Negotiation Clusters

The EU Council endorsed the revised enlargement methodology for the Western Balkans in March 2020. The main novelty in this enlargement methodology is the establishment of six negotiation clusters that cover several negotiation chapters.

Two separate chapters: 34 – Institutions and 35 – Other issues have remained outside of the clusters, as the former will be discussed at the end of the negotiation process, while the latter, in Serbia’s case, includes the overall process of the normalisation of relations with Pristina.

*green field – opened cluster

CLUSTER 2 – Internal market

Chapter 1 – Free movement of goods
Chapter 2 – Freedom of movement for workers
Chapter 3 – Right of establishment and freedom to provide services
Chapter 8 – Competition
Chapter 28 – Consumer and health protection

CLUSTER 3 – Competitiveness and inclusive growth

Chapter 10 – Digital transformation and media
Chapter 16 – Taxation
Chapter 19 – Social policy and employment

CLUSTER 5 – Resources, agriculture and cohesion

Chapter 11 – Agriculture and rural development
Chapter 12 – Food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary policy
Chapter 22 – Regional policy and coordination of structural instruments

CLUSTER 6 – External relations

Chapter 31 – Foreign, security and defence policy