Serbia welcomes Bulgarian offer of help in EU membership process

Serbia, which began European Union accession negotiations on January 21 2014, has welcomed the offer of assistance from Bulgaria in the process, it emerged after a meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries on January 23.

The visit to Bulgaria’s capital Sofia was among the first by Serbian foreign minister Ivan Mrkić after the start of the EU membership talks between Belgrade and Brussels.

Mrkić said that the Serbian government was very determined and hopes to achieve full membership of the EU in the shortest period possible.

He said that as a new member state, the support of Bulgaria – which joined the EU in January 2007 – was valuable because it had fresh expertise in negotiations.

A memorandum of cooperation in the European integration process is to be prepared, to enable Bulgaria to provide the necessary assistance on specific chapters.

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