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."

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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.