When asked about the chances of Serbia becoming a member by 2025, the European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn replied that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made it clear on several occasions that no new member state could access the EU without resolving their ongoing bilateral issues.
“Solving the Kosovo issue is not the only prerequisite for Serbia joining the EU”, Johannes Hahn said.
Implementation of reforms in the rule of law, fundamental human rights and good governance remain at the core of the enlargement process, and become stronger before it goes through another enlargement cycle does not in any way jeopardize our work with candidate countries on their willingness to become members,” European Commissioner Johannes Hahn added.
“For Serbia, this means that it is necessary to conclude and permanently implement a legally binding agreement with Pristina. However, it seems that many people, including politicians, are under the impression that the solution regarding Kosovo is the only prerequisite for Serbia joining the EU. This is not the case. The implementation of reforms in the rule of law, fundamental human rights and good governance remain at the core of the enlargement process,” Hahn said.
He refused to answer the question about his expectation of the timeframe of the Belgrade-Pristina agreement, as well as the question about a possible land swap, saying that the EU did not speculate on possible elements of the final legally binding agreement.
He underlined, however, that the EU fully supported the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, and that the final agreement should imply a viable, sustainable and realistic solution in line with international law and EU Acquis.
“The agreement must be specific and tailor-made, not create a precedent, and contribute to regional stability and the region’s path to the EU membership,” Hahn concluded.
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