Serbia was expected to open chapter 2 on the Freedom of movement for workers in the accession negotiations with the EU, but EU member states have failed to reach a necessary consensus.
Quoting diplomatic sources, the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation (RTS) reported that the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany and Bulgaria had refused to give the green light to Serbia to open the second chapter for EU accession.
According to them, this was due to deficiencies and delays in reforms to support the rule of law and a recent report by the European Commission covering the same area. The progress Serbia had made in the area of rule of law had been insufficient to warrant a “yes” to the opening of new chapters, they said.
However, Serbia did enjoy strong support from France despite Paris having been one of the strongest opponents to a new EU enlargement wave to include the Balkans, according to diplomatic sources.
Still, this means that this is the first time since Serbia opened accession talks with the EU that a single chapter failed to open within the six months of an EU rotating presidency.