Serbia sets 2018 as "target year for finalization of talks"
BRUSSELS -- The government's Opening Statement says its goal is for the country to be fully prepared to take on the obligations of the EU membership by the end of 2018.
Serbian officials are seen in Brussels on Tuesday (Tanjug)
This should happen in order for Serbia to join the EU "the beginning of the next EU budgetary period."
The document was presented at the first Serbia-EU intergovernmental conference on Tuesday in Brussels.
In this context, the Opening Statement notes that the European Commission (EC) stated that Serbia will be in a position to take on the obligations of membership in the medium term (i.e. five years) in nearly all fields of acquis.
“The aim of the accession negotiations is the membership of the Republic of Serbia in the European Union with all the rights and obligations stemming from the membership. We expect the negotiations to run smoothly and in good faith, and its results to be mutually beneficial for both Serbia and the EU. We also expect that Serbia's accession to the European Union will protect the vital interests of its citizens,” reads the statement posted on the government's website.
“In the Republic of Serbia, there is a wide social and political consensus of all relevant political actors concerning its future membership in the European Union,” the government said in the Opening Statement, adding that Serbia fully shares EU values and fully accepts EU goals. “The Republic of Serbia wants to be an active and a constructive Member State whose actions will contribute to the realization of the goals and values that the EU is based upon,” states the document.
“Unlike the previous EU candidates negotiating the EU accession, the Republic of Serbia is in a specific situation. In good faith and wishing to find sustainable and long-term solutions, and notwithstanding the complexity of the challenge it is facing, Serbia participates in a high-level dialogue with Priština,” the government said in the document.
“The application of the First Agreement of Principles Governing the Normalization of Relations and the overall normalization of relations between Belgrade and Priština largely depend on the results of local elections on Kosovo and Metohija and on the establishment of a Community of Serb Municipalities in accordance with the citizens' electoral will,” the document states.
“Fully understanding that the EU accession process and normalization process should run parallel and support one another, Serbia will remain entirely committed to the continuation of the normalization process and its dialogue with Priština,” the government noted in the Opening Statement.
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BELGRADE -- The UN Security Council will discuss on February 10 the latest UNMIK report on the situation in Kosovo, Tanjug learned at the UN headquarters.
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BELGRADE -- The screening on Chapter 35, reserved for the process of normalization between Belgrade and Priština in Serbia's EU membership talks, will be held in Brussels.
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MOSCOW -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that he intends to accept the invitation of the Serbian government and visit Belgrade.
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BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić commented on Tuesday on the start of the accession talks with the EU that Serbia deserved it "because of its history and sacrifices."
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BRUSSELS -- EC Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso welcomed in Brussels on Tuesday the Serbian delegation led by Prime Minister Ivica Dačić.
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BRUSSELS -- After the Intergovernmental Conference, which marked the formal start of Serbia's negotiations to join the EU, a joint news conference was held in Brussels.
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BRUSSELS -- A series of challenges is yet ahead for Serbia on its path of European integrations, EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule has told Tanjug.
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BELGRADE -- Ivica Dačić has said he did not expect new requirements for Serbia's accession to the EU to be set in Chapter 35 of the negotiations, which refers to Kosovo.
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BELGRADE -- RS President Milorad Dodik says a stable and economically strong Serbia as an integral part of Europe constitutes the entity's "highest national interest."
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PRIŠTINA -- Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga on Monday called repeat mayoral elections in the municipality of North Mitrovica for February 23, Tanjug reported.
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BELGRADE -- The first Serbia-EU intergovernmental conference, marking the official start of Serbia's EU accession talks, is to be held in Brussels on Tuesday.
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BELGRADE -- Serbia's goal is to complete all EU-accession-related work by 2018, Serbia's First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić said on Monday.
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BELGRADE -- Vojislav Koštunica has said further integration into the European Union would be devastating for Serbia's national interests.
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