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Serbia/EU: Serbia’s EU Candidacy Hinges on Kosovo Relations
Serbian President Boris Tadic welcomes the EU’s decision to grant his country candidacy status during a March 2, 2012 press conference. (ALEXA STANKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
March 15, 2012
| Security, Economics
| Europe
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Serbia scored an important diplomatic victory on March 1 when it finally won candidate status to join the European Union (EU). Serbia has had to overcome numerous obstacles to advance its EU bid, especially concerns over relations with Kosovo. While Belgrade's last-minute concessions on Kosovo allowed its EU candidacy to proceed, the issue still overshadows its EU bid.

Serbia has been pursuing EU membership for many years and stepped up its efforts after watching Croatia successfully receive its EU candidate recommendation in 2004. While Croatia is slated for accession to the EU in 2013, the earliest Serbia could be admitted is 2020. 

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