Serbia "at beginning of challenging process"
BELGRADE -- Serbia has made "a historic progress but it is still at the very beginning of a very challenging process," MPs heard on Thursday.
They heard the results of the screening in three chapters of future EU membership negotiations, presented by Minister without Portfolio in charge of European integration Branko Ružić and Serbia's chief negotiator with the EU Tanja Miščević.
Through its legislative activities and control of law implementation, the parliament needs to play the key role in the EU accession talks, they said.
Replying to the questions of MPs as to why the EU negotiating framework for Serbia has not been released yet, Miščević and Ružić said that the confidentiality or publicity of the process depends on the EU as well.
“We should not raise alarm concerning the publicity of the process because we are not alone in the process and there are certain rules which have to be respected, but the committee will never lack relevant information,” Ružić said.
Miščević also said that there is no reason for the EU negotiating framework to be labelled as confidential but it is up to the owner of the document to decide when it will make it public.
“Even if we wanted all relevant documents to be made public, we cannot achieve this without the consent of the other side. For as long as the EU has the designation of limited official use, we cannot post the document on our website,” Miščević said.
Miščević noted that Serbia's shortlist negotiating team to be nominated by her has not been set up yet, and added that the reason for this lies in other priorities in the preparation for formal initiation of the talks.
“Serbia's negotiating team has been set up and it gathers over 2,000 people. It includes all of us who are participating in the screening and preparation of materials, but we do not have the shortlist team which may comprise 10 to 12 people appointed by the government,” Miščević said.
She expressed optimism concerning the dynamics of the talks and concluded that the European Commission itself stated in its documents that Serbia could conclude the talks within three to five years.
December 26, 2013 | 16:05 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
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December 26, 2013 | 15:30 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
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BELGRADE -- The Higher Court president has reacted to reports about Judge Vladimir Vučinić's removal as president of the Special Court by saying he never held the position.
December 26, 2013 | 12:29 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
GRAČANICA -- Branimir Stojanović, newly-elected mayor of the municipality of Gračanica, took over the duties from former mayor Bojan Stojanović officially on Thursday.
December 26, 2013 | 11:05 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Tomislav Nikolić says he feels "as safe as any Serbian citizen, but that it is important to determine which of the threats he received recently are serious."
December 26, 2013 | 09:17 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić has said that there will be no new requirements from Brussels when it comes to Kosovo.
December 25, 2013 | 14:33 | Source: Tanjug, Novi magazin | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton has said that the Brussels agreement "is not her success."
December 25, 2013 | 13:09 | Source: Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The ruling Progressives (SNS) could "in the first ten days of January" decide whether early parliamentary elections will be called, said Zorana Mihajlović.
December 25, 2013 | 11:42 | Source: RTS, Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Milivoje Mihajlović said on Wednesday that "some services in charge of counterintelligence protection have failed to do their job."
December 25, 2013 | 10:37 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić has said that recognition of Kosovo, that is the issue of status, and UN membership for the territory was "a red line for Belgrade."
December 25, 2013 | 10:29 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- PM Ivica Dačić stated on Tuesday that the allegations about wiretapping Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić should be investigated.
December 25, 2013 | 09:23 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- PM Ivica Dačić has stated that the government elected by the citizens to open the door to the EU "achieved its goal and thus won its first important battle."
December 24, 2013 | 16:20 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
NIŠ -- A total of 25 tons of humanitarian aid sent by the Russian government for use by the Niš-based Serbian-Russian Emergency Situations Center arrived on Tuesday.
December 24, 2013 | 15:13 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- In 2014, Serbia should get a new set of media laws - on public information, public media services and electronic media.
December 24, 2013 | 13:10 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (18) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- The meetings of the four municipal assemblies in northern Kosovo towns, that had been scheduled for Tuesday, will be postponed, it has been announced.
December 24, 2013 | 12:38 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (26) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić told B92 in an interview that Serbia is now facing "a number of dilemmas" that it needs to resolve.
December 24, 2013 | 10:56 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić said late Monday that he has no information that President Tomislav Nikolić was "still being eavesdropped."
December 24, 2013 | 10:01 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Branko Ružić says the prediction that Serbia could become an EU member in 2020 "is not too optimistic, but stems from real capabilities of the country."
December 24, 2013 | 09:24 | Source: Večernje novosti | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- First Deputy PM Aleksandar Vučić intends to spend Orthodox Christmas, January 7, with Serbs in Kosovo, the daily Večernje Novosti writes.