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Commissioner Stefan Füle to visit Belgrade on 29 March 2011


European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan FÜLE will visit Belgrade on 29 March 2011 where he will meet with the Serbian authorities, members of parliament and open an international conference marking the 20th anniversary of the European Union's TEMPUS programme.


On the eve of his visit to Belgrade, Commissioner Füle said: "2011 is a year of opportunities for our enlargement policy, for the whole Western Balkans region and for Serbia in particular. The European Union has shown it wants much closer ties with Serbia. Following the visits of our expert teams who are verifying the answers to the Questionnaire, I will be discussing with my counterparts in Belgrade the pace of economic and political reforms Serbia is undertaking. I very much look forward to these talks."

In Belgrade the Commissioner will meet with the Speaker of Parliament Slavica DJukiĆ-DejanoviĆ, Prime Minister Mirko CVETKOVIĆ, First Deputy Prime Minister Ivica DAČIĆ, Deputy Prime Minister Božidar DJELIĆ and the Minister of Justice Snežana MALOVIĆ. At 11:30, Commissioner Füle will address a special session of the Serbian parliament and discuss issues with the heads of the political groups in the Parliament.

On Tuesday morning, the President of Serbia Boris TADIĆ, Commissioner Füle and Žarko OBRADOVIĆ, Minister for Education and Science, will open an international conference held on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the EU-funded TEMPUS programme which will gather some 250 high level representatives from all 27 EU Member States and 29 Partner Countries in Belgrade. Initiated in 1990 as an assistance programme to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe to help them restructure their universities during the transition process and to prepare them for EU accession, TEMPUS is today one of the biggest higher education co-operation programmes in the world.