Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Karen Lumley Karen Lumley Conservative, Redditch

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Serbian counterpart on (a) rule of law, (b) business and economic reforms, (c) trade and investment, (d) organised crime and (e) corruption in that country.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

When I met Serbia's Deputy Prime Minister Vucic in March 2013, I raised the need to make progress on domestic reforms, particularly on the rule of law and human rights.

In his meeting with Prime Minister Dacic in October 2013, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) also stressed the importance of the rule of law and improving the business environment if Serbia is to secure more investment in a competitive global market.

As a strong supporter of Serbia's EU future, the Government raise these themes with Serbia at official level on a regular basis and will continue to do so in encouraging Serbia to make the reforms necessary to meet the standards required by EU membership criteria.

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