Serbia’s EU candidacy postponed until March 2012

EU leaders are to postpone a decision to grant Serbia candidate status for the next summit in March, according to the draft conclusions of the European Council leaked overnight.

According to the draft conclusions for the summit on Friday, Serbia may obtain EU candidacy in March when EU foreign ministers should “examine and confirm that Serbia has continued to show credible commitment and achieved further progress in moving forward with the implementation in good faith of agreements” with Kosovo.

These include: agreements on border management and “inclusive regional cooperation”, as well as allowing NATO peacekeepers to fulfil their mandates in the former Serbian province.
Of all the main EU countries, Germany has most strongly opposed Serbia’s candidacy, saying that the overall situation betwen Serbia and Kosovo has not improved enough.

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