It is still doubtful if an intergovernmental conference with the participation of Serbia and the EU countries will take place, the Vecernje Novosti reports, citing sources at the headquarters of the European Council.
According to these sources, the strongest wing among the Member States, led by France, has not yet given the green light to the Intergovernmental Conference with Serbia, which is supposed to take place during the current Finnish Presidency that will last until the end of the year and on which several accession chapters are supposed to be opened.
This week is crucial for the decision about the conference when the working group on enlargement will meet in Brussels.
“We hope that after this meeting, one or two chapters can be included in the agenda in December,” said the source, noting that that would probably be the most realistic result.
The Finnish Presidency says that it is doing everything in its power to bring Serbia closer to the Union. It is assumed that the President is currently negotiating with the members to “soften” them and invite them to cooperate.
However, time is running out because official Paris, which is currently the biggest hardliner in regard to the enlargement, has planned to hold a meeting on 12th and 13th December in Berlin to kick off a reform process. The meeting’s working title is “Conference for the future of the EU”.
Intergovernmental conferences are usually organized on the margins of the ministerial meetings for foreign and general affairs, which this time will be held on 9th and 10th December. If France and other countries decide not to be so rigid, Serbia would have the opportunity to open another chapter.
Last Thursday, the President of the European Parliament delegation for Serbia, Tanja Fajon, invited the EU Member States to open new accession chapters with Serbia and continue the enlargement policy.
“I urge the EU Council to continue its enlargement policy and to open those chapters that Serbia is ready to open. At this point, it is important to send a positive signal not only to Serbia but to the whole region”, said Fajon.
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