EU Ministers on Serbia's new step toward entry on Sept. 13
13. September 2010. | 07:05
European Union foreign ministers in Brussels will receive a proposal on Sept. 13 to order the European Commission to draft an opinion on Serbia's readiness for EU candidate status.
Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar, who said the "EU must send the right signal" to Serbia on the heels of Belgrade and the EU's joint approach to the issue of Kosovo in the U.N, is to put the
This stand was taken at an unofficial two-day session by ministers from several members of the 27-nation bloc, including the previously abstaining Germany, stressing that Serbia's "clear
commitment" to Europe had to be rewarded.
Belgium, the country currently presiding over the Union, was tasked with inquiring about the position of Netherlands, currently under a caretaker government. Netherlands is the only EU member that required the extradition of Ratko Mladic to the Hague tribunal before allowing Serbia further steps
toward the EU.
The EU must demonstrate to Serbia that it fully values the exceptional effort made by agreeing to adjust its proposed U.N. resolution on Kosovo with the EU and enter negotiations in Pristina with assistance from the EU, several EU ministers said, particularly the Spanish, Finnish, Belgian,
Austrian, German, Slovenian and Italian minister.
Zbogar underscored that the Netherlands were expected to show "the kind of willingness and constructiveness shown in the discussion on the Kosovo resolution by the five countries that do not recognize its independence," while the same sentiment was expressed by Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos.
At the close of the ministerial session, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said it was "absolutely necessary" that the EU provide a positive response to Serbia's favorable position in adopting a joint EU-Serbia resolution on Kosovo at the U.N. General Assembly.
Belgian Foreign Minister Steven Vanackere told BETA that the EU highly valued the efforts that were made and recognized that the effort was not made only by the EU, but also by Serbia, and that they led to a great consensus.