European Western Balkans

Croatia consents to opening of chapter in Serbia's EU talks

TANJUG_maliBRUSSELS – Croatia has officially consented to the opening of Chapter 23 in Serbia’s EU accession talks, ensuring a consensus within the EU on the matter.Ambassadors of EU member states reached on Wednesday afternoon a consensus on the fulfilment of criteria for opening Chapter 23 in the talks with Serbia.

Croatia coordinated its position with that of 27 EU member states, removing an obstacle to a continuation of the process of Serbia’s EU accession.

Serbia is now expected to be called to submit its negotiating position for chapters 23 and 24, after which the EU member states should once again coordinate a common EU position for the talks with Serbia on the chapters, which relate to the rule of law and human rights.

The EU expects the formal opening of the chapters to take place by the end of June.

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