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J. Joksimović: Germany – reliable and important development partner to Serbia in the process of European integration

05. December 2018. | Belgrade

J. Joksimović: Germany – reliable and important development partner to Serbia in the process of European integration

Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimović has stated that Germany has been providing development assistance to Serbia, not only on the European integration path, but also through concrete projects.

Some of these projects include the rehabilitation and expansion of capacities of the hydroelectric power plant Bajina Bašta and the hydroelectric power plant Zvornik, the introduction of a district heating system in 21 municipalities, the introduction of a waste water system in 24 municipalities and the implementation of energy efficiency systems in five schools in Serbia.
“These are important things that contribute to the sustainable development of cities and municipalities in the best possible manner”, said Joksimović.

She has added that it is not only a matter of money, but also a political message that Germany seriously counts on Serbia, that it wants Serbia to be socially and economically developed, approaching EU standards and to fit into the Union’s common policies when it becomes an EU Member State.
“It is not only an expression of solidarity, but also a political decision to invest in countries that are seriously counted on as significant and strategic partners and assist in overall development”, stated Joksimović.

She has said that Serbia has used this responsibly, adding that Germany, with all the existing political differences, remains a reliable, stable and important partner to Serbia.

She has also recalled that Germany is the largest single bilateral donor of development assistance, noting that German investors also invest in Serbia.
“With such a combination of development assistance and investments arriving, I think we can say that we have a stable and reliable partner not only on the path of European integration, but also in respect of bilateral relations”, concluded Joksimović.

Source: Tanjug