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J. Joksimović and Adam: Important that both EU and Serbia show more enthusiasm

December 03 2020 | Belgrade

J. Joksimović and Adam: Important that both EU and Serbia show more enthusiasm

Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimović has stated today that the Government of Serbia will implement the reforms necessary for EU membership with even greater determination, stressing that she also expects the EU to demonstrate a stronger political will for the enlargement policy and the implementation of the new methodology. 

Today, Joksimović has discussed developments in Serbia’s European integration process, bilateral relations and the situation in the region with the Belgian Ambassador to Serbia, H.E. Koen Adam. 

According to the MEI press release, Joksimović has informed the Belgian Ambassador about the key goals the new Serbian Government defined, primarily with regard to plans for the acceleration of further reform activities that lead towards more dynamic membership negotiations.

“The new enlargement methodology initiated by the EU member states, which Serbia accepted at the highest political level, is the result of a mutual wish for the progress in negotiations to be faster”, said Joksimović. 

She has stated that the Serbian Government will, therefore, implement the reforms necessary for membership with even greater determination, including not only those in the area of the rule of law, but also economic and development reforms, as well as reforms related to health protection and population well-being. 

In addition, Joksimović has expressed expectations that the European Union will also demonstrate a stronger political will for the enlargement policy and the application of the new methodology.

Ambassador Adam has stressed that Belgium supports Serbia’s European path and that it closely follows the process of alignment and application of the EU acquis in Serbia, particularly in the area of the rule of law.

The interlocutors have agreed that a more positive communication strategy and more enthusiasm from both the European Union and countries in the accession process are necessary for the acceleration of the process.

They have concluded that the bilateral relations of the two countries are good and based primarily on partner cooperation, adding that there is still room for their deepening both at the political and economic level.

Source: Tanjug