EU Delegation to Serbia head Sem Fabrizi said on May 10 that reforms in the rule of law area are paramount and have to be made without delay in order for Serbia to advance on the path to EU membership.
Speaking for the RTS public service, Fabrizi expressed his belief that it is too early to predict if Serbia will be opening new chapters during the inter-governmental conference in June, adding that at the moment the Serbian government has to focus on reforms that yield results and not on the “abstract notion of reforms.”
“The task for this year is for Serbia to focus on reforms, especially those in the rule of law area,” Fabrizi said and added that every member state has to be convinced that Serbia has made progress.
There has been some advancement in Serbia’s reform process, but in certain areas, such as the rule of law, that progress has been minute, Fabrizi said. The dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, he added, is not a prerequisite for the opening of new negotiation chapters.
“The negotiation process encompasses different areas, one of which is the normalization of relations with Pristina, and the other is the rule of law. Normalization of relations requires strong partnership and dedication to the dialogue,” he explained.