The decision has been in force since 22 July 2013 and the Treaty since 1 September 2013. Successive amendments to the Agreement have been incorporated into the original Act. This consolidated version is only documentary. The Agreement on Visa Facilitation and Readmission between Serbia and the EU entered into force on 1 January 2008. On 19 December 2009, the visa provisions for Serbs travelling to Schengen countries were repealed. In November 2013, Kosovar Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj proposed that the EU simultaneously allow the accession of Kosovo and Serbia, as they feared that Serbia, if welcomed in the first place, could veto Kosovo`s accession. [23] However, Serbia`s accession negotiations were not interrupted. The main obstacle between Serbia`s accession to the EU is its tension with Kosovo, which proclaimed its independence on 17 February 2008. Serbia is currently receiving €2.9 billion in development assistance by 2020 under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance, a financing mechanism for candidate countries. It is one of five current EU candidate countries, along with Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Turkey. In 2020, the Serbian president said he was in favour of the EU`s new negotiating method. The new method is expected to enter into force in early 2021, with Serbia able to open 2 out of 3 strands in 2021. The SAA is based on a number of essential principles.

Serbia agrees: the Serbian government has stated that Kosovo`s status should not be linked to EU negotiations. In September 2012, EU Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle denied that the European Union insisted on Serbia`s recognition of Kosovo before it could join the Organisation. [20] Quite irreconcilable efforts at the beginning required a certain degree of additional preparation necessary moderately prepared no more difficulties expected a good degree of preparation well prepared/well advanced Serbia`s accession to the European Union (EU) has been on the current agenda for the future enlargement of the EU since 2012, when it became a candidate for accession. Serbia formally submitted an application for membership of the European Union on 22 December 2009. Accession negotiations are ongoing. Serbia should be able to conclude its negotiations by the end of 2024 and join the Union by 2026. [2] Survey results vary considerably depending on the questions asked. A poll conducted in August 2017 indicated that 51.2% were in favour of EU membership, 36.3% against and 12.5% undecided. However, the same poll also asked: „If recognition of Kosovo`s independence was a precondition for EU membership, do you think this condition should be accepted?“, to which 12.1% answered yes, 70.6% by no and 17.3% by dummies. [34] On 7 November 2007, Serbia launched a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with the European Union. . .

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