EU membership is a strategic goal of the country, said Serbian Prime Minister. He noted that Serbia will become an EU member. Serbia received the official status of candidate country to the EU on 1 March 2012.
BELGRADE, 15 Dec. The Serbian authorities need to understand how to maintain good relations with Russia towards EU membership, said Prime Minister Alexander Vucic on Monday at a press conference in Brussels, devoted to the beginning of the accession negotiations of Serbia to the EU.
Intergovernmental conference in Brussels gave on Monday launched the opening of the first chapters of the negotiation platform is a 32 and 35. Chapter 32 examines the issues of financial control. Earlier Serbian Prime Minister Vucic said that with this theme you will get “fast to make”. Chapter 35 is devoted to the normalization of relations with the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo. The key point is the execution of the agreements in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. The European Commission in the annual report in November gave a high assessment to the efforts of Serbia’s approaching the European standards, but noted the need to a greater extent to bring its foreign policy in accord with EU policy.
“You know that our strategic goal is the EU, and we show our dedication, commitment and even devotion in this way. On the other hand, we would like to maintain the traditional friendship with Russia, in which I see nothing wrong. But in the future we need to understand how to be allies with the European Union, because if not in 2016, not in 2017, then later we’ll have to do it,” said Alexander Vucic.
Earlier, the official Belgrade has repeatedly stated that it will not support sanctions against Russia. Serbia received the official status of candidate country to the EU on 1 March 2012. About the beginning of negotiations on accession of Serbia into the EU was officially announced in January 2014, but since then not a single head of the negotiation dossier was not open. Analysts of Serbia the expected date of accession to the EU earlier called 2020.