BRUSSELS – Today is a great and exceptionally significant day for Serbia and its citizens, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Monday after the third Serbia-EU Intergovernmental Conference (IGC), which saw the opening of negotiation chapters 23 and 24 in the country’s EU accession talks.

Expressing deep gratitude to Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn, Vucic also thanked “other European friends” who had supported Serbia’s path towards the EU, particularly mentioning Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto.

We are aware that we will face difficulties and obstacles, in particular in implementing these two significant chapters, but we are also resolved to meet expectations and deliver results, Vucic said at a press conference.

“This type of society is what we want and that is the most significant reason why we remain firmly on the path towards the EU,” Vucic said.

All this is directly related to improving the living standards of Serbian citizens, which means that the rule of law and introducing the right laws will greatly encourage foreign investment – the only guarantee of better living standards and higher economic growth, he said.