The Serbian government on Saturday decided formally to submit a membership bid to join the European Union.
Mladić was an army chief of the Army of the Republika Srpska (Bosnian Serb Army), and is wanted in relation to the killing of around 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995 – an area for which Dutch UN peacekeeping forces were responsible.
On November 30, the EU decided to scrap the strict visa regime for states within the Schengen Area. The move comes 17 years after they were imposed amid the break-up of the former Yugoslavia that featured bloody wars.
EU officials said the decision to scrap visas for the three former Yugoslav republics was a signal affirming their European future.
The visa-free regime applies to 25 out of 27 EU countries, as well as Norway, Switzerland and Iceland. Visas are however needed for Britain and Ireland, countries that are not members of the so-called Schengen Zone.
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