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Meeting of the members of National Assembly with MEPs – the members of informal group “Friends of Serbia”

The meeting of the members of National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia with the members of the European Parliament – members of informal group “Friends of Serbia” was held on 14 September 2017. at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, on the margins of the sixth meeting of the European Union-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee.

The meeting was chaired by Emilian Pavel, Romanian MEP and the president of the group “Friends of Serbia”.

The members of the group “Friends of Serbia” have welcomed the unequivocal support which the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, expressed in the context of Serbia’s accession negotiations. They have also underlined their support for reforms in Serbia and expressed hope that Serbia will become EU Member State during the next mandate of the European Commission.

The informal group “Friends of Serbia” was established in May 2015, bringing together the Members of the European Parliament who support Serbia's European integration, and they organise activities aimed at promoting Serbia in the European Parliament.


Sixth Meeting of European Union-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee in Strasbourg

The sixth meeting of the European Union-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee was held at the European Parliament HQ in Strasbourg on 13 and 14 September 2017. The Meeting was co-chaired by Eduard Kukan, Chairman of the European Parliament delegation and Dr Vladimir Orlic, Chairman of the delegation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. The Government of the Republic of Serbia was represented by Ksenija Milenković, Assistant Minister for European Integration.

In the course of the two-day discussions at the European Parliament, members of the National Assembly and the European Parliament have exchanged opinions on the state-of-play in accession negotiations and relations between the European Union and Serbia, Serbia’s preparations for opening of new chapters, dialogue on relations normalization between Belgrade and Pristina, refugee crisis, implementation of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement, fundamental rights and freedoms, gender equality, domestic violence, economic development and reforms. Co-chairs Kukan and Orlic have agreed that the meeting was held in a friendly atmosphere and that the debate was constructive and followed by excellent conclusions. The co-chairs have also emphasized that importance of the fact that the Joint Committee finalized the meeting by adopting a Declaration and Recommendations, which highlighted Serbia’s achievements, as well as the challenges both sides would have to tackle in the course of the accession negotiations and EU enlargement.

A meeting between the delegation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and the members of the informal group “Friends of Serbia” was held at the sidelines of the Committee.


PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA ALEKSANDAR VUČIĆ VISITED BRUSSELS ON 31 AUGUST 2017

The president of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić participated in another meeting, which was organized by the High Representative of the EU Federica Mogherini on 31 August 2017 in Brussels, in the framework of the Dialogue on normalization of relations between Belgrade and Priština. 

The aim of the meeting, which was attended also by Hashim Thaci, was to exchange the opinions on the continuation of the dialogue, in the light of the agreement reached in July, when the preparation of a “new phase of the dialogue” was agreed upon.

The president Vučić stated that on this occasion previously reached agreements had been confirmed and that full implementation of the agreement on judiciary was agreed upon. He emphasized that the implementation of the agreement on the bridge on river Ibar in Kosovska Mitrovica was also a subject of the meeting and said that the discussion regarding this issue would be continued in the following period, in order to implement this agreement until the end of the year, if possible. President Vučić and the director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Đurić noted at the meeting that there is no progress on the implementation of the agreement on the Community of Serbian Municipalities.

Vučić emphasized that it was the most important to conduct open discussion as regards long-term and more stable solution in the relations of Belgrade and Priština. He stated that there would be no change in the format of the dialogue, and that the discussions would be continued under the auspices of the EU. 
 





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