Vucic, Nikolic assure Serbia to remain on its EU path

Serbia respects Great Britain's decision to leave the EU but it will continue on its path to EU membership, the highest Serbian state officials said on Friday, noting that Brexit would not have any major effect on Serbia's financial and economic stability.

"We respect the decision of British citizens, and for us prosperity and stability remain crucial because (Serbian) citizens want a better future... I guarantee Serbian citizens that there will be no major disruptions in the country's financial and economic stability, such as we can see in many countries," Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said after his government's extraordinary session.

Vucic underlined that Belgrade wanted to continue having the best possible relations with Great Britain.

"The Serbian government, in line with the confidence it won in elections, knows what is good for its citizens, which is the European path and better living standards, of the kind most European countries have," Vucic told a news conference.

Stressing that Serbia would not change its European course, he dismissed a possibility of holding a referendum on European integration in Serbia.

"Even though I am confident that Serbian citizens would vote similarly as Britons, I am certain that they also want a better future and that is why we are staying on the road to the EU," Vucic said, adding that Brexit was the biggest political earthquake since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, too, today, confirmed Serbia's commitment to its EU path.

"Even though an enlargement crisis is evident, Serbia will not change its European integration policy," the news agency Beta said quoting a statement from Nikolic's office.

"Serbia will certainly continue on its path to full membership of the EU because that way we will organise our country in line with the highest legal standards," the statement said.

Earlier in the day, Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said that despite Brexit, Serbia would stay on its EU path.

"The EU has suffered a major blow, but it seems Great Britain has suffered a big blow too," Dacic told the public broadcaster RTS, adding that "it is an autonomous right of every nation to decide about its fate, regardless of whether someone likes its decision or not."

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 16:01

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