EU adds more conditions

Official Brussels is preparing a whole set of new requirements for Belgrade, relating to the chapter 31 that covers foreign and security policy. As the Novosti finds out, most of these conditions are unacceptable to Serbia.

In the screening report relative to this chapter, the EU wants Serbia to do the following:

  • to back the EU-imposed sanctions and restrictive measures;
  • to coordinate together with the official Brussels its appearance and membership in international institutions, particularly in the UN and the OSCE;
  • to review the National Security Strategy and the National Defence Strategy, especially in the part that pertains to Kosovo and Metohija, and relations with Russia and the Republic of Srpska.

Brussels also frowns upon Serbia seeing Kosovo as the biggest threat to its security. Also, they are bothered about Serbia’s resolve to develop special ties with Russia and the Republic of Srpska and about Serbia expanding the cooperation with China, India, Brazila and the Non-Aligned Movement.

The EU wants Serbia to harmonize its strategic documents with its global foreign and security policy adopted in June and for these documents to clearly stipulate that Serbia joining the EU is the country’s most important foreign policy goal.


Serbia will also be asked to ratify additional protocols about nuclear weapons. The EU wants Serbia to fully comply with the EU’s laws about exporting military technology and equipment.

Anonymous sources from the diplomatic circles in Brussels have said that the main reason why Serbia had been given these new conditions was the fact that the certain EU countries don’t want Serbia in the EU, seeing it as the Trojan Horse for Russia in the European Council which can veto very important decisions. That’s why the EU wants Serbia to take an official stance to always put the EU ahead of Serbia.

(Vecernje Novosti, 01.11.2016)

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