"Serbian Business and European Integration" Conference: extracts from the speeches by Olli Rehn and Miroslav Miletic, President of the Assembly of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce
End production: 20/10/2008 First transmission: 20/10/2008
The conference on "Serbian Business and European Integration" was hosted on 20 October 2008 by Delta Holding with the support of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. The event brought together leading European decision-makers and business people, providing unrivalled insight into the key business and economic issues affecting today’s EU/Serbia relations and give you an opportunity to hear first-hand from companies in Serbia and abroad, their perspective on the EU integration process with Serbia, and their outlook for the future. A keynote speech by Olli Rehn, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement, was followed by a panel discussion.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the Conrad Hotel in Brussels
||Arrival of Olli Rehn, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement (2 shots)
||Olli Rehn (in ENGLISH) saying that in many ways the EU approximation process is also contributing to improve the conditions for making business and investments in Serbia; adherence to the EU's common values, rules and standards in areas such as competition and State aid public procurement, the free movement of capital, social rights, consumer protection or protection of the environment, all this has proved the best guarantee for economic success, of which the countries of Central and Eastern Europe are the primary example
||Olli Rehn (in ENGLISH) saying that he hopes that Serbia will soon fulfil the remaining conditions for allowing the EU to start the SAA ratification and the implementation of the interim agreement, following the determination of the Serbian government to fully cooperate with the ICTY; however, the mere signing of the agreement is not sufficient in the current context of a global financial turmoil where countries are competing for investments even more than before, strengthening the rule of law and maintaining macroeconomic stability are decisive for indirect investment, and they are also key elements to create an environment which is truly conducive to economic growth and higher welfare
||Miroslav Miletic, President of the Assembly of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, (in ENGLISH) saying that their message to the Serbian government is that the unilateral implementation of the SAA should be focused on the strong continuation of the legislative reforms; and their message to the EU is that for the Serbian economy it is of the utmost importance that this process enters the phase when the certainty of the EU membership prospects will allow stronger business relations and partnerships with the EU companies; this way they could join all their available resources and strengths with the European's and give more contribution - significant for them - to the efforts of the EU level in the realization of the objectives defined on the Lisbon Strategy
||Olli Rehn (in ENGLISH) on the financial crisis risk in Serbia and the help of the EU; saying that it is worth taking note of what for instance the President of the EBRD said one of these days; he referred to the challenges and consensus related to both the new Member States and candidate countries and potential candidate countries over Central-Eastern Europe and South-Eastern Europe, so that it is important that the EU - not only because of solidarity but because of facilitating sustained economic growth in this region - would pay particular attention to this region
||Olli Rehn leaving and general view (2 shots)