Discussions on EU-Serbia relations2009/07/07
I have just finished a meeting with Mrs Slavica Dukic Dejanovic, the Speaker of the Serbian Parliament. Mrs Dukic Dejanovic is visiting Stockholm today to discuss the relations between the European Union and Serbia. My message to her was that the Swedish Presidency will continue supporting the idea that Serbia and all other Western Balkan countries that fulfil the Copenhagen criteria will be able to join the Union as full members.
Serbia and the European Union have concluded negotiations on a Stabilisation and Association Agreement, which has yet to enter into force. It is the Swedish presidency’s ambition to speed up this process, which is currently put on hold as the Netherlands requests better Serbian cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Sweden will also put priority to lifting the visa regime for Serbia, which will serve as the next significant step in EU-Serbia relations. It is our ambition and hope that we can conclude a deal on visa liberalisation for some of the Western Balkan countries this fall.