EU accession – Majstorovic: Opening of chapters 5, 25 and 26 by the end of 2016

Deputy Director of the EU Integration Office, Srdjan Majstorovic said today that he expected Serbia to open three more chapters in the negotiations with the EU, namely chapters 5, 25 and 26, by the year end.

“Opening of these chapters will be of essential importance”, he said at the forum called “Opening of New Chapters and Steps Forward to the EU Accession” organized by the Centre for Modern Policies and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation which took place under the umbrella of the “Towards Europe” project in Tanjug’s press centre.

Chapter 5 is dedicated to public procurements and this chapter is also directly linked to the rule of the law and chapters 23 and 24 – Majstorovic said.

Chapters 25 and 26, which cover education and culture respectively, are very different because only a limited number of the EU laws would be applied in the Serbian legislation.

“We hope that these two chapters will be opened and provisionally closed on the same day by the end of the year. These are also going to be the first chapters that Serbia is going to provisionally close”, he added.

Anastasijević: We can expect Croatia to block us again

 “Croatia has blocked opening of chapters 23 and 24 because of the law on universal jurisdiction and we can expect more of such behaviour relating to the Danube state border, the issue of missing persons during the civil war, reparations, and the position of the Croatian national minority in Serbia”, said journalist Dejan Anastasijević.

He also pointed out that other countries could also “state their claims” – namely, Romania when it comes to the issue of Vlachs and Bulgaria regarding the issue of the Bulgarian national minority in Serbia.

“The only country that is not hindering us is Hungary”, said Anastasijević at the forum.

According to him, Slovenia had a problem with Italy and Austria, Croatia had a problem with Slovenia, Serbia now has a problem with Croatia while Macedonia did not open a single chapter despite being given the candidate status 11 years ago.

Anastasijević adds that, in the following period, the Serbian diplomacy would have to become more flexible and underlines that bilateral issues are not the subject that the accession process tackles.

(Blic, 26.09.2016)

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