PM Vucevic with Lajcak: Time for Europe to give a clear signal

NEWS 18.06.202411:08
Izvor: Tanjug/Vlada Republike Srbije/Slobodan Miljević (HO)

Serbian Prime Minister Milos Vucevic met Monday in Athens with European Union (EU) Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue and other Western Balkan regional issues Miroslav Lajcak, said the Serbian Government on its website.

Vucevic spoke with Lajcak on the sidelines of the international conference Peace and Sustainable Development, which is being held in Athens.

The prime minister said it is time for the Western Balkans to be encouraged and for Europe to give a clear signal.

At the panel “The accession perspective of the Western Balkans and its importance for the future of Europe. Are we in a period of stagnation or building new momentum?,” within the framework of the conference, Vucevic assessed that Europe is incomplete without the Western Balkans countries, said the Serbian Government.

He stressed that the name of the panel is precisely the main issue for all the countries of the Western Balkans, and that the essence of that question lies in the fact that people are fed up with expectations.

At the same time, he said that Serbia’s membership in the EU is its strategic goal, that reforms will continue and that they should be backed by concrete measures.

The prime minister also pointed out that Serbia fully supports the European path of the Western Balkans, and recalled that Serbia is active at different levels when it comes to regional cooperation, as well as cooperation with the EU.

Vucevic mentioned the Berlin Process, the Brdo-Brijuni Process, and the Open Balkans initiative, which, he said, showed that the countries in the region are aware of the necessity of cooperating at the regional level.

For Serbia, the most difficult topic is related to the province of Kosovo and Metohija (the name for what the Serbian authorities consider to be the country’s southern province), said Vucevic, and voiced his opinion that, through dialogue and using the experience of EU institutions, Serbia could be closer to reconciliation on the ground.

Officials from countries of the region and the European Union are participating in the two-day international conference on peace and sustainable development that began Monday in Athens.