2017 promises to be a busy year for Serbia on its path towards the European Union. The EU has opened six chapters in the negotiations on accession, including some of the most important, notably those dealing with the rule of law
The European Commission has recommended opening a further chapter – on bringing Serbian public procurement into line with EU standards, a crucial step in tackling corruption. Beyond that, Serbia is working on its negotiating position for a number of other chapters, so I am confident that we will see further movement in the next few months.
Belgrade Dialogues are organized by the Forum Serbia Germany in cooperation with the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, as part of the German-Serbian initiative for sustainable growth and employment
Serbia is a key partner for the EU and is poised to move ahead in its membership accession negotiations during 2016. This has been a remarkable year. First of all, on 14 December we opened the first two chapters in Serbia's EU accession negotiations. This offers a major opportunity that needs to be seized. A poll that we commissioned in October showed that 59% of the population support Serbia’s membership in the EU and 53% expect Serbia to join the Union in about 10 years or less.