European Western Balkans

I thank Serbians for their treatment of refugees

Johannes Hahn and Aleksandar Vučić

TANJUG_maliBELGRADE, Sept 25 (Tanjug) – Serbia can rely on the European Union, Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn said Friday, after a meeting with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade.

Hahn told a joint press conference that he was thankful to the Serbian people for their generosity to refugees. I was impressed with what I saw today and it is an inspiring message for all, said the European commissioner, who visited the Refugee Aid Center in Sid earlier in the day.

The European Union is determined to support Serbia just like it did last year after the devastating floods. You can count on the EU’s support, said Hahn.

The Western Balkan countries affected by the refugee crisis, including Serbia, are not the cause of the problem but rather contribute to the resolution of the crisis, he pointed out.

The number of refugees in Europe is the highest since the Second World War, he added.

“This is an international and not only a European problem,” Hahn underlined, stressing that the crisis must be resolved without differentiating between member states and non-member states.

We must stabilize the situation in the regions, the European commissioner said.

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