European Integration Minister Jadranka Joksimovic said on Wednesday that Serbia was the first country to start pre-accession negotiations with the European Union under new rules.
“Serbia was the first to start negotiations with a new approach, immediately opening chapter 23 and 24 and then there was chapter 35 which covers normalization of relations with Kosovo,” she said, commenting the unnoficiall announcement that the EU would offer a new model to the countries of the Western Balkans.
She said that people often forget that other countries which recently joined the EU or are in the process of doing so did not face the demands that Serbia is facing. “They opened the chapters that they were technically prepared for. The question is what is better. I don’t think it’s a bad solution to start with the hardest and most demanding chapters. I think that had good apsects for us but I want to say that a serious review of the negotiation process was implemented on Serbia and we successfully accepted it and are still in the process,” the minister said.