European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso set a date of June 13 for Serbia to resume talks on the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA).
'I welcome the progress Serbia has made since the establishment of the new government in its cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY),' Barroso said in a statement.
Barroso added that achieving "full cooperation" with the ICTY was not only an international obligation, but also a key condition on Serbia's road towards the EU.
'I encourage Serbia to continue improving its cooperation with the Tribunal in The Hague, to ensure that all remaining indictees are brought to justice, thus achieving lasting reconciliation in the Western Balkans.'
Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn confirmed on June 1 that following 'an extensive and careful assessment,' the commission could resume negotiations on a Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Serbia.
He said that the agreement would bring 'concrete trade and economic benefits for Serbia. Implementation of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement will be Serbia's gateway to candidacy for EU accession.'
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