The delegation of the Young Balkan Leaders visited the National Assembly of Serbia. Their host was Prof. Zarko Obradovic, who is the Chair of the Foreign Policy Committee. He gave a brief overview of the foreign policy activities and affairs of Serbia, focusing on cooperation with the EU, Russia and China.

Regarding the problem with Kosovo, it was highlighted that the Serbian state fulfills all the obligations of Resolution 1244 and the subsequent international acts. Concern was expressed about the lack of real dialogue with the Kosovo authorities and the refusal of Pristina to comply with the international decisions.

According to him, Serbia is actively working to meet the EU membership criteria and is making efforts to speed up its entry into the EU. Gratitude has been expressed to Bulgaria for her position during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union on the integration of the Western Balkans into the European structures.

Concerning NATO membership, recent sociological surveys indicate that over 80% of the Serbian population does not support the membership of the country in the North Atlantic Alliance. A foreign policy priority in the next period are relations with Russia and China, as member states with veto rights at the United Nations and other important international organizations.

Obradovic praised the relationship between Serbia, Bulgaria and Macedonia as well as the Neighbourhood Policy. He complemented the Institute of Politics as the initiator of the project and reminded that almost a year ago its implementation was discussed at the same place. According to him, the initiative for exchange of good practices among young people from the Balkans will contribute to the establishment of intensive contacts and partnerships in the political, economic and social spheres.

After the exposition of Obradovic, a discussion was held with the delegation of Young Balkan Leaders on current topics and issues raised by them. The main topics were the national and regional security, the education, the digital connectivity and others.

The Chair of the Foreign Policy Committee declared his readiness for continuing the support of the cause to create a new type of leaders in the Balkans, and once again highlighted that the Serbian state is a partner in these initiatives.

* The project “Young Balkan Leaders – The Power of Shared International Knowledge and Skills for Successful Management” is co-funded by the ERASMUS + Program. The project number is 2018-1-BG01-KA205-047713.