"2020 EU membership depends on Serbia"
BELGRADE -- Serbia has achieved substantial progress on its EU pathway as a result of major political and social changes and the Belgrade-Priština dialogue.
The country "could become an EU member in 2020," French Ambassador to Serbia Francois-Xavier Deniau has said.
In an interview with Tanjug, Deniau said that the EU accession talks will be based on the merits of Serbia itself, and that their pace will depend on the country's progress in fulfilling the conditions for joining the EU.
Deniau, who has served as ambassador to Belgrade since 2010, said that people are increasingly convinced that the EU is the natural fate of Serbia, and that there are visible results, as confirmed by the EU's decision to open accession talks with Serbia on January 21.
Belgrade has also achieved progress in the ties with Priština by taking reality into account and focusing on specific issues essentially related to protecting the Serb population in Kosovo, Deniau said.
After the 2012 elections, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić and the new government decided to raise the dialogue to a higher, political level, Deniau said, adding that this was followed by a fantastic acceleration, the Brussels Agreement and a series of agreements that must be implemented.
Serbia's judiciary must be absolutely depoliticized, and professionalisation is the best way to do this, Deniau said.
He welcomed Serbia's anti-corruption strategy and the political will of the government and First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, who is in charge of this matter.
It is also important that media and journalists can do their job independently, without fear of pressure or reprisals, and be free of influence from the political authorities, Deniau said.
France has Agence France-Presse - it is a public service, which, however, does not prevent it from being an independent agency, he said.
Serbia has very good legal frameworks concerning minorities, and there is no need for any substantial objections in this regard, Deniau said.
The ambassador recalled that an European Commission report has pointed to Serbia's slow economic progress, adding that efforts must be made for Serbia to maximise its benefits from the process of European integrations.
Serbia is facing the danger of the visa-free regime being suspended as a result of increasing numbers of false asylum seekers in EU member states, Deniau said, suggesting that the Serbian authorities should make serious efforts to confront certain individuals and groups and misuses of procedure, as well as to implement tighter border control.
January 3, 2014 | 17:29 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BATROVCI -- Serbian Prime Minister and Socialist Party (SPS) leader Ivica Dačić has reiterated that he does not see early elections as a priority.
January 3, 2014 | 15:37 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia has the ambition to open EU entry talks on several chapters in 2014, and the fulfillment of that objective will depend equally on Belgrade and Brussels.
January 3, 2014 | 12:14 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Greek Deputy FM Dimitris Kourkoulas expressed his belief that Serbia has the capacities needed for a rapid progress in the European Union accession process.
January 3, 2014 | 10:24 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Local elections in Belgrade will be called no later than on Jan. 17; the SNS will most likely by Jan. 25 reveal their decision on early parliamentary elections.
January 3, 2014 | 09:52 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia should call early parliamentary elections together with the forthcoming early elections in Belgrade, said Nebojša Stefanović.
January 3, 2014 | 09:27 | Source: Tanjug, TV Prva | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić says the country "can have a better government," adding that early parliamentary elections "would benefit the citizens, as well."
January 2, 2014 | 17:51 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- Krstimir Pantić says the statute of the community of Serb municipalities (ZSO) will have to be harmonized with representatives of the international community.
January 2, 2014 | 14:57 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Ivica Dačić says a date for the continuation of the Kosovo dialogue is yet to be agreed on, but that he "would not like it to take place before January 21."
January 2, 2014 | 12:19 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić has said that January 21 will be a ceremonial moment and the symbolic start of membership negotiations with the EU.
January 2, 2014 | 10:25 | Source: RTS, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Program Director of Transparency Serbia Nemanja Nenadić has said that a parliamentary committee should be formed to monitor the upcoming election campaign.
January 1, 2014 | 15:50 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- PM Ivica Dačić has addressed the January 1 humanitarian event in Belgrade's Svetogorska St., which is this year dedicated to well-being of the elderly.
January 1, 2014 | 15:12 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
VIENNA -- Switzerland on Wednesday took over the chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
January 1, 2014 | 13:11 | Source: Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- This is a list of the ten most significant political and social events in Serbia in the past year, as selected by the Beta news agency.
January 1, 2014 | 09:52 | Source: B92 | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- For Serbia, 2014 begins in a European way - on January 21 in Brussels the first intergovernmental conference between Serbia and the EU will be held.
December 31, 2013 | 17:02 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Tomislav Nikolić has wished the citizens of Serbia a better, happier and more prosperous 2014, with the hope that "all the plans will be accomplished."
December 31, 2013 | 15:30 | Source: Tanjug, Kurir, Dan | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić on Tuesday wished a happy New Year to all citizens of Serbia, and commented on "most important goals in 2014."
December 31, 2013 | 15:17 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin wished Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić a happy New Year and a Merry Christmas, the Kremlin press service has said.
December 31, 2013 | 13:17 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić has sent a telegram of condolence to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov following the second terrorist attack in Russia.
December 31, 2013 | 11:41 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić has said that his Socialists (SPS) "also find the coming year the best for elections, because they achieved the best results."