Belgrade, July 17, 2012
SERBIA - EU
NIKOLIC: EU ACCESSION IS SERBIA'S STRATEGIC GOAL
BELGRADE, July 16 (Tanjug) - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic underlined on Monday, in talks with a European Parliament delegation headed by Edvard Kukan, that Serbia's strategic goal is to join the EU as soon as possible, although a lot remains to be done in order to achieve that.
Nikolic pointed in particular to the need for changes in the judiciary, unscrupulous fight against corruption and crime, revision of all disputable privatisations, not only because Europe requires that from us, but primarily because that is in the interest of Serbia, the president's press service released.
There is no need for Serbia to wait to become an EU member country in order to imply European standards, Nikolic said, underlying that he expects from the new government to start working on the issue from the very fist day of its mandate.
During the talks, Kukan expressed his support for Serbia's efforts in obtaining the date for the start of accession talks and welcomed the country's commitment to the EU pathway.
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT SUPPORTS SERBIA ON ITS EU PATH
BELGRADE, July 16 (Tanjug) - Eduard Kukan, head of the European Parliament (EP) delegation for South East Europe, said Monday at a meeting with Serbian MPs that the EP is ready to support Serbia on its EU path.
Serbian MPs Gordana Comic, Jorgovanka Tabakovic, Donka Banovic, Laslo Varga, Ivan Andric and Srdjan Mikovic conferred with their guests about current cooperation between the Serbian and the European parliament and the continuation of the EU integration process and social reforms, the Serbian parliament released in a statement.
The MPs also met with a delegation of the EP's Parliament's Special Committee on Organized Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering, chaired by Sonia Alfano.
The members of the Special Committee, founded this year in April, were interested to find about Serbia's future steps in the fight against corruption and organized crime, the issue of financing political parties, independence of the judiciary, continuance of social reforms, stability in the Western Balkans and political and legal framework for seizure of property acquired through crime.
Special Committee President Alfano said that the body is ready to support Serbia on this path, as an EU candidatecountry, the statement reads.