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September 16, 2021

Prime ministers Ponta, Vucic discuss Romania-Serbia relations, migration issues

Prime Minister Victor Ponta discussed on Friday in Belgrade with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic the evolution of cooperation projects and the flow of refugees to Europe, the Government informed Agerpres on Saturday.

According to the Executive’s release, the prime ministers focused on energy, transportation an regional development projects agreed earlier this year in a trilateral meeting in Craiova with their Bulgarian colleague. Ponta and Vucic decided that the work groups for the management of priority projects should meet by end-October and present to the governments their progress and concrete proposals to access European financing programmes.

The Serbian PM presented the latest evolutions on his country’s path towards the European Union.

The two officials also discussed the very actual regional topic of migration flows and the way the European Union and other European countries can face this situations.

“The two governments will inform each other on this matter in the following period; they will carry on their joint efforts to prevent and fight human trafficking on a regional level, and will monitor initiatives on a European level for an efficient management of this crises,” the release mentions.

Romania repeats offer of expertise, assistance to Serbia in negotiations to join EU

Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu had a bilateral meeting on Saturday with his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic, on the sides of the informal meeting of foreign ministers of EU member and candidate states in Luxemburg.

According to a release of the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE), the meeting occurred in the context of reform efforts in Serbia and of more intense preparations for opening the first chapters of negotiation with the EU under the Luxemburg Presidency of the EU Council.

The Romanian minister appreciated the strength and quality of the bilateral dialogue, in the context of recent visits of Romania’s President and prime minister to Belgrade; he also reaffirmed Romania’s commitment to the further consolidation of the strong and close relations with Serbia.

The Romanian official reasserted Romania’s support for keeping the expansion policy as a priority of the EU agenda, as it substantially contributes to ensuring security, stability and prosperity in the region.

Aurescu also restated Romania’s availability to continue providing the necessary expertise and assistance to Serbia within the adhesion negotiations.

“Minister Bogdan Aurescu emphasized that Romania is closely monitoring the drafting of action plans needed by Serbia to open the chapters 23 and 24 of the adhesion negotiations, including the component of protection of individuals from ethnic minorities. He also asked his Serbian counterpart to support the organisation of another session of the Joint Committee on ethnic minorities by the end of 2015, to allow the bilateral examination of the extent of implementation of measures in education (the pilot course of Romanian culture and language), the religious service and media in Romanian for Romanians in eastern Serbia,” the MAE stated in its release.

The two officials agreed to hold bilateral consultations at ministers level by the end of the year, in Bucharest or Belgrade.

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