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Kovács: Serbia could open four more chapters by end of 2016

National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia; Photo: Wikimedia Commons

TANJUG_maliBELGRADE – Serbia could open four more chapters in its EU accession talks by the end of the year, Elvira Kovács, deputy chairperson of the Serbian parliamentary committee on European integration said Wednesday, adding that the EU enlargement process would not be halted.“Regardless of fears and certain talk post-Brexit that the enlargement might be stopped, it is not going to happen and I am delighted with the messages that the focus on the enlargement policy remains,” Kovács told Tanjug in an interview.

Kovács expects Serbia will also be able to open chapters 5, 20, 25 and 26 – which relate to public procurement, enterprise and industrial policy, science and research and education and culture, respectively – in the next few months before the end of the Slovak EU presidency.

“We have heard a presentation of the priorities of the Slovak EU presidency, and they noted that the enlargement policy would be among the things they would insist on. The opening of chapters 23 and 24 is a proof of that,” Kovács said.

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