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  • 16/09/2014
    591 65744 1 _blank Statement by the Spokesperson on the progress in the implementation of freedom of movement arrangement Statement by the Spokesperson on the progress in the implementation of freedom of movement arrangement

    High Representative Catherine Ashton welcomes Belgrade's decision to further extend the freedom of movement arrangements in the coming days to Belgrade Nikola Tesla International Airport and to an additional five border crossing points in the next two months. This follows previous arrangements already in place at two other border crossing points of Serbia with Hungary and Croatia.

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  • 04/09/2014
    562 65744 1 _blank Statement by the Spokesperson on the progress in the implementation of IBM agreement Statement by the Spokesperson on the progress in the implementation of IBM agreement

    "In the framework of the EU facilitated dialogue for the normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina, technical work on implementation continued today in Brussels with a meeting on IBM. The two parties agreed on draft layouts of the IBM crossing points."

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  • 22/07/2014
    492 65744 1 _blank Statement by the Spokesperson on the first meeting of the Working Group on Mitrovica bridge Statement by the Spokesperson on the first meeting of the Working Group on Mitrovica bridge /statements/docs/2014/140722_05_en.pdf 07/22/2014 17:36:00 07/22/2014 17:36:00 07/22/2014 17:36:00 nulldate 2014072217 <p>European External Action Service</p> 090126248c588093 N 090126248c588093 /statements/docs/2014/140722_05_en.pdf 588045 pdf Y /statements/docs/2014/140722_05_en.pdf 2 /statements/docs/2014/140722_05_en.pdf /statements/docs/2014/140722_05_fr.pdf /statements/docs/2014/140722_05_zz.pdf N ID_INTERNAL N N
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In December 2009 Serbian citizens were granted the right to travel without a visa to the Schengen Area. Serbia applied for EU membership in the same month.

The EU facilitates dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, with the aim of 

  • promoting cooperation;
  • achieving progress on the path to the European Union;
  • improving people's lives.

Since October 2012, High Representative Catherine Ashton has been personally involved in facilitating a High-Level Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina which resulted in the historic "First agreement of principles governing the normalisation of relations" reached on 19 April 2013. This agreement and its implementation are a breakthrough in relations between both sides and led to concrete changes on the ground. 

In June 2013, the European Council decided to start membership negotiations with Serbia.

In September 2013 the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) - a comprehensive contractual framework between Serbia and the EU – entered into force.

In January 2014 the EU and Serbia held their 1st Intergovernmental Conference, thereby formally starting accession negotiations.

The European Commission issues an annual Progress Reportassessing Serbia's progress towards EU accession.

 For further information, see:

Council conclusions