Serbia is again the only EU member-candidate country in the Western Balkans not aligned with the EU Council’s newest decisions regarding restrictive measures for combating terrorism and the sanctions on Belarus over its participation in Russia’s operation in Ukraine.
According to a March 15 statement by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borell, the EU Council adopted decision (CFSP) 2023/4211 on Feb. 24, thereby extending the restrictive measures against Belarus for another year i.e. until Feb. 28, 2024 and expanding the list of persons and entities targeted by the measures.
In that same session, the Council of the European Union also adopted decision (CFSP) 2023/4221, updating the list of individuals and entities sanctioned within the Union’s fight against terrorism.
These new measures have been embraced by all other Western Balkan candidate countries, namely North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Serbia remains the only state in the region which has not aligned with the previous 15 Council decisions related to Ukraine or the earlier restrictive measures imposed over human rights violations, the situations in Mali and Iran, or the special measures in the fight against terrorism.