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J. Joksimović: Joining the EU for better life of our citizens

September 04 2019 | Belgrade

J. Joksimović: Joining the EU for better life of our citizens

Serbia has outlined its main foreign policy goal in the Government's exposé, and that is European integration, Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimović has said, pointing out that she notices problems in the common enlargement policy on a daily basis, but does not think that she has the right to publicly give lessons to our partners from the EU, much as we do not like them giving us lessons.

This was the answer that Joksimović gave Tanjug, which asked her what she would say on the panel "Western Balkans - Europeanisation, Democratisation, Shared Responsibility", which was held yesterday at the Bled Strategic Forum.

Joksimović has said that Serbia wants to be a constructive partner as a candidate for EU membership, and that it wants to become a Member State that will know how to negotiate at the common table and constructively contribute to the common policy, while promoting its interests aimed at Serbia's progress, stability and higher standard of living and quality of life, working conditions and employment opportunities, and higher earnings of citizens.

"If anyone notices problems in the common enlargement policy on a daily basis, it is me as the Minister of European Integration. But I do not think that I thus have the right to be impatient and constantly frustrated, and to give lessons to our EU partners publicly, just as we do not like them giving us lessons,” said Joksimović.

She has stressed that this can only cast doubt on the reliability of Serbia's European path and help those who work hard on portraying Serbia as a disruptive and problematic factor.

"As the Minister of European Integration, I always clearly and firmly represent the interests of Serbia, but in foreign policy, we must always put before our personal opinions and feelings the interest of our citizens and our country, as well as the image that we have significantly improved through Vučić's responsible policy and reputation as a state that has become a part of the solution, and not a part of the problem,” stressed Joksimović as a minister in the Serbian Government delegated by the Serbian Progressive Party.

Source: Tanjug