The Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament (EP) will ask the European Union (EU) to suspend accession negotiation with Serbia until it imposes sanctions on Russia, reads the draft of the new EU enlargement strategy, Tanjug reports.
“Prioritize the alignment of accession countries with the EU’s common foreign and security policy and continue accession negotiations with Serbia only if the country aligns with EU sanctions against Russia,” reads the first amendment of the draft report.
The second amendment on Serbia states that it is necessary to “strengthen the constructive engagement of the EU with the authorities of both Serbia and Kosovo in order to achieve a comprehensive legally binding agreement on normalization based on the mutual recognition of the two countries within the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, which is crucial for both countries to be able to advance on the European path and to contribute to regional stability, prosperity and normalization of relations; to repeat the crucial importance of resolving all open issues through dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina transparently, timely and with good will”.
The document will be discussed by MEPs on October 13 at the EP Committee on Foreign Affairs, while the final version of the report will take the form of a European Parliament resolution which is expected in November.
EP resolutions are not legally binding for member countries or for other European institutions.
The Socialists and Democrats Group, the second largest political group in the EP, has already said that the EU cannot continue accession talks with Serbia if Belgrade fails to align with EU sanctions against Russia, and has announced its plans to incorporate this in the coming EP report on enlargement.
RFE noted that, since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, the EU has repeatedly asked Serbia to impose sanctions on Russia, in line with EU decisions.
EU candidate countries should progressively align their foreign policies with that of the EU, including the sanctions, say sources in Brussels.
Serbia is the only country in the region that has not introduced sanctions against Russia, while all other Western Balkans countries have aligned with EU’s policy.
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