Negotiating team to consist of "15-20 experts"

BELGRADE -- The Serbian team for EU accession talks will be complete as soon as the new government is formed, and will consist of no more than 15 to 20 people.

Miščević attends a cabinet session (Beta, file)
Miščević attends a cabinet session (Beta, file)

This is according to Serbia's chief negotiator in the talks with the EU Tanja Miščević.

A large number of experts from nearly all state institutions are already involved in negotiations with Brussels at various levels, Miščević told Wednesday's issue of the Večernje Novosti daily.

As the process of opening negotiation chapters moves forward, up to 2,000 people will be working on EU integration affairs, the paper said.

Miščević's office currently has five people, who greatly rely on the capacities of the Office for EU integrations, where there are 90 people working on European affairs, with each of the 35 negotiating chapters addressed by sub-groups consisting of a total of some 600 experts, the daily reported.

Serbia has already completed the screenings for the chapters on the judiciary and fundamental rights, police, financial control, freedom of movement for workers and the process of normalizing the Belgrade-Priština relations.

Belgrade's goal is to open the initial chapters in the next two months, by the end of the Greek EU presidency, the daily reported.