12 June 2017 National Assembly Deputy Speaker Veroljub Arsic in meeting with the members of the NATO PA Economics and Security Committee and Sub-Committee on Transition and Development
Monday, 12 June 2017
Serbia Remains Military Neutral, Will Not Join Military Alliances or Blocs
“According to the Resolution passed by the National Assembly, Serbia will remain military neutral and not join any military alliances or blocs”, said National Assembly Deputy Speaker Veroljub Arsic today in the meeting with the members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Economics and Security Committee and Sub-Committee on Transition and Development currently visiting Serbia.
Talking to the NATO PA delegation comprised of representatives from the Netherlands, Turkey, Bulgaria, Latvia, Hungary, Germany, Romania, Slovenia, France and Montenegro, as well as the representatives of associate member Bosnia and Herzegovina, he highlighted the National Assembly delegation’s successful cooperation within the NATO PA and its active contribution to the operation of the organization.
“Serbia’s EU accession is supported by 225 out of 230 MPs, which means an overwhelming majority for the harmonization of the national legislation with the EU acquis”, said Arsic stressing that the majority of the national legislation has already been harmonized and that by the end of 2018 Serbia would legislatively speaking be ready to join the EU.
Deputy Speaker Arsic then presented the current macroeconomic trends in Serbia from the aspect of its role in the Western Balkan region.
“We have achieved the biggest growth in the last seven years and expect a 3.5% GDP growth in the years to come, which will, accompanied by a reduced budget deficit, reform of the public sector and strengthening of the private sector, improve the investment environment in the country”, said Arsic.
The meeting, also attended by the National Assembly’s standing delegation to NATO PA, touched on the recent presidential election in Serbia, constitutional reform necessary for the harmonization with EU regulations, continued cooperation within the Partnership for Peace programme, initiative to establish a customs union in the region and the citizens’ attitude to NATO.