Addressing a meeting of the European affairs committee in
parliament, Ladislav Lipic said he expected Kosovo to declare its
independence from Serbia around February 17 or 18. Nevertheless, he
noted, Serbia’s only viable course is to move towards EU accession.
Slovenia, the current European Union president, has organised an
EU-West Balkan summit to take place on March 29, Lipic said.
Other Slovenian presidential priorities include promoting the
ratification of the Lisbon treaty, and intercultural dialogue,
climate change and energy issues, he said.
A senior Hungarian foreign ministry official, Gabor Ivan, noted
that 2008 was a crucial year from the point of view of Croatia’s
planned EU accession. Accession talks must be completed in 2009 if
we want to see Croatia become an EU member during the Hungarian EU
presidency in 2011, he added.