PES Firmly behind Serbia’s EU CandidacyBulgaria in EU | February 28, 2012, Tuesday // 17:09| views
PES leader and former Bulgarian PM Sergey Stanishev. Photo by BGNES
The Party of European Socialists (PES) has declared its support for Serbia's EU candidacy stratus.
"We reckon that Serbia has fulfilled its requirements and should now be granted a EU candidate status," PES interim leader Sergey Stanishev told the Bulgarian BGNES news agency on Tuesday.
Last week, Stanishev and Socialists and Democrats Group leader Hannes Swoboda met with Serbian President Boris Tadic and Prime Minister of Serbia Mirko Cvetkovic in Belgrade. The delegation praised the domestic achievements of Tadic's government and the strong push towards European integration.
On Tuesday, Stanishev reiterated that Serbia has achieved serious results in fighting organized crime and coping with other key required aspects.
On Monday, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe announced that Serbia was set to be granted European Union candidate status this week.
The decision much awaited by Serbia is expected to be formally taken by the ministers responsible for EU affairs on Tuesday and endorsed by EU leaders at a summit at the end of the week.
Meanwhile, Romania is still said to oppose Serbia's EU candidacy because of the country's alleged discrimination against the Vlach minority.
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