Juncker: Serbia in EU before 2025

The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker expects Serbia to become a member of the European Union before 2025.

“I think that Serbia and Montenegro will become EU members before 2025,” Juncker replied to Tanjug’s question about “EU’s intentions that should be presented in the strategy for the successful accession of Serbia and Montenegro to the European Union” that he recently announced in a letter of intent.

The EC president met with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov on Wednesday, and said he was satisfied with Bulgaria’s intention to put EU integration of the Western Balkans among the priorities of its EU presidency in the first half of next year. 

Namely, in mid-May, the EU will organize a summit with leaders of the countries of the Western Balkans in Sofia. 

“I want to reiterate my conviction that it is necessary to keep the EU perspective open for the Western Balkans. At this moment it seems that it is not possible to receive new members in 2019, but I want the European perspective to be seen not as an invitation but as a continuous need in this part of Europe,” Juncker said. 

He also announced his visit to the Western Balkan countries in the spring of 2018.

Commenting on Juncker;s statement, Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic said that the news sounded “encouraging.” 

“I have asked for more concrete dates. That depends both on them and on the member-states’ decision, and on the stance toward Kosovo and Metohija, but it is encouraging that the president of the European Commission counts on Serbia as an EU member before 2015. That’s in less than seven years. This is, for the first time, a clear outline of our future,” he said. 

Vucic also announced that he would meet with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin in mid-December 2017.

(B92, 09.11.2017)




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