J. Joksimović: Serbia’s European path is clearly defined

May 14 2022 | Belgrade

J. Joksimović: Serbia’s European path is clearly defined

Serbia’s European path is clearly defined, the Minister of European Integration, Jadranka Joksimović, has stated today and pointed out that, regardless of the problems and challenges facing Europe, Serbia has strengthened and made the “European perspective” serious, assessing that our country can contribute to a stronger, better and revitalized EU.

At the event marking Europe Day-Europe Festival in Belgrade, Joksimović has sad that, considering all the problems that open up from time to time, Serbian citizens want to see the European future clearly.

“There is a lot of work to be done, there is always work on the European path, reforms, a better life that citizens expect, these are all topics we are dealing with. As a minister who has been leading the negotiations for a long time, I can say that the EU and all countries recognise how far Serbia has progressed, how stable it is and that it has something to offer and contribute to the EU concept,” Joksimović has said visiting the stands of EU member states, the Serbian Government and the European Movement at Kalemegdan together with the Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, Emanuele Giaufret, and the Deputy Mayor, Goran Vesić.

She has expressed her belief that in the coming years, Serbia’s European path will be even more strongly defined and completed with the aim of Serbia becoming an EU member.

According to her, to Serbian citizens, the EU membership means that they can travel freely, use exchange, introduction and better learning programmes for young people and students, and that the country uses pre-accession funds that are available to it and which, she has said, have financed many projects, especially in the field of environment.

“This means more chances for employment, learning and following modern European flows. We are no longer in a situation to observe something from the side, we are already in the matrix of changes, we know what the trend is, we fully participate in modern European policies, which is very important because we have not had contact with what is modern for a long time,” Joksimović has said.

She has pointed out the great challenges that Europe is facing due to the war in Ukraine, emphasizing that unity with the EU brings greater stability and security, but also a better life for Serbian citizens.

She has said that the Ministry of European Integration, in cooperation with the City of Belgrade and the EU Delegation to Serbia, organized the Europe Festival at Kalemegdan, where visitors can find brochures on the stands of EU member states with information on what those countries can offer.

“I think that is a nice approach because when our citizens talk about the EU, it is as if they are talking about something abstract, but in fact these are countries with which we work closely in many areas, where our citizens go on vacation, to work, study... Not to mention the investments that are coming to Serbia and which are the best evidence of how integrated we are into the common European market,“ Joksimović has pointed out.

She has added that Serbia’s European path is not always just a “difficult political topic”, but a strategic goal that is worth every effort.

“We are aware that times are challenging and that they occasionally bring obstacles, but there is no dispute that the trajectory of Serbia’s European path is defined and that we are moving towards further reforms, and I am convinced, towards EU membership as well,” Joksimović has stated.

Source: Tanjug