The Prime Minister of Serbia Ana Brnabić stated tonight that the Intergovernmental Conference Serbia – European Union stated that Serbia has made progress in the past few months and that according to the new methodology, cluster 1 is open, and that during the Slovenian presidency, if the conditions are met, clusters 3 and 4.
In a statement to the press, Brnabic thanked Portugal for the support it provided to Serbia during the EU presidency, but also to the member states that pointed out that they recognize the new energy in Serbia to accept reforms and implement them especially in the field of rule of law.
It is clear what we need to do, the positive thing is that we stated that cluster 1 is open, the most important within the new methodology, and it is clear what is expected from Serbia to open clusters 3 and 4. We are continuing with reforms, Brnabic added.
We hope for their opening during the Slovenian presidency by the end of the year, the Prime Minister stated, noting that the EU member states have heard what the conditions are for such a step.
Portuguese Minister Ana Paula Zakarias said that the progress that Serbia has made in the past months was stated and that it is important that Belgrade agrees with the new methodology.
We welcome the opening of clusters 3 and 4 when the conditions are met, she added.
European Commissioner for Encouragement Oliver Varhelji said that there was an essential debate on what should be done, noting that progress is visible in Serbia, which creates new momentum for everyone.
According to the new methodology, he stated, cluster 1 is already open and we must continue during the Slovenian presidency to speed up the process, but Serbia must also do its part, Varhelji said.
That is a clear message that the Prime Minister heard from us, and we are ready as a European Commission to help, concluded Varhelji.
The Minister for European Integration, Jadranka Joksimović, stated that Serbia has officially started applying the new methodology in the negotiation process.
The Intergovernmental Conference of Serbia and the European Union (EU) started tonight shortly after 9:30 pm, and the Belgrade delegation consisted of Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and Minister for European Integration Jadranka Joksimovic, while the European Union delegation was represented by Josep Borelj, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Affairs. security and Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhegli.
CEP presented an infographic on negotiations with the EU according to the new methodology
Source: Dnevni list Danas by www.danas.rs.
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