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Vucic in Brussels: Serbia may join EU by 2026; no opening of new chapter with EU

June 26, 2020

Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia’s President, told reporters in Brussels he believed Belgrade would close all negotiating chapters in the accession talks with the European Union by 2024, and that the country might become a bloc’s full member two years later, N1 Reported.

After an hour-long meeting with the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen,Vucic said that before the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalization of relations could resume, the Western Balkans leader should meet the EU officials in Paris.

That event has been announced, but no details have been revealed.

Vucic said the talks with Von der Leyen included Serbia’s Euro-integration, the dialogue with Pristina and a package of economic aid.

Later on Friday, sources in Brussels confirmed to N1 that the chapter 2 on Free movement of workers within the accession talks between the EU and Serbia, would not be opened as expected.

Vucic also met with the EU Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi, the EU special envoy for the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue Miroslav Lajčák and would have talks with the Charles Michel, the President of the European Council.  

Vucic did not want to explicitly comment on the situation following the Specialised Prosecutor for Kosovo announced indictments against Pristina's officials, including his Kosovo counterpart Hashim Thaci, who was his main partner in negotiating the normalisation of Belgrade - Pristina relations for years.

However, he later said the indictments were a problem for the Serbs in Kosovo.

"This is a certain security risk for all Serbs in Kosovo and doesn't exclude problems in Serbia's two southern districts (with an ethnic Albanian. majority)."

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a613828/Vucic-in-Brussels-Serbia-may-join-EU-by-2026.html

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