Hahn: Imminent opening of new negotiating chapters

The EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn said Monday he expected the EU toreach agreement on the opening of new chapters in Serbia’s accession negotiations next week.

Hahn, who is in charge of EU’s neighborhood policy and enlargement negotiations, said he was greatly optimistic that new chapters could be opened.

“We will probably have a meeting next week where we will agree on that and declare it,” Hahn said during a joint news conference in Belgrade with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic. 

“Both next week and next year,” was Hahn response when journalists asked whether more chapters would be opened next week. 

“I think that next week we can open more than one chapter,” he said, and added that “two or three could be opened, which would lead us into a new phase of the negotiation process.” 

When reporters asked Vucic how many chapters would be opened, he said chapter 5 on public procurement would certainly be opened, while “full agreement” in the EU was still lacking on chapters 24 and 26.”

He also said that  he was confident about a speedy EU consensus on Serbia’s progress on negotiation chapters 25 (science and research) and 26 (education and culture).

(B92, Tanjug, 05.12.2016)



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