On 25 October, the General Affairs Council asked the Commission to present its opinion on the merits of Serbia's application to join the European Union. However, the country's progression towards the EU remains conditional on full cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
Serbia's cooperation with the ICTY will continue to be closely monitored by the Council and ministers called upon Serbia to implement recommendations presented by the ICTY office of the prosecutor.
Serbia applied for EU membership in December 2009. The decision to launch negotiations has to be taken by EU heads of state and government.