News archive - Serbia granted EU candidate status

The European Council decided to grant Serbia the status of an official candidate country to the EU.

The European Council agreed on March 1, 2012 to grant Serbia the status of candidate country, following a recommendation by the General Affairs Council on 28 February.

It endorsed the Council's conclusions, which confirmed that Serbia has continued to show credible commitment and achieved further progress in the implementation of agreements reached in the dialogue with Kosovo, including on integrated border management. The Council noted that an agreement has been reached on inclusive regional cooperation, and that Serbia has actively cooperated to enable the EU's EULEX and the UN's KFOR missions to execute their mandates.

Serbia applied for EU membership in December 2009. The Commission delivered an opinion in October 2011.

Source: EUCO 35/12

Geographical focus
  • Serbia
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • General

Entry created by Ines Marinkovic on March 2, 2012
Modified on April 17, 2012