Council to postpone Serbia’s candidate status

Germany is concerned about the country’s actions toward Kosovo.

National leaders are expected to postpone a decision to grant Serbia the status of a candidate for membership in the European Union because of continued German concerns about the country’s actions toward Kosovo. Member states’ ministers for EU affairs discussed the matter on Monday (5 December) but failed to reach agreement. A decision to grant candidate status, recommended by the European Commission in October, requires unanimity among the member states.

Germany is one of several member states that oppose Serbia’s application as long as roadblocks in Serb-held areas of Kosovo are preventing NATO peacekeepers and EU officials from moving freely.

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