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Serbia’s EU Accession Talks Delayed Until January 2014

Serbia’s EU Accession Talks Delayed Until January 2014

While Croatia is set to enter the European Union at the beginning of next week, foreign and EU affairs ministers who met yesterday in Brussels have decided to delay talks with Serbia.

The Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) which is to signal the start of negotiations with Serbia has been delayed from December 2013 to January 2014. An IGC is typically held between member states for the purposes of amending the founding treaties of the European Union. However, Stefan Füle has made it clear that January only represents the latest date and that it is still possible for negotiations to start sooner.

The delay, in this case, came at Germany’s request due to the absence of a mandate from the Bundestag.

Just earlier this year, the EU recommended that talks with Serbia could begin after it reached an agreement with The Republic of Kosovo. While Serbia still does not recognize the Kosovo’s independence, Prime Minister Ivica Dacic signed an EU-brokered deal in April which conceded that, even in majority-Serb areas, the Kosovo government “holds ultimate authority”. There are currently 50,000 Serbs living in the north of Kosovo and another 50,000 scattered throughout other parts of the country. 92 percent of Kosovo’s population is ethnic Albanian.

The start of negotiations with Serbia will be officially announced at the EU summit in Brussels this Friday. In addition, EU leaders are also expected to announce the opening of talks on a Stabilization and Association Agreement with Kosovo – a move traditionally seen as the first step on the path toward candidacy status.

Read More:

EU to open membership talks with Serbia – Al Jazeera

EU countries push back date for Serbia talks – EUobserver.com

Laurence Norman – Serbia, Kosovo Edge Closer to EU – The Wall Street Journal

Justyna Pawlak and Fatos Bytyci – EU to delay Serbia report in last-ditch bid for Kosovo deal – NBC News

Matt Robinson – Don’t let referendum hold up Kosovo accord, EU tells Serbia – Chicago Tribune

Intergovernmental Conference – Europa

Notes:
1. Serbia, Kosovo Edge Closer to EU, The Wall Street Journal, 25.06.2013
Serbia, Kosovo Edge Closer to EU, The Wall Street Journal, 25.06.2013

About the Author:

Sebastian Andrei is NABATAEANS’ editor for EU - Middle East Trade and Political Relations. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Vienna, where he majored in journalism with minors in political science as well as business and economics. Sebastian is responsible for reporting on the European Union’s external trade relations. He also writes about economic development and investment opportunities in Europe as well as about policy changes which affect the EU common market.

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