European Union Okays Membership Talks with Serbia

European Union commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic (Credit: AFP)

European Union commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic
(Credit: AFP)

On Tuesday, the European Union (EU) announced that it recommended membership talks with Serbia, according to the Wall Street Journal. The move comes amid improved relations between Serbia and its former province Kosovo, with which the EU may also open membership discussions. EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Füle said,

This is a good day for both countries…They have exceeded our expectations in putting their relations on a new footing. And I see this decision today by the member states as another proof of the credibility of the enlargement process.

Serbian forces were driven from Kosovo in 1999 by a NATO bombing campaign. Kosovo declared its independence in 2008, but Kosovo’s independence is still not recognized by the Serbian government in Belgrade. The two nations signed a political accord in April, effectively nullifying Serbia’s official position.

 

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