About: EU-Serbia relations

Enlargement 07-09-2018

Kosovo-Serbia talks break down as tensions mount again

The latest round of EU-sponsored Kosovo-Serbia talks effectively collapsed on Friday (7 September) as Serbia's president refused to sit down with his Kosovo counterpart, citing a ban by Kosovar authorities on his planned visit to the former Serbian province as a reason to reassess all relations with Pristina.
Enlargement 03-09-2018

Western Balkans: Dateless accession perspective

The inclusion of the Western Balkans in the European Union remains in focus. The timing of the bloc's expansion, however, is more than uncertain. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.
Enlargement 28-06-2018

Is two too little or just right for Serbia?

Earlier this week, Serbia opened two more chapters in its EU accession talks. It also received another clear message that progress on the rule of law and the normalisation of relations with Kosovo were crucial for the pace of its advance towards membership. EURACTIV.rs reports.
Enlargement 16-03-2018

Belgrade and Washington have differing views on Kosovo army

The visit of US Assistant Secretary of State to Belgrade made it clear yet again that the issue of Kosovo remains a thorn in Serbia's side and the biggest obstacle to its hopes of joining the European Union in 2025.
Enlargement 28-02-2018

Juncker: Normalisation deal with Kosovo is key for Serbia’s EU bid

The rule of law, judiciary and a legally binding agreement on normalising relations with Kosovo are the main challenges Serbia faces with on the road to EU membership, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker highlighted during a visit to Belgrade.
Enlargement 15-02-2018

Serbia, Croatia differ on past but agree to look to the future

This week's talks between Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and her visiting Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vučić, produced few spectacular results. But analysts say that coming face to face was a good start, particularly for the EU hopeful Serbia.
Enlargement 02-02-2018

EU insists on Serbia-Kosovo dialogue, normalisation

Brussels expects to see a legally binding document regulating relations between Belgrade and Pristina before Serbia joins the EU and insists on Belgrade's continued dialogue with Kosovo, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani said in the Serbian capital this week.
Enlargement 18-01-2018

Bulgaria’s EU presidency offers Western Balkans unique opportunity 

This year is supposed to finally see progress on the Western Balkan countries'  long and tortuous journey towards European Union membership, with at least three successive EU presidencies - Bulgaria, Austria and Romania - keen to make enlargement one of the priorities. 
Enlargement 16-01-2018

The Brief – How to shoot down ambitious Balkan plans

Events in the Western Balkans may indeed seem peripheral to the EU, particularly as it braces for debates on the new budget and eurozone reform, but let’s not forget the old quote by Winston Churchill: “The Balkans produce more history than they can consume.”
Enlargement 16-01-2018

Serb leader from Kosovo shot dead, Serbia cancels EU-sponsored talks

A Kosovo Serb leader was shot dead outside his party offices in Serb-run northern Kosovo on Tuesday (16 January), raising concerns of renewed tensions in the Western Balkans and prompting a Serbian delegation to cancel EU-sponsored talks with Kosovo in Brussels.
Enlargement 15-12-2017

Serbia judges want more transparency, independence, higher pay

There is a widespread lack of trust among judges and prosecutors in Serbia in the process of electing judiciary officials and climbing the career ladder, with eight out of ten believing that those processes are steered by connections and nepotism as much as by objective criteria.
Global Europe 05-10-2017

Secondhand Russian fighter jets arrive in Serbia 

Russia began delivering a gift of six MiG-29 fighter jets to Serbia this week, escalating tensions between the EU candidate country and its neighbours.
Enlargement 03-10-2017

Joining the EU is a marathon, says Serbian PM

EXCLUSIVE / Serbia and Montenegro are seen as the two Western Balkan frontrunners to join the EU but Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić told EURACTIV.com in a wide-ranging interview that joining the soon-to-be 27-country bloc is a matter of endurance and not a competition.
Enlargement 22-08-2017

Serbia recalls embassy staff from Macedonia in spat over Kosovo

Serbia has recalled embassy staff from its southern neighbour Macedonia on Monday (21 August), after reports that Skopje was joining international diplomatic efforts to grant the former Serbian province of Kosovo membership of the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO.
Global Europe 11-07-2017

Russian ‘aid centre’ in Serbia rebuffs spy fears

Showing off tents, lifeboats and other rescue equipment at the Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Centre, co-director Viacheslav Vlasenko laughs at Western suspicions that his workplace is a front for a spy operation.
Global Europe 10-05-2017

Serbian FM: Albanian politicians are the main threat to Europe and the Balkans

EXCLUSIVE / The EU should recognise that Albanian politicians are the main threat to peace and stability not only in the Balkans but also in Europe, Serbia’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić told EURACTIV.com.
Enlargement 05-04-2017

Hundreds rally in Belgrade to protest Vucic election victory

Hundreds of people rallied peacefully for a second night in Belgrade yesterday (4 April) to protest against the overwhelming victory of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić in a presidential election.
Enlargement 04-04-2017

Brussels trusts Vucic will confirm Serbia’s EU path

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić has won Serbia's presidential election in the first round, nearly complete official results showed yesterday (3 April). The EU said his election was “a vote of confidence” showing that the people of Serbia fully endorse the EU path.
Global Europe 28-03-2017

Serbia on EU path seeks to improve ties with Moscow

Serbia is committed to European Union membership but it will work hard to improve relations with its traditional ally Russia, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić told Reuters ahead of a presidential election on Sunday (2 April).
Enlargement 15-02-2017

Serbia’s ruling party to back PM Vucic for presidential race

The leadership of Serbia's ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) decided yesterday (14 February) to nominate Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić as a candidate for the presidency.
Enlargement 14-02-2017

US letter to Serbia makes no mention of EU bid

The United States' annual message to Serbia to mark its national day made no mention of the country's bid to join the European Union, which Washington has previously supported.
Global Europe 18-01-2017

Serbia counts on Trump over Kosovo

Serbia's president criticised the outgoing US administration yesterday (17 January), voicing hope that President-elect Donald Trump would be more favourable towards Belgrade over the thorny issue of Kosovo.
Enlargement 16-01-2017

Serbia says Kosovo wants war in row over nationalist train

Serbia's president said yesterday (15 January) that Kosovo had shown it wanted war with after it deployed special forces to prevent a train painted with Serbia's national colours and the words "Kosovo is Serbia" from entering its territory.
Enlargement 06-01-2017

Brittle Kosovo, Serbia relations feel strain over ex-PM’s arrest

Brittle diplomatic ties between Serbia and Kosovo came under further strain yesterday (5 January) in a row over international arrest warrants issued by Belgrade for former Kosovar guerrillas, including an ex-premier detained in France.