Hahn: Serbia has made major steps, rule of law main challenge

TANJUG_maliBELGRADE – Serbia has made major steps toward its strategic goal of EU membership by opening four very significant chapters, says EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn, noting that strengthening of the rule of law remained the main challenge.

Now it needs to move resolutely, not only as regards the various chapters, but the rule of law and the normalisation of the relations with Kosovo, Hahn told Vecernje novosti in an interview.

The current positive momentum must be seized, Hahn said, expressing the hope that EU members would agree to open new chapters by the end of this year.

Strengthening the rule of law, including the fight against organised crime and corruption, remain the main challenges, Hahn said, adding that Serbia would have to pass new laws and strengthen institutions, and that the EC and the EU member states would monitor its efforts closely.