Delegation of the European Union to New Zealand


Serbia and the EU

29/01/2020 - 14:27
EU relations with Country

In October 2000 Serbia took a decisive step to embark on the road of European Integration.


During the Thessaloniki European Council in 2003, Serbia – along with 5 other Western Balkans countries – was identified as a potential candidate for EU membership.

In 2007, the government took credible measures to envigor co-operation with the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague.

In December 2009, the visa liberalization regime allowed Serbian citizens to travel within the Schengen area without a visa, showing that the process can deliver concrete results directly benefiting citizens. Just a couple of days later, President Tadic delivered to the Swedish presidency Serbia’s application for membership to the EU.

In February 2010, the Interim Agreement on Trade and trade related matters entered into force and in June the unfreezing of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) was decided, putting Serbia solidly back on the path towards EU Membership. The SAA between the EU and Serbia entered into force in September 2013.

In March 2012 Serbia was granted EU candidate status.

In line with the decision of the European Council in June 2013 to open accession negotiations with Serbia, the Council adopted in December 2013 the negotiating framework and agreed to hold the 1st Intergovernmental Conference with Serbia in January 2014.

On 21 January 2014, the 1st Intergovernmental Conference took place, signaling the formal start of Serbia’s accession negotiations.

To date Serbia has opened 18 of accession negotiation chapters and provisionally closed 2 of them.

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