MOGHERINI: EU KEEPS THE DOOR OPEN TO SERBIA
BELGRADE, 3 March 2017 (Beta) - High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said in Belgrade, on March 3, that the Union remained committed to Serbia's EU integration, and that it would not be complete without it. At a joint press conference with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in the Villa "Mir" (Peace), Mogherini said that the Union's strategic goal was regional stability in the Balkans, adding that peace and stability in the Balkans meant peace and stability in Europe. "Regardless of the difficult talks we had today, Serbia is on the European path, and will remain firmly on the EU path," Vucic said after the meeting with Mogherini. The Serbian prime minister said that to protect regional stability was the most serious challenge, and the only one that could threaten Serbia's good economic results.
Before the meeting with Vucic, The EU high representative spoke to Serbia's MPs saying that "the path to the EU is concrete, realistic, makes a difference in the world of business and everyday life." "You have the right to be ambitious. Today I want to show you that we are ambitious, too. We care about Serbia, because of its present and its future, because Serbia's present and future are connected closely to the Union's," Mogherini told Serbian Parliament. Mogherini also met with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, and the Serbian speaker, Maja Gojkovic.
MOGHERINI: WORK ON IBAR BRIDGE PROOF THAT DIALOG IS POSSIBLE
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, 4 March 2017 (Beta) - European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini said in Mitrovica North, on March 4 that working on conciliation was crucial and voiced pleasure that the almost completed works on the bridge over the Ibar River showed not just to the region, but to the world, that dialog, cooperation and peace were possible. She said reconciliation was the key word and that "work on reconciliation is the key job that we do by helping, supporting the people in Mitrovica." Mogherini said she had come to Mitrovica to see the bridge and surrounding streets and recalled that the bridge was reconstructed with EU assistance, per a deal between Belgrade and Pristina brokered in Brussels. But others did not make this decision, but people in the region who make decisions, said Mogherini, adding that the work to renew the bridge was transforming it from a symbol of division to a symbol of dialog and connection. The high representative arrived in Mitrovica North by crossing the bridge from its southern side accompanied by associates and the head of the EU Mission in Kosovo, Nataliya Apostolova. After crossing, she met with Mayor Goran Rakic next to the wall that had sparked a dispute recently resolved through dialog.