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Serbia’s inter-party dialogue with those rejecting EP mediation in two weeks

April 07, 2021

Ivica Dacic, Serbia's Parliament Speaker, said he would start talking about election conditions with the representatives of the parties which said wouldn't accept the European Parliament (EP) mediation, in the next two weeks to determine "the agenda and dynamics." .

He said that 19 political organizations confirmed they would take part in the dialogue but that the final number of interested parties was still unknown.

Dacic listed election laws, control of the voting process, financing parties, media and functionary campaign as central issues in the dialogue.

Serbia’s opposition remains split about the nature of the forthcoming dialogue and the role the EP should have in it. The parties that boycotted the 2020 general elections because of what they saw as unfair conditions said they might do the same next year if the current conditions were not improved. They favor the EP mediation, convinced the regime would yield only to the foreign pressure.

The others, also unhappy with the current election conditions, say they don’t want any foreign interference in domestic politics.

Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic, who heads the ruling Serbia Progressive Party (SNS) and its coalition, and whose first term expires in 2022, has recently announced he may participate in the dialogue with those rejecting the EP mediation.

The MEPs who had taken part in the inter-party dialogue ahead of the last year’s elections said they were ready for the new rounds of negotiations, which, according to them, should start soon in online form due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/serbias-inter-party-dialogue-with-those-rejecting-ep-mediation-in-two-weeks/

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