Statements by Friso Roscam Abbing, spokesperson of Franco Frattini, and by Krisztina Nagy, spokesperson of Olli Rehn, on the launch of a dialogue on visa free travel for Serbia
End production: 18/01/2008 First transmission: 18/01/2008
Franco Frattini, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Freedom and Security, announced on 18 January 2008 that the European Commission launched a dialogue on visa free travel for Serbia. The first meeting at technical level would take place in Belgrade on 30 January 2008. The visa free dialogue would allow both parties to identify key areas for actions such as illegal immigration, public order and security. It would result in mutually agreed conditions to be met by the Serbian authorities for eventual visa free regime. Moreover, it would allow better monitoring of the progress made by the implementation of measures taken by the Serbian authorities in view of achieving visa free travel for Serbian citizens in the future.
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||Exterior view of the European Commission building
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||Friso Roscam Abbing, spokesperson of Franco Frattini, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Freedom and Security, (in ENGLISH) saying that, considering that people to people contacts are key elements towards closer cooperation between the EU and Serbia, Franco Frattini has instructed his services to launch a structured dialogue with the Serbian authorities on a future visa free regime for Serbian citizens travelling to the European Union;
the very first meeting, of course at technical level, will take place in Belgrade on 30 January 2008
||Friso Roscam Abbing (in ENGLISH) saying that this announcement of the dialogue on establishing a visa free travel regime with Serbia is a tangible proof of the political commitments taken by the EU and reaffirms the European perspective of Serbia; it constitutes another very concrete step towards easing travel conditions for Serbian citizens after the entry into force, namely since 1 January 2008, of the Visa Facilitation Agreement between the European Community and Serbia
||Krisztina Nagy, spokesperson of Olli Rehn, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement, (in FRENCH) saying that they have been very clear about the conditionality linked to the signature of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Serbia and the ball in now on the side of Serbia; Olli Rehn was very clear when speaking with the Serbian Minister for Foreign Affairs the previous week when he told him to take urgent measures to intensify cooperation with the The Hague Court in order to sign this agreement as soon as possible
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