Serbia’s EU accession negotiations formally started a year ago in Brussels. Since then, much work has been done in terms of preparing negotiations of specific chapters and launching the key reforms. Such a momentum and level of ambition should be maintained in order for EU Member States to open the first chapters in 2015. Last year, the Government adopted numerous reform laws and several good action plans. Now it is time to implement what has been written on the paper; we all hope and expect 2015 to be the year of implementation. Reforms should start to show results that would help the recovery of economy so that, by the time next Annual Progress Report on Serbia is published, everyone can feel the effect of reforms without the need to read the Report – the Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Michael Davenport told Danas daily newspaper in an interview.
Serbia did a lot as regards to legislation, the next step in 2015 is implementation. EU continues to provide assistance for flood relief, the Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Michael Davenport told B92 television channel in an interview.
European Union (EU) remains highly committed to enlargement and my team has a task to assist in and support Serbia’s efforts on the EU integration path, not only in 2015, but in coming years as well, said Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Michael Davenport in the New Year interview with FoNet news agency.
Serbia will not have to choose between the European Union and Russia, it is not asked to recognise Kosovo’s independence, it has neither lost momentum on the EU path, nor has there been any delay in the process of the European integration, Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, Ambassador Michael Davenport told “Dnevnik” daily in a New Year’s interview.
EU is ready to include Serbia in the project of construction of gas inter-connector with Bulgaria, which would be a new source for gas supply. Serbian companies involved in the project would benefit too, the Head of EU Delegation to Serbia Michael Davenport told in an interview to Blic daily, following Russia’s decision to stop South Stream project.
In an interview with FoNet news agency, Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Michael Davenport said that it was “realistic to expect” the opening of first negotiating chapters with Serbia “in the coming months” in early 2015.
On the occasion of Europe Day, the EU Delegation to Serbia and its Info Centre announce a multimedia contest titled “Serbia and EU: Open Chapter”.
An important point of the EU-Serbia negotiations will be respect for human and minority rights, both ethnic and LGBT rights, says Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Michael Davenport. He expressed support to the new media laws, but said that an overall state of media was “unsatisfactory” and some of the phenomena were very unpleasant and unacceptable.