President Iohannis in Serbia: Romania is ready to assist in view of EU accession


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Romania is ready to assist Serbia in the accession process to the European Union if the Serbian side wants this, said in Belgrade President Klaus Iohannis, at the end of the meeting with his Serbian counterpart, Tomislav Nikoli?.
Iohannis is on a one-day official visit to the neighbouring country.
“Serbia deserves to be rewarded for the significant reform efforts made so far. Therefore I expressed Romania’s full willingness and openness to assist Serbia in areas relevant to the integration process, if Serbia, of course, wants it,” President Iohannis president said, according to a press release from the Presidential Administration.
The two Heads of State discussed economic relations, but also issues related to minorities rights. President Iohannis was to have a meeting with representatives of the Romanian community in Serbia.
Among the joint projects mentioned during the talks between the two heads of state there was the Timisoara – Belgrade highway, cross-border cooperation and energy interconnectivity.
“Romania is interested in the prospect of electricity exports to Serbia, to the regional market in Southeast Europe. The export can be done through specialized companies operating on both markets,” Iohannis said.
As regards national minorities, the two heads of state agreed that the state authorities of the two countries have the ‘duty’ to work towards strengthening the role of the Romanian minority in Serbia and the Serb minority in Romania, as a solid bridge between the two countries.
The agenda also featured a series of European and international issues such as illegal migration and ways of co-opting Serbia to the EU energy policy.
President Iohannis was also to meet on Thursday Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovi?.

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