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Estonia Supports Giving European Union Candidate Country Status to Serbia


No. 45-E

At the European Union General Affairs Council in Brussels today, Estonia supported giving European Union candidate country status to Serbia, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said.

Foreign Minister Paet stated that Serbia has fulfilled the necessary criteria to become a European Union candidate country and it should be recognised for it. “Estonia appreciates the steps that Serbia has taken in carrying out reforms and normalising relations with Kosovo,” he said. “We are in favour of granting candidate country status to Serbia,” Paet added.

Paet noted that giving European Union candidate country status to Serbia is significant in the context of further European Union enlargement.

It is of vital importance to the stability of the Western Balkan region that talks between Serbia and Kosovo continue and for a European Union perspective to be confirmed for Kosovo, Paet stated. “In this area, a significant step forward would be studying the feasibility of a Stability and Association Agreement between the European Union and Kosovo and moving in the direction of a visa waiver,” he added. 

Additional information:
Helen Ennok
Press spokesperson, Estonia’s Permanent Representation to the EU
+32 474 98 16 57

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