Serbia in Europe

Co-operation between Serbia and the European Union has grown steadily stronger over the last ten years as difficult issues have been resolved. Serbia’s EU accession is now a key priority for the Serbian Government.

Negotiations between Serbia and the EU on a Stabilisation and Association Agreement, a precursor to EU membership, began in October 2005. The Agreement was signed in April 2008 and entered into force on 1 September 2013. Visa-free travel between Serbia and the EU was introduced at the end of 2009.

In December 2009 Serbia made a formal application for membership of the EU. Following detailed studies in which Serbia was asked to respond to some 2,500 questions, the EU Commission recommended that Serbia be granted official EU candidate status. This was endorsed by the European Council in March 2012.

Following the agreement between Belgrade and Pristina on 19 April 2013, the European Council decided on 28 June 2013 to open formal EU accession negotiations with Serbia by the end of January 2014 at the latest.