EU Council: “No conditions in place to open new negotiation chapters with Serbia”

“The Council of Ministers of the European Union has concluded that Serbia has not met the conditions for opening a new chapter in the accession negotiations and that the country needs to make progress in the areas of democracy, independence of the judiciary, freedom of expression and the media”; this was stated yesterday in Brussels by the German Minister for European Affairs, Michael Roth.

Roth said this at the end of the two-day session of the EU’s Foreign Ministers and recalled that the European Commission needs to make a proposal and make a unanimous decision to open chapters.

 “Freedom of the media, stable democracy, regional reconciliation, an independent judiciary are examples of areas where progress is needed,” Roth said.

He added that “it is not in our hands, but in the hands of the countries that want to join.”

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The ministers disagreed on the opening of the negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania. Roth said Sofia blocked Skopje having objected the negotiating framework. Regarding Albania, Roth said the several EU member states had substantial objections about the rule of law, especially France, Netherlands and Sweden.

The ministers disagreed on the opening of the negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania. Roth said Sofia blocked Skopje having objected the negotiating framework. Regarding Albania, Roth said the several EU member states had substantial objections about the rule of law, especially France, Netherlands and Sweden.

Earlier on Tuesday, an MP in Serbia’s Parliament said the EU did not open any new chapter with Serbia because Brussels was “jealous,” on Serbia’s successes, and not because there was no the rule of law in the country.

(Danas, 08.12.2020)

https://www.danas.rs/politika/ministri-eu-bez-odluke-o-pregovorima-sa-skopljem-i-tiranom-izostala-rasprava-o-regionu/

 

 

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