Vienna, 20 September 2006 Press release

Kyrle: Serbian students travel to Europe, via Vienna


Support for Serbia's rapprochement with the EU

Vienna, 20 September 2006 – "Getting to know each other is an indispensable precondition for a successful common Europe," emphasised the Secretary General for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Johannes Kyrle, at today's reception for Serbian students. Thanks to a personal initiative by Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik 45 students from Belgrade University have been given the opportunity to spend the next three weeks travelling around the Member States of the European Union. Austria issued the required visas free of charge, and provided the students with Interrail tickets. This project is a follow up to the successful "Travelling to Europe" project, by way of which Austria and the "European Movement in Serbia" NGO have twice enabled Serb students to gain a personal impression of the EU at first hand.

"This project is part of our efforts to support Serbia's rapprochement with the EU," said Kyrle. "Young Serbians are playing an important role in this endeavour. In view of their restricted freedom to travel (obligation to get their passport visaed) the EU remains closed to many people living in South-Eastern Europe. Through this project we are helping to bring Europe closer to Serbia's young people," concluded Kyrle.

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