Ivica Dacic says he hopes the EU will keep the door open for the countries of the Western Balkans.

According to Serbia’s acting PM and foreign minister, this is “useful for alleviating instability and tensions in this part of Europe.”

Speaking at a press conference in Belgrade on Tuesday after meeting with Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, Dacic “underlined that the future government, which will be formed by the end of the week, will retain political goals such as building a modern society, European integration, regional peace and stability, as well as reforms in society.”

According to the government, he “emphasized that our country wants to be an exporter of regional peace and stability, but also of European values that we want to be applied in our country for the sake of prosperity of the citizens and the future of Serbia and the entire region.”

Dacic described Serbia’s bilateral relations with Belgium as “good, but could be better,” and recalled that Belgium is one of the countries with which Serbia has have long diplomatic relations – the 130th anniversary was marked last year.

He told Reynders that the Serbian government would be formed very quickly, whose political goals would remain the same, and that there is plenty of room for cooperation between the two countries.

Dacic pointed out that trade exchange reached a record level last year of EUR 560 million, which is an increase of 20 percent compared to 2015.

Reynders “expressed wish for a further strengthening of relations between the two countries and added that the investment of company Delhaize was an efficient investment in Serbia.”

He “underlined that Belgium supports the reforms process in Serbia, not only for the sake of EU accession, but also because citizens of Serbia need it.”

While in Belgrade, Reynders was also received by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.