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EU: Vucic says Belgrade supports resumption of dialogue with Pristina

June 26, 2020

According to a statement to N1 in Brussels, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, had ‘a good discussion’ with Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic together with the EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, Miroslav Lajčák on Friday.

Vucic is on a visit to Brussels amid the EU efforts to revive the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations.

On Thursday, Kosovo’s Prime Minister Avdulah Hoti had separate meetings with the EU top officials.

“The meeting was an opportunity to follow up on the recent EU-Western Balkan Summit, where the EU leaders reaffirmed the European perspective for the whole region and their determination to tackle the coronavirus pandemic,” Ana Pisonero, a European Commission (EC) spokesperson, told N1.

She added that Vucic ‘expressed support for the resumption of the EU facilitated dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade, which is key for their progress in the EU.”

Pisonero added that both sides also had the opportunity to discuss the agenda of reforms and agreed on the importance of moving forward on the necessary reforms to advance on the EU path, ‘in particular the rule of law and the fight against corruption.’

“Following the parliamentary elections in Serbia, the President encouraged the Serbian leadership to foster a genuine dialogue with all the political forces to take forward EU related reforms, that need broad consensus and to address as a matter of priority the electoral shortcomings,” she said.

According to Pisonero, the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and the assistance mobilised by the EU to support the region was also discussed.

“President confirmed that the Commission will present in the autumn an economic and investment package to help underpin the long-term recovery of the region and bring it closer to the EU,” the spokesperson said.  

Von der Leyen tweeted her impression after the meeting with Vucic.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a613788/EU-Vucic-says-Belgrade-supports-resumption-of-dialogue-with-Pristina.html

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