Ambassador Says Serbia's Accession To EU Is In Croatia's Interest

By 2 June 2020
Ambassador Says Serbia's Accession To EU Is In Croatia's Interest

ZAGREB, June 2, 2020 - Croatia's Ambassador to Serbia, Hidajet Biscevic, said in Subotica on Monday that Serbia's progress on the journey to the European Union was in Croatia's interest.

During his visit to the city of Subotica in Vojvodina where a sizeable Croatian community lives, the ambassador said that Serbia's accession to the EU was in Croatia's interest and therefore the two countries "are supposed to make sure that their outstanding issues are not an obstacle."

Some of the issues about the status of the ethnic Croat minority can be in the foreseeable future be connected with the negotiating process between Serbia and the EU, the diplomat said after his talks with representatives of the local Croat community.

"We do not want to find ourselves in a situation when the unresolved issues concerning the exercise of (ethnic Croats') rights can make Serbia's EU membership talks harder or slower, Biscevic said, promising that he would work on making the bilateral relations more dynamic.

The Croatian National Council (HNV) leader, Jasna Vojnic, said that Croatia's diplomatic effort could help ethnic Croats in Serbia to solve the problems which adversely affect their status. In this context, she mentioned the problems with textbooks and schoolbooks, education for Serbian Croats, and efforts to provide adequate facilities for the Croats' societies in the Serbian capital city of Belgrade. 

 During his visit to Subotica, the ambassador was also received by Mayor Bogdan Laban.

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