EU source:”Serbia stands no chance of opening a single accession chapter in 2021″

The European Union won’t open any chapter in the accession negotiations with Serbia because some EU member states say the Serbian authorities have not made any progress in reforms relating to the rule of law, judiciary independence and freedom of expression, despite promises given, the EU sources told the Beta news agency.

The sources from the European Commission and the Council of Ministers told Beta that the latest discussions ahead of the Ministerial meeting and the EU’s leaders conference showed “there was no chance for a decision to open a single new chapter, despite that looked possible earlier.”

Olivér Várhelyi, the European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, has recently said, the EU could open chapter 8 on competitiveness with Serbia. Still, the new analysis, according to some EU countries, showed it was difficult because the reforms in Serbia were at a halt.

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European diplomatic sources also drew attention to the fact that the draft conclusions at the meeting of EU Foreign Ministers next Tuesday states that, when it comes to Serbia, “the EU Council regrets that progress in the rule of law has not been as rapid and efficient” as it expects from a negotiating country and calls on Serbia to “demonstrate political will and significantly accelerate reforms and provide concrete and tangible results in this, as well as in other key areas”.

The EU Special Envoy for Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak, also pointed out in the discussion that it can now be seen how the European Commission is trying to encourage dialogue and solve all the problems in the region, which have so far been on the sidelines.

Particular emphasis was placed on agreements reached but not implemented; in this regard on the implementation of the Agreement on the Union of Serbian Municipalities, Lajcak stressed that pacta sunt servanda (“the pacts must be observed”) and that is why the EU has established a monitoring mechanism to follow the procedures.

(Nova, N1, 03.12.2020)

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