Integration

French diplomat says Serbia's SAA issue should be resolved shortly
2009-11-15BELGRADE, Serbia -- Jean Francois Terral, France's ambassador to Belgrade, said on Friday (November 13th) that he believes the frozen Stabilisation a...
Macedonia asks EU leaders to set date for accession talks
2009-11-13SKOPJE, Macedonia -- Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki and Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Vasko Naumovski on Thursday (November 12th...
Albania's Berisha argues boycott does not hinder visa liberalisation
2009-11-13TIRANA, Albania -- The opposition Socialist Party's (SP) two month-long parliamentary boycott does not hinder the visa liberalisation that Albania is...
EP wants visa dialogue, then roadmap for Kosovo
2009-11-13BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Parliament (EP) called on the European Commission (EC) to start a visa liberalisation process with Kosovo, similar...
thumbnailAlbania moves towards official EU candidate status
2009-11-12The foreign ministers of the 27 EU-member states are expected to ask the European Commission early next week to prepare an assessment of Albania's readiness to start membership talks.
Cypriots guarded over British land offer
2009-11-12NICOSIA, Cyprus -- Turkish and Greek Cypriots reacted cautiously on Wednesday (November 11th) to Britain's offer to hand over half of its sovereign t...
Jeremic predicts EU membership for Serbia within seven years
2009-11-11BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic says he sees EU membership for his country within five to seven years. In an interview publ...
EU poised to allocate 3.5 billion euros for Croatia
2009-11-09ZAGREB, Croatia -- The EU will allocate nearly 3.5 billion euros to Croatia in the first two years of the country's membership, local media reported...
Slovenian president wants non-binding referendum
2009-11-08LJUBLJANA, Slovenia -- President Danilo Turk said on Friday (November 6th) that he supports holding a consultative referendum in Slovenia over the ag...
Miliband: BiH should reform institutions
2009-11-08SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina -- British Foreign Secretary David Miliband urged BiH's political leaders Friday (November 6th) to follow through wi...
thumbnailSerbia seeks thumbs-up on co-operation
2009-11-06Serbian officials voiced hope Thursday that chief UN prosecutor Serge Brammertz will give a positive assessment of their country's collaboration with The Hague tribunal, which is key to Belgrade's EU bid.
Jeremic: Serbia will apply for EU membership this year
2009-11-06BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Serbia intends to apply for EU membership by the end of the year, Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic announced on Thursday (November 5...
UN's Ban addresses Greek parliament
2009-11-06ATHENS, Greece -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday (November 5th) expressed "moderate optimism" about reunifying Cypress and that Greece'...
PACE rapporteurs visit Albania to assess progress
2009-11-05TIRANA, Albania -- A group of rapporteurs from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is in Albania to assess the country's progr...
Hague's Brammertz visits BiH, meets with Inzko
2009-10-30SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) -- High Representative Valentin Inzko on Thursday (October 29th) reassured UN war crimes tribunal chief prosec...
Kosovo's Sejdiu blames international community for problems
2009-10-30PRISTINA, Kosovo -- President Fatmir Sejdiu blamed the international community's strategy for the situation in the Serb-dominated north Thursday (Oct...
Macedonia to proceed with reforms
2009-10-29BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski vowed on Wednesday (October 28th) that his country will continue with reforms needed t...
Verhagen: Netherlands to continue blocking Serbia's SAA
2009-10-28LUXEMBOURG -- The Netherlands has not changed its stance on Serbia and will continue to block implementation of the EU's Stabilisation and Associatio...
EU foreign ministers urge BiH to continue reforms
2009-10-28LUXEMBOURG -- EU foreign ministers on Tuesday (October 27th) called on Bosnian political leaders to take greater responsibility and to seek compromis...
Slovenia no longer blocking Croatia's accession talks
2009-10-28LUXEMBOURG -- Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar said on Tuesday (October 27th) that his country is no longer blocking any negotiating chapters...

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