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“2025 indicative date, border disputes must be resolved” (Tanjug)

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Jean-Claude Juncker says that 2025 is not the year when Serbia and Montenegro “would have to” join the EU – but rather “an indicative date, an encouragement,” Tanjug news agency reported. Juncker said it was wrong to represent him and the European Commission as having said that Serbia and Montenegro must be in the EU […]

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Spain’s stance on Kosovo remains (Politika, N1)

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Spain’s stance that Kosovo cannot be part of the Western Balkans enlargement process remains, the Embassy of Spain to Serbia told Politika daily. Asked, if it means that the EU enlargement strategy for the Western Balkans would be adopted without consent from Madrid, the daily was told that Spain does not take part in adopting […]

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EU set to unveil enlargement strategy for Western Balkans (B92, Tanjug, BETA)

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The EU will on Tuesday officially unveil its enlargement strategy for the Western Balkans, which has been speculated about for days. It will be heard today whether any dates will be mentioned. As the day approached, the number of reported versions of the EU document was increasing, with some media describing it as “Day D” […]

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“85% of people were against it – yet we recognized Kosovo” (Tanjug, B92)

By   /  05/02/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Martinovic says his country “wants to see Kosovo in the EU and in NATO.” Markovic spoke for the Pristina-based RTK ahead of his trip to Kosovo on Tuesday. The prime minister said Montenegro’s government “had vision” when it decided to recognize unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo – despite the fact that, […]

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EU to discuss Spain’s blockade of Kosovo on 23 February? (Vecernje Novosti, B92)

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Madrid’s concerns regarding the EU integration of the Western Balkans will soon be in front of EU leaders, Vecernje Novosti daily reports. The European Council will also consider a new enlargement strategy. The remarks of Spain, which strongly opposes to any kind of indication of statehood in reference to Kosovo on its European path, are […]

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Hahn: Relations toward Kosovo to be permanently normalized (Tanjug, RTS)

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European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, Johannes Hahn said in an interview to Vienna-based daily “Kurir” that 2025 represents a tentative date for the accession of new members to the EU, and Serbia can be part of it only if it swiftly implements decisive reforms and obligatory and permanently normalizes relations toward Kosovo, RTS […]

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Embassy of Spain: Strong support to Serbia, stance on Kosovo in non-paper (Tanjug, RTS)

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Spain strongly support European integration of Serbia, and when it comes to the stance on Kosovo, it is crystal clear based on what was presented in the non-paper, Tanjug news agency was told by the Embassy of Spain in Belgrade. In general this is the replay to Tanjug’s question sent to the Embassy to comment […]

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Brnabic: Clear message – we can join EU without recognizing Kosovo (Tanjug)

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According to Ana Brnabic, the European Parliament president has “unequivocally” said that Serbia “will not have to recognize Kosovo in order to join the EU.” The Serbian prime minister spoke on Thursday in Slovenia, where her cabinet and that of Slovenian PM Miro Cerar held a joint session – and referred to the visit to […]

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Vucic: Stance of Spain logical (Tanjug, KIM Radio)

By   /  01/02/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, considers the decision of the Spanish Government to exclude Kosovo from the EU enlargement process as logical, adding that according to the European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, legally binding agreement with Kosovo “does not include recognition,” Tanjug news agency reported. “There are proposals that our disputes with Albanians are resolved prior […]

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“Is Pristina backing down? Pacolli said something that none of Kosovo politicians dared to say” (Blic)  

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Do the authorities in Pristina slowly back down in negotiations with Serbia? Blic daily wonders today reporting on a statement of Kosovo Foreign Minister, Beghjet Paccoli, who said that Belgrade should not recognize independence of Kosovo, but it should not impede Pristina’s road to the EU. Blic daily assessed this statement as something that gives […]

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Vucic: Binding document with Pristina – then we could join EU (Tanjug)

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President Aleksandar Vucic says the EU expects from Serbia “a legally binding document with Pristina, after which we could become a member of the EU.” Vucic told reporters on Wednesday that he also heard this from European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, who is visiting Belgrade, and with whom he spoke earlier in the day, and […]

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Spain says Kosovo can only join EU as region of Serbia (Vecernje Novosti)

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Madrid is not backing down on blocking the EU integration of Kosovo, the Belgrade-based daily Vecernje Novosti writes on Thursday. However, the article continues, Spain will agree to Kosovo in the EU – but only as a region of Serbia. The position of Madrid, Vecernje Novosti said it learned, is that Kosovo can become a […]

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