The members of the European Integration Committee met today with a delegation of the Slovak Parliament’s European Affairs Committee in official visit to the Republic of Serbia.
The meeting focused on Serbia’s European integration process, its relations with the countries in the region, Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and the situation in the EU on the eve of the parliamentary elections scheduled for May.
The Committee members headed by Nenad Canak said that Serbia has so far opened 16 negotiation chapters, two of which have been temporarily closed and two rejected by the European Parliament which is one of the reasons the European Commission’s progress report on Serbia will be delayed.
Lubos Blaha, Chairman of the Slovak Parliament’s European Affairs Committee, and the delegation members asked about the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and whether the 100% customs tax on the territory of Kosovo-Metohija would be revoked.
Gordana Comic said that the Kosovo-Metohija issue requires a consensus solution which is why the dialogue needs to be continued. The fallout of the 100% customs tax includes violations of the CEFTA, hindered movement of capital, violation of Kosovo’s obligations to Brussels and millions of monthly losses for Serbian, Albanian and other entrepreneurs who have companies on the territory of Serbian.
Answering the question how Slovakia could help Serbia along the European path, Dusica Stojkovic said that resources from the European funds would be very useful for advancing the reforms and strengthening agriculture in Serbia. She also thanked Slovakia for its support of Serbia in the Kosovo-Metohija issue adding that Serbia appreciates Slovakia’s stance that bilateral issues need to be resolved outside of the European Union.
Blaha said that Slovakia will continue to support Serbia’s Euro-integration and that it is in favour of EU enlargement. He also added that Slovakia would continue to support the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and does not recognize the so-called state of Kosovo and will not recognize it in international organizations.