Plan to open all chapters by 2018

Head of the Negotiating Team for the Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the EU talks opening of the remaining chapters

The plan is to open all chapters in the EU accession talks by 2018, Serbia’s chief EU negotiator Tanja Miščević said late Monday, adding that three more negotiation chapters – on public procurement, science and research and education, culture and youth – could realistically be opened by the end of 2016.

“Our plan is to be completely ready and undertake the membership obligations by 2018. That means all chapters need to be opened by then, with a significant number of them also closed,” Miščević said at a conference held by the Centre for Contemporary Politics and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung at the Tanjug Press Centre.

The process of opening negotiation chapters must be accelerated, said Miščević, who, however, insists on good preparations for meeting the interim benchmarks and taking negotiating positions.