Serbian PM says EU membership talks to open in October

'Enlargement to continue', says Fule in Belgrade

05 May, 19:58

    (ANSAmed) - BELGRADE, MAY 5 - Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic expects to see the first chapters of EU membership talks for the country open in October, he told journalists on Monday after meeting with EU enlargement commissioner Stefan Fule. Vucic said he expected to see Chapter 23 (on the justice system and fundamental rights) and Chapter 24 (justice, freedom and security) to be opened first, due to their importance in establishing true rule of law in the country.

    The prime minister underscored the importance of the reforms brought in by his new government that, alongside ad hoc economic measures, will foster an investor-friendly environment. Vucic thanked Fule for his unrelenting support for Serbia's future EU membership.

    ''I believe that we managed to convince Brussels of our seriousness and sense of responsibility, and that Serbia will finish its work by 2019. The rest depends on member states.'' Fule praised the work done thus far by Belgrade, underscoring the importance of continuing with economic recovery, reforms, rule of law, anti-corruption measures, normalization of relations with Pristina and improvement in relations with neighboring countries. (ANSAmed).

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