EP President Jerzy Buzek says that Serbia should get candidate status

The European Union should approve Serbia as a candidate to the bloc at its December summit, the head of the European parliament said Tuesday.

“In December we should decide on Serbia as a candidate country to give them a signal that we are close to them and that we would like to support them,” EU parliament president Jerzy Buzek told reporters in Helsinki.

A European Council summit on December 9 is scheduled to discuss the issue of EU enlargment and could greenlight Serbia’s candidacy status.

While the official candidacy talks could take up to a year, Buzek stressed the importance of acknowledging the difficult reforms Serbia has been implementing.

He noted that the Serbian case was similar to that of Romania and Bulgaria, whose governments had “done a lot to improve from a technical point of view”.

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