EU to open new chapters in talks with Serbia

EU to open new chapters in talks with Serbia


The European Union is to open two new chapters in accession negotiations with Serbia. The first to be opened is Chapter 20 which refers to entrepreneurship and industrial policy; the another, Chapter 26, deals with culture and education and it is expected to be swiftly closed, Radio-television of Serbia (RTS) reports today recalling that so far Serbia has opened eight chapters and temporarily closed two – out of 35.

Although chapters 20 and 26 are easier to negotiate when compared with those previously opened, they are equally important for Serbia because the citizens should directly feel the effects. This is good news taking into account the political conditions within the EU and upcoming elections in several of its member states.

“I think that we could have opened three (chapters) but Chapter 29 on customs union will wait… Nevertheless, I am not dissatisfied. This is an solid dynamics, it shows that we are advancing in our European path, while the real challenge is to close the chapters”, Jadranka Joksimovic (photo), minister for the European integrations told RTS.

For instance, closing the Chapter 20 on entrepreneurship and industrial politics – and even 25 Serbian institutions deal with it – means to implement all the principles and appropriate policies with an modern strategy.

“This should result in much faster development, much more direct foreign investments, more efficient enterprises including public ones, which often are not efficient and are subsidized”, said Maja Bobic from European Movement in Serbia.

She stressed that Chapter 20 has a lot to do with the government subsidies./IBNA