Nikolić: Progress in EU integration - real test for Serbia
BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić said Tuesday that making progress in European integration will be "a real test for Serbia."
"Results and parameters are valued here, not friendships," he was quoted as saying.
During a meeting he had with Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt on Tuesday, Nikolić said that Serbia has achieved much in improving its position in the world over the last twelve months, and nobody speaks bad about it any more, adding that its policy priorities will include strengthening the stability and trust in the region.
“Everything that has been done over the past year was not done because someone had asked it of us, but because we want Serbia to be a modern and regulated country. It is in the interest of our people and their future and we will continue working on it,” said the president.
Speaking on the implementation of the Brussels agreement, the Serbian president said that it should be simple if the temporary administration in Priština is willing to carry on with it in the way envisaged by the agreement.
“Serbia has done a lot to normalize the relations with Priština and showed great tolerance all through the process, but will never recognize Kosovo and Metohija, and if somebody expects it to, they hope in vain,” Nikolić said.
The Swedish foreign minister congratulated Nikolić on getting the decision of the European Union to open the accession negotiations with the country, and on the results achieved in the process to establish lasting stability in the region.
Also, he said Sweden will give Serbia any piece of advice to help it go through the accession negotiations and become a full-fledged member of the European Union as soon as possible.
July 3, 2013 | 16:04 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić talked with a delegation of the Slovenian parliament led by Parliament Speaker Janko Veber in Belgrade.
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BELGRADE -- Rasim Ljajić says Priština "first accepted the proposed solution for telecommunications but now wants to change what has been agreed."
July 3, 2013 | 13:44 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The reforms Serbia faces in the coming years are much more important than the start date for the accession talks with the EU.
July 3, 2013 | 11:07 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
VIENNA -- A priority of the successive presidencies of Switzerland and Serbia over the European Organization for Cooperation and Security will be the Western Balkans.
July 3, 2013 | 09:36 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- The negotiating platform should be presented to the member states of the European Union on July 26, Tanjug learned in Brussels.
July 2, 2013 | 16:57 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule on Tuesday sent a draft framework for accession talks with Serbia to EU consultative bodies.
July 2, 2013 | 16:23 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Aleksandar Vučić says the government is ready to talk to everyone about minority rights guaranteed by the Constitution and the highest international standards.
July 2, 2013 | 15:11 | Source: Politika, Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule said that June 28 "will enter the history books as the day when Serbia started its accession talks with the EU."
July 2, 2013 | 15:04 | Source: B92 | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić says he expects that the reconstruction of the Serbian government to be completed by July 27.
July 2, 2013 | 14:24 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- The Belgrade-Priština dialogue at the expert level will continue in Brussels on Tuesday.
July 2, 2013 | 13:52 | Source: Danas, VIP | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić "sent the message that he wanted to contribute to the victims being respected, said REKOM regional coordinator Natasa Kandić.
July 2, 2013 | 10:25 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian MPs adopted 2013-2018 national strategies for the justice system reform and the fight against corruption on Monday.
July 2, 2013 | 09:32 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has said that the EU entry talks "are a process which opens up considerable opportunities for Serbia."
July 2, 2013 | 09:19 | Source: RTS | Comments: (37) | Send comment
ZAGREB -- The German parliament has set "very difficult conditions" before Serbia to join the EU, President Nikolić told the Croatian Radio-Television (HRT).
July 1, 2013 | 16:57 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Marko Đurić expects "some results" in the Belgrade-Priština technical negotiations of working groups in Brussels before the next Dačić-Thaci meeting.
July 1, 2013 | 16:01 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (14) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Once it finally begins accession talks with the EU, Serbia will face 35 chapters in the negotiating process, Tanjug is reporting.
July 1, 2013 | 15:54 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić's meeting with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy "is a clear signal that the European future of Serbia is certain."
July 1, 2013 | 15:16 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (10) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- European Council (EC) President Herman Van Rompuy has said Serbia had full support from the EC on its path to EU membership.
July 1, 2013 | 12:03 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
ZAGREB -- President Tomislav Nikolić arrived in Zagreb on Sunday afternoon, where he headed Serbia's state delegation at a central celebration of Croatia joining the EU.