Vienna, 28 June 2004 Press release

Ferrero-Waldner pleased with the outcome of the presidential elections in Serbia


Vienna, 28 June 2004 - Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner welcomed the fact that the Democratic Party’s candidate, Boris Tadic, was elected as Serbia’s new President: "The clearly pro-European orientation of the victorious Tadic inspires hope that Serbia will continue and intensify its opening up and its cooperation with European and transatlantic institutions. The victory of Tadic is also a victory for the Serbian people, who - by voting for Tadic on Sunday - have opted for democratic reforms in all spheres of society, notably in the political and economic area", stated the Foreign Minister.

Moreover, Ferrero-Waldner emphasised that the election of Boris Tadic "was a clear vote for Serbia moving closer to Europe as well as for the opening up of the country." She also underlined that Serbia and Montenegro could rely on Austria’s full support in their efforts towards European integration. Furthermore, the Foreign Minister stressed that the "victory of Boris Tadic in the elections was a sign for the country’s deepened cooperation with the entire region."

Finally, Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner expressed her conviction that "exactly 90 years after the events of Sarajevo the Balkans will develop into a zone of stability and peace and that in this context the contribution of each individual nation, but particularly that of the Republic of Serbia, is of crucial importance."