Serbia-EU accession talks depend on Kosovo, Füle says

The framework for Serbia-EU accession negotiations would be “definitely adopted” within a month, with the talks starting at that point, European Union enlargement commissioner Stefan Füle said in an interview with Belgrade daily Vecernje Novosti.

Füle emphasised that the negotiations would be highly interdependent with the process of the normalising relations between Belgrade and Priština.

When asked whether the Kosovo issue would be the priority in accession negotiations, Füle said that the normalisation of the relations between Belgrade and Priština would be closely tied with the Serbian membership talks “in accordance with the conclusion of the European Council which have been adopted in June”.

Füle alluded to EU summit recommendation from 28 June, which suggested that the accession talks with Serbia start “at the latest in January 2014”. The full implementation of the Brussels agreement between Belgrade and Priština, initialed in April, was imposed as the precondition for the accession talks.

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(Enlargement commissioner Stefan Füle. Photo: Council of the European Union)