Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday that the European Union was the largest donor to his country, with three billion euros in the last 20 years and that Belgrade "appreciates every Dinar and euro" it got from the bloc countries' taxpayers.
„I think that we have efficiently and responsibly behaved with this important component of the development aid available to us as a country in the accession process,“ Vucic told the conference ‘Serbia and EU: Support of Development and Accession Negotiations and Results of IPA Funds Availability to Serbia.’
He underlined the importance of IPA funds for speeding up reforms in Serbia and achieving the goal of the EU full membership, „thus reaching the same standards for our people as EU nations have.“
Vucic said Serbia was trying to carry out reforms in the rule of law, energy, environment, agriculture and infrastructure.
„I’m proud to say that Serbia today would not be the poorest country in the EU due to responsible, sometimes unpopular, reforms,“ he added.