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Minister Ivan Mrkic on the effects of the entry into force of the SAA: Foreign policy course will not change
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Ivan MrkicWith the entry into force of the Stabilization and Association Agreement, Serbia has become part of an integrated system that is the European Union trademark.

The effects on our economy are multiple and above all positive, especially from the point of view of foreign capital inflow, but the politico-psychological effect of the SAA is immeasurable as well, said Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkic for Danas daily when asked about how the SAA's coming into force on 1 September reflected on Serbia's foreign policy.

As he stated, the harmonization of foreign policy positions with the EU common positions did not imply a change in the foreign policy course. "The course will not be changed, because had it been any different up to now, we would not have been granted a date for membership talks. We have no problem with foreign policy priorities, because we are above all pursuing a pro-European policy, in terms of increasing integration with other parts of our continent," Minister Mrkic pointed out.

According to Mrkic, there is "no need" for the creation of any surveillance mechanism to oversee the implementation of the SAA because "all necessary actions will be taken within the existing institutions of the system." The Serbian Foreign Minister further pointed out that the Government should also adopt the draft Law on Foreign Affairs at its meeting this month, which would, shortly after, be before the MPs.