EU — Catherine Ashton to visit Serbia and Kosovo

Cather­ine Ash­ton, EU High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for For­eign Affairs and Secu­ri­ty Pol­i­cy/Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Com­mis­sion, will vis­it Ser­bia and Koso­vo on 26 and 27 May 2011. Dur­ing her vis­it Cather­ine Ash­ton will reaf­firm the com­mit­ment of the Euro­pean Union to the Euro­pean per­spec­tive of both Ser­bia and Koso­vo as well as the sup­port for the ongo­ing Bel­grade-Pristi­na dia­logue, facil­i­tat­ed by the EU.

“The Euro­pean Union has a clear com­mit­ment to the Euro­pean per­spec­tive of the whole West­ern Balka­ns. We want to see the region progress on this path. Region­al coop­er­a­tion is essen­tial for the Euro­pean per­spec­tive. The Bel­grade-Pristi­na dia­logue is fun­da­men­tal for remov­ing obsta­cles on the road towards the EU. We want to find prac­ti­cal solu­tions that can improve the lives of ordi­nary peo­ple. At the same time, we stand ready to help both Ser­bia and Koso­vo to move for­ward,” said Cather­ine Ash­ton ahead of her vis­it.

In Ser­bia on Thurs­day High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive/Vice-Pres­i­dent will hold meet­ings with Pres­i­dent Boris Tadic and the Serb rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the EU facil­i­tat­ed Bel­grade-Pristi­na dia­logue Borko Ste­fanovic. She will also sign one of the two pend­ing EU — Ser­bia Agree­ments with Inte­ri­or Min­is­ter Ivi­ca Dacic.

In Koso­vo on Fri­day Cather­ine Ash­ton will meet Prime Min­is­ter Hasim Thaci and the Koso­vo rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the dia­logue Edi­ta Tahiri, as well as First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Pacol­li, For­eign Min­is­ter Enver Hox­haj and the Min­is­ter for Euro­pean Affairs Vlo­ra Citaku. She will also vis­it the EU Rule of Law Mis­sion in Koso­vo (EULEX).

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