The president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, is scheduled to visit Serbia on January 31. He will meet with a long list of top officials, including the president of the National Assembly, Maja Gojković; Prime Minister Ana Brnabić, President Aleksandar Vučić, and First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ivica Dačić.

“My visit aims to underline the European Parliament’s strong support to this ongoing process,” said Tajani. “I’m convinced that the future of Serbia and its citizens is in the European Union. I welcome the country’s efforts in this direction and I am optimistic that it will be successful”.

Tajani is slated to deliver a speech to the EU Convent, a debating forum on Serbian accession, between representatives of governmental bodies, political parties, NGOs, experts, syndicates, private sector and representatives of professional organisations.

Later in the day, Tajani and Vučić will open an event on Investment, Growth and Job Creation aimed at attracting business opportunities to Serbia and facilitating cooperation with EU entrepreneurs. Other keynote speakers include Economy Minister Goran Knežević and European Integration Minister Jadranka Joksimović.

“Serbia is part of Europe, not only through geography and history, but also by our common culture, identity and values,” said Tajani ahead of his visit. “We share key political, security and economic interests. It is one of the frontrunners in attaining EU membership. Working together with conviction is essential for market integration that leads to prosperity and helps to increase security, manage migration flows and ensure stability of the region.”