EU wants Serbia accession talks to begin in earnest this year

March 27, 2015 3:02 PM

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BELGRADE (Reuters) - The European Union said on Friday it was a priority to open the first chapters in accession negotiations with Serbia by the end of the year, after a delay caused by foot-dragging in relations between Belgrade and its former Kosovo province.

The EU formally launched membership negotiations with Serbia in January 2014, following a landmark deal to regulate relations between Serbia and Kosovo.

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