EU and Yugoslavia continue talks on stabilisation and association process

The EU-Yugoslavia Consultative Task Force met
for the second time on 6 November in Belgrade to discuss
Yugoslavia’s preparations to participate in the EU
Stabilisation and Association process for the Balkans. The EU
and Yugoslavia opened talks on 23 July 2001 that may lead to
Yugoslavia’s conclusion of a Stabilisation and Association
Agreement and give the country the prospect of EU
membership.

The meeting reviewed Yugoslavia’s compliance with the EU’s
political and economic conditions for co-operation; such as
democratisation, rule of law, human and minority rights,
market economy reforms, regional co-operation and
compliance with international obligations.

The EU has also reviewed Yugoslavia’s
progress in the implementation of the sectoral
recommendations from the previous meeting.

The following issues were discussed at
this meeting:

  • economic developments;
  • energy;
  • transport;
  • telecommunications;
  • customs;
  • justice and home affairs.

 

The Stabilisation and Association process is the framework
for EU relations with all of the countries of the Western
Balkans. It aims at stabilising the region, torn by a
decade of ethnic wars, and restore co-operation among the
Balkan countries by giving them a prospect of joining the
European integration process.

 

The next meeting of the task force will take place in a few
months.

 

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