EU talks date in June or in 2014, minister saysSource: Tanjug
BELGRADE -- The European Commission will in March or April decide whether progress has been made in reforms and if Serbia will be given a date for the start of EU talks.
This is according to Serbian Trade Minister Rasim Ljajić.
“If our country does not get a date for the beginning of the EU accession negotiations by June, we will have to wait a year and half for a new date,” he told Belgrade-based Pink TV on Sunday.
The minister stressed that the government was doing everything in its power to start the EU accession negotiations this year.
When asked if the government could be destabilized, Ljajić said that unofficial statements in media were not a reason for possible instability.
He explained that the government faced great challenges, such as difficult economic situation in the country, negotiations with Priština, continuation of the EU integration, combat against crime and corruption.
When asked about different positions of the Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić and Prime Minister Ivica Dačić regarding Kosovo, Ljajić said that different opinions about political issues in the country should exist but pointed out that “once a decision has been made, it has to apply to everybody”.