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Austrian Minister: No Shortcuts in Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue

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News / Politics | 20.06.24 | access_time 16:42

The Austrian minister for European and foreign affairs, Alexander Schallenberg, stated in Vienna on June 20 that there could be no shortcuts in the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and that it was important that a point of no return had not been reached.

“There are no shortcuts, Europe is very active in this regard and fortunately we have not reached the point of no return. There has been progress, but lately the situation in the north is causing concern once again,” he stated on the sidelines of the 13th Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), held in Austria.

He added that Vienna and Belgrade were cooperating closely and that Austria was one of the largest investors in Serbia. “We are close partners, we also work together on the issue of migration and we expect Belgrade to continue on that path – for example on the matter of harmonizing visa liberalization,” he stated.

The Danube Strategy is the EU’s fourth macro-regional strategy (besides the Adriatic-Ionian, Alpine and Baltic strategies) and rallies 14 countries along the Danube River – Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Moldova.

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