Serbian PM lashed out at Croatia over EU accession blockade

Yesterday, the Prime Minister of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, while commenting on the upcoming Balkan Summit in Paris, said that he expects that Croatia will repeat their reasons for blocking Serbia’s EU accession talks. “But tomorrow – Croatia will get clear answers from Serbia”, Vučić added.

Aleksandar Vučić (en.wikipedia.org)

Aleksandar Vučić (en.wikipedia.org)

Aleksandar Vučić, Prime Minister of Serbia, accused Croatia of using “lies” as legitimate reasons for blocking Serbia’s EU membership talks.

Yesterday, the Serbian PM explained to the media the importance of the Balkan Summit in Paris, claiming that nothing will prevent Serbia in achieving their top strategic goal – EU membership. “Just as we didn’t impose sanctions on the Russian Federation when it was unbearably hard to withstand the pressure, we will not change our European path just because we are offended by some decisions”.

As ArmedPolitics reported on the meeting about Serbian negotiations held by the EU Working Group on June 27, Serbia was blocked from opening Chapter 23 by Croatia and the UK . Croatia cited “substantial reasons” for blocking Serbia, while the UK representative at the meeting cited “technical reasons” related to Brexit. Croatia made several demands to Serbia regarding their EU membership talks; Serbia claims all of the Croatian demands have been met.

Serbian media speculated that the Balkan Summit in Paris is another chance for Serbia to open the mentioned Chapter, as Croatia will attend the Summit as well.

Balkan Summit

The Balkan Summit, being held today, is a part of the Berlin Process, which started in 2014. The Berlin Process is an initiative towards EU accession of the West Balkans states. While Croatia and Slovenia are the members of the EU, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro are still engaged in the EU membership talks.

Today’s Summit was attended by 6 West Balkans countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia) and 6 EU member countries (Croatia, Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Italy and France) while the EU was represented by Federica Mogherini – High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs.

The focus of today’s Summit was economic cooperation between the West Balkans states.

Dejan Scepanovic

based in Bosnia and Herzegovina. BA in political science. Columnist.