EU ambassadors adopt updated text for Chapter 35 with Serbia

NEWS 16.04.202414:57
Aleksandar Vučić, Aljbin Kurti, pregovori, razgovori, dijalog, Brisel
European Council/Alexandros Michailidis

Ambassadors of European Union (EU) member states adopted an updated text of the common position for Chapter 35, which implies that Serbia will fully implement its obligations under the Agreement on the path to normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina, in accordance with its Implementation Annex of March 18, 2023.

The updated text, which becomes part of the negotiations within the negotiating chapter and was adopted at the meeting of the Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the Governments of EU Member States (COREPER), i.e., at the level of ambassadors of EU member states, states that all discussions regarding the implementation of the agreement will take place within the framework of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, mediated by the EU.

The Tanjug news agency leans that the text for the negotiation chapter 35 was adopted Tuesday without a discussion at the COREPER, and is to be confirmed at one of the upcoming Council meetings, most likely on Monday at the EU Foreign Affairs Council, after which it will be officially forwarded to Belgrade as EU’s negotiating position text for Chapter 35.

The European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS) in February officially initiated the procedure under which the obligations arising from the Ohrid agreement would become an integral part of Serbia’s EU accession negotiation process, Tanjug was told at the time.

According to EC and EEAS proposal, the obligations from the Agreement on the path to the normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina, and its implementation annex, agreed upon in Ohrid, would formally become part of the negotiation process for Serbia’s EU membership.

Belgrade and Pristina reached the Agreement on the path to normalization of relations on February 27, 2023. Its Implementation Annex was agreed on in Ohrid on March 18, 2023 but was not signed.