Serbia fulfils conditions for getting starting date for negotiations with EU

Serbia's Prime Minister Ivica Dacic stated today in Brussels after the talks with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton that Serbia expects a positive decision from Brussels regarding setting a date for the start of accession...

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Serbia fulfils conditions for getting starting date for negotiations with EU



Balkans.com Business News Correspondent - 27.06.2013

Serbia's Prime Minister Ivica Dacic stated today in Brussels after the talks with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton that Serbia expects a positive decision from Brussels regarding setting a date for the start of accession negotiations.

Dacic, who is on an official visit to Brussels today, said at a joint press conference with Ashton that the decision that is expected to be taken at the meeting of the European Council on 28 June concerning opening negotiations on EU membership is of historic importance for Serbia.

He stressed he is very pleased with the fact that the Council of Foreign Ministers of the EU unanimously adopted the decision on starting negotiations with Serbia and requested that the date be set.

The Prime Minister said that he expects EU leaders to do the same on 28 June, without any new conditions and any new meetings of committees or councils that would decide on that matter later on.

Dacic stated that Serbia will continue to implement everything that was agreed in dialogue with Pristina and that it has to prepare for accession negotiations.

We do not want to conduct these negotiations ten years, but to become an EU member within four or five years, Dacic underlined.

He expressed his appreciation to all Member States, as well as to Ashton for her role in the mediation between Belgrade and Pristina, noting that only few negotiators kept their promises.

Ashton announced that she will request from the EU leaders on 28 June to fulfil the promises they made, the same way Serbia did in achieving the conditions for the start of membership talks with the EU.

She stated that Serbia has fulfilled its part of the job, and that it is up to the EU to do its share now, and welcomed the conclusions from yesterday's meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the EU, which has recommended the opening of negotiations and setting the date not later than January.

Ashton also welcomed the fact that all 27 Member States were united in acknowledging that Serbia and Kosovo have done a tremendous job, that they supported Serbia's progress towards the EU and commended the prime ministers and the leaderships in Belgrade and Pristina for their political courage.

As part of his official visit to Brussels, Dacic met today with European Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration Maros Sefcovic.

After the meeting with Ashton, he also met with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and several European commissioners: Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Laszlo Andor, Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs and Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki. Source: Serbian Government


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