Ivica Dacic: It is a commendable initiative that the new politicians in the Balkans learn and work together

The Institute of Politics received Greetings for the work done personally by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Ivica Dacic. He was a special guest lecturer in the fourth training module of the ‘Konstantin Preslavsky’ class.

“Both Bulgaria and Serbia are strong states each for itself. However, when the initiatives and the goals are common, the results are far better and faster”, said the Serbian Deputy Prime Minister definitely.

“That refers both to the foreign and to the internal policy, in particular the education of the political staff”, he added.

“Therefore, I congratulate the leaders of the Institute of Politics and I declare my full support for its activities in Serbia. Besides the methodological training of the course participants, you manage to touch to the real policy making at meetings like today’s. The real things from life, not by book or by theory, ” continued Dacic .

He advised them to look for juvenility in ideas and the visionary in politics, regardless of age and gender.

“The New politicians need to understand that the leader in the party is only one, but leadership in itself is the ability to initiate and lead the processes. Today, the political struggle is being conducted in a completely new way. The boundaries between left and right in politics have quite become blurred. You may be right, but this is not a guarantee that people will vote for you.” said the Deputy Prime Minister.

The main topic of the discussion was expectedly the assessment of the progress report regarding the process of accession to EU. Serbia perceives it positively by declaring that it will immediately start working on the recommendations made.

Dacic said, that the recognition of Kosovo should not be a definite condition for the accession of Serbia in EU. “If the European Union continues to insist on this, the reverse effect is produced, not only among the Serbian people, but also among the political parties. The fact that Kosovo is not recognized by several EU member states, as well as a number of countries in the world, is a clear indication that it can not be regarded as a new country”, he added.

The deputy prime minister reminded that Kosovo is the historic center of Serbia and that the government can not accept the claims of Kosovo leaders for the territorial determination of their national identity.

“It is unacceptable for Serbia the abuse of the Christian monuments and churches in Kosovo, as well as the aggressive segregation of the local Serbian people”, continued Dacic.

The Serbian statesman also added that the Kosovo authorities are not taking real action on measures agreed so far to ensure the security of the local Serbian people.

“The recognition of Kosovo may be perceived as a wrong signal for various minorities in the Balkans who want self-government and territorial independence”, he argues.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia welcomed the upcoming two meetings in Sofia and London related to EU enlargement and specifically to the future new members of the Western Balkan countries. He did not conceal the fact, that the development of the countries in the region and hence in the focus of the processes in the Union is of paramount importance.

Dacic considers Serbian – Bulgarian relations as very good and expressed his desire to intensify them. This included an example of the exchange of information between Ministries and Institutions.

“The rapid completion of corridor number 10 and the opening of new border checkpoints will, in addition, be beneficial for the further development of the commercial and economic relations between Serbia and Bulgaria, and will give a new impetus to the increase of the tourist flow”, explained Dacic.

“History teaches us where we were wrong and where we could have done better. Bulgarians and Serbians do not need an interpreter among us, and the future of the Balkans depends on us,” concluded the Serbian Deputy Prime Minister.

He expressed hope to soon host a general Balkan Leadership class at the Institute of Politics.