Analysts “moderately optimistic” about EU talks date
BELGRADE -- The EU should make decisions that should bring Serbia a beginning of the EU accession talks in January, March and June.
Analysts are moderately optimistic about the country getting the date for the start of the EU talks this year but stress that good relations with the Union are very important for Serbia’s economic development.
Former EU Integration Office Director Tanja Miščević believes that conditions for Serbia’s progress have been met.
“I think that all pieces of the puzzle have come into place, all the progress has been made so far with all the problems in terms of the implementation of European standards, harmonization of laws and their implementation, forming of regulatory bodies… Time has come to negotiate about the membership on such level. If you ask me, I think it could have been done earlier as far as technical readiness is concerned but political conditions have been met because all great issues that hindered the EU integration process are going in the right direction,” she noted.
A key condition for each further step is Kosovo. Serbia is expected to implement all the agreements that have been reached so far, primarily the agreement on the integrated crossings management. The issue of Serbian institution in northern Kosovo will be discussed this year. According to some sources, Germany is especially concerned about the existence of the Serbian institutions in the north of the province.
“It is difficult to make a general prognosis of what will generally happen in Serbia bearing in mind the difficult economic situation and a fact that we will be pressures by our needs to ask for money abroad, where we are going to find it and how we will solve our everyday issues. And when we add the issue of Kosovo and the EU integration, I do not think that anyone would like to make a prognosis as to what will happen,” former Serbian Ambassador to Germany Ognjen Pribićević has said.
Economist Vladimir Gligorov says that the EU accession is not a precondition for Serbia’s survival but that it was of crucial importance for the quality of the economic and social development. He added that Serbia had already tried to survive without the EU integration.
“If we learn from our experience, the answer should be that it would be good for Serbia to be as much as integrated as possible in its economic environment. The EU is dominant in that environment, this is a huge market, the biggest in the world, and even if this market has some problems, it will survive as a free, common market,” he explained.
“If it has decided to join the EU, Serbia needs to fulfill key conditions by spring,” Pribićević reiterated.
“The enlargement idea I unpopular in Germany, it is not realistic that Germany will be ready to be more actively involved or to give some support in this phase,” he added.
EU ministers should in March decide whether Belgrade should get the green light to continue the EU integration. The Serbian parliament should until then adopt a resolution on Kosovo and Prime Minister Ivica Dačić should continue dialogue with Kosovo PM Hashim Thaci on January 17.
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PRIŠTINA -- "The moment she took her office, Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga expressed readiness to meet with presidents of the neighboring countries."
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utorak 1.01.2013 | 12:30 | Source: B92 | Comments: (17) | Send comment
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BELGRADE -- PM Ivica Dačić says Serbia will act in a European manner and remove a monument to members of the so-called Liberation Army of Preševo, Medveđa and Bujanovac.
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BRNJAK -- The implementation of the Integrated Border Management (IBM) agreement began at administrative crossing between Kosovo and central Serbia in Brnjak.
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BELGRADE -- Ivica Dačić thinks Serbia's greatest achievements in 2012 have been meeting the requirements to start the accession talks with the EU in the first half of 2013.
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BELGRADE -- The Serbian government has appointed Krstimir Pantić as a deputy chief of the Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija.
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PODGORICA -- The honorary president of the opposition Democrats, Boris Tadić, has described a suggestion made by opposition DSS party leader Vojislav Koštunica as "immoral".
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nedelja 30.12.2012 | 14:08 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (19) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton says that the Serbian and Kosovo PMs will discuss northern Kosovo on January 17.
nedelja 30.12.2012 | 13:17 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA --
Representatives of Kosovo Serbs expect a meeting with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić after they forwarded their conclusions on a state platform for Kosovo.
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BELGRADE -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić has stated that he does not expect early elections to take place “at least before mid-2013”.
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ZUBIN POTOK -- Serb entrepreneurs from Ibarski Kolašin blocked the Zubin Potok-Ribariće road on Sunday morning.
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NEW YORK -- UNGA President Vuk Jeremić is convinced that a public debate on the Hague Tribunal will show that Serbia is not the only culprit in wars in ex-Yugoslavia.
subota 29.12.2012 | 14:58 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (18) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- We should join the EU and we can leave if we do not like it, Serbia’s Prime Minister Ivica Dačić told Tanjug on Saturday.
subota 29.12.2012 | 14:06 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Vojislav Koštunica has stated that a platform for Kosovo is the first attempt to define the position of Kosovo as an autonomous province inside Serbia.
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subota 29.12.2012 | 12:27 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A meeting of the Serbian government and president on the preparation of a resolution on Kosovo will probably be held on January 8.
subota 29.12.2012 | 11:49 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian MPs adopted on Saturday the Law on Public Procurement which envisages partial centralization of public procurement.
subota 29.12.2012 | 11:17 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (10) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia's Defense Minister Aleksandar Vučić has said Serbia is committed to peace, but also exposed to numerous security threats and challenges.
subota 29.12.2012 | 10:53 | Source: Beta, Blic | Comments: (33) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian PM Ivica Dačić says he will not go to Brussels for negotiations with Priština authorities unless a monument to a terror group in the south is removed.
petak 28.12.2012 | 20:06 | Source: B92 | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Milan Marković, a former cabinet minister, has resigned as MP and decided to no longer be a member of the Democratic Party (DS), B92 learned on Friday.
petak 28.12.2012 | 17:24 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić on Friday rejected speculations of a possibility of early parliamentary elections in 2013.
petak 28.12.2012 | 16:36 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia's Deputy Prime Minister Rasim Ljajić has said that he does not rule out a possibility that early elections might take place next year.
petak 28.12.2012 | 15:02 | Source: Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- Northern Kosovo entrepreneurs, who blocked roads for two hours in the north today, have decided to suspend the protest during the upcoming holidays.
petak 28.12.2012 | 14:30 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Opposition Democratic Party (DS) leader Dragan Đilas has called on all members who disagree with the party's political course to say it publicly - and leave.
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BELGRADE -- Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić has assessed that Serbia’s relations with neighbors were not at a stalemate.
petak 28.12.2012 | 09:53 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (20) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- Serbian government’s Office for Kosovo Director Aleksandar Vulin says that a reduction of UNMIK's presence in Kosovska Mitrovica was unacceptable.
petak 28.12.2012 | 09:48 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (14) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia’s President Tomislav Nikolić was answering citizens’ questions about Kosovo, NATO and other issues on RTS on Thursday night.
petak 28.12.2012 | 09:06 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (12) | Send comment
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četvrtak 27.12.2012 | 20:36 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Chief of the General Staff of the Serbian Army (VS) Lt. Gen. Ljubiša Diković on Thursday visited some VS units deployed in the Ground Safety Zone (GSZ).
četvrtak 27.12.2012 | 19:29 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- PM Ivica Dačić was in parliament for question time on Thursday to say that a resolution on Kosovo will be jointly drafted by the president and the government.
četvrtak 27.12.2012 | 18:57 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (27) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia has long lost its chance for a victory in Kosovo and Metohija, "but defeats must end", Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić told the Tanjug news agency.
četvrtak 27.12.2012 | 18:53 | Source: B92, Danas, Tanjug | Comments: (17) | Send comment
BELGRADE, PREŠEVO -- Milovan Drecun says a memorial to the members of a disbanded ethnic Albanian terror group in Preševo is "Priština's provocation".
četvrtak 27.12.2012 | 17:42 | Source: NIN, Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The DS lost the May elections, while leader Boris Tadić lost his bid to be reelected as Serbia's president - but looking back, he found reason to be satisfied.
četvrtak 27.12.2012 | 16:40 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia's President Tomislav Nikolić has presented a draft platform for the continuation of the Belgrade-Priština talks to Japanese Ambassador Toshio Tsunozaki.
četvrtak 27.12.2012 | 15:10 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia’s President Tomislav Nikolić says that early parliamentary elections should not be held unless there is a “great instability”.
četvrtak 27.12.2012 | 14:15 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
President of the UN General Assembly Vuk Jeremić met on Thursday, during his first official visit to China, with members of the country's new leadership.
četvrtak 27.12.2012 | 12:44 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić met with Bosnia-Herzegovina Foreign Minister and Council of Ministers Deputy Chairman Zlatko Lagumdžija on Thursday.
četvrtak 27.12.2012 | 11:56 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian Justice Ministry has made a first working version of the Anti-Corruption Strategy zero tolerance towards corruption.
četvrtak 27.12.2012 | 09:53 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (36) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA VITINA -- Serbian government’s Office for Kosovo Director said Wednesday that the international community needed to respect the reality on the ground.
četvrtak 27.12.2012 | 09:28 | Source: Večernje novosti | Comments: (43) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- It should be clear to everyone that there will be no trade of the Kosovo territory, U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Michael Kirby told daily Večernje novosti.