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Serbia to Open New Chapters in EU Negotiations

Serbia will open two more chapters in its negotiations to join the European Union, one of which focuses on aligning its foreign trade relationships with those of the EU.

Filip Rudic
BIRN
Belgrade
Serbian Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimovic. Photo: Milos Miskov/Beta

At an intergovernmental conference in Brussels on Monday, Serbia will open talks on Chapters 6 and 30 of the EU acquis – the body of legal rights and obligations that all EU member states must observe.

The two chapters that will be negotiated between Brussels and Belgrade concern company law and external economic relations.

Chapter 30 requires an applicant country to "progressively align its policies towards third countries and its positions within international organisations with the policies and positions adopted by the Union and its member states".

The company law acquis includes rules on the formation, registration, merger and division of companies.

With the opening of these two chapters, the total number that Serbia has opened will rise to 12, although two of them have already been provisionally closed, Beta news agency reported.

All countries have to complete negotiations on a total of 35 chapters of the acquis, the last one of which, in Serbia’s case, concerns relations with Kosovo – potentially the most problematic issue for Belgrade to negotiate.

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