Tadić, Berlusconi open Serbia-Italy summit

President Boris Tadić says he has received support from Italy for Greek PM Giorgios Papandreu’s plan to have all Western Balkan countries in EU in 2014.

“Serbia considers EU membership to be an irreplaceable strategic goal and we expect that the Greek plan and the plan of its prime minister, ‘Agenda 2014’, will be realized for the whole of the Balkans. We have gained Italy’s support on this issue,” said Tadić, who is in Rome on a three-day visit.

“Italy supports Serbia’s EU integration with all its might,” continued he.

The first summit organized between the two countries started today with a meeting between Tadić and Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi.

The Serbian delegation includes PM Mirko Cvetković and nine of his ministers.

The leaders are scheduled to sign a join declaration on starting a strategic partnership between Italy and Serbia, three memorandums on cooperation with Italian regions, and a number of agreements covering energy, infrastructure, agriculture, culture, education, military cooperation, internal affairs and environment sectors.

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