21 November 2016 Marinika Tepic and the Portuguese Ambassador to Serbia H.E. Augusto Saraiva Peixoto
Monday, 21 November 2016
European Integration Committee Chairperson Meets with Portuguese Ambassador to Serbia
The Chairperson of the European Integration Committee Marinika Tepic met today with the Portuguese Ambassador to Serbia H.E. Augusto Saraiva Peixoto to brief him on the Committee’s work and activities.
H.E. Augusto Saraiva Peixoto stressed that Portugal supports Serbia’s European integration process, adding that Portugal’s experience of the path to EU accession could be beneficial to Serbia because Portugal’s European integration process took more than seven years and was conditioned by the recognition of the independence of the Portuguese colonies. He said that the Republic of Serbia, with its tradition, culture and history, can enrich the European Union and that Serbia belongs in the family of European countries.
The officials also discussed the course of EU talks and agreed that Chapter 35 is especially important, leading to the fact that each negotiation chapter opened will in addition to the technical also have a political connotation, which was not the case with other EU states. The opening of the negotiation chapters is a recognition of all the governments since 2000.
They also spoke about future cooperation, namely to organise a meeting with the members of the European Integration Committee during the official visit of the Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs on 7 December, and to have a delegation of the European Integration Committee visit Portugal, considering that 2017 marks 130 years of diplomatic relations between Serbia and Portugal.