The EU and Serbia have moved a step closer despite regional and geopolitical tensions in the Western Balkans.
Ministers from both sides began talks on Serbia’s alignment to EU norms in education and culture at an event in Brussels on Monday (27 February).
Serbia is now in negotiations on eight out of 35 chapters in the EU accession rulebook.
Malta’s deputy prime minister Louis Grech, speaking for the Maltese EU presidency, said there was also “progress” in three other areas – on customs union, company law, and intellectual property rights.
Jadranka Joksimovic, Serbia’s chief of EU integration, said some of these chapters might be opened by the end of June.
She noted that Dutch, French, and German elections, where anti-EU and anti-immigrant forces were on the rise, could make Europe less welcoming.
“We realise this will have an impact on the negotiation process in the short term,” she said…
read more : EUobserver, 27.02.2017