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Joksimovic: No slowdown in screening-related talks

Belgrade, 31.07.2014. – The process of Serbia’s technical negotiations with the European Union that is related to screenings has not slowed down in any way, Serbia’s Minister without portfolio for European Integrations Jadranka Joksimovic said on Thursday.

Both the explanatory and bilateral screenings are complete for 14 negotiation chapters, and Serbia has received the report for chapter 32, which deals with financial control, Joksimovic told TV Pink’s morning programme.

The formal reports for chapters 23 and 24 are due in the coming days – they are political chapters, which are always the most demanding, Joksimovic said, adding that explanatory screenings are complete for six chapters.

A screening does not mean that a chapter has been opened, the minister explained.
“An explanatory screening provides an explanation as to what the EU’s joint achievements and standards are. On the other hand, in bilateral screenings, we present the level of our legislation in a specific field,” Joksimovic explained.

What follows is a process of analysis – an assessment of the compliance of Serbia’s legislative framework with the EU standards and judiciary, she said.

Bills met with approval from European Commission

Jadranka Joksimovic, Serbia’s minister without portfolio responsible for EU integration, said on Thursday that all bills pending for adoption in the national parliament, some of which were already adopted, were met with approval from the European Commission.

Joksimovic noted that the bills on privatization, bankruptcy proceedings and a set of media bills are expected to be passed, adding that these are the laws with mid-term effect.In a morning news program on Belgrade-based TV Pink, she voiced the hope that citizens will feel the effects of the laws in two-three years’ time, noting that unemployment and a low living standard are the biggest problems facing Serbian citizens.Joksimovic said that, without attracting foreign direct investments, the economy cannot recover and jobs cannot be created, and that foreign investors want a trustworthy business environment, coherent legislation and conditions under which they will open their firms and companies and hire workers.Asked about the sum of EUR 200 million from the IPA funds, which Serbia has at its disposal every year, she said that the funds have so far been well used, except when it comes to capital infrastructure projects.

I hope that the things will change, and that we will have necessary projects, Joksimovic said.

Source: Tanjug

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