STATEMENT OF THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS IVICA DACIC AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CEI MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

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CEI Split 2018Madame Chairperson,
Mr. Secretary-general,
Dear colleagues,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Allow me during a opening to appreciate Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mrs. Pejcinovic-Buric and Secretary General of a Central European Initiative Ambassador di Vietri for liberality and glorious classification of a Annual assembly of a Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Central European Initiative.

I am gratified to have a event now to attend in a sell of views on connectivity within a wider European region, knowledge and hurdles acted by a European formation including a corner efforts to contend a region’s stability.

I brave contend that over a whole past decade, a Republic of Serbia has not differentiated a priority goals in tie with domestic reforms, European formation and informal cooperation.

EU increase policy, we are convinced, represents one of a Union’s vital instruments not usually in terms of stabilization of a segment and in terms of a feat of mercantile prosperity, though also achieving a fortitude and confidence in a EU as a whole, that has been we wish unambiguously validated during a recently hold limit in Sofia, by trait of a fact that full EU membership is a usually vital choice for a Western Balkan partners. Over a past years, Serbia has proven to be an equal and arguable partner to EU and we are happy that it has been famous in viewpoint of a estimable domestic joining invested.

Despite transparent hurdles now faced by EU politically and economically, we are assured that a transparent viewpoint of EU membership has been and still is a vital pushing force for series of reforms and certain expansion in a region. The Republic of Serbia is committed to a advent routine and so distant it has non-stop 12 negotiating chapters. We essay to open as many chapters that we are prepared for as probable so that a whole state administration could concentration on pivotal and overarching idea – full EU membership.

To us, as good as to others in a Western Balkans it is of pinnacle significance that a formation process, that essentially implies a routine of prolonged and formidable reforms, continues though obstacles, awaiting that undeniable support and bargain by all EU members will follow. Individual swell of any of us on a highway to EU formation has a certain outcome on others in a region.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
By essay for fortitude in a segment we are effectively contributing to sustainability and swell of a economies.
Serbia achieved poignant certain formula final year. With a projected expansion of some-more than 4 per cent, my nation achieved a third unbroken over-abundance while open debt was reduced to reduction than 58 per cent that is, let me recall, a condition set out in a Maastricht Treaty. Unemployment rate fell from roughly 26 to 13 per cent while stagnation among a immature was reduced from 51 to 33 per cent. We all face a mind empty in a region, though with an estimated mercantile expansion for a entrance duration and designed unfamiliar investments, we can be assured that new practice opportunities, generally for a young, will rise.

On a other hand, it is not probable to plead tolerable fortitude though noticing common interests and full support to informal cooperation, that is, like we have already said, one of a equally critical unfamiliar routine pillars. In creation a grant to strengthening of informal cooperation, a Republic of Serbia has paid special courtesy to activities within a supposed Berlin Process. Serbia supports a doing of informal projects harmonized jointly during a final year’s Western Balkans limit in Trieste, generally those associated to infrastructure projects, girl investment, as good as harmonization of power new corner projects in other areas that would urge a peculiarity of life in a segment even before grave EU membership. Moreover, we have undertaken critical credentials for a stirring London summit, that will, in further to timeless issues, also lift a emanate of confidence and improved informal connectivity in that sense.

Speaking of stability, we can't omit some developments and processes during broader general turn that move about new hurdles to wider segment though also impact any of a citizens. Abandoning multilateralism, UK Brexit, a arise of worried organisation and populism and altogether radicalization of a domestic scene, terrorism sustaining notwithstanding a better of a supposed “Islamic State” and emigration are only some of a warnings reminding us of a need that Europe and European Union should grow stronger and combine in sequence to grasp common interests in a continent and beyond. When it comes to migration, we have to be wakeful of a predicament that is recurring, of course, not with a same intensity, though with new flows, routes and challenges. Even if it doesn’t impact Serbia directly again, we are prepared to continue a constructive team-work and work together with all of we on elucidate this common problem.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me repeat – CEI represents a “bridge” between a EU members and those countries noticing EU membership as their goal. The membership of this informal beginning that is a horizon for confidence-building and faster EU integration, is of good significance to Serbia in viewpoint of stream EU advent negotiations.

As one of a oldest informal initiatives on a European continent, bringing together 18 States, CEI is a informal beginning that by a knowledge and honour might supplement a poignant additional value to a connectivity routine among European macro-regions. In that sense, we note with pleasure a significance of efforts invested to this end.

Regardless of other formats and organizations, CEI has managed to sojourn relevant. Serbia and a institutions, during a internal level, a universities and NGO zone entirely famous a ability of a supports and calls for team-work entrance from CEI. The acknowledgment of Serbia’s outrageous seductiveness is best illustrated by a fact that during a recently sealed CEI call for module of team-work activities, Serbia submitted a biggest series of plan proposals (21).

Dear friends,

Allow me to demonstrate my bewail over Austria’s decision. We certainly honour a reasons and do not find to dwell on because a Government in Vienna motionless so. Still, we would like to indicate to Austria’s outrageous grant to a Initiative and similarly to a surpassing bargain and genuine support which, along with Italy, it has always offering to my region. we wish that once a conditions concede there will be will and seductiveness to recur a decision.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In a end, we would like to praise a efforts of a Republic of Croatia, now holding CEI Presidency, and wish a horde a lot of success in chairing this informal beginning in a duration ahead.

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