Serbia officially applied for European Union membership in 2009. It received its EU candidate status in 2012. Ever since, negotiations on its accession have been in progress and the country was expected to complete its negotiations by the end of 2024 which would facilitate its accession by 2025.
However, the accession process of Serbia has for now, come to a halt. This is due to the very little progress it has shown over the past two and a half years. Only two out of 35 Chapters (which contain the conditions set by the EU) were satisfied by 2019 and according to the EU Commission report, 2020 saw no progress or significant reform efforts at all. Serbia has been criticized by the Commission and the Parliament for neglecting fundamental freedoms and the rule of law and various other irregularities.
However, in September of 2021, the European Commission reassured Serbia of its future European Union membership.
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