Serbia and Germany are important and reliable partners

05. July 2017. | Belgrade

Serbia and Germany are important and reliable partners

Minister of European Integration in the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Jadranka Joksimovic, spoke today with Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Serbia Axel Dittmann on the relations between the two countries, the process of European integration and the reforms that are being implemented in the Republic of Serbia.

At this meeting, at which the situation in the region and other important questions were discussed as well, Joksimovic expressed special thanks to Germany, as a strategic partner and the largest bilateral donor to Serbia, for the overall assistance and support in the European integration process.

Over the past 15 years, Germany has allocated EUR 1.6 billion in grants for various projects.

She stated that Serbia is undoubtedly determined to continue the process of accession to the European Union, and that in this sense we see European integration as the best mechanism for the development of our country.

The interlocutors agreed that the reforms are an important segment of European integration, and that special attention should be paid to Chapters 23 and 24, that are related to the rule of law.

Joksimovic recalled that, in the current accession stage, we have opened 10 chapters, two of which were provisionally closed, and expressed her expectation that during the Estonian presidency of the European Union − by the end of the year, we will open several more chapters that we will have prepared.

According to her, Serbia is committed to continuing the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina and to the full implementation of the Brussels Agreement.

She stressed that the implementation of what was agreed upon, especially in the context of establishing the Community of Serbian Municipalities, is much more important than the format of the talks, stating her belief that stability is a prerequisite for peace and development, and that Serbia is ready to cooperate with everyone in that regard.

However, Joksimovic emphasised the need for others to behave identically as well, and to demonstrate in a clear and concrete way that they share the position of Belgrade.

Joksimovic and Dittmann underlined the significance of the Western Balkans Summit on 12 July in Trieste, adding that they share the view that the EU and its partners from the Western Balkans participating in the Summit should, once again, send a clear message on the importance and the need for regional stability and cooperation.

Ambassador Dittmann said that Germany, convinced that Serbia deserves a place in the European Union, provides clear support to our country in further  accession process.

He also stressed the importance of reforms, and at the same time stated that Serbia is a reliable partner of the European Union.

The interlocutors concluded that the relations between the two countries are good, as confirmed by the German investments in Serbia's economy, and that they are developing in a mutually satisfactory direction.

Ambassador Dittmann, the first highest diplomatic representative of an EU country in Serbia who met with the Minister of European Integration, wished much success in her work and underlined the importance of the Ministry of European Integration.

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