European integration is the process of the political, legal and economic integration of states and regions in Europe. This term most frequently covers integration into the European Union (EU). However, the important processes on this road are those of adopting the norms and standards of the Council of Europe, Organization for European Security and Cooperation, and other international organizations and regional initiatives.
EU accession involves accepting the rights and obligations the EU is based on, as well as its institutional framework and legal system (acquis). Accession negotiations represent the adaptation and harmonization of the national legal system with the EU acquis. Negotiations are on the schedule of harmonization and potential transitional arrangements that provide the harmonization of legislation prior to membership. The content of the acquis and the institutional framework are not subject to negotiation. Instead, the new member state must accept them at the moment of accession to membership.
The acquis has been divided into 35 chapters for the purposes of accession negotiations. Negotiations on behalf of the Republic of Serbia are being run by the Government, having established the relevant structure and defined the required procedures for running the accession negotiations.
Overview of the status of chapters relevant for social inclusion:
|Chapter > Status ˅||11||18||19||22||23||26|
|Screening started||18 March 2014||20 May 2014||10 February 2014||01 October 2014||25 September 2013||20 February 2014|
|Screening complete||16 September 2014||26 November 2014||26 June 2014||29 January 2015||10 December 2013||04 April 2014|
|Screening report||24 February 2015||18 January 2016||23 October 2015||15 May 2014||16 February 2015|
|Chapter opened||10 December 2018||18 July 2016||27 February 2017|
|Chapter temporarily closed||27 February 2017|
- European Commission report for 2018 and 2019 – comparative overview of chapters of relevance for social inclusion.