"Government wants to improve diaspora's position"

Parliament Speaker Nebojša Stefanović met in Vienna with representatives of the Serb diaspora and said Serbia "wants to improve their position and influence."

Source: Tanjug

Serbian Parliament Speaker Nebojša Stefanović met in Vienna with representatives of the Serb diaspora and said Serbia "wants to improve their position and influence."

He stressed he wanted to hear about their needs and pointed out the significance of Vienna, which is seen by many in Serbia as particularly important because of so many Serbs living there.

"Fair continuation of talks"

Nebojša Stefanović conferred in Vienna on Tuesday with State Secretary in the Austrian Ministry of Interior Reinhold Lopatka on the enhancement of bilateral cooperation, Austria's further assistance to Serbia's European integration and support to the implementation of the Brussels agreement.

Stefanović said he asked his Austrian colleagues for support to the implementation of the Brussels agreement in the territory of Kosovo and Metohija and also called for their support to Serb population which is at this point in jeopardy.

In a statement for Tanjug, Stefanović said that Serbia "fulfilled the promises it made concerning the Brussels agreement, and now it only wants a fair continuation of the talks which will ensure a normal situation in Kosovo and Metohija."

Stefanović said that he expressed gratitude to Austria for its principled support to Serbia's EU path and to all the reforms Serbia is conducting, especially in the fight against crime and corruption, as well as those in the economy sector.

He said that he informed Lopatka about the current situation in Serbia and the changes after the government reshuffle and the plans for European integration, especially in connection to the work of the parliament and the parliament committees which will be monitoring the European integration process in the future.

Stefanović said that the cooperation between the two chambers of commerce has been qualified as positive, and that the officials said that further cooperation would be realised on the state level.

Stefanović's talks with Lopatka also covered the position of Serb community in Austria.

"We are satisfied with the way in which the Serb community is represented in Vienna and Austria," Stefanović said and added that during the talks, the officials also sought modes to enhance the position of the Serb community so that it could get the status of an autochthon minority. Stefanović stated that this would entail substantial integration and participation of the Serb community on Austria's political and social scene.

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