Monday, October 27, 2008

Serbia: Romania strongly supports Serbia's EU integration

Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic and Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu today agreed to organise a trilateral meeting with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi regarding Serbia's integration into Europe.

Tariceanu, who is on an official one-day visit, told journalists that he presented Prime Minister Berlusconi the idea of trilateral meeting in Belgrade.

Afterwards, Romanian Minister of Trade and Tourism Ovidiu Silagh and Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Regional Development Mladjan Dinkic signed an agreement on economic, scientific and technical cooperation.

The Romanian Prime Minister said that the meeting should prove that Romania and Italy support Serbia's EU accession, showing Serbia has two strong supporters in their EU integration process.

We would like to show that, apart from words of support, we also have something concrete to offer to Serbia, stressed the Romanian Prime Minister.

Cvetkovic accepted the idea and said that such a meeting would be a good platform for affirmation of support to Serbia's EU integration.

He appreciated Romanian assistance to Serbia, regarding not only the EU integration process, but also Serbia's struggle for the preservation of its territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Calin Popescu-Tariceanu

The Prime Ministers agreed that the Serbian minority in Romania and Romanian minority in Serbia form a strong link between these two countries, stressing that their minority rights have to be of the highest priority.

They expressed hope that bilateral political and economic cooperation will be improved, and added that Corridor 7, infrastructure construction, energy cooperation, prevention of natural disasters as well as large international projects such as the Nabuko and Constanta-Trieste oil pipelines might become joint projects.

The Romanian delegation also comprised representatives of the Romanian Foreign Ministry and Romanian Ambassador to Serbia Jon Makovej.

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