Jadranka Joksimović, Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth’s Serbian counterpart, visited the Federal Foreign Office on 14 October.
Joksimović praised Germany’s support for the countries of the Western Balkans. The Federal Government had lent force to Serbia’s prospect of accession to the EU by holding the Western Balkans Conference, she said.
2014 is an important year for Serbia on its path towards EU membership. Accession negotiations with the Western Balkan country formally began on 21 January.
Roth acknowledged the progress made by the country so far, but cautioned that more reforms would be required:
The EU is first and foremost a community of values. It is therefore imperative that there are no doubts as to Serbia’s resolve to strengthen the rule of law and democracy.
Joksimović and Roth both agreed that the accession process would not happen by itself and that Serbia’s citizens must be called upon to play their part in the developments.
“EU accession is not a technocratic process, but requires an active and lively civil society that plays its part in shaping Serbia’s path to the EU,” Minister of State for Europe Roth said at the talks.
Read more about EU enlargement and accession negotiations with Serbia here.