EU summit to discuss Serbia on Friday

BRUSSELS -- EU leaders are holding a summit during which they are expected to confirm the decision of the Ministerial Council on opening of negotiations with Serbia.

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

The two-day summit will mainly discuss common security and defense policies of EU member states.

At the gathering, which begins on Thursday afternoon, heads of state and government of the EU will discuss Iran's nuclear program and the situation in Syria, and in Ukraine.

It is expected that at the end of the second day of the meeting on Friday, they will confirm the decision of the Ministerial Council that the first intergovernmental conference with Serbia should be held on January 21.

As previously announced by the EU Council, the final summit this year will be primarily devoted to defining a common European security and defense policy.

This year, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen will attend the meeting of the Council for the first time.