The EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy said Thursday that Belgrade can expect that Chapters 32 and 35 in the scope of accession negotiations will be opened in Brussels on December 14.
Following talks with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, Federica Mogherini stressed that Serbia and the European Union would have a more intense cooperation in the coming period and that it was important both for the Serbian people and the Union.
Brussels will have an active role in the continuation of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and application of what was agreed, she said.
“You can count on that I personally and the EU too will guarantee to both sides that the agreement will be implemented and that the dialogue will continue,” said Mogherini, who is attending the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Belgrade.
The high representative highly assessed Serbia’s role in the region and noted that it was not just symbolic, but that concrete steps were made and that the European spirit was shown in the best light.
Commenting on Serbia’s OSCE presidency, Mogherini said: “Serbia has done a great job.”
“The OSCE’s main message is cooperation. That is the basis of our security, common work in the region,” said Mogherini.
Vucic stated that the Serbian officials had great expectations from the inter-governmental conference that will take place in Brussels on December 14, when the decision is expected to be made about opening the first negotiating chapters. Serbia also has great expectations about what lies ahead in the relations between the country and EU.
Vucic said that he and Mogherini had spoken about what could be done to make changes in the dialogue with Pristina.
“Belgrade wants the talks to resume as there are still many things and specific problems affecting the lives of the Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo and Metohija, which need to be solved. What we are very much interested in is greater freedom of movement,” said Vucic.
He expressed concern that the successful reforms Serbia is carrying out might be jeopardised as the region is destabilised and as the Turkish Stream gas pipeline has been halted.