EU Delegation chief: Pristina to lift taxes, no alternative to dialogue

NEWS 07.05.2019 11:24
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Source: N1

The Europe Union stand is clear – Pristina has to revoke the decision on the 100 percent import duties on goods from Serbia to enable the dialogue on normalisation of relations to resume, and both sides have to commit themselves to the talks, since they have no any alternative, Sem Fabrizi, the chief of the EU delegation in Serbia said.

Speaking to N1 morning programme, Fabrizi said the EU hoped that Belgrade and Pristina would return to the negotiations as soon as possible.

“The EU mediates the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue for several years now… And we are ready to continue immediately,” Fabrizi said.

He added one should learn from history how to transform the competition into the cooperation.

Fabrizi also stressed the importance of media freedom, adding that in that area in Serbia improvements were needed.

He welcomed the new Media Strategy and said he would like it to be adopted and implemented, adding his new assessments in that field would be in the next report later in spring.

Speaking about the two historical events on May 9 – the capitulation of Nazi Germany and declaration of the same day as the Europe Day, Fabrizi said the continent had a 70-year-long continued period of peace, prosperity and economic growth, adding “we have never been wealthier than today.”

Concerning the EU – Serbia relations, Fabrizi said that the bloc was not only first Serbia’s economic partner but also the first financial friend.

“We give Serbia 200 million Euros per year in grants,” he said.

Fabrizi added that on the occasion of the Europe Day his delegation launched a campaign “EU for You” to make the public more familiar with the bloc’s work in Serbia.

Besides, he said, the Europe Day would be marked with a concert “The Music of Hope” in Belgrade’s Kombank Arena and the manifestation “The City of Europe” on Saturday, May 11, at the Nikola Pasic Square in central Belgrade.

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