Today, President of the Riigikogu Ene Ergma met at Toompea with President of Serbia Boris Tadić who is on a visit in Estonia.
At the meeting, issues relating to the European Union were discussed. Tadić recognised Estonia for its achievements of the last twenty years. He stressed the importance of both the accession to the European Union and membership in NATO. Tadić found that there is quite a lot to learn from Estonia, as to how to successfully organise the life of the state. Ergma explained that we have good relations with the Nordic countries whose way of life and development of economy have served as a model for us. Ergma stressed that Serbia is an important partner for the European Union and accession of the state with the Union would be useful for both parties.
Tadić gave an overview of the historical background of Serbia and political problems related to that. In the words of the President of Serbia, there is strong support to the accession to the European Union in the state. At the same time he admitted that the state has to make serious efforts to ensure all criteria necessary for the accession. He noted that the state does not want to receive concessions with regard to fulfilment of the criteria because it is in the interests of Serbia in order to achieve success in modernisation of the state and development of the economy. Ergma and Tadić stated that, both in Estonia and in Serbia, it is important to pay special attention to development of knowledge-based economy and implementation of new technology.
At the meeting, good and constructive mutual relationships of the two states were confirmed which still allow room for development.
Chairman of the Estonia–Serbia parliamentary group Silver Meikar also participated in the meeting.
The Riigikogu Press Service