BRUSSELS – The European Commission (EC) has dismissed Croatia’s demands in the dispute with Serbia, with which this neighboring country practically stalled Serbia’s negotiation process with the EU and blocked the opening of Chapter 23, Croatian media reported citing an internal document of the Commission.

This refers primarily to the issue of the Serbian law on universal jurisdiction for war crimes for which the EC maintains that it should not be a requirement for the opening of Chapter 23 (judiciary and fundamental rights), the Hina news agency reported.

The Zagreb-based daily Jutarnji List says that the EC dismissed Croatia’s objection relating to the law, under which Serbia tries war crimes committed in Croatia, even before Croatia blocked Serbia.

Consultations between the EC and Croatia, as well as other member states, are under way, in an effort to find a way to continue the process and ensure Serbia opens Chapter 23 by the end of June.

Croatia also has objections regarding Serbia’s overall cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the rights of the Croatian minority in Serbia, the daily says.