Daily Survey  
Daily Survey

Belgrade, August 31, 2012



BELGRADE, August 30 (Tanjug) - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Mary Warlick discussed Thursday the need to continue talks between Serbia and Pristina's interim authorities soon, and Nikolic pointed out that the Serbian government is committed to creating the conditions for the resumption of this dialogue.
Nikolic and Warlick agreed it is necessary to maintain stability in Kosovo Metohija, the president's press office released in a statement.
Nikolic stressed the need to raise the negotiations from technical to political level.
The Serbian president also said that, when it comes to Kosovo, responsibility to Serbia's citizens and interests should be taken and added that everything agreed in the future talks should be precisely defined in order to avoid multiple interpretations.
He pointed out that he is fully committed to reaching a consensus on the issue of Kosovo between all relevant political and social actors in Serbia.
Speaking about the country's difficult economic situation, Nikolic underlined that Serbia primarily needs to reestablish cooperation with the International Monetary Fund and attract new investments, above all in the sector of agriculture and energy, which are two major development opportunities.


BELGRADE, August 30 (Tanjug) - Serbia will maintain its principled stance not to attend regional meetings if Kosovo is not represented asymmetrically, Prime Minister Ivica Dacic stated on Thursday.
"There is no changes in what was agreed in Brussels several months ago," Dacic said answering a question by MPs of the Democratic Party of Serbia about the veracity of EP Rapporteur Jelko Kacin's reports that Serbia is ready to attend the meetings without special representation of Kosovo.
Dacic said that the information is inaccurate, since such talks have not been conducted. "Our interest and objective with regards to our attendance and Kosovo's representation at regional forums is that Kosovo has to be represented asymmetrically in relation to other participants whose sovereignty was confirmed by the UN," he said, and added that he does not see this as Serbia's essential problem when it comes to Kosovo Metohija.
"This government will implement the agreements reached between Belgrade and Brussels. This is not being questioned, but rather discussed. (Deputy Prime Minister) Suzana Grubjesic is in Brussels today, I will go there next Tuesday and meet with highest EU officials," Dacic said.



BRUSSELS, August 30 (Tanjug) - Deputy Prime Minister for EU Integration Suzana Grubjesic stated Thursday that she was assured by EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele that there are no new preconditions for Serbia, and Fuele said at a joint press conference that it is crucial to make progress in terms of agreed priorities.
After a meeting with the deputy prime minister, Fuele said that the October report by the European Commission (EC) speaks about Serbia's limited progress.
Grubjesic underlined that she received assurances that there are no new preconditions. "We will fulfill all the existing conditions. Moreover, we will implement all agreements reached with Pristina in Brussels," Grubjesic said in the EU headquarters.
Fuele underlined that it is important that progress is made in terms of key priorities that have been set for Serbia. He stressed that he cannot say anything about the date for the beginning of the EU accession talks as he has no crystal ball. However, he said it is more important to achieve progress in key priorities, including the fight against corruption and crime.
The EU commissioner said that visible and sustainable improvement in relations with Kosovo is the key condition for opening accession negotiations. "We expect the date as soon as possible, but we are aware that this cannot happen tomorrow," Grubjesic said.
She said that the government will give all estimations in terms of the date in agreement with Brussels, and that neither she nor Fuele want to speculate. When it comes to the continuation of the Belgrade Pristina dialogue, Fuele said that it is crucial to implement the agreements that have been reached so far, which will be discussed with Prime Minister Ivica Dacic next week.
Grubjesic underscored that the Serbian leadership is ready to reach a sustainable agreement with Kosovo Albanians through a highlevel political dialogue, which should then be a factor of stability and peace in the region. Grubjesic also said that Belgrade is ready to continue with the dialogue. We are preparing a program, and we believe that the dialogue should be continued at the highest possible level, she said.
Fuele pointed out that is of utter importance that Serbia meets all legal conditions and harmonizes its laws with the ones of the EU.
The meeting also included a discussion about Serbia's central bank law criticized by the European Commission, which has to be harmonized with the EU acquis. Fuele and Grubjesic announced Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic's visit to Brussels for September 4.
Thursday's meeting with Fuele was the first official meeting between Grubjesic and a high European representative since she assumed the office. Fuele and Grubjesic both voiced satisfaction with the degree of agreement on Serbia's priorities on its further EU path. I am pleased that we had this constructive meeting, and I am glad to see that the new Serbian administration is now fully back at work and actively pursuing its strategic European priority, Fuele stated.
After today's meeting, I am very assured that Serbia's leadership is indeed eager to make further progress in the foreseeable future, especially after the completion of the electoral process, and that it now has full capacity to continue with performing the tasks from the EU agenda, Fuele concluded.


BRUSSELS, August 30 (Tanjug) - European Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele stated on Thursday that nobody will read any lessons to Serbia but that he will keep the right to voice criticism.
By this statement, Fuele responded to the message of Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic that nobody can read lectures to Serbia whereby he reacted to the statements which European Parliament Rapporteur Jelko Kacin made in Belgrade earlier this week.
Serbia knows exactly what it should do on its further EU path and this has to be done, and in this sense we will not read any lessons to Serbia, Fuele said at a news conference following his meeting with Serbian Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Suzana Grubjesic.
However, this does not imply that the EU will not voice occasional criticism or advice, Fuele said and added that he will not want the permission of the Belgrade government to voice criticism.