22/03/2011 – SERBIA-KOSOVO DIALOGUE RESUMES WITH EU MEDIATION

Dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo, under mediation from the EU, is expected to resume in Brussels before April. After initial talks that began in March, a new direct round of negotiations will be aimed at finding common ground allowing the situation of imports and exports and of land and civil registers to be regularised. The talks will also focus on Kosovo’s participation in the European Free Trade Agreement. During the technical talks, which were held three years on from Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence, no reference was made to the country’s new status. The guidelines for the meeting were laid down by the joint EU-Serbia resolution adopted last year by the UN’s General Assembly. A little over a year before elections due in spring 2012, there has been a government reshuffle in Serbia aimed at arriving more rapidly at reforms necessary to accelerate European integration. With regards to international cooperation, in order to improve the cap abilities of local governments on Serbia, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has allocated 21 million dollars to help 32 towns in the next 5 years.
Source: Vecchio sito IPA

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