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IP/01/1539

Brussels, 06 November 2001

Second Meeting of the EU-FRY Consultative Task Force - Belgrade, 6 November 2001

The second meeting of the EU-FRY Consultative Task Force(1) took place in Belgrade on 6 November 2001. The meeting reviewed FRY's compliance with the EU's political and economic conditionality (fundamental principles of democracy, rule of law, human and minority rights, market economy reforms, regional cooperation and compliance with international obligations), as well as implementation of the sectoral recommendations from the previous meeting. The establishment of the necessary coordination and implementation mechanisms within the FRY was also covered. After a general discussion of economic developments, a detailed discussion on further specific sectors followed: energy, transport, telecommunications, customs and justice and home affairs.

The next meeting will take place in a few months, when further progress has been made in relation to the conclusions of this and earlier meetings, and when the next sectors for discussion have been prepared.

The delegation of the FRY was headed by Deputy Federal Prime Minister Miroljub Labus, with experts from the Republics of Serbia and Montenegro. Experts from the United Nations Mission in Kosovo also attended. Mr. Wilfried Nartus, Ambassador of Belgium, the current Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and Mr. Reinhard Priebe, Director for Western Balkans at the European Commission, co-chaired the European Union's delegation. Representatives of EU Member States also attended.

Background:

The Consultative Task Force is a technical working group, co-chaired by the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European Commission and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. It is part of the Stabilisation and Association process, the EU's framework for relations with the countries of the Western Balkans. The objective of the process is the stabilisation of the region through political and economic reforms in the five countries which are "potential candidates" to the European Union. The FRY has been a full participant in this process since the democratic changes of last year.

(1) IP/01/1062 of 24 July 2001


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