EC: Serbia continues progress, many challenges still ahead

Serbia and EU flags; Photo: European Council

BELGRADE – Serbia continues to make progress but many challenges are still ahead, says the European Commission’s semi-annual report on negotiations on accession chapters 23 and 24 on the judiciary and rule of law.

The approximately 20-page report, seen by Večernje novosti, notes a judicial reform is underway and that there are activities aimed at establishing an effective and transparent judiciary.

The report concludes small but concrete progress has been made in objective, merit-based appointment of judges and prosecutors and that work on a national strategy on war crimes prosecution has begun.

According to the report, the EC expects to see progress in the work of the Anti-Corruption Agency.

The report recommends that investigations of money laundering be stepped up and notes that Serbia continues to face serious challenges in creating a pluralistic media environment.