On 14th December the second EU Accession Conference took place between Serbia and the European Union. The two partners opened two new negotiation chapters, chapter 34 focusing on financial control and the part of chapter 35 focusing on the normalisation of relations with Kosovo. The Union's leaders welcomed the smooth functioning of the negotiations which were officially launched on 21st January 2014.
The 11th Association Conference between Turkey and the EU took place on the same day during which a new negotiation chapter was opened, i.e. chapter 17 focusing on economic and monetary policies. It notably provides the guarantee of the independence of the central bank and the ban on any privileged access to the public sector on the part of financial institutions. The Union's leaders did however address the issue of human rights and the Rule of Law, two vital issues in view of membership of the European Union. .. Read more