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Serbia to open Chapters 20, 26 on Monday

TANJUG_maliBRUSSELS – Serbia should next Monday open two more chapters in its EU accession talks – Chapters 26 (education and culture) and 20 (enterprise and industry), Serbian news agency Tanjug reports. 
In addition, at a February 27 EU-Serbia intergovernmental conference, one of the chapters will be temporarily closed.

Tanjug’s diplomatic sources in Brussels said representatives of the 28 EU member states in a Council of the EU working group had reached an agreement earlier in the day on also opening Chapter 20 on Monday.

Ambassadors of the member states are also expected to confirm on Wednesday the decision to open Chapters 26 and 20.

Malta, which holds the rotating EU presidency, has already scheduled an EU-Serbia intergovernmental conference for Monday.

Belgrade has said Chapters 29, 7, 30 and 33 would also be technically prepared for opening in the first half of 2017, Tanjug’s report concludes.

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