Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, had the third teleconference with the EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi, on the application of the new methodology in the process of Serbia’s accession to the EU.
According to her office, the Prime Minister noted that Serbia has made significant progress in recent years, in particular in the areas of the rule of law, media freedoms and the protection of journalists and the economic sphere, noting that the dynamics of accession negotiations must be in line with its reform efforts.
He recalled that Serbia accepted the new methodology, believing that it would allow for a more concrete and favorable way of negotiating with European officials, and stressed that Serbia expects to receive clearer guidelines and implementation details.
Commissioner Varhelyi welcomed the rule of law reforms, saying they remain at the top of the European Union’s priorities in the pre-accession negotiation process with Serbia, the Brnabić office said in a statement.
In a Twitter post, Varhelyi wrote that there was a good exchange of views with the Prime Minister of Serbia and the Minister of European Integration. “The discussion focused on the ongoing reforms, including the rule of law, which are key for Serbia to advance in accession negotiations. We have a unique window of opportunity. Confirmed that the EU continues to stand by Serbia in the fight against COVID-19”.
Good exchange of views with @SerbianPM & @MINEIsrb on the ongoing reforms, incl in rule of law, which are key for Serbia to advance in accession negotiations. We have unique window of opportunity. Confirmed also that #EU continues to stand by 🇷🇸 in the fight against COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/V6HDc6RBtO
— Oliver Varhelyi (@OliverVarhelyi) March 2, 2021
The meeting was also attended by the Minister of European Integration, Jadranka Joksimović./ibna