Balkans

Opening of accession negotiations with Serbia, with deadline

(BRUSSELS2) The “27” must approve this Friday (June 28) the opening of negotiations for a stabilization agreement for an association agreement with Kosovo as well as allowing the opening of accession negotiations for Serbia. But for the latter country, this opening is not applicable immediately and conditions are set. The first intergovernmental conference should therefore be held “at the latest” in January 2014. But before that, the negotiation framework must be adopted by the Council of Ministers – and confirmed by the European Council – at the December session. The objective is thus to verify that all the commitments made by Belgrade in terms of the agreement with Pristina are respected.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).