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Wednesday, 19 January 2011 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Explanations of vote

Text tabled : A7-0362/2010

  Maria do Céu Patrão Neves (PPE), in writing. (PT) There are no obstacles to the European Parliament giving its approval to the draft Council and Commission decision on the conclusion of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Serbia, of the other part.

In the context of the European Parliament’s current competences regarding international agreements, the Council has tabled a request for the agreement to be adopted and the Committee on Foreign Affairs has given its opinion in the form of a recommendation that the agreement should be concluded.

I voted in favour, because I believe this agreement makes an extremely important contribution to a robust and effective neighbourhood policy, in which Serbia plays a role in terms of geopolitical balance in the Balkans.

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