Today, March 8, the minister delegate for European affairs, George Ciamba, had a meeting with the head of the negotiating team for the accession of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union, Tanja Miščević.
The minister took the opportunity to reaffirm Romania’s support for the advancement of the enlargement policy and for keeping it among the priorities on the European agenda, both during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU and on the long term, in the context of the debates on the future of the EU policies. He underlined that the enlargement policy was important both for the candidate and potential candidate countries, and for the European Union on the whole. The minister delegate emphasised that it was necessary for both parties to remain engaged in the process in order to obtain positive results for the region, to the benefit of the citizens.
George Ciamba underlined that Romania’s interest, as Council Presidency, was to spur the enlargement process and a advance a constructive approach, in order to make progress in the accession negotiations with the Republic of Serbia, in agreement with the principle of own merits. The officials reviewed the enlargement-relevant events organised by the Romanian presidency. Special appreciation was expressed for the initiative to invite the candidate countries to attend peer-level events during Romania’s office, on order to facilitate the dialogue with the Member States on the developments in the reform process, on the progress made and on the partners’ expectations from the enlargement policy.
The minister reiterated Romania’s availability to offer material support, building on the expertise the country acquired in the sectors related to the EU accession process. The Serbian party showed appreciation for Romania’s constant support and outlined the positive reform-oriented developments taking place in Serbia during the first half of the year. The two parties then agreed on stepping up their sectorial cooperation in support of Serbia’s accession to the EU.
At the level of bilateral cooperation, the two officials expressed the common will to continue to work together, in the context of celebrating 140 years since the two countries established diplomatic relations, and to strengthen regional connectivity in all its aspects, generating a positive impact and more visibility within local communities, including through the instruments of the cross-border cooperation.