“During a visit to Serbia, European Union enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn has urged the country to implement ‘difficult reforms’ and to normalize ties with Kosovo in order to be able to join the bloc by 2025.

Hahn began a tour to Serbia and Montenegro with a stop in Belgrade on February 7, the day after the European Commission unveiled its new strategy to integrate the six Western Balkan countries that remain outside the EU.

The strategy is meant to give a clear view toward EU accession to Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.

Among the six countries, the commission considers Serbia and Montenegro as current front-runners toward accession and the new strategy says they could be allowed in by 2025 if they meet all the conditions.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Hahn said that the country’s ‘EU perspective is real and the country now has a unique opportunity to grasp it.'” (RFE/RL)