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French President to Visit Serbia on July 15-16

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Archive / News | 08.07.19 | access_time 18:12

Macron Writes to Vucic, Confirms Visit to Serbia

French President Emmanuel Macron will make a visit to Serbia from July 15 to 16, hosted by his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic, the Office of the Serbian President reported on July 8.

Macron's Serbian visit itinerary hasn't been published yet.

President Vucic said in an interview with the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation (RTS) that the French president would stay two days in Serbia, and that "no other visit within the region has been planned," demonstrating "great attention" he's paying to Serbia.

Vucic said that he would discuss "economic and political themes, Serbia's EU accession and, of course, Kosovo" with his French counterpart.

"Whether Europe will have us or not will be clear after Macron's visit," Vucic said.

Ever since he took office, the French president has been opposed to EU enlargement prior to the internal reform of European institutions.

President Macron has recently voiced this view gain, suggesting that there's no room for any enlargement talks as the existing 28 members seemed unable to agree with each other.

Following an EU summit on July 1, Macron said that European leaders had to think about simplifying internal procedures and democratic collective functions, and that in that context he was more than sceptical about new enlargements.

President Macron's visit to Serbia was first announced to take place in December 2018, but had to be postponed due to the "Yellow Vests" protests at home.

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