State of play in EU-Serbia relations: - extracts from the exchange of views with Ivica DACIC, Prime Minister of Serbia EP committee on Foreign Affairs

Type: News   Reference: 93855   Duration: 00:04:38  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 29/05/2013   First transmission: 29/05/2013
MEPs of the Committee on Foreign Affairs held exchanges of views with Ivica Dačić, Prime Minister of Serbia on the state of play in EU-Serbia relations. Serbia is a candidate country for EU membership as of 2012 and several agreements ensure close collaboration with the EU. The debates takes place days after the governments of Serbia and Kosovo have accepted a plan which translates into practice the provisions of the April Agreement. This agreement foresees the creation of a separate ethnic Serb justice and police apparatus inside Kosovo's majority-Albanian government structures. Moreover, a European partnership with Serbia provides support to the Serbian authorities by identifying areas where further reforms are required.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior view of the EP, Brussels 00:00:05
00:00:10 Entering in to the meeting room, atmosphere ahead the meeting (3 shots) 00:00:12
00:00:22 SOUNDBITE (Serbian) Ivica DACIC, Prime Minister of Serbia. In the framework of the agreement with the EU, it is in our interest to put in to practice all points of the agreement with Pristina, and there is no doubt or hesitation in this domain. A few days ago Serbia has adopted this cooperation plan with Pristina and our government will do everything in its power to put it in to practice in a global and total way. 00:00:18
00:00:40 SOUNDBITE (Serbian) Ivica DACIC, Prime Minister of Serbia. As you know the economical crisis situation worldwide also had a deep influence on Serbian economy. The unemployment it's higher than 25% and the pensions are very, very low. We can see a decrease on the life standards of our citizens. Even if there are some encouraging indicators on the economic recover, the normal people do not see any difference. We hope that the fixing date of the accession will give an encouragement signal for the investors. 00:00:51
00:01:31 SOUNDBITE (English) Eduard KUKAN (EPP, SK) The historical changes in Serbia and the adaptation to EU its a difficult, gigantic task. We appreciate that you are committed to do so and you are going on that road. You have all our support. 00:00:32
00:02:03 SOUNDBITE (English) Eduard KUKAN (EPP, SK) Some colleagues here think that pro Russian elements in your policy are too strong , and they have some critical remarks to it. To have good relations with Russia is not wrong. Everybody wants' to have good relations with Russia, the EU and so on and so forth. But in your case there are some doubts, because this is a historical relation. Can you please explain your philosophy on it. 00:00:44
00:02:47 SOUNDBITE (Bulgarian) Andrey KOVATCHEV ( EPP, BG) Concerning the access to the secret archives of the former Yugoslavia. I do know and we all agree that the access to the archives of the former communist system, of Yugoslavia it is a very sensitive issue. There are resistance in several countries, not only in Serbia. This is due to the fact that this system of agents, include people from allied political groups, Do you have any definite vision, or you will you be rather reluctant to it? 00:00:41
00:03:28 SOUNDBITE (English) Libor ROUCEK ( S&D, CZ) You've mentioned the year 2020, how important it will be for Belgrade. I think we shall have this date, 2020 in our mind when we talk about enlargement, and when we talk about development, not only of Belgrade, but of the entirely Serbia 00:00:24
00:03:52 SOUNDBITE (Serbian) Ivica DACIC, Prime Minister of Serbia I have no objection to have open the archives of former Yugoslavia. Everything that does not put in danger the national security. I don't believe that there will be any problem to reach an agreement in that. 00:00:18
00:04:10 Cutaways (7 shots) 00:00:28
00:04:38 END 00:00:00
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