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Brussels postpones publication of progress reports

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BRUSSELS – An annual package of European Commission (EC) progress reports on countries candidates for membership of the European Union has been postponed until next week and will be presented in the second half of October, the EC said in a release on Monday.

The progress report on the candidates, including Serbia, which was supposed to be released on October 14, will be presented in Brussels a week later, as an EU summit, dealing primarily with the migrant crisis, will be held on that day.

We wished the package of reports to receive the public and media attention it deserves, the Commission said in the release.

This year’s annual progress report on current and potential candidate countries, discussing Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Turkey and Kosovo (with an asterisk by its name, as prescribed by the Brussels agreement of April 2013), will be the first to include a mid-term EU enlargement strategy and its format will differ from that of the previous years, the EC said.

The report will be presented to the press by European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn.

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