At his meeting with the Serbian Minister of EU Affairs, Jadranka Joksimovic, the European Parliament Rapporteur for Serbia, David McAllister said he supported the opening of new chapters with Serbia.
Joksimovic said that Serbia was ready to open chapters 33 (financial and budgetary provisions), 9 (financial services, 13 (fisheries), 18 (statistics) and 17 (economic and monetary policy) and expressed hope that some of them would be opened while Bulgaria took over the EU presidency.
McAllister said that he supported the opening of new negotiating chapters for Serbia, but added that it was up to the EU member states to decide on the number of chapters. The press release quotes the German parliamentarian as saying that Serbia has done a lot in the process of European integration to date, which is why it enjoys the support of the EU and the European Parliament, but that also that it still had a lot to do.
McAllister also met with the Serbian PM, Ana Brnabic. The PM said, at the meeting, that Serbia highly appreciated the support of the European Parliament provides in the process of European integration.
McAllister praised the efforts made by the Serbian government on its path to the full-fledged membership in the European Union and pointed to the importance of continuing reforms, first of all, with regard to chapters 23 and 24 that deal with the rule of law and judicial reform.
Regarding reforms in the field of rule of law and judicial reform, the Prime Minister said that Serbia would act in accordance with the assessments and recommendations of the Venice Commission, stressing that this is the most important task of the state in the upcoming period.
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