"Ten important days until decision on start date"
BELGRADE -- The next ten days will be crucial for the decision on when to give Serbia the start date for the accession talks with the EU, according to Tanjug.
The news agency further reported on Wednesday that there will be a series of meetings scheduled before the European Council meeting on June 28, "any of which could be decisive for the outcome."
Serbia's Prime Minister Ivica Dačić and Kosovo's Prime Minister Hasim Thaci will go to Brussels on Thursday, following a series of very intensive meetings on technical issues between the Belgrade and Pristina working groups.
They will meet with EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and sum up the efforts so far regarding the implementation of the agreement on the normalization of relations initialled in Brussels on April 19.
It will pose an opportunity to determine exactly how far the process has gone and what should be done to fully implement the agreement, Tanjug learned at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.
Even with the long and very tough talks between the working groups, many of the issues concerning the creation of the association of Serb municipalities have remained unresolved, so they will be decided by the prime ministers at the meeting with Ashton.
Expert teams were still discussing on Wednesday the issues regarding the judiciary, police, power supply for northern Kosovo and local elections in the Serb municipalities set for October.
On Friday, Ashton and Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule will inform by letter the EU members about the progress regarding the agreement and Serbia's reforms.
Also on Friday, the heads of missions of EU member countries in Brussels will hold a meeting and draft a decision on the start date based on the letter, which will then be sent to all the foreign ministers.
The foreign ministers of EU members will discuss the draft on the second day of their meeting in Luxembourg, which starts on June 24, but the heads of state and prime ministers will have the final word.
The German parliament will decide on Wednesday and Thursday, in the foreign policy committee and at a plenary session, whether to recommend that Chancellor Angela Merkel should vote in favour of granting Serbia a start date for the accession talks.
The heads of state and prime ministers of the EU members will decide unanimously at the Brussels summit on June 28 whether or not to grant the start date, ending months of suspense surrounding the issue.
Wednesday 19.06.2013 | 12:48 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule said speculation about the date of Serbia's accession talks "lacks seriousness."
Wednesday 19.06.2013 | 11:01 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- The meeting between Belgrade and Priština working group teams discussing the implementation of the Brussels agreement resumes today.
Wednesday 19.06.2013 | 09:17 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia deserves to get a date for the start of EU membership talks, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said late on Tuesday in Belgrade.
Tuesday 18.06.2013 | 16:46 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Aleksandar Vučić has informed a NATO official "about the previously defined stances on the need for KFOR's further engagement in Kosovo and Metohija."
Tuesday 18.06.2013 | 12:04 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Italy will request granting of the starting date for the EU accession talks with Serbia on June 28, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino has said.
Tuesday 18.06.2013 | 11:04 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- A new round of Belgrade-Priština talks started in Brussels on Tuesday, with working groups set to tackle matters relating to the police and judiciary.
Tuesday 18.06.2013 | 09:24 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE, ZAJEČAR -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić said on Monday that all expected good news from Serbia, but that now Serbia expects "good news from Brussels on St. Vitus Day."
Tuesday 18.06.2013 | 09:18 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Belgrade and Priština failed to reach an agreement on essential matters concerning international area code for Kosovo and license for Serbia's mobile operators.
Monday 17.06.2013 | 15:15 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (16) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Tomislav Nikolić expressed concern over the rights of the Serb community in Kosovo in a meeting with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.
Monday 17.06.2013 | 14:24 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (36) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Belgrade and Priština exchanged liaison officers on Monday, when Dejan Pavićević started work in his new role at the EU office in Priština.
Monday 17.06.2013 | 10:35 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Belgrade and Priština have continue a key phase in their dialogue in Brussels on Monday, with ministers discussing electric energy and telecommunications.
Monday 17.06.2013 | 09:52 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
VIENNA -- Ivica Dačić said on Sunday Serbia expected a positive decision from Brussels about getting a start date for the accession talks with the EU.
Friday 14.06.2013 | 21:52 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (9) | Send comment
NEW YORK -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić stated at the session of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Kosovo that Serbia is determined to implement the Brussels agreement.
Friday 14.06.2013 | 21:51 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Serbian president's advisor Marko Đurić has denied that a new implementation plan should be drafted to replace the one reached in Brussels last month.