Joksimovic: Opening of two more chapters

Tuesday’s opening of two new chapters in the EU accession talks send a message that validates that Serbia is a stable country that is carrying out reforms in various areas – Serbia’s Minister without Portfolio in charge of EU integration, Jadranka Joksimovic says.

Two very significant chapters are to be opened – Chapter 7 on intellectual property and Chapter 29 on the customs union, Joksimovic told Radio and Television of Serbia.

She explained that the intellectual property chapter covers copyright and related rights, industrial property rights, the fight against piracy, protection of consumers, denomination of geographical origin and branding of goods. 

These are important matters, especially for the people in the field of culture, innovation and science, Joksimovic said, as quoted by the Serbian government. 

Joksimovic said that Chapter 29 was important for the whole economy because it means that Serbia, by complying with the standards in this area at the moment when it becomes EU member, will adhere to the unimpeded movement of goods within the EU, while the same EU quotes and tariffs will be applied to the goods coming from third countries. 

She underlined that “Serbia has kept up with a relatively good pace of opening of negotiation chapters”, and pointed out that “additional negotiating positions have been prepared” for which she believes will result in more chapters to be opened by the end of the year, during the Estonian presidency.

(B92, 19.06.2017)



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