'Friends of Serbia' meeting in Brussels on monday

EU foreign ministers say yes to Italy and Austria invitation

15 May, 18:38

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    (ANSAmed) - BELGRADE, MAY 15 - All EU member states have accepted an invitation by the foreign ministers of Italy and Austria to take part in a 'Friends of Serbia' meeting on the outlook for the country's future EU membership. The announcement was made on Friday by Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic to the Italian and Austrian ambassadors in Belgrade, Giuseppe Manzo and Johannes Eigner, according to a government statement. The meeting in Brussels, underscored the two diplomats, aims to speed up Serbia's path towards EU membership, beginning with the opening of the first EU membership negotiation chapters.

    ''Everything that the Serbian government is doing as concerns reforms and its contribution to the region's stability and progress is in line with EU gains,'' the two ambassadors said. Prime Minister Vucic thanked Italy and Austria for the support and reiterated the country's desire to show its European partners once more its determination to achieve its main goal in foreign policy: joining the EU. The Serbian prime minister and EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn will be taking part in the May 18 meeting.


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