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Europe: Justice system is your problem. Serbia: No, Kosovo is our problem

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Serbia and the European Parliament disagreed over the immediate priorities to boost Serbia's EU integration, as Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic received chief of foreign affairs at the EU parliament.

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Reforming justice system and tackling of corruption are Serbia's main obstacles on its path of European integration, Chair of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee David McAllister said after meeting Vucic.

McAllister, also the EU parliament's rapporteur on Serbia since 2014, claimed the implementation of the rule of law is the most important segment to boost Serbia's integration.

Vucic disagreed, arguing that what really matters to the European Union (EU) is Serbia's relations with its southern province of Kosovo and Metohija, and Serbia's traditional partnership with Russia.

Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008, which was recognized by most EU countries. Serbia rejects it and considers Kosovo its own province.

According to a statement released by the president's press office, Vucic said the rule of law is not what he is worried about most when it comes to Serbia's EU accession and suggested that EU members see Kosovo as the first, and Serbia's relations with Russia as the second key priority.

Estimating that the rule of law represents the third key priority, Vucic said, "Serbia acknowledges the remarks of the EU in that direction and is making progress to reform its judiciary."

Though so, Vucic and McAllister both agreed that Serbia should continue its EU path. McAllister will visit Serbia again in two weeks in order to meet representatives of the parliament and the Serbian government, according to the statement.

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