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EU to open Chapters 6, 30 with Serbia on Monday

European flags in front of EP Building in Strasbourg; Photo: European Union

BRUSSELS – Serbia will open two new chapters in its EU accession talks at an intergovernmental conference in Brussels on Monday, December 11.

The final decision to open Chapters 6 (company law) and 30 (external relations) was made by the 28 EU member states without debate at a meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives(COREPER) at ambassadorial level.

Even though Chapter 33 (financial and budgetary provisions) had also been discussed until the last minute, the green light to open it was not given due to opposition from five member states, which included Germany and France, Tanjug learns.

According to Tanjug’s diplomatic sources in Brussels, the countries are not satisfied with Serbia’s progress on rule of law and implementation of the action plan for Chapter 23 (judiciary and fundamental rights).

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