Eleventh meeting of the Accession Conference with Serbia at Ministerial level, Brussels, 10 December 2019
|The eleventh meeting of the Accession Conference with Serbia at Ministerial level was held today in Brussels to open negotiations on Chapter 4 – Free movement of capital.
The European Union delegation was led by Ms Tytti TUPPURAINEN, Minister for European Affairs, on behalf of the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The European Commission was represented by Mr Olivér VÁRHELYI, Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement. The Serbian delegation was led by Ms Jadranka JOKSIMOVIĆ, Minister of European integration.
With today’s Conference, 18 negotiation chapters have now been opened for negotiations out of a total of 35, of which 2 chapters have already been provisionally closed. Further Accession Conferences will be planned, as appropriate, in order to take the process forward in 2020. The accession negotiations were launched in January 2014.
Regarding the opening of negotiations on Chapter 4 – Free movement of capital, the Union has closely examined Serbia’s present state of preparations. On the understanding that Serbia has to continue to make progress in the alignment with and implementation of the acquis covered by this chapter, the EU noted that there are benchmarks that need to be met for its provisional closure.
In addition, the EU underlined that it would devote particular attention to monitoring all specific issues mentioned in its common position. Monitoring of progress in the alignment with and implementation of the acquis will continue throughout the negotiations. The Conference will have to return to this chapter at an appropriate moment.
As regards the benchmarks, the opened chapter may only be provisionally closed once it is agreed by the EU that the following benchmarks have been met: