Europe asks for a single voice

Brussels, Belgium – “It is necessary that the new Serbian Government puts the issue of EU accession on the list of its priorities, so that the process could gain the strongest political support. The activities awaiting us on that way, from the management of IPA funds to the harmonisation of national laws, should be well organised, directed and controlled. One of the possibilities is to establish a ministry of EU integration, which would consolidate the activities, and the other one is to appoint a vice-president of the government for EU integration, who would have clearly defined competencies in steering the process of accession”, said Predrag Novikov, Director of the Office for European Affairs, during the discussion at the Directorate General for Enlargement and Implementation of IPA Funds of the European Commission.The formation of a new democratic government in Serbia was strongly supported at the meeting. Moreover, meetings were held with Roksanda Ninčić, Ambassador of Serbia to EU, and visits were paid to the representation office of Styria, where partner regions from Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and Croatia were also situated, as well as to the representation office of the Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, which was also a host to Istria and where the Sarajevo Canton would soon have its premises. It was agreed to develop specific cooperation on the design of joint projects and to organise a performance of Vojvodina in Brussels that year.