The European Union officials have made an official decision today to open chapters 6 and 30 in the accession negotiations with Serbia – Radio and Television of Serbia reports.
The final decision to open Chapters 6 (company law) and 30 (external relations) was made by the 28 EU member states without a debate at a meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) at ambassadorial level.
Even though Chapter 33 (financial and budgetary provisions) had also been discussed until the last minute, the green light to open it was not given due to opposition from five member states, which included Germany and France, Tanjug learns.
According to Tanjug’s diplomatic sources in Brussels, the countries are not satisfied with Serbia’s progress on the rule of law and implementation of the action plan for Chapter 23 (judiciary and fundamental rights).
Estonia, which currently presides over the EU, has scheduled an intergovernmental conference at which the new chapters will be officially opened for Monday, 11th December, in Brussels, where a meeting of the EU Council of Ministers is held that day.
The conference will be attended by the delegation of Serbia and the European Commission, as well as representatives of all EU member states.
Together with chapters 6 and 30, Serbia will have now opened 12 chapters out of 35, with two chapters temporarily closed.
(Danas, EWB, 06.12.2017)
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