The new European Parliament rapporteur for Serbia Vladimir Bilcik MEP told Belgrade daily Blic that the country’s path towards European Union membership would be defined by progress in internal reforms and in the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue.
“The functioning of democracy, rule of law and respect for fundamental rights and liberties have always been and always will be crucial to Serbia’s progress towards EU membership,” Bilcik said. “At the same time we have to see progress in practice in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina,” he added.
He said the dialogue has to get a new momentum in talks at top political level. “The European Parliament has called for a new stage in the dialogue several times along with faster negotiations,”Bilcik recalled.
He expressed the hope that “the new political leadership in Pristina will be able to contribute to the process”. “Good political will has to be expressed in both Belgrade and Pristina in order to achieve progress,” he said, commenting Kosovo Prime Minister hopeful Albin Kurti’s statement that he would not revoke the 100 percent tariffs on Serbian goods unless official Belgrade stops its campaign to convince other countries to revoke their recognition of Kosovo. “Let’s give Kurti a little time to get past the rhetorics of the election campaign,” Bilcik said.