Serbia has not yet decided whether to continue the EU accession process under a new methodology because its European partners are yet to explain clearly what the new methodology entails, the Serbian minister in charge of the country’s accession to the EU, Jadranka Joksimović, told Radio Free Europe (RFE) in an interview.
“Serbia is not against the new methodology, but we need to know first how Serbia’s progress so far will be valued. We want to know if the country is opening nearly all of the clusters at once since some chapters have been opened in almost all of them,” Joksimović added.
The minister added that it would be easier for Serbia to decide once it got the answer, noting that the question was sent to her peers in Europe and to European Commission officials and that there is no clear deadline for Serbia.
On 5 February, the college of Commissioners passed a new accession methodology for North Macedonia and Albania.
Serbia and Montenegro, the furthest ahead in the process, are allowed to choose if they wished to stay with the same methodology or shift to the new procedure whereby they would be opening and closing six clusters instead of 35 chapters of European legislation areas. (EURACTIV.rs betabriefing.com)