The Serbian Minister for European Integration, Jadranka Joksimovic and the Italian Minister for European Affairs, Vincenzo Amendola met yesterday in Belgrade to talk about the future of EU enlargement and the European integration of Serbia.
Joksimovic said, at a joint press conference, that Italy strongly supports the view that a credible enlargement policy towards all those with European aspirations should be and remain a significant policy of the European Union.
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She also stated that the dynamics of Serbia’s accession to the EU must be faster and that Serbia expected a faster enlargement process.
“Serbia is implementing reforms and there are things that still need to be done. However, if Serbia were a part of the European Union today, it would not be the poorest or the most problematic member,” Minister Joksimovic underlined.
She said that she believed that Serbia had a chance to become the first new member of the EU.
Amendola confirmed that Italy would continue to support Serbia’s European integration process and that it was important that integration was carried out quicker.
“Serbia must continue on its path, work, implement what is necessary, and open new chapters. We believe that this process could be faster”, said Amendola.
He added that the decision not to start accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia was a political mistake and that work was underway to correct it. He also stated that the European Commission would release an announcement on enlargement in January and discuss the opening of negotiations with the two countries.
The Italian Minister also met with the Serbian Prime Minister, Ana Brnabic, who reiterated that trade relations between the two countries were excellent and underlined that Italy was one of the most important partners and investors in Serbia. Minister Amendola, on the other hand, reiterated Italy’s support for the European path and the reform process in Serbia necessary for EU membership, thus supporting the position of the Italian Prime Minister Conte, namely that Italy wants to be Serbia’s ambassador during its journey towards Europe.
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