BRUSSELS – The Netherlands, which is holding the presidency of the Council of the EU, has not added the issue of the opening of Chapter 23 in membership negotiations with Serbia on the agenda of Wednesday’s meeting of the Council’s preparatory body composed of each member states’ permanent representatives (Coreper II) as Croatia’s position on the issue has remained unchanged.

Although 27 countries have already given the green light for the opening of the chapters, Croatia has frustrated attempts to reach a necessary consensus within the EU for two months now.

The Netherlands, as the country currently holding the rotating presidency, is in constant contact with Croatia on the issue, but the country’s position has so far stayed unchanged, Spokesman for the Netherlands’ Permanent Mission in Brussels Dirk-Jan Vermeij told Tanjug.

The ball is in Croatia’s court and as soon as they are ready to take a step forward on the issue, we will be ready to help, Vermeij said.

This will make it possible to open important Chapters 23 and 24 by the end of our presidency, Vermeij told Tanjug.