“EC report on Serbia's progress won’t be positive”
The European Commission (EC) new report on Serbia's EU progress, which is to be presented in October, will not be as positive as the one in 2011.Source: Tanjug
This is according to senior EC official who wished to stay anonymous.
He told Balkan Insight that this meant that Serbia stood slight chances of getting a date for the start of the membership talks by the end of the year.
“If it meets all criteria, Serbia will be able to get a date for membership negotiations in July 2013 the earliest,” the source was quoted as saying.
“We have to bear in mind that little progress has been made in the Belgrade-Priština talks, and that Serbia was in the election process so some EU reforms were delayed, and that will affect the next EC report,” he added.
“However, the EU received assurances from the Serbian government that besides continuation of the talks with Priština, internal reforms will continue as well, so if everything goes as agreed, Serbia will get the date in July 2013 the earliest,” the source concluded.