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EP's Bilčík: We're ready for dialogue between Serbia's govt. and opposition

November 20, 2020

Vladimir Bilčík, the European Parliament (EP) rapporteur for Serbia, said he and his colleague Tanja Fajon were ready for a new inter-party dialogue in Serbia as mediators and that their primary partner in that process would be Serbia's Parliament.

In an online media briefing, on the occasion of his first report on Serbia as the rapporteur, Bilčík said a letter had been sent to Serbia's Parliament Speaker Ivica Dacic regarding the continuation of the inter-party dialogue, which began in 2019, ahead of June 2020 general elections in the country.

"We are ready to discuss specific topics," Bilčik said, adding the MEPs were ready and waiting for Serbia's Parliament to decide on the continuation of the talks.

"We are looking forward to engaging in establishing a dialogue between political forces in Serbia on open issues, which would improve the conditions for political competition," Bilčík said.

On Thursday, Bilčík called on Belgrade authorities in a draft annual report to pursue reforms in the areas of the rule of law, fundamental rights, the functioning of democratic institutions and public administration, and to deliver concrete results to Brussels, adding the EP was concerned over the ruling party's dominance during Serbia's last elections in June.

"Serbia should take the ODIHR recommendations seriously before the new elections, and if they are in 2022, we have months to engage in a dialogue with clear results," he added.

"Serbia has a new government and parliament, there are many tasks ahead of them, and I am satisfied that the government has clearly said its goal is Serbia's accession to the EU," Bilčík said.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a674327/EP-s-Bilc%C3%ADk-We-re-ready-for-dialogue-between-Serbia-s-govt.-and-opposition.html

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