Serbian parliament to discuss stability pace with EU next week
Serbia's parliament will discuss the ratification of Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with the European Union on July 16, Speaker Slavica Djukic Dejanovic said Thursday, dpa reported.
Serbia signed the SAA on April 29, days before the snap May elections - a move seen by analysts as a sign of support for the pro- European block led by President Boris Tadic who won the majority of votes and eventually formed a government with the Socialists.
Parliamentary discussion on the SAA was an election promise of the Democrats.
Parliament will also discuss trade agreements with the EU, plus future policy on Kosovo which declared independence from Serbia in February and led to the collapse of the government and ther May poll.
More than 40 states, including United States and majority of the EU recognized Kosovo, while Serbia, backed by Russia, opposes recognition.
Parliament will also discuss the energy agreement between Russia and Belgrade which was signed by a former government and caused controversy in Serbia over the low price for which Serbia's state oil company NIS was sold.
The SAA is a document setting out how an aspiring EU member should reform its political, economic and legal systems to come in line with EU norms, and how the EU should help it do so.
The ratification of Serbia's SAA was made conditional on Belgrade proving that it was cooperating fully with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.