Delegation included Fule, Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Vincent Degert and Head of the Political Department Luca Bianconi. Source; Government
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