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EU Offers Serbia Candidacy For Membership

European Union flags are seen together with the Serbian flag in a shop in Belgrade.European Union flags are seen together with the Serbian flag in a shop in Belgrade.
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European Union flags are seen together with the Serbian flag in a shop in Belgrade.
European Union flags are seen together with the Serbian flag in a shop in Belgrade.
The European Union has formally offered Serbia the chance to join the 27-member bloc. 

At a summit in Brussels, EU leaders agreed to grant Serbia the status of candidate country. Actual membership could take years, however.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy made the announcement at a late-night press conference.

"We agreed tonight to grant Serbia the status of EU candidate country," Van Rompuy said. "This is a remarkable achievement, a result of the efforts demonstrated by both sides in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. I hope it will encourage Serbia to undertake further efforts to meet the political and economic criteria for EU membership."

Serbian President Boris Tadic welcomed the EU's decision, saying it paved the way for "economic advance and prosperity."

Earlier, the European Parliament urged the EU's executive body to open accession negotiations with Serbia as soon as possible.

Serbia had been expected to get EU candidacy in December after it captured two top war crimes suspects, an issue that had long been a source of tension.

But Germany put the brakes on the move, demanding Belgrade do more to improve relations with Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008.

Belgrade has rejected Kosovo's assertion of sovereignty and vowed to challenge it through any legal channels it can.

But last week, Serbia and Kosovo reached a key breakthrough when Belgrade agreed to allow Kosovo to use its flag at regional meetings and sign international agreements like a fully recognized nation.

The two sides also agreed to jointly manage their flash-point border, the scene of clashes in recent months between NATO peacekeepers and Serbs who make up the majority in northern Kosovo.

Serbia was isolated for much of the 1990s after its then-leader, Slobodan Milosevic, was blamed for starting the wars in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kosovo. 

Another Balkan country, Croatia, was given the green light last year to become the EU's 28th member in July 2013.

Kosovo is also establishing closer political and trade links with the EU.

A statement issued in Brussels said the EU would study the feasibility of a trade and political accord with Kosovo, known as a Stabilization and Association Agreement.

With AFP, AP, and Reuters reporting
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by: Darren from: Canada
March 02, 2012 05:18
As a strong supporter of Serbia I hail this important step towards EU membership. But Serbia will not be accepted to EU without a full recognition of Kosovo. Vojvodina will l also have to be turned into an autonomous region with rights of secession and the Banat will have to be returned to Romania. But it is still a great progress for Serbia. Congratulations!
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by: vn from: Belgrade
March 02, 2012 12:40
To: Darren

Great thinking Darren. Thank you very much. As Vojvodina consists mainly of Backa and Banat, which part of Vojvodina would Serbia have to let go under the name of Vojvodina, maybe the city of Novi Sad?
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by: Darren from: Canada
March 06, 2012 23:43
Well, OK, perhaps you are right. Geography wasn't my strongest subject. In fact, I don't even recall being taught geography in any of my 4 grades of school. However, I think I am basically right. Serbians would be a much happier people if it would restrict themselves to Belgrade, including even some of its suburbs. Serbians should follow the San Marino model. Are you aware that this city-state is one of the most affluent places on earth? Just check it: http://www.indexmundi.com/facts/san-marino/gdp-per-capita A GDP per capita of over 60K! Other advantage: Serbians would win the good-will and praise of all their grateful neighbours! Fantastic Public Relations!

by: vn from: Belgrade
March 02, 2012 07:08
If Serbia is being considered by the EU a single state, yet with the territory of Kosovo occupied by the Albanians as an independent body, so that when talking of Serbia the EU leaders seem to see double (Tadic and his opposition Tachi) could somebody please enlighten me as to who would be the counterparts to the president of Spain (Baskia), Italy (Sicily, Milan), France (Corsica), Germany, etc.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 02, 2012 09:02
Being a candidate for the EU-membership implies being a candidate to become the next GREECE. In other words, after the Germans have destroyed Yugoslavia and then - with their NATO friends - occupied a part of the Serbia territory (Kosovo) where they are terrorizing the few remaining ethnic Serbs on a daily basis, now they want to destroy the ECONOMY of Serbia, just as they are doing it with other countries (that received a candiate's status 25-30 years ago): Greece, Portual, Spain etc etc etc.
VIDEOs from Europe:

Sarkozy, booed by protesters, hides in bar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5NApFZEePU&list=UUpwvZwUam-URkxB7g4USKpg&index=1&feature=plcp

Bailout Blood: 'Greek lab rats for market Taliban': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M78nbd4IsAU&feature=BFa&list=UUpwvZwUam-URkxB7g4USKpg&lf=plcp

by: Acibeb from: London, UK
March 02, 2012 12:46
"Serbia was isolated for much of the 1990s after its then-leader Slobodan Milosevic was blamed for starting the wars in Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosovo."

So why not clarify and mention that the war was actually started by Ante Markovic, then Yugoslav prime minister of Croatian origin who sent the army to Slovenia to fight. Conviniently forgotten, just like any other true not in line with Western goals. Why does Serbia even want to join the EU in face of the most epic betrayal and abuse in recent history?!
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by: vn from: Belgrade
March 03, 2012 07:32
The point about Slovenia with her paramilitary thugs, assisted heavily by the Albanians, starting the process of secession is true.

Nobody's asking Serbia anything, but the Albanians - the power of illusive force is an incredible one (while lasting). The EU keeps saying it's offering Serbia candidacy while tapping the Kosovo Albanians on the shoulder. And the Albanians in Kosovo, without the assistance of the EULEX and NATO wouldn't be able to organize even the street cleaners in Pristina, not to mention the whole of Kosovo.

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