Dačić expects "good news from Brussels"
BELGRADE, ZAJEČAR -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić said on Monday that all expected good news from Serbia, but that now Serbia expects "good news from Brussels on St. Vitus Day."
Noting that June 28 is an important date in the Serbian history, Dačić said that the EU certainly did not schedule the meeting for that very day because of Serbia, and that he expects it to be “the first St. Vitus Day with happy and good news.”
Dačić told a news conference after a meeting with visitng Irish Minister of European Affairs Lucinda Creighton that the circumstances are very favorable, but that this is no time for support, praise and applause, but a concrete move, i.e. granting a date and opening EU entry talks.
Dačić announced that on June 20, he will hold a meeting with Kosovo Prime Minister Hasim Taci, and expressed expectation that after that, “Catherine Ashton will together with Stefan Fule address a letter to the EU member states, which if everything were in line with what has been going on in the meetings of the working groups and on the ground, would contain a recommendation, i.e. call on the EU member states to deliver a positive opinion.”
The Serbian prime minister said that the Lithuanian parliament announced that it will ratify the Stabilization and Association Agreement with Serbia, which will be positive news ahead of “the EU summit on St. Vitus Day”.
"Easier after June 20 meeting"
Ivica Dačić expects that the coming round of the high-level talks between Belgrade and Priština in Brussels on June 20 will make it easier for Serbia to get a date for the start of EU accession talks.
“This would be the twelfth round of the talks, and I hope that it will be such as to make it easier for Serbia to get a date for the negotiations after it” takes place, Dačić told Tanjug in the eastern Serbian city of Zaječar on Monday.
After that meeting, European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and enlargement commissioner Stefan Fule will recommend opening EU membership talks with Serbia, Dačić said.
“It means that we expect the (June 20) meeting and the meeting of the working group teams will be successful,” said Dačić.
The prime minister said that the agenda of the Brussels meeting has not yet been decided, but it is expected that it will discuss all outstanding issues.
“The meetings will not be easy and since the agenda has not been concluded, it means that it could deal with a very broad range of topics, all regarding the implementation (of the April 19 agreement between Belgrade and Priština),” said Dačić.
June 18, 2013 | 16:46 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Aleksandar Vučić has informed a NATO official "about the previously defined stances on the need for KFOR's further engagement in Kosovo and Metohija."
June 18, 2013 | 15:35 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia has done everything to meet the conditions the EU set before it and "the ball is now in Europe's court," President Tomislav Nikolić has said.
June 18, 2013 | 14:21 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
VILNIUS -- The Lithuanian parliament has ratified the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with Serbia on Tuesday, Tanjug has reported.
June 18, 2013 | 12:51 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (22) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Greek President Karolos Papoulias has arrived in Belgrade and will hold a series of meetings with Serbian officials on Tuesday.
June 18, 2013 | 12:04 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Italy will request granting of the starting date for the EU accession talks with Serbia on June 28, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino has said.
June 18, 2013 | 11:04 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- A new round of Belgrade-Priština talks started in Brussels on Tuesday, with working groups set to tackle matters relating to the police and judiciary.
June 18, 2013 | 10:08 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- First Deputy PM Aleksandar Vučić stated on Monday that Serbia "has done everything that is necessary for obtaining the date for EU accession talks."
June 18, 2013 | 09:18 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Belgrade and Priština failed to reach an agreement on essential matters concerning international area code for Kosovo and license for Serbia's mobile operators.
June 17, 2013 | 15:15 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (16) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Tomislav Nikolić expressed concern over the rights of the Serb community in Kosovo in a meeting with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.
June 17, 2013 | 14:24 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (38) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Belgrade and Priština exchanged liaison officers on Monday, when Dejan Pavićević started work in his new role at the EU office in Priština.
June 17, 2013 | 13:26 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (14) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić on Monday in Belgrade received Macedonian Ambassador to Serbia Ljubisa Georgievski in a farewell visit.
June 17, 2013 | 11:23 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian ruling coalition has agreed on a package of measures aimed at tackling the economic crisis in the country, the media have reported.
June 17, 2013 | 10:35 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Belgrade and Priština have continue a key phase in their dialogue in Brussels on Monday, with ministers discussing electric energy and telecommunications.
June 17, 2013 | 09:52 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
VIENNA -- Ivica Dačić said on Sunday Serbia expected a positive decision from Brussels about getting a start date for the accession talks with the EU.
June 14, 2013 | 21:52 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (9) | Send comment
NEW YORK -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić stated at the session of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Kosovo that Serbia is determined to implement the Brussels agreement.
June 14, 2013 | 21:51 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Serbian president's advisor Marko Đurić has denied that a new implementation plan should be drafted to replace the one reached in Brussels last month.
June 14, 2013 | 13:22 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BIJELJINA -- Aleksandar Vučić has said that he believes Serbia will on June 28 get "not only a green light, but also a starting date for the EU membership talks."
June 14, 2013 | 12:57 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A new round of the Belgrade-Priština technical talks on the issues relating to telecommunications and energy will be held in Brussels on Monday.
June 14, 2013 | 12:03 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
NEW YORK -- Ivan Mrkić said ahead of Friday's United Nations Security Council (UNSC) session on Kosovo that UNMIK must continue to play an important role in the area.