“The European Union has approved the opening of two more chapters in Serbia’s pre-accession negotiations at an inter-governmental conference on December 10, Radio Free Europe reported on Wednesday.

Representatives of EU member states reached agreement on the opening of Chapter 17 (economic and monetary policy) and Chapter 18 (statistics), RFE said and added that the Serbian authorities were expecting to open at least three chapters.

The station said that serious consideration had been given to refusing to open any chapter because of Serbia’ lack of progress on the rule of law.” (N1)