BRUSSELS - A Multiparty Serbian Parliament delegation visited Brussels from November 6 - 8, 2019. The visit was organised and supported by NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division, as part of political dialogue and presentation of facts on the NATO-Serbia partnership.
As a part of the visit, Serbian MP’s visited NATO HQ where they met with a number of high ranking NATO officials. During the visit, Serbian MP’s also met with the Serbian Ambassador to NATO. Ambassador Tacan Ildem, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy welcoming the group at NATO HQ underlined the contribution that such visits and debates make to improving mutual understanding, thus underpinning further development of partnership and practical cooperation.
Parliamentarians heard very clear messages that NATO is an alliance of 29 democracies and that NATO fully respects Serbia, its military neutrality, and that Serbia is an important and valued partner of NATO. Serbian parliamentarians had a chance to hear firsthand what NATO Serbia partnership really means for both and how cooperation between NATO and Serbia is mutually beneficial and useful.
Serbian Parliamentarians and with their hosts at the NATO HQ in Brussels
Some of the covered topics included hybrid threats and other emerging security challenges, NATO Partnerships with special focus on the Western Balkans, NATO’s policy towards Russia. Delegation also participated in a panel with Permanent Representatives of a number of Allied countries.
Apart from NATO HQ, MP’s also visited EU institutions: European External Action Service and the European Parliament. During the visit to the EU institutions, topics that were covered included the EU-Serbia relations and role and priorities of the European External Action Service, as well as how EU is communicating about the EU accession process in the Western Balkans.
The Serbian MP’s delegation consisted of following Members of the Serbian Parliament:
- MS. GORDANA ČOMIĆ (DEPUTY SPEAKER), DEMOCRATIC PARTY,
- MS. VESNA MARKOVIĆ, SERBIAN PROGRESSIVE PARTY
- MS. ANDRIJANA AVRAMOV, SERBIAN PROGRESSIVE PARTY
- MS.OLENA PAPUGA, LEAGUE OF SOCIAL DEMOCRATS OF VOJVODINA
- MR. ALEKSADAR STEVANOVIĆ, PARTY OF MODERN SERBIA
- MR. BRANIMIR JOVANOVIĆ, SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF SERBIA
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