Chapter 35 should be opened first - German ambassador
BELGRADE -- German Ambassador to Serbia Heinz Wilhelm has said he hopes Serbia will open its first chapter of the accession talks with the EU "soon."
Speaking on Thursday he added that "that Berlin believes that should be Chapter 35, on Kosovo."
The talks with the EU will continue, he said at the conference The Economist: World in 2015 held in Belgrade on Thursday, adding that he believed the first chapters would be opened as soon as possible in 2015.
Germany was criticized occasionally for blocking the opening of the first chapter, he remarked, adding that Berlin insisted on starting with Chapter 35, which refers to Kosovo.
Serbia will take over the OSCE chairmanship in 2015, a particularly responsible role in view of the Ukrainian crisis, he noted, adding that he was certain the Serbian government was prepared to take over that responsibility.
Serbia has an advantage because of its very good relations with the EU and US, as well as with Russia, so it can act as a bridge between Europe and Russia, he stated.
Switzerland, Serbia and Germany, as the preceding, current and next country to assume the OSCE chairmanship will work closely and be in constant contact in 2015, he said.
Commenting on Serbia in 2015, Wilhelm pointed out that reforms were very important and could bring new jobs, because Serbia's attractiveness as an investment destination would improve.
The summit between China and 16 countries of Central and Eastern Europe in Belgrade could also help improve regional cooperation, in infrastructure projects for example, he said.
The relations between Serbia and Germany gave never been better, he stressed, adding that he hoped more German companies would come to Serbia.
Friday 19.12.2014 | 10:35 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
PARIS -- Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said after meeting with French counterpart Laurent Fabius that Serbia "has France's full support on the European road."
Thursday 18.12.2014 | 15:25 | Source: Beta, NIN | Comments: (29) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has announced that he will "soon" send his "final proposal for a solution of the issue of Kosovo" to the government.
Wednesday 17.12.2014 | 10:09 | Source: Beta, Vecernje novosti | Comments: (11) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- The European Commission is asking Serbia to harmonize its foreign policy - "a possible hint of pressure on us to impose sanctions on Russia," writes a daily.
Tuesday 16.12.2014 | 16:32 | Source: Beta | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- The EU Council of Ministers has asked Serbia to gradually harmonize its foreign and energy security policy with those of the EU.
Tuesday 16.12.2014 | 11:23 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has said that the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina would resume after the upcoming holidays.
Tuesday 16.12.2014 | 09:48 | Source: Tanjug, blogs.ft.com | Comments: (2) | Send comment
LONDON -- Hosting "the China-Balkans" summit this week gives "extra-importance to our vigor in pursuing our European path," says Aleksandar Vucic.
Monday 15.12.2014 | 16:52 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (45) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia's cooperation with NATO over the past ten years did much for the area of security sector reforms, as well as in increasing military interoperability.
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BELGRADE -- Aleksandar Vucic informed on Monday a delegation of the Italian Senate about "the tough economic measures that the Serbian government has taken."
Friday 12.12.2014 | 16:09 | Source: Beta | Comments: (13) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A forum gathering ministers of interior and justice, dubbed "EU - Western Balkans," was held in Belgrade on Friday.
Friday 12.12.2014 | 10:59 | Source: RTS, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- In the conclusions that are to be adopted at next week's meeting of the Council of Ministers, the EU praises Serbia for the reforms implemented, RTS reported.
Thursday 11.12.2014 | 17:08 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia's chief negotiator with the EU Tanja Miscevic has said that Serbia is ready for the opening of negotiating chapters with the EU, including chapter 35.
Thursday 11.12.2014 | 13:14 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Germany will give its consent for the opening of Chapter 35 only after the obligations deriving from the Brussels agreement are fulfilled.
Thursday 11.12.2014 | 10:23 | Source: B92 | Comments: (9) | Send comment
ROME -- Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has said that he "never received from the EU as an official condition" Serbia's recognition of Kosovo.
Thursday 11.12.2014 | 09:46 | Source: Vecernje novosti | Comments: (47) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Chapter 35 in Serbia's negotiations for EU membership "will not be closed until the Serbian Constitution is harmonized with the Brussels agreement (on Kosovo)."