Serbia: Dacic calls for the deepening of cooperation between countries of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative

Serbia: Dacic calls for the deepening of cooperation between countries of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dačić participated today in a teleconference of the Council of Ministers of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative and in the Ministerial Meeting of the European Union Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region (EUSAIR).

Today’s meeting was chaired by Minister Dačić and European Integration Minister Jadranka Joksimović, and marked the end of the one-year presidency of the Republic of Serbia in the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative and the EUSAIR.

Ivica Dacic expressed regret that the Serbian presidency, due to the coronavirus pandemic, did not end with the fifth forum in Belgrade, during which, in addition to co-operation, everyone would have the opportunity to enjoy the traditional Serbian hospitality.

The Serbian foreign minister presented the results achieved by Serbia during its one-year presidency. The activities carried out include the Priorities and the Agenda of Activities of the Serbian Presidency of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative and EUSAIR, which have been approved by the Serbian government.

In his presentation, the Minister reiterated the commitment of the Republic of Serbia to the values ​​of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative and the accompanying Strategy.

“I want to reaffirm the commitment of the Republic of Serbia to the values ​​of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative and the accompanying Strategy, in which we carry out activities that strengthen us, for states that are not yet full members of the European Union gain strength along the way, and they who already have an even better place to live. ”

The Minister also stressed Serbia’s desire to continue deepening cooperation in the Adriatic-Ionian region, emphasizing that during the presidency we supported the experiences of previous presidencies, cooperated with the future president and relied on the support and expertise of Permanent Permanent Adriatic-Ionian Initiative in Ancona.

The Minister also presented plans for further active participation of Serbia in the Adriatic-Ionian and EUSAIR Initiative, keeping in mind that even after the end of her presidency, Serbia remains part of the “Presiding Troika”.

After Serbia, the presidency of the Adriatic-Ionian and EUSAIR Initiative will be taken over by the Republic of Slovenia on 1 June 2020, and on this occasion Minister Dačić  wished them good luck in their presidency. /ibna