Serbia "could be on agenda to join EU" in 2020
KOPAONIK -- Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić has said that Serbia "could in 2020 be on the agenda for joining the EU as a full-fledged member".
The head of the caretaker government addressed the Kopaonik Business Forum on Tuesday to add that the country "must remain committed to continuation of these negotiations, as well as the dialogue with Priština."
"It would be a lot easier and nicer for me to slap (Hashim) Thaci, rather than negotiate with him during the election campaign, which is what I told him in Brussels - wouldn't it be nice if we had a fight ahead of the elections," Dačić was quoted as saying.
However, he added, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton "is asking that negotiations continue now."
"They wanted the talks to continue on March 13, which is the last day of the campaign, and precisely then I'm supposed to see Thaci - that's a real nice campaign," he continued, speaking about the need of those who exercise power "to be responsible, face difficult everyday problems that are often not in line with their political interests."
Dačić then commented on announcements from Priština that "the Kosovo army" would be formed, to say this was "not in line with the Brussels agreement:"
"They have been announcing this before, but we asked for guarantees from KFOR and NATO that, should this Kosovo army form at some point, it would not go to the north without KFOR's approval."
He specified that Serbia received these guarantees from NATO, and said he "hoped this would be carried out in practice."
The leader of the SPS party also told the conference that Serbia "should appreciate its own potentials more," and once again be as strong as it was during the era of the Nemanjićs - the founders of the medieval Serbian state.
"The German ambassador and EU ambassadors will not hold it against me if I remind that Serbia is now marking 900 years since the birth of Stefan Nemanja, who signed the first international document with then ruler Barbarossa in Niš. Stefan Nemanja signed himself, while Barbarossa placed his thumbprint," noted Dačić.
"What I'm trying to say is that we should respect ourselves a bit more and work in the interest of our country, and be once against as strong as we were in the era of the Nemanjić (dynasty)," said he.
According to Dačić, "as broad as consensus as possible is need on changes in the economy," while there was "no dilemma about the basic direction of reforms."
March 4, 2014 | 16:57 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Republic Electoral Commission (RIK) has declared five more lists submitted by parties and coalitions as eligible to take part in the March 16 elections.
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BELGRADE -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić received on Tuesday in Belgrade Azerbaijani Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev.
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KOPAONIK, BELGRADE -- Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić said on Tuesday that he "wishes Ukraine and its people to recover from the crisis."
March 4, 2014 | 10:21 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Office for Kosovo stated that the Priština authorities banned Serbian Minister without Portfolio in charge of Kosovo Aleksandar Vulin from visiting.
March 4, 2014 | 09:27 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
SREMSKA MITROVICA -- Aleksandar Vučić has told a campaign rally that Serbia will not "break off its relations with the Russian Federation."
March 3, 2014 | 15:07 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- "Our focus is now on the campaign and engaging people, and it is would be impossible not to cross the threshold," says the NDS candidate for Belgrade mayor.
March 3, 2014 | 14:32 | Source: Blic, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The ruling Serb Progressive Party (SNS) will win 44 percent of votes in the March 16 early parliamentary elections, a new poll has shown.
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BELGRADE -- Serbian PM Ivica Dačić has said that politicians must not let genocide suits filed by Croatia and Serbia "complicate relations and stir up national passions."
March 3, 2014 | 12:51 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (17) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides stated that Serbia "will not have to recognise Kosovo's independence at the end of the EU accession talks."
March 3, 2014 | 12:20 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- A League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina (LSV) official has criticized the Liberal Democrats (LDP) for their remark about "Vojvodina's constitution."
March 3, 2014 | 11:12 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Outgoing Serbian Prime Minister and Socialist Party (SPS) leader Ivica Dačić has said that Bosnia's Serb entity, the Serb Republic (RS) "will last forever."
March 3, 2014 | 09:41 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
VLADIČIN HAN -- Neither the Ukrainian nor Bosnian scenario will happen in Serbia "as long as the Serb Progressive Party (SNS) is in power and has the trust of citizens."
February 28, 2014 | 15:54 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- One of the main topics of talks between Belgrade and Priština in Brussels will be the release of Oliver Ivanović, says Ivica Dačić.
February 28, 2014 | 14:39 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- The civil Initiative (GI) SDP said on Friday that there were "no grounds" for the court's decision to extend detention for their leader Oliver Ivanović.
February 28, 2014 | 14:07 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (36) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- NATO "supports the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) in its present format, which does not envisage its use as a combat unit," Tanjug reported from Brussels.
February 28, 2014 | 11:51 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
ZVEČAN -- Aleksandar Vučić has announced that talks between Belgrade and Priština would continue "sometime between March 13 and 18."
February 28, 2014 | 09:46 | Source: Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The deadline for political parties, coalitions and groups of citizens to submit their elections lists to the Election Commission (RIK) expires at midnight.
February 27, 2014 | 16:57 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić met on Thursday in Belgrade with Head of the OSCE Limited Election Observation Mission Boris Frlec.
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LEPOSAVIĆ -- Serb Progressive Party (SNS) leader and Deputy PM Aleksandar Vučić said on Thursday in northern Kosovo that he "guarantees Serbs security and survival."