EU approves implementation of new methodology in pre-accession talks with Serbia, Montenegro

European Commissioner in charge of neighborhood and enlargement policy, Hungarian, Oliver Varhelyi during a press conference to present EU enlargement package 2020 in Brussels, Belgium, 06 October 2020. [EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET]

EU member states have approved the implementation of the new, revised methodology in the pre-accession negotiations with Serbia and Montenegro,  EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi announced on Thursday.

“Very pleased that Member States gave green light to the application of our revised EU enlargement methodology to Serbia and Montenegro, after both accepted it,” Varhelyi tweeted.

The goal of the new methodology was to “make the process more credible, predictable and dynamic, with stronger political steering”, he added.

The new methodology, proposed by France at the end of 2019 in order to improve the efficiency of the process, was primarily intended for Albania and North Macedonia, which have not yet started their EU membership negotiations.

Serbia and Montenegro, which are well underway in their negotiations with the EU, were allowed to choose whether to transfer to the new methodology or not, and both have opted for the new regime. ( |

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