Serbia could open new EU negotiations chapters on June 18
The next intergovernmental EU-Serbia conference, when new chapters in Serbia's the accession negotiations should be opened, should be held on June 18.Source: Tanjug
Romania, who holds the EU presidency, envisaged that day as the possible date for an intergovernmental conference, and it is currently assesed that it would be realistic to expect the opening of two new chapters at most.
There are currently five negotiating chapters (2, 4, 9, 21 and 11) in the working bodies of the European Union, which are not yet supported by all EU members. It is expected that chapter 14, that deals with transport, will enter procedure.
When deciding on how many chapters will be opened, EU members will again focus the most on a report on the state of the rule of law in Serbia, respectively chapters 23 and 24.
Otherwise, the May elections for the European Parliament will postpone in the short term the European Commission's report on the progress of the countries in the EU integration. Unlike in the previous year, when the reports and strategy for enlargement were published in April, their presentation is now expected after EP elections, i.e., not before May 29.
At this point, it is not clear whether the EU member states will have enough time to by mid-June make decisions on new steps in the process of accession of the Western Balkan countries after the publication of the EC report.