BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) _ The European Union will provide immediate aid to Yugoslavia in the next few weeks to help the new, pro-democracy government gain its footing, a team of EU experts said Wednesday.

Hours later, the head of the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe _ an international program that includes European nations as well as the United States and Japan _ designed to help boost democracy through market reforms in the region _ arrived in the Yugoslav capital and promised the country would be quickly integrated into the aid programs.

Bodo Hombach said that in a few weeks he would return to Belgrade with representatives of 40 major investment companies to work on concrete deals. He also said the plan is to encourage cooperation among the countries in the region.

In addition, Miroljub Labus, an independent expert here with close ties to international officials, said that Yugoslavia might renew its membership in the International Monetary Fund at the organization's managing board meeting on Dec. 14.

The announcements came just days after the ouster of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, whose hard-line policies kept the country in international isolation.

EU officials said that the most immediate task is to help get Serbia through the upcoming winter by supplying aid for energy, health care and transportation.