Serbia opens first chapters in negotiations to join EU
The first chapters - 35 on Kosovo, and 32 on financial oversight - in Serbia's accession negotiations with the EU - were opened in Brussels late on Monday.Source: Beta, Tanjug
The road will be long and difficult, but Europe is with you, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said at a press conference after the second Serbia-EU intergovernmental conference (IGC).
EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn said it would be a signal that Serbia was a stable business environment for foreign investors.
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said that it was important news not only for the citizens of Serbia, which should be proud of themselves and their country, but also for the entire region.
Vucic expressed special gratitude to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying that she had honored her word the moment when Serbia had met all its obligations.
"We no longer have to dream dreams of the EU, now we just have to do hard work, but if we are hard-working, we will be part of the big family of European peoples," said Vucic, adding that "the people should be proud as this was a big day, one for the history books."
The opening of the initial chapters was an important signal to investors, but that it was even more important because of "the type of society we want to belong to."