15 June 2015 The members of the European Integration Committee with the delegation of the French National Assembly’s France-Serbia Parliamentary Friendship Group
Monday, 15 June 2015
European Integration Committee Members Meet with French Parliamentary Delegation
The members of the European Integration Committee met today with a delegation of the French National Assembly’s France-Serbia Parliamentary Friendship Group, headed by Martine Carrillon-Couvreur.
The Head of the French National Assembly’s France-Serbia Parliamentary Friendship Group Martine Carrillon-Couvreur opined that France understands the specificities of the moment of Serbia’s EU accession, stressing that all the countries of the Union have similar difficulties because there are Euro-sceptics everywhere. She stressed that what is important is for Serbia to maintain the balance between popular support of the reforms and EU membership. She reaffirmed that France supports Serbia and believes that it should be given the opportunity to open negotiations, adding that her country would repeat its stance in the European Union and give Serbia the support it expects.
Speaking to the French parliamentarians, European Integration Committee member Gordana Comic touched on the issue of migrants saying that Serbia has harmonised its legislation in the field, but there is some concern about certain comments coming from some EU member states on the issue. Serbia would like to hear a “stronger voice of reason” from the EU when it comes to migrant strategy. The EU countries, as well as transit countries, face a big problem, and Serbia can be a good partner to the EU in its resolution, said Comic.
Besides Chairman Aleksandar Senic, the delegation of the European Integration Committee also comprised Committee members Dusica Stojkovic, Gordana Comic, Ljubisa Stojmirovic and Dragan Polovina, and the delegation of the French National Assembly’s France-Serbia Parliamentary Friendship Group, in addition to Martine Carrillon-Couvreur, also comprised PFG deputy heads Jean-Pierre Dufau, Philippe Meunier and PFG member Michel Voisin.