"The Council is right to encourage Serbia's candidacy for full membership of the European Union. Serbia is the key player in the Western Balkans and has the necessary state capacity to cope with the demands of belonging to the EU. Now we will see whether it has the political will to continue to work towards meeting in full the membership criteria, which include good relations with all its neighbours.
"Kosovo is also deserving of a Stabilisation and Association Agreement, and it is encouraging that none of the five EU states who, for their own domestic reasons still refuse to recognise the independence of Kosovo, have blocked the Commission's mandate to launch a feasibility study.
"Despite appearances, Europe continues!"