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Opposition leader tells MEPs that dialogue on election rules failed

October 24, 2021
Dragan Djilas, the leader of the opposition Freedom and Justice Party (SSP), called on European parliamentarians Tanja Fajon, Vladimir Bilcik, Knut Fleckenstein and Eduard Kukan to “restrain" themselves from sending any further documents regarding the inter-party dialogue on election rules in Serbia, adding that the dialogue ended in "utter failure."
The statement comes a day after media reported that the ruling parties and the opposition reached an agreement on the election rules, without mediation of the EU representatives.
Parliament Speaker Ivica Dacic said he hoped the agreement would be formally signed by all seven parties that took part in the talks.
Responding to the proposal of the MEPs that opposition parties should name a member of the supervisory body for media, which will control the representation of the opposition in media during the campaign, Djilas said that the dialogue between the ruling parties and the opposition “ended in utter failure.”
“Responsibility lays entirely on you as European inter-mediators that decided to abandon European values and stand in defence of the non-democratic and autocratic regime of (Serbian President) Aleksandar Vucic,” Djilas stressed.
He also said that the document offered by the MEPs at the end of the dialogue, which according to him was accepted by only two relevant ruling parties, the SNS and the SPS, brought no change into the election rules in Serbia.
“Yet another confirmation that the document that you had proposed is meaningless are newly proposed  changes to the Serbian Information Law  as a result of the document adopted by Serbian regime and you,” Djilas added in the note.
Janko Veselinovic, the leader of the Together for Serbia (PzP) movement, as well as Pavle Grbovic, the leader of the Free Citizens’ Movement (PSG), also told the MEPs they would not nominate their candidates for the supervisory body.
Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/opposition-leader-tells-meps-that-dialogue-on-election-rules-failed/

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