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Belgrade ready for dialog with Pristina, Serbia’s PM says (N1)

By   /  23/05/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Serbia and the Western Balkans have a clear European perspective and France will continue its support to the regional European path, Franch official has said on Tuesday. Jean Bizet, a member of the Senat of France, also said that it was necessary for Belgrade and Pristina to continue the dialogue and, with the EU stronger […]

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Serbian foreign minister admits there’s pressure because of Kosovo (B92, Beta)

By   /  22/05/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Tuesday that there is pressure on Serbia to reach an agreement with Pristina this or next year. However, he said, Belgrade will not barter in terms of Kosovo and Metohija “for the sake of EU membership deadlines.” Dacic told RTS that countries that recognized the unilaterally declared independence of […]

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Vogel: Serbia must recognize Kosovo’s reality (Blic, RFE)

By   /  21/05/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The EU-Balkan Summit in Sofia, conceived as Thessaloniki 2, is very disappointing because there has been no reaffirmation of the prospects of Balkan countries’ membership in the EU, says Toby Vogel, a researcher of the Brussels-based Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS) for Radio Free Europe, daily Blic reports. French President Emanuel Macron has “thrown […]

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Todosijevic: Work on the statute of ZSO runs smoothly (Blic, Vecernje Novosti)

By   /  21/05/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The work on the Statute of the Community/Association of Serb Municipalities (ZSO) runs smoothly, and as for the Management Team, the Statute can be completed as planned, until August, says the Minister of Local Self-Government in the Pristina’s Institutions Ivan Todosijevic for Belgrade based daily Vecernje Novosti. He notes that although he is the responsible […]

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MEP Kukan: Not everyone in EU agrees with Macron (Vecernje Novosti, BETA, TV N1)

By   /  21/05/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Eduard Kukan, a Member of the European Parliament and in charge of its relations with Serbia, said today the French President’s statement that it was not a good time for the European Union’s enlargement was only one of the suggestions in talks about the bloc’s future. Kukan told Belgrade-based daily Vecernje novosti President Emmanuel Macron’s […]

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“Putin is Serbia’s friend but he respects our path towards the EU” (El Pais)

By   /  18/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

President of Serbia talks to EL PAÍS about the Balkan country’s efforts to join the bloc, and how Kosovo is proving a sticking point The existential journey that has taken Aleksandar Vučić to this point has been a long one. As a young man, the current president of Serbia was an ultra-nationalist of passionate rhetoric, […]

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No time soon: EU dashes membership hopes of Balkan states (The Guardian)

By   /  18/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Concerns over rule of law and corruption, plus enlargement fatigue, meant the six countries got little from Sofia summit Keep waiting in line, but don’t expect the door to open any time soon. That was the message delivered on Thursday to six Balkan states hoping to join the EU. The six had been invited to […]

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This is not 140-day, but 140-year problem, says president (Tanjug, B92)

By   /  18/05/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

President Aleksandar Vucic has said in Sofia that he hopes a solution will be reached for Kosovo and Metohija that will be acceptable to citizens of Serbia. As he said, he will do his best and fight to make it happen. “I want to believe that Serbia will have enough strength in the upcoming period, […]

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Macron pours cold water on Balkan EU membership hopes (Politico)

By   /  18/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

At summit with regional leaders, French president says thoughts of enlargement have ‘weakened Europe.’ SOFIA — French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday sounded a skeptical note on enlarging the European Union to include countries from the western Balkans — at a summit meant to strengthen ties between the region and the EU. Macron’s comments come […]

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EU reaffirms support for Western Balkans (Serbian media)

By   /  17/05/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The European Union today welcomed the commitment of the Western Balkans to shared European values, including democracy and the rule of law and reaffirmed its unequivocal support for the region’s European perspective. “The EU welcomes the shared commitment of the Western Balkans partners to European values and principles, and to the vision of a strong, […]

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Milic: West to think about division of Kosovo (Tanjug, Radio kontakt plus)

By   /  17/05/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The western international community should think about division of Kosovo as least bad solution, treating it as a unique case, Centre for Euro-Atlantic Studies (CEAS) Director, Jelena Milic said, Serbian media reported. Milic told Tanjug news agency if the West is that much afraid of Russian influence, then unresolved Belgrade-Pristina issue “is one of the […]

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Vucic met with European Parliament chief Tajani, EU leaders in Sofia (TV N1, Tanjug, B92)

By   /  17/05/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Agreement on Serbia’s accession to the European Union by 2025 could be reached, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani is quoted as saying on Thursday at the EU – Western Balkans Summit in Sofia. A press release from the Serbian president’s cabinet said that Tajani told President Aleksandar Vucic that the date set for possible accession […]

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