Visit of Vuk Jeremić, Serbian Minister for Foreign Affairs, to Olli Rehn, and extracts from the joint press briefing
End production: 11/06/2009
On 11 June, Vuk Jeremić, Serbian Minister for Foreign Affairs, was in Brussels today for further talks with Olli Rehn, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement, mainly on visa liberalisation.
Serbia has called on the EU Council of Ministers to scrap visas for Western Balkans citizens, including Serbia, as soon as possible, adding that Belgrade has met all the conditions.
At a joint press briefing today following their bilateral talks, the European Commissioner indicated that, tough the timetable is tight, he was pretty confident that the Commission would be making before the summer break positive recommendations to the Council on visa free travel with the Western Balkans.
The visa roadmap is done in order to ensure the European and the EU Ministers of the Interior that visa free travel will by no means compromise the internal security of the EU, Olli Rehn told journalists. In addressing these obligations, Serbia has been a very pro-active, constructive and reliable partner, he added.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior views around the European Commission building (3 shots)
||Arrival of Olli Rehn, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement - handshake with Vuk Jeremić, Serbian Minister for Foreign Affairs
||General view of the joint press briefing
||SOUNDBITE by Olli Rehn (in ENGLISH): This year 2009 should and will be made the year of visa liberalisation for the most advanced countries of the Western Balkans, including Serbia.
||SOUNDBITE by Vuk Jeremić (in ENGLISH): I really hope that Olli and I are going to see this process done in 2009. 2009 is the year and we are going to continue investing all our efforts like we have been doing so far, making sure that this becomes a reality for the citizens of the Western Balkans, the Republic of Serbia included.
||SOUNDBITE by Olli Rehn (in ENGLISH): Serbia has been a constructive and reliable partner in addressing the obligations arising out of the visa roadmap so far. As you know, in the visa roadmap you can find requirements of visa liberalisation or visa free travel access to the white Schengen list. This roadmap is done in order to ensure our citizens in the EU and to ensure the Ministers of the Interior of the EU that visa free travel with Serbia and other countries of the Western Balkans can be done so that internal security of the EU and of its citizens are by no means compromised. In addressing these obligations, Serbia has been very pro-active, constructive and reliable partner. If Serbia continues in this constructive spirit, it certainly reinforces the chances for a positive recommendation from the Commission to the Council in due course.
||Cutaway of press
||SOUNDBITE Olli Rehn (in ENGLISH) still on visa liberalisation: It is a tight timetable and we still require some technical work inside the Commission and between the countries concerned. We are working on it in order to make these recommendations before the summer break. There are still some technical issues related to the issuance of passports and some other security related matters which will be discussed tomorrow by senior officials of the European Commission and Serbia here in Brussels.
||Cutaway: members of the press
||Closing of the press briefing, handshake and departure