The European Commission's latest annual report on Serbia's progress in the European integration process shows that the country hasn't moved an inch since May 2019, European Movement in Serbia vice-president Vladimir Medjak has said.
In an interview with BETA and Euractiv Serbia, Medjak said on Oct. 11 that, in its report, the Commission had asked Belgrade to change its anti-European rhetoric and make progress in improving the rule of law and normalizing relations with Pristina. He also said that Serbia's accession negotiations with the Union could be suspended at any moment if Serbia's progress in the negotiations with the EU was not balanced with progress in other areas.
"Serbia has failed to make breakthroughs in any of the negotiating chapters. Instead of ticking tasks off, it has actually added new ones to some of them," Medjak said, explaining that the EC made it clear in the report that Serbia was continuing to voice its declarative commitment to EU membership.
"There is a need, however, to place a stronger emphasis on objective, positive and unambiguous communication with the EU, which is Serbia's chief political and economic partner. This needs to be made clear to the citizens as well," Medjak underlined.
The Mini Schengen initiative would benefit Serbia as the largest Western Balkan economy, but would be advantageous to the entire region, too, both economically and politically, according to Vladimir Medjak.
Medjak said that the Mini Schengen would be a good thing, though its name is confusing because of what Schengen means in the European Union. He stressed that the initiative had to be inclusive, that is, accepted by all six Western Balkan states, and in line with EU rules and standards.
"A Mini Schengen would benefit Serbia as the largest economy in the Western Balkans, with the biggest exports, and that is positive for Serbia and the entire region, while further integration is politically a good thing for the region, too," Medjak said.