Extracts from the joint press statements by Herman VAN ROMPUY, President of the European Council, and Ivica DACIC, Serbian Prime Minister after their meeting in the European Council
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council / Justus Lipsius
End production: 18/01/2013 First transmission: 18/01/2013
On 18 january, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, received Ivica Dacic, Serbian Prime Minister in order to speak about the accesion negotiations. Van Rompuy said that the Council will review progress in spring
with a view to a possible decision to open accession negotiations.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, receives Ivica Dačić, Serbian Prime Minister to the press corner
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Herman Van Rompuy: In our discussions today, I welcomed the continued commitment of the Serbian Government to the EU agenda and welcomed the efforts of the Prime Minister in the dialogue. I commend both Prime Ministers and High Representative Ashton for the progress so far.
Great challenges are ahead but I am encouraged because I saw today in Prime Minister Dačić a man with a vision for his country's future. I am convinced he will do all that he can to bring Serbia closer to the EU.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Herman Van Rompuy:The EU will uphold its commitment to Serbia. The Council will review progress in spring with a view to a possible decision to open accession negotiations. Time is of essence. So I strongly encouraged both Prime Ministers to make the best use of this time and accelerate the work. Again, I commend the efforts of the Prime Minister. The EU will uphold its commitment to Serbia.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Ivica Dačić: There is by being leaded and headed by a constructive policy and find sustainable solution for relations between Belgrade and Pristine, having on mind legitimate interest of both Serbia and Serbians leaving there of course having in mind the legitimate interest of the Albanians.
On the other hand our goal is to get a dynamic flow and dynamic development when it comes to our path towards the European integration and to get the starting of negotiations as soon as possible.
||Handshake and departure of the speakers