Extracts from the press briefing by Dimitrij Rupel, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council, on the european strategy for the Balkans
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 05/03/2008 First transmission: 05/03/2008
Following the EU/Canada Ministerial Troika held on 5 March 2008 in Brussels, where talks were partly devoted to the Kosovo and Western Balkans issues, Dimitrij Rupel, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council, reacted to the broad strategy for the Balkans presented earlier that day by the European Commission. Dimitrij Rupel told journalists that the communication was in line with the Presidency assessment of the situation, pointing out "complications" between the EU and Croatia or between the EU and Serbia. He added that the EU still hoped that it could move faster now but that much would depend on the individual countries.
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||Arrival of Dimitrij Rupel, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council
||Dimitrij Rupel (in ENGLISH) on the Strategy for the Western Balkans presented that day by the European Commission;
saying that more or less the communication is in line with their own Presidency assessment of the situation; they have very similar views also regarding some complications between the EU and Croatia, complications between Serbia and the EU, and also regarding slow progress in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina; but, they still hope that they can move faster; much will depend on the individual countries