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Michel: Belgrade–Pristina dialogue under EU auspices key to European integration

June 25, 2020

Charles Michel, the President of the European Council, said on Friday it was important to resume the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations under the European Union auspices as a crucial element of the European integration, the FoNet news agency reported.

During their meeting in Brussels, Michel and Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic discussed the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and aid the EU planned for the region.

The European Commission (EC) plans to help a long-time regional recovery and push it closer to the EU, will be presented in autumn, Vucic’s office says in a statement.

Earlier, Vucic told reporters in Brussels he expected the country to get financial aid from the EU IPA funds, some grants and some loans as well as guarantees and projects vital for the entire region, ‘to link all the capitals with motorways and railroad.’

In the talks with Michel, Vucic emphasised the importance of the reforms in Serbia needed for the country’s European integrations, primarily in the rule of law and fighting corruption. 

Vucic earlier met with the EC President Ursula von der Leyen, EU Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi, the EU special envoy for the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue Miroslav Lajčák.

Kosovo's Prime Minister Avdulah Hotiwasalso in Brussels but had separate meetings with the EU top officials on Thursday.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a613974/Michel-Belgrade-Pristina-dialogue-under-EU-auspices-key-to-European-integration.html

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