The European enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn, during a visit to Belgrade on Wednesday said that Serbia should reach a legally-binding agreement on normalisation of relations with Kosovo in order to join the European Union.
Commissioner Hahn, during a visit to Belgrade reminded Serbia of its obligations after the European Commission publishes the enlargement Strategy on Western Balkans. In the Strategy is stated that by 2025 Serbia and Montenegro can join the EU if fulfil reforms and necessary criteria. After a meeting with Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic, Hahn said that the EU will not import border disputes between new member countries. “Serbia should conclude and implement a legally-binding agreement with Kosovo before the membership,” Hahn said in Belgrade.
Serbian president referring mainly to Kosovo issue, but also to border dispute with Bosnia and Herzegovina, said that "mountains of obstacles" stand in front of Serbia in negotiations with the European Union - "this is primarily the issue of Kosovo, but also of the borders with Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia."
"Compared to four (other) countries and one territory, the toughest tasks lie ahead of Serbia. It's time to make decisions, pay certain prices from the past, to make decisions and solve problems that no one has been solving for decades before us," said Vucic.