European Western Balkans

Kurz on blocking Serbia: Austria advocates Serbia’s progress

Sebastian Kurz; Photo: KURIER / Gilbert Novy

VIENNA – Austria advocates for further progress in the process of Serbia’s accession to the EU, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz told Tanjug on Friday.

Asked whether the Austrian government was lobbying to persuade Croatia to stop blocking the opening of new chapters with Serbia, Kurz said that a solid EU membership perspective for the Western Balkan countries was of great significance to Austria.

It is in our direct interest to see them on the way to the EU and to see more stability and prosperity, Kurz said.

He stressed that Serbia was important, as it was an anchor of stability in the region.

Important reforms have been carried out under Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, especially in the economy, and much progress has been achieved in the dialogue with Pristina. We therefore advocate further progress in Serbia’s accession process, said Kurz.

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