European Western Balkans

Serbia a step closer to opening negotiation chapters 23, 24

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TANJUG_maliBELGRADE – Serbia and its interior ministry have made a major step forward in terms of boosting the administrative capacities for implementing the EU acquis, the Subcommittee on Justice, Freedom and Security as part of the Serbia-EU Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) said in Brussels.

As part of monitoring the implementation of the SAA, topics relevant to opening chapters 23 and 24 are being discussed at a two-day meeting.

Serbian officials and officials of the European Commission and EU member states are discussing the situation in the field of justice, freedom and security in Serbia relative to the EU acquis, a statement said.

The fields presented Monday, the first day of the meeting, mostly relate to the work of the interior ministry, such as the fight against organised crime, corruption, human trafficking and illegal arms and narcotics trade.

A special section was dedicated to visas, asylum and migration, with emphasis on Serbia’s efforts towards solving the migrant crisis.

The fight against terrorism and money laundering, as well as the judiciary, fundamental rights and the freedom of speech, religion and association, were scheduled to be discussed Tuesday.

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