23. July 2016 | Belgrade
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On 18 July 2016, the Third Serbia-EU Intergovernmental Accession Conference was held in Brussels, opening the two negotiating chapters - Chapter 23 on judiciary and fundamental rights and Chapetr 24 on justice, freedom and security. The Republic of Serbia's Delegation was represented by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and the Delegation of the EU was represented by Miroslav Lajčák, Foreign Minister of Slovak Republik, which holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Opening of EU accession chapters 23 and 24 could make the Republic of Serbia more stable, bring it closer to the EU, and more attractive for foreign investors.
Minister without portfolio in in charge of European integration Jadranka Joksimovic said that the Serbian government and European Commission officials on Tuesday signed a financial agreement approving the first €39.7 million of a total €196.6 million pre-accession assistance (IPA II) for Serbia.
Slovakia has taken over the six-month presidency over the European Union from the Netherlands today.This will be the first presidency of Slovakia, and the 116th rotating presidency of the EU.Slovakia joined the European Union 12 years ago, along with nine mostly ex-communist countries from Central and Eastern Europe.This country has also been a member of the euro zone since 2009.