Fuele: EU questionnaire is huge step for Serbia-EU relations
24. November 2010. | 07:33
European Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele will present a Questionnaire on Serbia's application for EU candidacy to the Serbian authorities in Belgrade on Nov. 24.
"I am sure that the preparation of an opinion will provide an additional incentive in the process of Serbia's integration," Fuele said ahead of a visit to Serbia where he will hand over the Questionnaire to Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic and Serbian Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Bozidar Djelic.
Fuele met with Serbian President Boris Tadic on the country's integration with the EU in Belgrade late on Nov. 23.
In an interview with the Nov. 25 edition of Ekonom:east magazine, Fuele said that the Questionnaire would resemble those given to Montenegro and Albania, except for some specificalities.
He also reiterated that full cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia was Serbia's obligation and, as such, a political criterion in its inclusion in the EU, and added that candidate countries would need to demonstrate credibility in conducting reforms and their implementation, especially in the area of the rule of law.
EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele stated that the delivery of the EU questionnaire to the Serbian authorities in Belgrade on Wednesday represents a huge step in relations between Serbia and the European Union (EU) and an important step forward on Serbia's EU path.
This visit to Belgrade is a very special one for me. I will bring with me a lot of questions, 2,483 of them to be more precise. They form the questionnaire that I will hand over to the Serbian authorities. It might look like a small step in the history of Serbia, but it is a huge one for the current relations between Serbia and the EU and towards eventual EU membership for Serbia. Your answers to these questions will give the measure of your country's preparedness for the opening of accession negotiations with the EU, Fuele underlined in a statement .
I would normally say that tomorrow the hard work starts, but that would not be fair for we know that you worked hard to get here. It is your hard work that made this possible and I want to congratulate you for this, Fuele said.