Serbia hopes for EU membership by 2026

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić paid on Friday a one-day official visit to Brussels, where he talked with the highest EU officials about the European perspective of Serbia, Serbia-EU relations, as well as the continuation of the dialogue on normalisation of relations with Pristina. He expressed hopes that the accession negotiations between Serbia and the EU will be completed by 2024, and that it is realistic for Serbia to become an EU member by 2026.

In Brussels, Vucic met with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Council Charles Michel, EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Oliver Várhelyi and EU Special Representative for Belgrade-Pristina dialogue Miroslav Lajčák.

"Serbia's interest is the acceleration of EU integration, and I talked about that with Ursula von der Layen in a very good and detailed manner on all issues," Vučić sai, adding that the dialogue between Belgrade and Priština will continue any time soon. "Before that, a summit awaits us to be attended by representatives of the biggest European countries, which will address the continuation of dialogue, but also further acceleration of Serbia's EU path.”

"The most important thing for us is to be restrained. We know that terrible crimes have taken place. It is good that there is justice for them, but with restraining from other comment, we are protecting our people in Kosovo ", Vucic stated.

"I am convinced that we are entering the new phase of relations with the EU with optimism. I believe that we will complete negotiations with the EU by the end of the new government's mandate, which means that it would be realistic to become an EU member state by 2026. That is my opinion, my hope", Vucic said.

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