BELGRADE – Serbia’s Minister without portfolio for European Integration Jadranka Joksimovic said Friday that she expects that Croatia – an EU member state – will not block Serbia’s EU path.

Serbia has met all criteria to open by end-June the negotiation chapters 23 and 24, which are essential to reforms in Serbia and relate to the judicial reform, fighting corruption and organised crime, and minority rights, she said.

“We are now awaiting Croatia’s consent as well, and I believe that it will be confirmed soon in the spirit of good regional relations and cooperation and what we have fulfilled as criteria, and that then we will be able to enter the procedure and open the chapters by the end of June,” she told reporters.

Asked to comment on negative reactions in Croatia to the non-extradition of Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj to the ICTY, she responded that it is up to every country to demonstrate how genuinely it is committed to good bilateral relations and regional cooperation.