Motion for a resolution - B6-0202/2007Motion for a resolution



pursuant to Rule 114(1) of the Rules of Procedure
by Jelko Kacin
on behalf of the ALDE Group
on relations between the European Union and Serbia


European Parliament recommendation to the Council on relations between the European Union and Serbia

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the stalled EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association negotiations,

–  having regard to the outcome of the general elections on 21 January 2007 which saw the so-called democratic block win an absolute majority in the Serbian Parliament,

–  having regard to the formation of a new reform-oriented, pro-European government in Belgrade on 14 May 2007 at a critical moment in Serbia’s development,

–  having regard to Rule 114(1) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  having regard to the huge importance of Serbia to stability and prosperity in the region,

B.  whereas the EU has repeatedly maintained, most notably in Thessaloniki in 2003, that all Western Balkan countries, including Serbia, have a clear EU membership perspective,

C.  whereas there is an urgent need for progress in Serbia’s integration into the EU,

D.  whereas war crimes suspect Ratko Mladić remains at large and, according to the ICJ ruling of 26 February 2007, Serbia remains in violation of the Convention on Genocide by failing to secure his arrest,

1.  Addresses the following recommendations to the Council:

  • (a)to take a clear and unequivocal stance as to the definition of ‘full cooperation with the ICTY’ and to underline that conclusion of an SAA agreement will be conditional upon meeting this criterion;
  • (b)to step up assistance to the Serbian authorities in meeting the requirements of the European Partnership priorities, particularly as regards the rule of law, through enhanced use of twinning and other technical assistance programmes;
  • (c)to firmly support the new Serbian Government in its endeavours to establish a modern, dynamic and prosperous Serbia;

2.  Instructs its President to forward this recommendation to the Council and Commission, to the Member States, and to the Parliament and Government of Serbia.