European Western Balkans

Fabrizi: Serbia has done lot of work

Sem Fabrizi; Photo: Tanjug / Sava Radovanović

BELGRADE – Serbia has done a lot of work in the economy over the past years, there is a political momentum in the EU accession process, but reforms must be continued for the country to make progress and open new negotiation chapters, head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Sem Fabrizi said Friday.

Serbia’s exports to the EU have tripled from 3.2 mln euros in 2009 to 8.8 mln in 2016, he said.

Companies from EU member states already employ nearly 200,000 people in Serbia and since the beginning of the negotiation process the EU has provided around 3 bln euros in grants to Serbia, Fabrizi added.

“My message is: we have a strong political momentum, we have a window of opportunity, we have a time frame – of course, this will be linked to a process of credible reform in the Western Balkans,” he said at a conference titled Investing in the Western Balkans’ European Future.

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