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Mladjan Dinkic

Mladjan Dinkic
Minister of finance
of Serbia

Mladjan Dinkic, Serbia's 40-year-old minister of finance, says governing a country when you don't know where its borders are can be challenging. ?This is the biggest problem for us,? he says. ?It's the biggest problem for us joining the EU too.?

Serbia is held up in its progress towards EU accession by not knowing in what form it will join ? as Serbia on its own, or together with the province of Kosovo, or with Macedonia as well.

The EU is keen that Serbia join together with Macedonia, though Dinkic says the countries' economic systems are so different it would be much better for Serbia if it could join separately. As for Kosovo, Dinkic thinks it is unlikely to join at the same time as Serbia. ?We were working on a double track accession process, with Macedonia,? he says. ?I think it will be triple track now, with Kosovo acceding separately too.?

The EU has yet to work out whether it considers Kosovo a state or a Serbian province.

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