Serbia’s PM to EU Commissioner: Belgrade improves rule of law, media freedom

NEWS 02.03.2021 19:58
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Source: Olivier Hoslet/POOL/AFP

Ana Brnabic, Serbia's Prime Minister, told Olivér Várhelyi, the European Union Commissioner for Enlargement, on Tuesday that her country "has made a substantial progress especially in the rule of law, media freedom, protection of journalists and economy."

Speaking to Várhelyi via video link, she added Serbia accepted the EU new enlargement methodology but said the accession negotiations’ dynamic should align with her country’s reform efforts.

Serbia expected more explicit guidelines and modalities for implementing the new methodology, Brnabic said according to her office’s statement.

Várhelyi was quoted as welcoming the reforms in the rule of law, adding they remained the top priority in Serbia’s accession negotiations with the EU.

The European Commission’s  2020 report on Serbia cited a lack of progress in the rule of law, media freedom and fight against organised crime and corruption.

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Due to those objections, the EU did not open any negotiating chapter with Serbia last year.