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Brussels, 3 December 2013
EU-Serbia: inclusivity important in accession process
Following his meeting with Dragan Djilas, leader of the Democratic Party from Serbian Commissioner Štefan Füle said: "Today I met the leader of the Democratic Party from Serbia, Dragan Djilas. Mr Djilas shared with me his assessment of the current state of play in Serbia's reforms and politics. We discussed the European integration process of Serbia, in the light of the decision of the June European Council to open accession negotiations with Serbia and with a view to the forthcoming decisive meetings of the Council in December.
I recalled that since June, the Commission immediately proceeded with the next steps of Serbia’s accession process, tabling the draft negotiating framework already on 22 July and launching the screening process, which started in September with Chapter 23 (Judiciary and fundamental rights) and continued since with Chapter 24 (Justice, freedom and security) and Chapter 32 (Financial control).
I emphasised that the positive findings of the 2013 Progress Report would provide a solid backdrop for the discussions in the Council, while the further progress that will be achieved in the implementation of the April Agreement and its implementation plan would also play an eminent role.
We also elaborated on the key areas for which Serbia will need to confirm or deliver new efforts to move decisively in this more demanding phase of accession negotiations. I consider this meeting the start of a more regular exchange of views with the opposition to ensure the inclusivity of the accession negotiation process.
I also encouraged him and his party, as much as all other Serbian political actors willing to advance Serbia's European aspirations, to continue to act constructively and responsibly in the forthcoming period, including by supporting Serbia’s unprecedented efforts towards the normalisation of its relations with Kosovo."