Prague ready to help Belgrade with EU accession

Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas said following a meeting with his Serbian counterpart Mirko Cvetkovic in Prague on Monday that the Czech Republic was ready to help Serbia prepare for accession talks with the EU. Serbia presented its accession application in December 2009, but has made slow progress first because of lukewarm cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia which was a prerequisite for the talks to begin and later due to insufficient reforms. The Czech prime minister said Prague was ready to offer its know-how once Belgrade had fulfilled the respective criteria for accession.