"Important to open new EU chapters now, because in 2017..."

Minister without portfolio in charge of EU integration Jadranka Joksimovic says it is important for the country to open new chapters by the end of the year.

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She said the importance of this was in the fact 2017 will be "very difficult for the (EU accession) negotiating process" due to elections in key EU member-states.

Joksimovic told state broadcaster RTS that December 13 is mentioned as a date to open new negotiating chapters.

"It is important that the European Commission has prepared the logistics to, after the approval of all EU member states, open chapter 5 on public procurement, and chapters 25 and 26 on education, science, culture, youth," said Joksimovic.

Speaking about a contract worth 80 million euros that will provide financial support to Serbia's public administration reform, which will be signed today in Belgrade, Joksimovic said it is a grant that will be used to upgrade the quality of government services in Serbia.

"This kind of support cannot be obtained only a state that is not macroeconomically stable, that does not have a transparent budget. This is money will not be seen in a specific object but serves to transform the public administration in such a way to provide that citizens and the business community with quality services," the minister said.

She added that in 2017, Serbia will also count on a 200 million euro grant from EU's pre-accession funds. According to Joksimovic the money will be used to finance schools, hospitals and roads.

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