It is a great honour to be leading the second biggest EU Delegation in the world, in a country that has embarked on an epic journey to join the European Union. Serbia is of pivotal importance to the European Union, which is committed to taking forward its enlargement to include all countries of the Western Balkans. This is essential for achieving prosperity, security and stability, as well as regional co-operation and reconciliation, across the region.
In that context, it is crucial to continue the progress which Serbia and the Serbian government have made in so many areas over the last few years. It is equally important to continue to pursue substantive improvements in Serbia's relations with its neighbours. Here, we can single out the Dialogue with Kosovo*, which opened the door to reaching an historic agreement on 19 April 2013.