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Slovakia: No opening of new chapters in October

TANJUG_maliBELGRADE - For the time being, there is no consensus in the EU that is required for Serbia to open a new chapter in its accession talks by the end of this month, the Slovak EU Presidency said Tuesday.

Chapter 5 (on public procurement) in Serbia’s EU accession talks will be opened once all 28 member states have reached a consensus, the Slovak Presidency said.

The required consensus is not in place at this time and we are not in a position to announce a potential date for the opening of the chapter, read a written statement submitted to Tanjug.

Initially, Slovakia had planned to organise the opening of three new chapters in the accession talks with Serbia by the end of 2016, with Chapter 5 unofficially slated for opening on October 26.