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Juncker: Serbia has covered impressive part of EU path

Jean-Claude Juncker; Photo: Tanjug / Dragan Kujundžić

BELGRADE – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Monday Serbia had covered an “impressive part” of the EU path.

Juncker was speaking at a joint press conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić in Belgrade.

There are still problems in terms of rule of law, and some things in the judiciary need to be corrected, but major progress has been made, he said.

There is also the binding agreement with Pristina, Juncker said, adding that he knew this was difficult but that he was confident Belgrade would help to resolve regional disputes.

Serbia welcomes the EU enlargement strategy presented by the European Commission earlier this month as it is an encouragement for us to work more quickly on reforms in our country and society, Serbian President said.

He also said Juncker’s visit to Belgrade was a significant incentive for Serbia to continue reforms in the EU accession process and continue to change in order to become a part of the society it wanted to belong in.

Vučić noted that 2025 was not a “date of guaranteed entry to the EU” for Serbia, but a “year that, if we finish all that we must finish, could be the year of our accession to the European family of nations.”

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