EU opens Cluster 4 in accession talks with Serbia

by Cristian Florescu

After the two-year pause, the European Union opened a cluster in accession negotiation with Serbia at the intergovernmental conference in Brussels. Prime Minister Ana Brnabić described the move as a strong motivation for Belgrade to continue with reforms, write

This is the second intergovernmental conference since the Council approved a revised enlargement methodology. The intergovernmental conference was chaired by the State Secretary of the Slovenian Presidency, Gasper Dovžan. On behalf of Serbia, Prime Minister Ana Brnabić and the Minister for European Integration Jadranka Joksimović participated.

Commenting on the opening of the cluster, Serbia’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabić said it was a great motivation for her country to continue with reforms in the rule of law, public administration and economy.

According to Brnabić, if Serbia could choose which cluster to open, it would be one related to the issues of the Green Agenda, because it is of special importance for the citizens of Serbia.

Olivér Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Enlargement, said that this is a clear signal of the EU commitment to Serbia’s road to the EU. He added that the EU supported all reforms, which recognized Serbia’s commitment to the rule of law and decisions related to the constitutional and judicial reforms.

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