Accession of Serbia to the European Union

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The accession of Serbia to the European Union is the process of the Republic of Serbia being admitted to the European Union as a member state and it is on the current agenda for future enlargement of the EU.

On 7 November 2007, Serbia initiated a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with the European Union. This was a milestone in Serbia's accession negotiations and was executed following the advice of chief war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, who advised the EU that the country was complying with the tribunal but stipulated that Ratko Mladić must be in The Hague prior to any official signing.[1] Mladić was subsequently arrested on 26 May 2011 and was extradited to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to stand trial.[2] On 20 July 2011, Goran Hadžić became the last indicted fugitive to be arrested.[3] After setbacks in the political field, on 7 December 2009 the EU unfroze the trade agreement with Serbia[4] and the Schengen countries dropped the visa requirement for Serbian citizens on 19 December 2009.[5]

Serbia officially applied for European Union membership on 22 December 2009,[6] and the European Commission recommended making it an official candidate on 12 October 2011. After the Council's recommendation of 28 February 2012, Serbia received full candidate status on 1 March. On 28 June 2013 the European Council endorsed the Council of Ministers conclusions and recommendations to open accession negotiations with Serbia.[7][8] In December 2013 the Council of the European Union approved opening negotiations on Serbia's accession in January 2014,[9] and the first Intergovernmental Conference was held on 21 January at the European Council in Brussels.[10]

Serbian government stance[edit]

Novi Sad City Hall. The building where EU-Serbian government negotiations are held

The government originally set a goal for EU accession by 2014, as per the Papandreou plan - Agenda 2014.[11][12] Presenting his key-note address before the Serbian Parliament in April 2014, the Prime Minister-Designate Aleksandar Vučić said that the negotiations with the European Union continue in good faith that until the end of the mandate of his Government they will be finished. He also said that this process will be a priority and that "if we work hard, I believe that Serbia could become a full member of the European Union by the end of the decade".[13] During the visit of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton to Belgrade he assessed that there is a chance for Serbia to become a full member of the EU by 2025 and reiterated that that is the goal to be reached for the sake of our country and internal reforms, which should be completed by 2023.[14]

The Serbian government has declared that the status of the Kosovo region should not be tied with the EU negotiations. As of September 2012, the EU Enlargement Commissioner, Štefan Füle, has denied that the European Union will insist on Serbia's recognition of Kosovo before it can join the organisation.[15]

Dispute in the government in 2008[edit]

Deputy Prime Minister Božidar Đelić signed the Stabilisation and Association Agreement on 29 April 2008.[16] Vojislav Koštunica, Serbian Prime Minister at the time, said on 1 May that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was right when he said that the SAA should have been signed. But one day later, on 2 May 2008, he vowed to annul the agreement after the election, calling it “a trick”, “Solana's agreement” and “the Tadić-Đelić SAA signature”.[17][18] After the Serbian parliamentary election, 2008, a new parliamentary majority and government was formed and the SAA opposition was left without political power. The new Serbian Prime Minister, Mirko Cvetković, announced “One of the first moves of the new government will be to submit the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the European Union to the parliament for ratification.[19] As of January 2009 the Serbian government has started to implement its obligations under the agreement unilaterally.[20] The effects remain to be evaluated by the European Commission.

According to a survey by the Centre for Free Elections and Democracy, as of November 2009, support for accession among Serbians was 71 percent.[21] However, that support has rapidly dropped, falling to around 60% in late 2010 and 58% in December 2014.[22][23]

European Union stance[edit]

An earlier obstacle for Serbia's access to the EU was their cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY),[24] however this has been overcome since all the indicted, the last of which were Ratko Mladić and Goran Hadžić, have been extradited to the ICTY. Ratko Mladić was arrested on 26 May 2011 and Goran Hadžić on 20 July 2011.[25]

The Netherlands was at first a strong opponent of Serbia's signing and ratification of the SAA. The Dutch government stated that it would not ratify the SAA in until Ratko Mladić is in ICTY custody. On 15 September 2008, the Netherlands froze the trade-related part of the SAA with Serbia.[26][27] However, the Netherlands now actively supports Serbia’s efforts to join the EU and the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the EU and Serbia was ratified by the Netherlands in 2012. The Netherlands also highlight the importance of normalising relations between Belgrade and Pristina and carrying out reforms vital for EU membership.[28]

During her visit to Serbia the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton stated that Serbia "can be example to others in region" and that the country "can show them what can be achieved through hard work and leadership." She also stressed then that Serbia has always been a part of Europe and that Serbia is an important political partner of the EU which is proved by the results that have been achieved in the normalisation of the relations with Priština.[29]

Serbia and the EU were at odds over implementation of the EU's EULEX mission to Kosovo. The EU wants to implement its mission in Kosovo according to Martti Ahtisaari's Kosovo status proposal, but Serbia wants EULEX to be first approved by the UN Security Council in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244.[30][31] This has subsequently occurred after the UN Chancellor and Serbian government have reached a 5-point plan, after which the UNSC has approved the EULEX mission, which functioned under the mandate of the UNMIK. On 19 May 2011, during his official visit to Serbia, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, said that recognition of Kosovo is not a pre-condition for Serbian EU accession.[32] Enver Hoxhaj, Kosovo's Minister of Foreign Affairs, has suggested that the EU should approve the accession of Kosovo and Serbia simultaneously due to concerns that if Serbia was admitted first they could veto Kosovo's membership.[33]

The signing of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement was opposed by the governments of the Netherlands and Belgium while the Government of Spain lobbied on behalf of Serbia.[34]

Despite having announced that there will be no enlargement during his term, Jean Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission took a more flexible approach in recent months, stating that the EU should "maintain credible enlargement perspective for the Western Balkans".[35] Furthermore, his plans regarding future enlargement of the EU mainly focus on Serbia and Montenegro, as two states that have made the most significant progress regarding their accession processes. Juncker announced formation of "Strategy for the successful accession of Serbia and Montenegro to the European Union" by the end of 2018, with a perspective of accession to the EU in 2025, for both states.[36]

European Commission issued a draft Strategy for EU enlargement at the end of 2017. It provides guidelines for, among others, Serbian accession to the EU. According to the Strategy, Serbia is expected to reach a broad agreement on normalization of relations with Kosovo by the end of 2019, and complete its negotiations by the end of 2023, allowing it to join the Union by 2025.[37] However, as of February 2018, five EU countries don't recognize Kosovo as an independent state—Spain, Romania, Greece, Cyprus and Slovakia.[38] Serbia's government hasn't given yet any official reaction to a warning by Germany that it must recognize Kosovo's independence as a condition of joining the European Union.[39]

Opening of negotiations[edit]

Tanja Miščević, chief negotiator with the EU

The European Union has been considering enlargement in the Balkans since at least the late 1990s.[24] The negotiations became serious after Serbia began the reform process after the fall of the Milošević government in 2000, back then as part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (with Montenegro)[40] when the EU officially declared that the Balkan states are potential candidates for membership, confirmed in 2003.[24] Negotiations on a Stabilisation and Association Agreement started in November 2005.[24]

On 3 May 2006, the European Union suspended SAA talks with Serbia over its failure to arrest Ratko Mladić, stating that Serbia failed to fulfill its commitment to fully co-operate with International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.[24] This slowed the pace of Serbia's EU entry and the reform process in Serbia. In July 2006, an action plan for the arrest of Ratko Mladić was issued by the government which was expected to improve relations with EU. In May 2007, Serbian parties reached an agreement on a new government, and placed President Boris Tadić as head of the newly created National Security Council. Within weeks of the Council's establishment, Serbian officials made two key arrests of indicted war criminals. As a result, on 13 June 2007, the European Union decided to reopen negotiations. On 21 July 2008, Radovan Karadžić was arrested. On 26 May 2011 Mladić was arrested.

On 8 November 2007, Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Božidar Đelić and the European Union Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn initialed in Brussels the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between Serbia and the European Union.[41] Olli Rehn said that the EU decision to initial the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Serbia was the result of improved cooperation with the ICTY, as reported by the chief prosecutor of this Tribunal, Carla Del Ponte.

Rehn underlined that full cooperation of Belgrade with the ICTY remains a precondition for signing of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement, which was initialed two years after the launching of the first negotiation round. On 16 January 2008 the Netherlands and Belgium confirmed that their countries would not sign the SAA (signatures are needed from all EU member states) until Serbia complied fully with the ICTY.[42] On 14 January 2008 ICTY prosecutor Serge Brammertz stated that there was no change and Serbia was still not fully cooperating.[43]

Following this agreement, the EU planned to grant candidate status to Serbia as early as 2009, contingent on its full cooperation with the Hague tribunal.

Serbia officially applied for the EU membership on 22 December 2009.[44]

In November 2010, "EU Foreign Ministers agreed to pass Serbia's request for membership to the European Commission".[45] The European Commission sent a legislative questionnaire of around 2,500 questions[46] and Serbia answered it on 31 January 2011.

The European Commission (EC) recommended making it an official candidate on 12 October 2011. A deal was reached with Romania in late February 2012 over the rights of the 30,000 'Vlachs' in Serbia, removing Romanian objections to candidacy.[47] On 28 February 2012, the Council of the European Union issued a candidate status recommendation,[48] and Serbia received a full candidate status on 1 March.[49] In December 2012, the Council launched the accession process with a view to open negotiations in June 2013, provided that political conditions regarding cooperation with Kosovo were met. Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement, said that a progress report on the opening of negotiations would be published by the EC in the spring of 2013.[50]

On 19 April 2013, the governments of Kosovo and Serbia completed the Brussels Agreement, which was hailed as a major step towards normalising relations,[51] enabling the start of EU entry talks with Serbia.[52] On 22 April 2013, the European Commission recommended the start of EU entry talks with Serbia.[53] On June 28, 2013 the European Council endorsed the Council of Ministers conclusions and recommendations to open accession negotiations with Serbia, and announced that they would commence by January 2014 at the latest.[7][8] The following day, the Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, Vincent Degert, stated that the screening of the acquis had commenced.[54] Screening of the acquis started on 25 September 2013.[55]

In December 2013 the Council of the European Union approved opening negotiations on Serbia's accession in January 2014,[9] and the European Council endorsed the start of negotiations several days later.[56][57] The first Intergovernmental Conference was held on 21 January at the European Council in Brussels. Serbia was represented by Prime Minister Ivica Dačić and his first deputy Aleksandar Vučić, while the EU was represented by their Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Evangelos Venizelos.[10]

Serbia is currently receiving EUR 2.9bn of developmental aid until 2020 from the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance, a funding mechanism for EU candidate countries.

Stabilisation and Association Agreement[edit]

Central bank of Serbia implemented a mechanism to reach the same monetary policy as the rest of EU countries.

Kosovo's provisional government unilaterally declared independence from Serbia on 17 February 2008. This was followed by most EU countries recognising Kosovo as an independent country. These events heavily influenced the Serbian political landscape. The central topic on which the coalition partners diverged was Serbia's EU accession.

On 7 November 2007, Serbia initialed a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with the European Union, agreeing on the final version of the text to which no or little changes are to be made. This was the step immediately preceding the official signing that was expected to take place in 2008 and was a milestone in Serbia's accession negotiations. It was executed following the advice of chief war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, who advised the EU that the country was complying adequately with the tribunal but Ratko Mladić must be in The Hague prior to any official signing being able to take place.[1] Mladić was subsequently arrested on 26 May 2011, and has since been extradited to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to stand trial.[2] On 20 July, Goran Hadžić became the last indicted fugitive to be arrested.[3]

On 4 April 2008, Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Koštunica, supported by Velimir Ilić, Minister of Infrastructure, stated that EU membership was no longer on the agenda for Serbia. Koštunica said that before EU accession continuation Serbia and the EU must discuss the matter of borders and Serbia's territorial integrity.[58] He said that Serbia must by no means sign the Stabilisation and Association Agreement and referred to the agreement as “Solana's agreement”.[59][60][61]

At the same time President Boris Tadić said that the Vienna Convention allows him to sign the agreement and that he will sign it if it is offered.[62] Božidar Đelić, Deputy Prime Minister, had previously been authorised by the Government to sign the agreement and was still willing to do so,[63] which he did on 29 April 2008. The ceremony in Luxembourg was attended by President Boris Tadić and Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić.[16]

On 1 May Koštunica said that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was right when he said that the SAA should have been signed but one day later on 2 May 2008 he vowed to annul the agreement after the election, calling it “a trick”, “Solana's agreement” and “the Tadić-Đelić SAA signature”.[17][18]

After the Serbian parliamentary election of 2008, a new parliamentary majority and government was formed, and the SAA opposition was left without political power. The new Serbian Prime Minister, Mirko Cvetković, announced "One of the first moves of the new government will be to submit the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the European Union to the parliament for ratification"[19] and on 9 September 2008 the Parliament of Serbia ratified the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with the EU. The European Commission (EC) subsequently welcomed the ratification of the agreement.[64]

On 15 September 2008, the Netherlands froze the trade related part of a pre-accession deal (SAA) with Serbia.[26] The Dutch government refused to ratify the agreement while Ratko Mladić was not captured. He was captured in Serbia on 26 May 2011, removing the main obstacle for obtaining candidate status.

On 16 October 2008, the Serbian government unilaterally decided to begin implementing the Interim Trade agreement with the EU starting 1 January 2009.[65][66]

After setbacks in the political field, on 7 December 2009 the EU unfroze the trade agreement with Serbia[4] and the Schengen countries dropped the visa requirement for Serbian citizens on 19 December 2009.[5]

By August 2012, all EU member states except Lithuania had ratified Serbia's SAA agreement.[67] Danas has reported that the delay was in part due to the election of Vuk Jeremić, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, as President of the United Nations General Assembly in June 2012 ahead of Dalius Čekuolis, Lithuania's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.[68] The cancellation of a deal by a Lithuanian company to privatise the Serbian brewery Beogradska Industrija Piva has also been suggested as a major impediment to agreement's ratification.[69]

In March 2013, Serbia's Assistant Foreign Minister Ljubica Vasić reported that the Lithuanian parliament planned to debate the ratification of Serbia's SAA in their spring session.[70] Linas Linkevičius, Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs, acknowledged the tense relations between the two countries, but said that ratification of the SAA was “underway” and that “Our government has already given its consent. It is parliament's turn now. I have spoken personally with leaders in parliament and they are planning on putting the issue on the agenda in accordance with the rules of procedure. They are not planning on artificially stopping the process.”[71] Following a meeting with Lithuania's Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius in April 2013, Dačić stated that he expected the agreement to be ratified as soon as possible, and that the issues which had prevented ratification should be put behind the two countries.[69] The Lithuanian Seimas subsequently ratified the SAA on 18 June 2013,[72] and the agreement entered into force on 1 September 2013.[73]

Stabilisation and Association Agreement ratification[edit]

Status of SAA ratification
Event Macedonia [74] Croatia [75] Albania [76] Montenegro [77][Note 1] Bosnia and
Herzegovina
[79]
Serbia [80][Note 2] Kosovo* [81][Note 3]
SAA negotiations start 2000-04-05 2000-11-24 2003-01-31 2005-10-10 2005-11-25 2005-10-10 2013-10-28[83]
SAA initialled 2000-11-24 2001-05-14 2006-02-28 2007-03-15 2007-12-04 2007-11-07 2014-07-25[84]
SAA/IA signature 2001-04-09 2001-10-29 2006-06-12 2007-10-15 2008-06-16 2008-04-29 2015-10-27[85]
Interim Agreement:
EC ratification 2001-04-27 2002-01-30 2006-06-12 2007-10-15 2008-06-16 2009-12-08 N/A [Note 4]
SAP state ratification 2001-04-27 2002-01-30 2006-10-09 2007-11-14 2008-06-20 2008-09-22 N/A [Note 4]
entry into force 2001-06-01 2002-03-01 2006-12-01 2008-01-01 2008-07-01 2010-02-01 N/A [Note 4]
Deposit of the instrument of ratification:
SAP state 2001-04-27 2002-01-30 2006-11-09 2007-11-13 2009-02-26 2008-09-22 2016-02-26
Austria 2002-09-06 2002-03-15 2008-05-21 2008-07-04 2009-09-04 2011-01-13 N/A
Belgium 2003-12-29 2003-12-17 2008-10-22 2010-03-29 2010-03-29 2012-03-20 N/A
Bulgaria entered the EU later 2008-05-30 2009-03-13 2010-08-12 N/A
Croatia entered the EU later N/A
Cyprus entered the EU later 2008-05-30 2008-11-20 2009-07-02 2010-11-26 N/A
Czech Republic entered the EU later 2008-05-07 2009-02-19 2009-07-23 2011-01-28 N/A
Denmark 2002-04-10 2002-05-08 2008-04-24 2008-06-25 2009-05-26 2011-03-04 N/A
Estonia entered the EU later 2007-10-17 2007-11-22 2008-09-11 2010-08-19 N/A
Finland 2004-01-06 2004-01-06 2007-11-29 2009-03-18 2009-04-07 2011-10-21 N/A
France 2003-06-04 2003-06-04 2009-02-12 2009-07-30 2011-02-10 2012-01-16 N/A
Germany 2002-06-20 2002-10-18 2009-02-19 2009-11-16 2009-08-14 2012-02-24 N/A
Greece 2003-08-27 2003-08-27 2009-02-26 2010-03-04 2010-09-20 2011-03-10 N/A
Hungary entered the EU later 2007-04-23 2008-05-14 2008-10-22 2010-11-16 N/A
Ireland 2002-05-06 2002-05-06 2007-06-11 2009-06-04 2009-06-04 2011-09-29 N/A
Italy 2003-10-30 2004-10-06 2008-01-07 2009-10-13 2010-09-08 2011-01-06 N/A
Latvia entered the EU later 2006-12-19 2008-10-17 2009-11-12 2011-05-30 N/A
Lithuania entered the EU later 2007-05-17 2009-03-04 2009-05-04 2013-06-26 N/A
Luxembourg 2003-07-28 2003-08-01 2007-07-04 2009-06-11 2010-12-22 2011-01-21 N/A
Malta entered the EU later 2008-04-21 2008-12-11 2010-01-07 2010-07-06 N/A
Netherlands 2002-09-09 2004-04-30 2007-12-10 2009-01-29 2009-09-30 2012-02-27 N/A
Poland entered the EU later 2007-04-14 2009-02-06 2010-04-07 2012-01-13 N/A
Portugal 2003-07-14 2003-07-14 2008-07-11 2008-09-23 2009-06-29 2011-03-04 N/A
Romania entered the EU later 2009-01-15 2010-01-08 2012-05-22 N/A
Slovakia entered the EU later 2007-07-20 2008-07-29 2009-03-17 2010-11-11 N/A
Slovenia entered the EU later 2007-01-18 2008-02-07 2009-03-10 2010-12-07 N/A
Spain 2002-10-04 2002-10-04 2007-05-03 2009-03-12 2010-06-15 2010-06-21 N/A
Sweden 2002-06-25 2003-03-27 2007-03-21 2009-03-11 2009-09-14 2011-04-15 N/A
United Kingdom 2002-12-17 2004-09-03 2007-10-16 2010-01-12 2010-04-20 2011-08-11 N/A
European Communities or
European Union and Euratom
2004-02-25 2004-12-21 2009-02-26 2010-03-29 2015-04-30 2013-07-22 2016-02-24 [Note 5]
SAA entry into force 2004-04-01 2005-02-01 2009-04-01 2010-05-01 2015-06-01 2013-09-01 2016-04-01[89]
EU membership (SAA lapsed) (TBD) 2013-07-01 (TBD) (TBD) (TBD) (TBD) (TBD)

N/A: Not applicable.

  1. ^ Montenegro started negotiations in November 2005 while a part of Serbia and Montenegro (SiM). Separate technical negotiations were conducted regarding issues of sub-state organizational competency. A mandate for direct negotiations with Montenegro was established in July 2006. Direct negotiations were initiated on 26 September 2006 and concluded on 1 December 2006.[78]
  2. ^ Serbia started negotiations in November 2005 while part of SiM, with a modified mandate from July 2006.
  3. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received formal recognition as an independent state from 113 out of 193 United Nations member states. The European Union remains divided on its policy towards Kosovo, with five EU member states not recognizing its independence. The EU launched a Stabilisation Tracking Mechanism for Kosovo on 6 November 2002 with the aim of aligning its policy with EU standards. On 10 October 2012 the European Commission found that there were no legal obstacles to Kosovo signing a SAA with the EU, as independence is not required for such an agreement.[82]
  4. ^ a b c No Interim Agreement associated with Kosovo's SAA was concluded.[86]
  5. ^ Kosovo's SAA was the first signed after the entry into force of the Lisbon treaty, which conferred a legal personality to the EU. As a result, unlike previous SAAs Kosovo's is exclusively between it and the EU and Euratom, and the member states are not parties independently.[83][87][88]

Negotiation progress[edit]

Screening and Chapter Dates
Acquis chapter Screening Started[90] Screening Completed[90] Chapter Opened Chapter Closed
Overview 34 out of 34 34 out of 34 14 out of 34 2 out of 34
1. Free Movement of Goods 2014-06-17 2014-09-12
2. Freedom of Movement For Workers 2014-01-23 2014-03-25
3. Right of Establishment & Freedom To Provide Services 2014-01-30 2014-03-13
4. Free Movement of Capital 2014-10-13 2014-12-15
5. Public Procurement 2014-03-21 2014-05-13 2016-12-13
6. Company Law 2014-12-11 2015-02-05 2017-12-11[91]
7. Intellectual Property Law 2014-09-24 2014-11-13 2017-06-20[92]
8. Competition Policy 2014-03-31 2014-11-05
9. Financial Services 2015-01-21 2015-03-17
10. Information Society & Media 2014-05-22 2014-07-02
11. Agriculture & Rural Development 2014-03-18 2014-09-16
12. Food Safety, Veterinary & Phytosanitary Policy 2014-02-03 2014-10-24
13. Fisheries 2014-09-30 2014-11-14 2018-06-25
14. Transport Policy 2014-12-16 2015-02-27
15. Energy 2014-04-29 2014-06-12
16. Taxation 2014-10-14 2015-03-06
17. Economic & Monetary Policy 2014-12-02 2015-03-12
18. Statistics 2014-05-20 2014-11-26
19. Social Policy & Employment 2014-02-10 2014-06-26
20. Enterprise & Industrial Policy 2014-04-03 2014-07-02 2017-02-27
21. Trans-European Networks 2014-04-29 2015-02-27
22. Regional Policy & Coordination of Structural Instruments 2014-10-01 2015-01-29
23. Judiciary & Fundamental Rights 2013-09-25 2013-12-10 2016-07-18
24. Justice, Freedom & Security 2013-10-02 2013-12-13 2016-07-18
25. Science & Research 2014-10-06 2014-12-01 2016-12-13 2016-12-13
26. Education & Culture 2014-02-20 2014-04-04 2017-02-27 2017-02-27
27. Environment 2014-09-15 2014-11-21
28. Consumer & Health Protection 2014-12-04 2015-02-04
29. Customs Union 2014-03-26 2014-06-04 2017-06-20[92]
30. External Relations 2014-07-02 2014-10-09 2017-12-11[91]
31. Foreign, Security & Defence Policy 2014-07-15 2014-10-10
32. Financial Control 2013-10-17 2013-11-26 2015-12-14
33. Financial & Budgetary Provisions 2015-01-27 2015-03-24 2018-06-25
34. Institutions – nothing to adopt
35. Other Issues: Relations with Kosovo* 2014-01-22 2015-03-25 2015-12-14
Latest EC Assessment
Acquis chapter Status as of Spring 2018[93] Chapter Status
Overview 1 chapter in early stage
1 chapter with further efforts needed
5 chapters with some level of preparation
22 chapters with moderate preparation
5 chapters with a good level of preparation
1 chapter with nothing to adopt
21 chapters unopened
14 chapters open
2 chapters completed
1. Free Movement of Goods Moderately prepared Unopened
2. Freedom of Movement For Workers Moderately prepared Unopened
3. Right of Establishment & Freedom To Provide Services Moderately prepared Unopened
4. Free Movement of Capital Moderately prepared Unopened
5. Public Procurement Moderately prepared Open
6. Company Law Good level of preparation Open
7. Intellectual Property Law Good level of preparation Open
8. Competition Policy Some level of preparation Unopened
9. Financial Services Moderately prepared Unopened
10. Information Society & Media Moderately prepared Unopened
11. Agriculture & Rural Development Some level of preparation Unopened
12. Food Safety, Veterinary & Phytosanitary Policy Moderately prepared Unopened
13. Fisheries Moderately prepared Open
14. Transport Policy Moderately prepared Unopened
15. Energy Moderately prepared Unopened
16. Taxation Moderately prepared Unopened
17. Economic & Monetary Policy Moderately prepared Unopened
18. Statistics Moderately prepared Unopened
19. Social Policy & Employment Moderately prepared Unopened
20. Enterprise & Industrial Policy Moderately prepared Open
21. Trans-European Networks Moderately prepared Unopened
22. Regional Policy & Coordination of Structural Instruments Moderately prepared Unopened
23. Judiciary & Fundamental Rights Some level of preparation Open
24. Justice, Freedom & Security Some level of preparation Open
25. Science & Research Good level of preparation Chapter Closed
26. Education & Culture Good level of preparation Chapter Closed
27. Environment & Climate Change Some level of preparation Unopened
28. Consumer & Health Protection Moderately prepared Unopened
29. Customs Union Good level of preparation Open
30. External Relations Moderately prepared Open
31. Foreign, Security & Defence Policy Moderately prepared Unopened
32. Financial Control Moderately prepared Open
33. Financial & Budgetary Provisions Early stage Open
34. Institutions Nothing to adopt Provisionally closed
35. Other Issues Further efforts needed Open
Past Assessments
Acquis chapter EC assessment at start EC Assessment in 2015[94] EC Assessment in 2016[95] EC Assessment in 2018[96]
1. Free Movement of Goods Further efforts needed Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
2. Freedom of Movement For Workers Further efforts needed Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
3. Right of Establishment & Freedom To Provide Services Further efforts needed Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
4. Free Movement of Capital Further efforts needed Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
5. Public Procurement Further efforts needed Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
6. Company Law No major difficulties expected Good level of preparation Good level of preparation Good level of preparation
7. Intellectual Property Law Further efforts needed Good level of preparation Good level of preparation Good level of preparation
8. Competition Policy Further efforts needed Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
9. Financial Services Further efforts needed Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
10. Information Society & Media Further efforts needed Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
11. Agriculture & Rural Development Considerable efforts needed Early stage Some level of preparation Some level of preparation
12. Food Safety, Veterinary & Phytosanitary Policy Further efforts needed Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
13. Fisheries No major difficulties expected Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
14. Transport Policy Further efforts needed Moderately prepared Good level of preparation Moderately prepared
15. Energy Further efforts needed Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
16. Taxation No major difficulties expected Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
17. Economic & Monetary Policy No major difficulties expected Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
18. Statistics No major difficulties expected Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
19. Social Policy & Employment Further efforts needed Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
20. Enterprise & Industrial Policy No major difficulties expected Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
21. Trans-European Networks Further efforts needed Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
22. Regional Policy & Coordination of Structural Instruments Further efforts needed Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
23. Judiciary & Fundamental Rights Considerable efforts needed Some level of preparation Some level of preparation Some level of preparation
24. Justice, Freedom & Security Considerable efforts needed Some level of preparation Some level of preparation Some level of preparation
25. Science & Research No major difficulties expected Good level of preparation Good level of preparation Chapter Closed
26. Education & Culture No major difficulties expected Good level of preparation Good level of preparation Chapter Closed
27. Environment Totally incompatible with acquis Early stage Some level of preparation Some level of preparation
28. Consumer & Health Protection Further efforts needed Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
29. Customs Union No major difficulties expected Moderately prepared Good level of preparation Good level of preparation
30. External Relations No major difficulties expected Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
31. Foreign, Security & Defence Policy No major difficulties expected Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
32. Financial Control Considerable efforts needed Moderately prepared Moderately prepared Moderately prepared
33. Financial & Budgetary Provisions No major difficulties expected Early stage Early stage Early stage
34. Institutions Nothing to adopt Nothing to adopt Nothing to adopt Nothing to adopt
35. Other Issues: Relations with Kosovo* Further efforts needed Moderately prepared Further efforts needed Further efforts needed
  totally incompatible
  early stage / very hard to adopt
  considerable efforts needed
  some level of preparation
  further efforts needed
  moderately prepared
  no major difficulties expected
  good level of preparation
  well prepared / well advanced

Visa liberalisation process[edit]

On 1 January 2008 the visa facilitation and readmission agreements between Serbia and the EU entered into force.[97] Serbia received a road map from the EU for visa liberalisation on 7 May 2008[97] and was added to the list of visa exempt nationals on 19 December 2009, allowing their citizens to enter the Schengen Area, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania without a visa when traveling with biometric passports.[98]

Public opinion[edit]

The results of opinion polling vary drastically depending on the question asked. An August 2017 poll recorded that 51.2% were in favour of joining the EU, 36.3% were against and 12.5% undecided. However, the same poll also asked: "if recognising the independence of Kosovo were a condition of joining the EU, do you think that condition should be accepted?", to which 12.1% answered yes, 70.6% no and 17.3% were undecided.[99] Since the early 2000s support for Joining the EU have declined.

Serbian government's Office for EU Integration data
Date Question Yes No Undecided
September 2002[100] Join EU? 68% 13% 19%
December 2003[100] Join EU? 72% 8% 20%
September 2004[100] Join EU? 71% 12% 17%
September 2005[100] Join EU? 64% 12% 24%
September 2006[100] Join EU? 70% 12% 18%
June 2007[101] Join EU? 69% 15% 15%
June 2008[102] Join EU? 67% 12% 21%
October 2008[102] Join EU? 65% % %
December 2008[103] Join EU? 61% 13% 26%
May 2009[104] Join EU? 61% 17% 22%
December 2009[105] Join EU? 65% 14% 21%
June 2010[106] Join EU? 65% 15% 20%
December 2010[107] Join EU? 57% 18% 25%
May 2011[102] Join EU? 55% 27% 18%
June 2011[108][109] Join EU? 53% 24% 23%
September 2011[110][111] Join EU? 46% 37% 17%
December 2011[112][113] Join EU? 51% 28% 21%
December 2012[114] Join EU? 41% 31% 27%
July 2013[115] Join EU? 50% 24% 26%
December 2013[116] Join EU? 51% 22% 27%
June 2014[117] Join EU? 46% 19% 35%
December 2014[118] Join EU? 44% 25% 31%
June 2015[119] Join EU? 49% 28% 23%
December 2015[120] Join EU? 48% 28% 24%
June 2016[121] Join EU? 41% 24% 35%
December 2016[122] Join EU? 47% 29% 24%
June 2017[123] Join EU? 49% 27% 24%
December 2017[124] Join EU? 52% 24% 24%
July 2018[125] Join EU? 55% 21% 24%
Other Sources on Serbian Support for EU Accession
Date Agency Question Yes No Undecided
2006[126] Gallup Balkan Monitor Join EU? 61% % %
October 2008[127] Strategic Marketing Join EU? 61% % %
November 2010[128] Gallup Balkan Monitor Join EU? 63% % %
March 2012[129] B92/Ipsos Strategic Marketing Join EU? 49% 34% 5%
July 2013[130] Ipsos Strategic Marketing Join EU? 53% % %
December 2014[131] EU Delegation to Serbia Join EU? 57% 28% 15%
December 2014[23] Eurobarometer Join EU? 58% 26% 16%
August 2017[132] NSPM Join EU? 51.2% 36.3% 12.5%

Key events in Serbia accession to EU[edit]

Important dates in Serbia's accession to the EU
  • 1998: Regional Approach. The EU Council of Ministers establishes political and economic conditionality for the development of bilateral relations.
  • 1999: The EU proposes the new Stabilisation and Association Process (SAP) for five countries of Southeastern Europe, including Serbia.
  • 2000 Oct-5: Overthrow of Slobodan Milošević.
  • 2000 Nov: Serbia to benefit from Autonomous Trade Preferences from the EU.
  • 2001: First year of the new CARDS programme specifically designed for the SAP countries.
  • 2001 Jun: Feira European Council states that all the SAP countries are "potential candidates" for EU membership.
  • 2001 Jul: Start of the EU-FRY Consultative Task Force.
  • 2002 Mar: Signature of the Belgrade Agreement on a State Union of Serbia and Montenegro.
  • 2003 Jun: At Thessaloniki Summit, the SAP is confirmed as the EU policy for the Western Balkans. The EU perspective for these countries is confirmed.
  • 2003 Jul: EU Enhanced Permanent Dialogue with Serbia and Montenegro replaces the format of the Consultative Task Force
  • 2004 Jun: Council decision on the European Partnership for Serbia and Montenegro, updated in January 2006.[133]
  • 2004 Oct: Council conclusions open up a process for a Stabilisation and Association Agreement.
  • 2005 Oct: Negotiations for a Stabilisation and Association Agreement are launched.[134]
  • 2006-May-3: SAA negotiations called off due to lack of progress on cooperation with the ICTY.[135]
  • 2006-May-21: Montenegro declares independence.[136]
  • 2006-Jun-15: The Government of Serbia officially recognises Montenegro as an independent state.[137]
  • 2006 Jun: Following the declaration of independence of Montenegro, Serbia becomes the legal successor to the State Union.[138]
  • 2006 Oct: Parliament of Serbia adopts a new Constitution, which is confirmed by referendum.[139]
  • 2007-June-13: SAA negotiations with Serbia resumed, following a clear commitment by the country to achieve full cooperation with the ICTY.[140]
  • 2007-Nov-01: Serbia's SAA is initialed.[141]
  • 2008-Jan-01: Entry into force of the Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreement between Serbia and the EU.[142]
  • 2008-Feb-17: Assembly of Kosovo declares independence.[143]
  • 2008-Feb-18: Council of the EU - Decision on the principles, priorities and conditions contained in the European Partnership with Serbia including Kosovo.[144]
  • 2008-Apr-29: Serbia's SAA and Interim Agreement (IA) are signed in Luxembourg.
  • 2008-May-07: Commissioner Barrot hands over the Road Map on Visa Liberalisation, set up with the aim of achieving a visa-free regime for Serbian citizens wishing to travel to Schengen countries.[145]
  • 2008-July-21: War crime indictee Radovan Karadžić is arrested.[146]
  • 2008-Sep-09: SAA and IA ratified by National Assembly of Serbia.
  • 2008-Sep-15: Netherlands freezes SAA and trade part of SAA.[65]
  • 2008-Oct-16: Serbian government unilaterally decided to begin with implementation of trade part of Interim Trade agreement with EU starting 1 January 2009.[65][66]
  • 2009-Jan-01: Serbia implements Interim Trade Agreement with the EU.[65][66]
  • 2009-Nov-30: European Commission decides to put Serbia on White Schengen list.
  • 2009-Dec-07: European Commission decides to implement Interim Trade agreement with Serbia.
  • 2009-Dec-19: Visa-free regime for Serbia is put into force.
  • 2009-Dec-22: Serbia officially applies for membership in the European Union.
  • 2010-Feb-01: Interim agreement entry into force.
  • 2010-Jun-14: European Commission decides to start ratification of SAA.
  • 2010-Oct-25: Council of the EU forwards Serbia's application for EU membership to the European commission.[147]
  • 2010-Nov-24: European Commission presents Legislative questionnaire to applicant; the questionnaire contains 2,483 questions and subquestions.
  • 2011-Jan-19: European Parliament ratifies Serbia's SAA.
  • 2011-Jan-31: Serbia responds to EU questionnaire.
  • 2011-May-26: War fugitive Ratko Mladić arrested in Lazarevo in Northern Serbia.
  • 2011-May-31: Former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladić is extradited to the UN's International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.[148]
  • 2011-July-20: War fugitive Goran Hadžić, the last fugitive indicted by the ICTY, is arrested,[3] signaling the final hurdle to Serbia's candidate status.[149]
  • 2011-July-22: Former Croatian Serbs army chief Goran Hadžić is extradited to the UN's International Criminal Tribunal.[150]
  • 2011-Oct-12: European Commission has recommended that Serbia should be granted an official EU candidate status.
  • 2012-Mar-01: European Council grants Serbia official candidate status for EU membership.
  • 2013-Apr-22: European Commission has recommended that a target date for the beginning of accession negotiations with Serbia should be determined.[151]
  • 2013-Jun-28: European Council endorsed the Council of Ministers recommendation to open accession negotiations with Serbia, and announced that they would commence by January 2014 at the latest.[152]
  • 2013-Sep-01: SAA entered into force.
  • 2013-Sep-03: Tanja Miščević appointed chief negotiator with the EU.[153]
  • 2013-Sep-25: Screening of the acquis started.
  • 2013-Dec-17: Council approves starting negotiations in January 2014.
  • 2013-Dec-20: European Council endorses the start of negotiations.
  • 2014-Jan-21: Membership negotiations started.[10]
  • 2015-Mar-25: All EU acquis screenings are completed.
  • 2015-Oct-13: EC, EEAS recommend opening of accession chapters for Serbia [154]
  • 2015-Dec-3: EP rapporteur recommends opening chapters by end of 2015.
  • 2015-Dec-14: Two chapters are opened.
  • 2016-Jul-18: Two chapters are opened.
  • 2016-Dec-13: Two chapters are opened and one chapter is closed.
  • 2017-Feb-27: Two chapters are opened and one chapter is closed.
  • 2017-Jun-20: Two chapters are opened.[92]
  • 2017-Dec-11: Two chapters are opened.[155]
  • 2018-Jun-25: Two chapters are opened.

Impact of joining[edit]

Member countries Population [156] Area (km²) GDP
(billion US$) [157]
GDP
per capita (US$) [158]
Languages
Serbia Serbia 7,058,320 88,361 38.30 5,426 Serbian
EU28 511,360,930 4,381,376 16,491.32 32,249 24
EU28+1 518,419,250
(+1.38%)
4,469,737
(+2.02%)
16,529.62
(+0.23%)
31,884
(-1.13%)
25
(+1)
EU27 (without UK) 452,396,977 4,138,881 24
EU27+1 (without UK, with Serbia) 459,455,297
(+1.54%)
4,227,242
(+2.09%)
25
(+1)

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Further reading[edit]

  • Radojičić, Mirjana S. (2015). "Evropska unija i Kosovsko pitanje - međunarodno-etička perspektiva". Zbornik radova Filozofskog fakulteta u Prištini. 45 (1): 167–184. doi:10.5937/zrffp45-7157.
  • Samardžić, Slobodan (2009). Samardžić, Slobodan, ed. "The Kosovo-Metohija problem from the European integrations angle". Serbia in the European Union Association Process, Službeni glasnik: 193–238.
  • Jovanović Nadica; Gardašević Jovana; Vapa-Tankosić Jelena (2015). "Strategija procesa proširenja Evropske unije i društveno-ekonomski efekti integracije Republike Srbije". Poslovna ekonomija. 9 (2): 191–212.
  • Gajić, Tamara (2015). "Ulazak Srbije u EU, civilno društvo i politička kultura". Politikon. 10: 119–131.

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