The French president, Emmanuel Macron, went to Serbia for an official visit on the occasion of the 180th anniversary of the opening of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
In Belgrade the French head of state - in addition to having signed several agreements with his Serbian counterpart Aleksander Vuçiç - addressed some important issues such as the enlargement of the European Union and the Kosovo issue. On the EU, Macron wanted to specify that there will be no further additions until the EU itself is reformed.
"The current EU with 28 member states is not working, and cannot be expanded without first being reformed."- said Macron.
The latter added that Serbia, like the other Balkan countries, must continue on its path towards the EU by undertaking all the necessary reforms:
"The European Union must make some decisions to work better."- added Macron.
The Kosovo issue
Returning, instead, to the question concerning Serbia and Kosovo, the French president has announced that he will organize a meeting with the senior officials of the two countries and the German Chancellor - Angela Merkel - to reach an agreement, stressing that France is opposed and will oppose to the unilateral actions of both parties:
"We are seeing increasing tensions, and sometimes these tensions are fed by foreign powers that have an interest in not reaching an agreement between the countries.
Reaching an agreement means that each party should give up unilateral and non-constructive gestures and, in this regard, the developments of recent weeks have been a concern
When we say that a compromise must be found, it means that none of the positions that are diametrically opposed can remain such, but corrections must be made."- underlined Macron.
His visit to Belgrade came after the cancellation of the Paris summit, which aimed to encourage dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo, on standby since Kosovo imposed the 100% of customs duties on the last year. imports from Serbia.
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