Serbia expects date, not "green light"
Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti
BELGRADE -- Deputy PM for EU Integration Suzana Grubješić has said that she expects Serbia will on June 28 get a date for the beginning of negotiations with the EU.
She said she "did not wish to consider the speculation" that the decision will be delayed, conditioned, "or replaced by some 'green light' for the path forward."
"I'm doing everything I can, along with my colleagues from the government, so that the decision by EU leaders at the summit in late June is clear and unambiguous and with no further requirements. For that reason I do not wish to comment on any 'signals' and speculations. I expect we will get a date," Grubješić told the Belgrade daily Večernje Novpsti.
She explained that getting a date June 28 "does not mean that negotiations will begin immediately on July 1," and noted that "any additional conditions or delays would not positively contribute to the current momentum in Serbia."
"In the administrative and technical sense, Serbia is ready to start accession negotiations tomorrow," said the deputy prime minister.
According to her, the possible failure to grant the country a date "would not make easier the already difficult and complicated implementation of the agreement with Priština."
Stating specifically what Serbia should do in the next twenty days to persuade Germany and that the country deserves the next step on the road to the EU, Grubješić explained that "we must begin with the implementation of the agreement reached with Priština."
"Progress is estimated by actions, not words. We all know that there is no theoretical chance that the entire agreement can be implemented immediately and in the short term, but it is important to begin. Serbia is ready to fulfill all obligations taken on by the agreement and the implementation plan," said Grubješić.
She announced that she would be on an official visit to Germany from June 10-13 for talks with numerous officials, "and seek to dispel the reservations about a positive decision for Serbia."
The minister also stated that early elections in Serbia "do not depend on Brussels," but on the decision of the largest party in the ruling coalition - the SNS.
Asked whether she supports the position of the SNS that after the EU decision, a reconstruction of the Serbian government should be considered, Grubješić, a member of Mlađan Dinkić's URS, answered in the affirmative, adding that neither she nor her colleagues wished to "run away from the subject."
June 6, 2013 | 17:06 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
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June 6, 2013 | 16:01 | Source: Beta | Comments: (18) | Send comment
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June 6, 2013 | 15:06 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
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June 6, 2013 | 10:25 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić met in Belgrade on Wednesday with Moroccan Minister for General Affairs and Governance Mohamed Najib Boulif.
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BELGRADE -- U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Michael Kirby stated on Wednesday that "if his country were a part of the EU, it would vote for its enlargement."
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BELGRADE -- Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčak has told the Tanjug news agency in an interview on Wednesday that his country would not recognize Kosovo.
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BELGRADE -- Aleksandar Vučić says the situation in Serbia is "more difficult than can be heard," because "the bills from the previous decades must now be paid."
June 5, 2013 | 12:59 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
NEW YORK -- A session of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will be held in New York on June 14, Tanjug has learned.
June 5, 2013 | 10:17 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BRUSSELS, BELGRADE -- A series of meetings between teams for the implementation of the agreement between Belgrade and Priština started this morning in Brussels.
June 5, 2013 | 09:34 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (11) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Tomislav Nikolić hsa said in a meeting with Slovak FM Miroslav Lajčak that Serbia was ready to implement all agreements reached in the dialogue with Priština.
June 5, 2013 | 09:19 | Source: Večernje novosti | Comments: (20) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- EU leaders will at the end of June order the European Commission to develop a platform for Serbia's accession, the daily Večernje Novosti writes on Wednesday.
June 4, 2013 | 16:15 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
ZUBIN POTOK -- Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija Director Aleksandar Vulin said on Tuesday that there was "no need for setting up the assembly of Kosovo in Leposavić."
June 4, 2013 | 15:42 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The executive board of the ruling Serb Progressive Party (SNS) has dissolved a total of 15 city and municipal boards in throughout Serbia.
June 4, 2013 | 15:26 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Slovak FM Miroslav Lajčak stated in Belgrade on Tuesday that Slovakia supports the start of EU membership talks with Serbia, without new conditions.
June 4, 2013 | 15:15 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian government adopted on Tuesday a set of bills in the field of education, which will contribute to raising the quality and availability of education.
June 4, 2013 | 15:13 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian government held a session on Tuesday morning in Belgrade, but did not discuss any issues related to the economic crisis.