EU ambassador to Belgrade expects Serbia to get candidate status in March

The EU ambassador in Belgrade expects Serbia to be granted candidate status at the upcoming EU heads of state meeting in March.

“The conditions for EU membership candidate status that Serbia needs to fulfill are clear and achievable,” Degert said on Thursday at a conference entitled “New regional policies and European experiences” held in the Serbian parliament.

According to Degert, these requirements include continuing to implement agreements reached in dialogue with Kosovo, further progress in regional cooperation and for international forces to be able to do their job throughout Kosovo.

The last point refers to attacks on peacekeepers in northern Kosovo at the hands of locals in a Serbian enclave.

In his view, Serbia has taken important steps in implementing reforms and will be able to do more when it obtains candidate status.

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