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Serbian Foreign Minister to reveal challenges ahead of EU membership

Posted on 18/11/2011
Serbian Foreign Minister Mr Vuk Jeremić

The Serbian Foreign Minister will be visiting Royal Holloway, University of London next week to discuss the challenges Serbia faces in entering the European Union.

The visit from Mr Vuk Jeremić was organised by the College's Politics and International Relations Society and is a result of 12 months of negotiations.

He will discuss the impact of the current economic climate on Serbia and just what joining the EU could mean for his county.

Appointed as Foreign Minister at just 31-years-old, Mr Jeremić was viewed by many of his countrymen as too young and, due to his lack of experience, he was deemed not to be trusted with important national issues. But it is this that Mr Jeremić feels is one of his greatest assets.

He says: "It's actually a good thing because it opens up people's minds. They're curious. They want to hear what you have to say to them because you're different."

Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Mr Jeremić completed his education in England, graduating from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Theoretical Physics and later attending the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he completed a Masters in Public Administration in International Development. He became heavily involved in politics following the democratic changes that occurred in Belgrade in late 2000.

He joined the Ministry of Defense of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro as a special envoy for Euro-Atlantic Affairs before serving as senior foreign policy adviser for Boris Tadić, President of Serbia, and later becoming the Foreign Minister.

During his lecture at Royal Holloway, Mr. Jeremić will discuss why the world needs more young people to get involved in politics and how he managed to obtain his position at such a young age as well as Serbia's political landscape.

Talking ahead of the lecture, Sophie Crockett, Secretary of the Politics and International Relations Society, said: "We have been planning and liaising with the Foreign Office in Belgrade to try and organise this event since August 2010, and have finally been able to settle on a date where Mr. Jeremić is available. This is an extremely exciting event and definitely a unique opportunity for students to ask questions and get to know a bit more about the fascinating character that is Vuk Jeremić."

The lecture will be held on Friday 25 November in the Management Lecture Theatre from 6pm - 8pm.

Tickets are free, to register please email pirsoc0910@gmail.com.


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