EU intergovernmental conference: Opening of new chapters

The European Union is willing to open new chapters in the accession negotiation with Serbia. The intergovernmental conference, at which the opening of the new chapters is going to be announced, is scheduled to take place in Brussels, on Monday, 27th February – the Maltese presidency of the EU has confirmed.

“Chapter 26, which pertains to education and culture, will be opened at the conference”, the spokesperson and the technical attaché of the Maltese presidency, Anis Cassar has said.

For now, only chapter 26 will definitely be opened, while the talks will be held in Brussels about opening of more chapters, namely chapter 20 (entrepreneurship and industrial policy), and 29 (customs union).

“We don’t know whether we will have enough time to prepare these two chapters. We are the closest to opening chapter 20, along with 26”, a well-informed source from the Council of the European Union said for the Vecernje Novosti daily.

The opening of the chapters 20 and 29 is also going to discuss at today’s meeting of the EU Enlargement Task Force and by Friday, we will know whether these two chapters will be opened too.

To remind, Serbia expected for the chapter 26 to be opened in December last year, but Croatia blocked the opening of this chapter, voicing its concern over the education in minority languages in Serbia, and in particular, having objections regarding Serbia allowing the use of textbooks in the Croatian language.

(Vecernje Novosti, 21.02.2017)

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