Vucic: One strategic objective - EU membership
Serbia has one strategic objective- membership in the EU, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday.Source: Tanjug
He added that the country "also pursues the policy of mutual respect in the cooperation with Russia, just like Germany.
Asked whether he feels Russia's growing influence in Serbia, the prime minister said at a joint press conference after meeting with German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Mueller that Serbia's main strategic objective at the moment is to secure the opening of chapters in EU accession negotiations, and final - EU membership.
“We want to have good relations with Russia- I do not see anything bad in that. However, if the question is whether Serbia has a balanced policy in a sense that it would join alliances in the East or alliances in the West, Serbia has one strategic objective and that is EU membership and I think that Serbia's policy is completely clear,” Vucic said.
The Serbian government can be proud of the success it has achieved in the economy, and Belgrade can continue to count on Germany's support, Muller said on Thursday.
Peace and cooperation with the Balkan nations are the prerequisites for development, and Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has managed to achieve them, said Muller, who is in Belgrade to mark 15 years of successful development cooperation.
Speaking at a joint press conference after a meeting with the Serbian prime minister, Muller said that 370 companies have come to Serbia over the past 15 years and made investments thanks to the good business environment.
You have improved the investment climate - Bosch is one of the examples, but so is the large number of small and medium-sized enterprises, and we want to continue that trend in the future as well, Muller noted.
In the next five years, the cooperation with Serbia will focus on vocational education for young people because Germany wants to provide an impetus to dual education, Muller said.