New methodology not meant for Serbia, it's introduced for North Macedonia and Albania
Namely, Minister for European Integration Jadranka Joksimovic told the Serbian state RTS that Serbia will not have to continue its accession to the European Union under the new methodology adopted by the European Commission. Joksimovic added that the new methodology was drawn up for North Macedonia and Albania, which last year did not get the green light to start accession negotiations.
She pointed out that Serbia and Montenegro have been told that it is not fair to change the rules of the game while the negotiation process is ongoing and that the states that entered into the negotiation process should decide whether or not to accept it.
"This proposal for a methodology is just about to be harmonized between the EU member states. There is a period of agreement between the member states whether such a proposal will be fully accepted or if there will be some minor changes", Joksimovic said.
"We need to analyze everything very carefully. The part relating to financial incentives is vaguely presented. This advanced economic plan for the Western Balkans will be presented, before the Zagreb Summit, by Neighborhood and Enlargement Commissioner Olivr Vrhelyi, who is coming to Belgrade today," she explained.
The minister pointed out that the new methodology does not offer shortcuts, which Serbia has never sought.
She reminds us that we are negotiating on a strict methodology and that the new methodology only formalizes things that are already happening in practice.
Asked what Serbia needs to do to be politically well-regarded, Joksimovic said that everything revolves around fundamental Chapters 23 and 24.
"We are the only country that was among the first to open Chapters 23 and 24. We cannot open new chapters unless there is...