BELGRADE – Croatia’s EU accession marked the end of one accession model, and the process is now completely different for Western Balkan states due to the circumstances in the region and the EU itself, such as the economic crisis, migration and Brexit, Regional Cooperation Council Secretary-General Goran Svilanovic said Thursday.

“Europe must define itself first,” Svilanovic said at a conference titled (Re-)Balkanisation of the Western Balkans.

The region’s key problems are the Macedonia name dispute, the dysfunctionality of Bosnia and Herzegovina and normalisation of the Belgrade-Pristina relations, he said.

A specific trait of Serbia’s accession talks is Chapter 35, which relates to Kosovo, Svilanovic said, adding that the same model would apply to BiH once it opened the membership talks, with the chapter to address BiH’s functionality as a state.