Screening of Serbia's legal system starts in Brussels

BELGRADE -- The explanatory screening, which marks a new stage on Serbia's path to EU membership, began in Brussels on Wednesday.

(Beta/AP, file)
(Beta/AP, file)

It is a long process of reviewing the situation and determining the level of harmonization of Serbia's economic and legal system with EU standards, creating the foundation for the accession talks, which should start in January 2014 at the latest.

The screening will begin with a meeting of a group of Serbian experts with their colleagues from the European Commission, and the first topic will be the judiciary and human rights, which is related to chapter 23 of the accession talks.

"There is nothing spectacular about it. It is simply the start of discussions between legal experts, which will go on for months," Peter Stano, spokesperson of EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule, told Tanjug, adding that, unlike the negotiations, this was a technical, not a political process.

However, Belgrade places great significance on the start of the screening process and sees it as an important step towards the EU.