Fuele to visit Belgrade and discuss Serbia's EU candidacy
15. September 2010. | 16:41
Serbian President Boris Tadic will confer Friday with EU's Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele to discuss concrete steps Serbia should make in order to access the EU.
Ahead of Fuele's visit, Tanjug learned at his press office that the EU enlargement commissioner and Serban officials are scheduled to talk about practical issues of EU integration.
Prior to Fuele's visit, President Tadic said that a positive atmosphere for considering Serbia's EU application has been created in the EU.
"We aim at getting the candidate status as soon as possible and a fixed date of the start of EU membership negotiations. I truly believe any government should hold this as its goal until the country becomes part of the EU," the Serbian president said in Belgrade on Tuesday.
At a ministerial meeting held in Brussels on Monday, it was announced that Serbia's request for EU membership candidate status will be tabled at EU General Affairs Council in October.
Belgium Foreign Affairs Minister Steven Vanackere, whose country is currently presiding over the EU, told journalists that he is absolutely determined that Serbia's EU candidacy application be put on the agenda in October and that an agreement be reached. If something is put on the agenda, it is with a purpose to obtain a concrete result, the Belgium minister added.
Serbia's EU candidacy application has not been forwarded yet to the European Commission because Holland was not able to approve it since it does not have a government at the moment, Brussels claims.
Serbia forwarded its application for EU membership candidate status on December 22.