EU opens one chapter in accession negotiations with Serbia

NEWS 10.12.2019 22:03
Source: Tanjug / Zoran Stanić

During the intergovernmental conference in Brussels, the European Union (EU) agreed on Tuesday to open Chapter four on the free flow of capital in the accession negotiations with Serbia, the FoNet news agency reported.

That is the second Chapter opened in 2019, making it the 18th out of 35 chapters to open, with two preliminary closed.

Olivér Várhelyi, the EU Enlargement Commissioner, said the new chapter brought Serbia closer to the bloc.

The Finish Minister of European Affairs Tutti Tuppurainen, whose country chairs the Union, said the enlargement was the strategic investment into peace, stability in the European development. Jadranka Joksimovic, Serbia’s Minister of European Integration, said that “today’s opening shows that Serbia has made progress in the rule of law in addition to its economic reforms.” Serbia’s authorities were ready to open Chapter two on freedom of movement for workers, 21 on trans-European networks and 14 on transport policy but that political agreement had been reached only for Chapter four.