Chapter 35 should be no substitute for political dialogue

Jadranka Joksimović

TANJUG_maliBELGRADE – Chapter 35 in Serbia’s accession talks with the EU should be no substitute for political dialogue on normalising the Belgrade-Pristina relations, Serbian Minister for European Integrations Jadranka Joksimovic said on Wednesday.

A draft of a common negotiation position is yet to be coordinated among EU member states and I expect that Belgrade’s positions will also be taken into account in consultations with us, Joksimovic told Tanjug.

“I believe that the prime minister, through the direct engagement demonstrated in this difficult process, will find a model in which Serbia can continue its European path successfully,” Joksimovic said, adding that she hopes that Serbia will open the first negotiation chapters by the end of this year because European integration remains a strategic goal for Serbia.