PM: Serbia views Cluster Four opening with EU as recognition

Serbian Prime Minister Brnabic. [EPA/ HAYOUNG JEON]

The opening of Cluster Four in the membership negotiations with the EU is a great recognition for Serbia, Prime Minister Ana Brnabić stated in Brussels Wednesday, adding that around €10 billion would be needed for Serbia to harmonise with the green transformation in the EU in the coming decades.

Brnabić spoke after the EU-Serbia intergovernmental conference and the opening of Cluster Four: Green Agenda and Sustainable Connectivity, which encompasses transport, energy, Trans-European networks and environment and climate change.

The Serbian PM recalled that the new methodology of EU enlargement envisaged political steering of the process of EU integration, stressing that, thanks to Serbia’s economy having been consolidated, the authorities now had the funds to continue reforms, especially in the rule of law, environmental protection and energy transition.

European Commissioner for Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi stated on Tuesday that the rule of law and the normalisation of relations with Kosovo remained crucial for Serbia’s EU accession negotiations. The European Commission would continue to do all it can to speed up the accession process of Serbia and the entire region, he added.

EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell added that it was important for Belgrade to continue working on the rule of law, on harmonising with the foreign and security policy of the EU and on the dialogue with Pristina.

“Congratulations on this important step on Serbia’s EU path. Now, important to advance on the work ahead, including on rule of law, CFSP (Common Foreign and Security Policy) alignment and the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue,” Borrell tweeted.

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