No enlargement progress in past six months for Serbia

In its latest report, the coalition of NGOs stressed that the challenges identified during the rule of law reform implementation so far had not been fully resolved in revised action plans for Chapter 23, dealing with Judiciary and fundamental rights, and for Chapter 24, dealing with Justice, freedom and security. [Shutterstock/ Lukasz Stefanski]

Serbia has made no progress on reforms towards EU accession in the fields covered by chapters 23 and 24 from May until October this year, according to coalition prEUgovor, which presented its independent semi-annual report known as “The Alarm”.

In its latest report, the coalition of NGOs stressed that the challenges identified during the rule of law reform implementation so far had not been fully resolved in revised action plans for Chapter 23, dealing with Judiciary and fundamental rights, and for Chapter 24, dealing with Justice, freedom and security.

According to the report, the government should formalise a decision on accepting the new enlargement methodology and appoint a new chief negotiator, as the post has been vacant since September 2019. 

The coalition also called on the EU to engage the Western Balkan countries in the Conference on the Future of Europe and thereby demonstrate their clear prospect of membership. It also urged the EU to improve its tools for cooperation with the Western Balkans in order to address in a more comprehensive manner the problem of state capture. 

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