"We are not linking -- I want to make it clear -- we are not linking the [ongoing] Stabilization and Association Agreement negotiations with Kosovo," Barroso said. "But when we think about strategic relations between Serbia and Europe [then], of course, if this issue is not solved, it will create a lot of problems. This is obvious. We will not be able to achieve what is, I think, our strategic goal, [which] is to have, one day, Serbia as a full member of the European Union."
The EU backs a plan that would give the breakaway Serbian province supervised independence. Tadic today repeated Serbia will not accept Kosovo's independence.