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Serbia among summit's disappointed observers

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Serbia among summit's disappointed observers


Serbia was not happy with what it got out of the summit. It was told it can expect to join the EU one day, but only after it delivers up war crime suspects. Association talks are currently frozen. President Boris Tadic has vowed his camp of pro-EU democrats will make this their top priority if they beat more nationalist rivals in elections next month. He said: “In the next few years we are going to have new circumstances, a new climate in the European Union. I truly believe that in the next four years we’ll have a better situation in terms of enlargement. Until this period, fortunately, we have to create reforms in Serbia.” Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker of Luxembourg and his Spanish counterpart, both of whose countries voters directly ratified the EU constitution, reiterated the importance of this reform. He said: “We wanted to draw attention to the need for Europe first to put its house in order, before expanding further, and we would like to remind our colleagues of the necessity to at least rearrange the institutional machinery.” Romania and Bulgaria celebrated their summit welcome with a giant ginger-bread map, where they feature in the EU’s historic fifth round of enlargement. However, while the EU acknowledges enormous progress in the latest members, special regulations are in place to verify their compliance in policy areas such as food safety and farm spending. The commissioner for enlargement preparations underscored the job is far from a piece of cake.

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