"Crucial week for Serbia in Brussels"
BELGRADE -- EU foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels, where they will on Tuesday set the dates of the first EU-Serbia conference and start of accession talks.
On the first day of the meeting, the ministers, as part of a Foreign Affairs Council meeting, will hear a brief report from the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton on the work of the Eulex mission, and then turn to Middle Eastern and African crisis spots and discuss the situation in Ukraine.
On Tuesday, at the beginning of a General Affairs Council meeting, Ashton will present to the ministers a detailed report on progress made in the process of normalization of Belgrade-Priština ties, and put forward a negotiating framework.
Although the latest round of the Belgrade-Priština dialogue, held on Friday, failed to yield an agreement on the implementation of the Brussels agreement in the field of judiciary, Belgrade expects an essentially positive report from Ashton.
Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić expects a positive decision to be made in Brussels on the start of Serbia - EU talks, and believes that a different solution would be a great injustice to Serbia, and that it would have a negative impact on the entire process under way in Brussels.
"I expect a positive decision and I would be very disappointed if the decision turns out to be different," Dačić said on Sunday.
Branko Ružić, Serbia's minister without portfolio in charge of European integration, said for Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) on Sunday that he expects the negotiations to begin no later than in January.
"Given the implementation of the Brussels agreement, we can expect the first intergovernmental conference on December 20, but this is less realistic. Otherwise, January 21 is certain," said Ružić.
The European Council decided in June that the Intergovernmental Conference should begin no later than January of next year.
Tanja Miščević, chief of Serbia's EU accession negotiating team, expects EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to submit to the Council of Ministers a report full of positive reviews, adding that Serbia is ready for the beginning of negotiations in December.
"I personally was ready for the first intergovernmental conference taking place as early as on December 20, but I will not mind if it is held on January 21," said Miščević.
The decision of the Council of Ministers, which will be officially announced on Tuesday, needs to be confirmed by the heads of state and government of the member states at the EU Summit in Brussels on December 19-20.
December 16, 2013 | 16:52 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BANJA LUKA -- Deputy PM Aleksandar Vučić said that EU's Catherine Ashton, in her report on Serbia's progress, set two dates for the start of EU membership negotiations.
December 16, 2013 | 16:02 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić met on Monday in Belgrade with Deputy Chairman of the African Union Commission Erastus Mwencha.
December 16, 2013 | 15:07 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Honorary President of the Democratic Party (DS) Boris Tadić has said that he will consider leading the DS again "if the party wishes it."
December 16, 2013 | 12:30 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (10) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The tax collection at the Jarinje and Brnjak administrative line crossings between central Serbia and Kosovo " is in line with the Brussels agreement."
December 16, 2013 | 09:40 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian parliament has enacted the 2014 budget law, which sets the budget deficit at RSD 182.5 billion or 4.6 percent of planned GDP.
December 16, 2013 | 09:14 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The SNS have won convincingly in early local elections held in three municipalities: Belgrade's Voždovac, and Odžaci in northern and Kostolac in eastern Serbia.
December 13, 2013 | 19:18 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić stated that the round of the Kosovo talks held on Friday in Brussels failed to produce an agreement on the judiciary.
December 13, 2013 | 16:42 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- EULEX spokesperson Irina Gudeljevic says one of the mission's top priorities is the implementation of the Belgrade-Priština agreements in northern Kosovo.
December 13, 2013 | 15:37 | Source: Danas | Comments: (32) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The trilateral summit of Serbia, Turkey and Bosnia-Herzegovina, planned to take place in Belgrade, has been canceled, the Belgrade-based daily Danas writes.
December 13, 2013 | 13:31 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Defense Minister Nebojša Rodić and EU High Representative Catherine Ashton signed in Brussels on Friday a security cooperation agreement.
December 13, 2013 | 11:26 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Kosovo Prime Minister Hasim Thaci has said that he expects that the talks will yield an agreement on the judiciary-related issues.
December 13, 2013 | 09:53 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The 20th round of the Belgrade-Priština dialogue is being held in Brussels on Friday, the discussion focusing on the functioning of the judiciary in Kosovo.
December 13, 2013 | 09:21 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (9) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić on Thursday in Belgrade received the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
December 12, 2013 | 15:37 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- The Friday meeting between Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić and his Kosovo counterpart Hashim Thaci with EU mediation in Brussels will focus on the judiciary.
December 12, 2013 | 14:15 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić and his first deputy Aleksandar Vučić will take part in a new round of the dialogue with Kosovo PM Hashim Thaci.
December 12, 2013 | 13:12 | Source: B92 | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Oliver Antić, who last week announced revelations about a financial scandal, "made a mistake," the ruling SNS Executive Board President Radomir Nikolić said.
December 12, 2013 | 12:04 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The opposition Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) has asked for a new statute and law on the jurisdiction of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina to be adopted.
December 12, 2013 | 11:17 | Source: Politika, Tanjug | Comments: (23) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- FM Ivan Mrkić has said that he and President Tomislav Nikolić spent "three hours in conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle."
December 12, 2013 | 11:12 | Source: RTS, Tanjug | Comments: (37) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia's Minister without Portfolio responsible for Kosovo and Metohija Aleksandar Vulin will not be able to visit Kosovo and Metohija on Thursday.