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Hahn for EWB: Opening of chapters is a milestone in the EU-Serbian relationship

Johannes Hahn; Photo: European Union

BRUSSELS – Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn give exclusive statement for European Western Balkans.

“As highlighted already last Friday in Belgrade, where I had the honour to address the Serbian Parliament, the official opening of the first chapters is a milestone in the EU-Serbian relationship”. 

He noted that it is the well-served acknowledgment of the remarkable progress achieved by the Serbian government and people and should also be an incentive to continue with the implementation of reforms, especially in the area of judiciary, freedom of expression, fight against corruption. For Hahn continuing of the process of normalisation of relations with Kosovo is equally  important.

“A lot of work lies ahead of us. But on the basis of the commitment I have witnessed so far, I am confident that Serbia will continue to make good progress on its path towards the EU” said Hahn.

For Hahn the positive results for the economy are already visible: the opening of chapters attracts investors and will bring benefits for all Serbian citizens.

Today at 19:00 on Second Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) between EU and Serbia, long term negotiation process will be lunched. As we wrote before PM Aleksandar Vučić, FM Ivica Dačić, Minister for European Integration Jadranka Joksimović, Finance Minister Dušan Vujović and Serbia’s chief EU negotiator Tanja Miščević will also be in the delegation, with the EU to be represented by Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn, Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn – whose country holds the EU presidency – and officials of EU member states.

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