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Additional engagement in increasing Serbia's energy security

Prime Minister Ana Brnabic talked today with Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Ambassador Emanuele Giaufret about further progress of our country's accession negotiations, Serbia's energy security and gas diversification, as well as last week's visit of European Council President Charles Michel to Serbia.

Prime Minister Ana Brnabic pointed out that with the successfully implemented judicial reform, Serbia has shown a clear commitment to European integration and judicial reform in accordance with European Union standards, and that consultations with the Venice Commission are expected to continue regarding the activities on a set of judicial laws.

Ambassador Giaufret stressed the importance of continuing successful constitutional reforms in a timely manner to make the judiciary more independent.

When it comes to the continuation of reforms in the media sphere, it was pointed out that the most important is the further implementation of the Action Plan for the Media Strategy, in order to further improve the safety of journalists and media freedom.

The officials emphasised that financing projects from pre-accession funds should continue; these projects include those focused on the Green Agenda, environmental protection and infrastructure projects and projects aimed at further public administration reform and support for EU membership negotiations.

Also, it was pointed out at the meeting that additional engagement is necessary to increase Serbia's energy security, especially when it comes to the gas sector and the possibility of diversification of both routes and suppliers.

Ambassador Giaufret explained that "as a consequence of Russia's aggression against Ukraine, which puts Europe's security at risk, as well as food and energy security, it is extremely important that Serbia and the EU strengthen cooperation in key sectors where we can achieve greater results together."

Serbia and the EU can work together to increase Serbia's energy independence, secure and reliable energy supplies and increase the use of renewable energy sources, Giaufret said.

Strong financial support is the foundation of this co-operation, especially the European Union's Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans, which could generate €30 billion in investments in the Western Balkans, for example for the reconstruction of gas interconnectors.

The Head of the European Union Delegation praised Serbia for successfully managing the migrant crisis when it comes to the latest wave of refugees from Ukraine, thus once again showing solidarity and humanity.

He also reaffirmed the EU's readiness to continue supporting Serbia's migration management system especially with regard to the consequences on the country’s health system.

Belgrade, 23 May 2022 

 


Selaković: Serbia is standing firm on the position of respecting international law

Today at the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, attended by foreign ministers from the Western Balkans, Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selaković said that Serbia was consistently advocating the use of peaceful diplomatic means in resolving disputes and conflicts.

“We stand on this position, just as we stand firm on the position to respect one of the key principles of public international law and international relations, which is territorial integrity and political independence of internationally recognised UN member states, which Ukraine is”, Minister Selaković said after the meeting. He added that Serbia’s message and position had been very clear from the first days of the Russia―Ukraine conflict, and that any kind of armed solution to certain problems was not supported. “We have established and consolidated our position by voting in relevant international organisations, primarily at the UN General Assembly, and our credibility to act and speak from those positions is undisputed,” he argued.

Minister Selaković also drew attention to the energy situation in Serbia and its gas and oil supply, and pointed out that Serbia’s position was much different compared to all other countries represented at the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting.

Minister Selaković said that foreign ministers of the Western Balkans had the opportunity to present their positions on the Russia―Ukraine conflict at the meeting, and that some EU member states, such as Poland and the Baltic republics, had made it clear that Serbia was expected to harmonise with the common foreign and security policy of the EU, and impose sanctions on the Russian Federation. “The topic of that meeting was less about the Western Balkans, and more about the attitude towards the crisis in Eastern Europe and the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Each of us from the Western Balkans had the opportunity to state our positions, and to hear the attitude of EU members towards our views,” he said.

Minister Selaković emphasised that Serbia had received clear and unequivocal support from Hungary at the meeting, and conveyed that Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Péter Szijjártó had said that Serbia should not be expected to make such a difficult decision until the EU offered Serbia something that would be “at least equal to the damage that Serbia would suffer by resorting to such a decision”.

“What should be offered to Serbia immediately is full EU membership”, said Minister Selaković. He added that Serbia’s EU membership was long overdue, referring to the views expressed by his Hungarian colleague.

Minister Selaković specified that Minister Szijjártó was a proven and good friend, and that he had sent a very clear and unambiguous message in which he drew a parallel between Serbia and Hungary, with the difference being that Hungary was a member of the EU. On behalf of the Government of Serbia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister Selaković thanked Minister Szijjártó and the Government of Viktor Orbán for the constant, principled, clear, and very strong support to Serbia on its EU path.

Извор: www.mfa.gov.rs

16. May 2022.

 


Selaković talked to Olivér Várhelyi

Today in Brussels, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Nikola Selaković met with the EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Olivér Várhelyi.

Minister Selaković said that Serbia's membership in the European Union was a strategic commitment and priority of Serbia’s foreign policy, emphasising that it was important to give encouragement to the region on its European path.

The two officials also discussed the situation in Ukraine and the region, as well as the dialogue between Belgrade and Priština.

Minister Selaković underlined that Belgrade was fully committed to the dialogue with Priština, adding that the other side's commitment to that process was questionable, especially considering Priština’s request for membership in the Council of Europe, which did not contribute to the normalisation process.

Minister Selaković stressed that preserving stability in the region and orientation towards intensive cooperation was Serbia’s key interest.

Izvor/Foto: www.mfa.gov.rs

16. May 2022.





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