European Union External Action

Statement by High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini following her meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia, Ivica Dačić

Bruxelles, 18/11/2014 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 141118_02
Statements by the HR/VP

I was pleased to meet today Serbia’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić for the first time in my new capacity.

During our discussions we exchanged views on progress in the EU facilitated dialogue and implementation of agreements. I hope to see the high-level dialogue resume soon, but the EU expects Belgrade and Pristina to continue working on implementation in the meantime.

We reviewed together progress in the EU-Serbia relations, including in the accession negotiations. I reiterated to First Deputy Prime Minister Dačić our position on the need for Serbia's progressive alignment with the EU’s foreign policy.

We also discussed foreign policy challenges that we are facing today. I was particularly interested to hear First Deputy Prime Minister Dačić's views in light of the upcoming Serbian chairmanship of the OSCE. We agreed that the crisis in Ukraine is a first priority and needs to be resolved in accordance with the fundamental principles of the OSCE.

I look forward to working very closely with Ivica Dačić in the coming period.