Czech Minister: EU enlargement should go faster; We are ready to help Serbia

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Source: Tanjug / Rade Prelić

Tomáš Petříček, the Czech Republic Foreign Minister, said on Tuesday Prague believed the enlargement of the European Union should "go faster," adding his country was ready to share the EU accession process' experience to Serbia.

„During the next Portugal presidency, we want to send new impulses to the enlargement process,“ Petříček said in Belgrade after a meeting with his Serbia’s counterpart Nikola Selakovic.

The two discussed economic cooperation, the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations, regional and cultural and educational cooperation, and tourism development after the coronavirus pandemic.

„Our goal is to maintain the dynamics and continuity of the political dialogue that exists at all levels,“ Selakovic told reporters.

He added that „good and traditionally friendly relations“ would be confirmed during President Aleksandar Vucic’s visit to Prague due on May 18 and 19.

The annual trade between the two countries has reached almost 1.2 billion Euro, Selakovic said, adding that Serbia’s exports to the Czech Republic, despite the pandemic, „show a tendency to grow, not fall.“

Petříček added that „Czech companies are among the significant investors in Serbia.“

„The Czech Republic is interested in developing cooperation with Serbia in the field of trade, in economic investments, strategic sectors such as railway transport, irrigation and other sectors,“ Petříček said.

Earlier, Petříček and Vucic discussed bilateral cooperation, investments, an increase in trade, and different projects in both countries’ interest.

Source : Fonet/Božana Pavlica