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EU Ambassador presents progress report to Speaker

November 15, 2023

European Union Ambassador Emanuele Giaufret presented a copy of the European Commission 2023 progress report on Serbia to Parliament Speaker Vladimir Orlic on Wednesday.

A press release quoted Orlic as saying that he is satisfied “that the EC Report unequivocally confirms our country’s progress in important reforms and numerous individual areas”. „Progress was recorded in chapters 23 and 24, in terms of freedom of expression, Serbia was rated even better than in the previous report,” he said and added that progress in the fight against corruption and media freedom was praised by EC President Ursula von der Leyen in a recent meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.

Orlic said that Serbia has not regressed on any of the negotiation chapters.

He voiced satisfaction that the report noted Serbia’s economic progress.

„In addition, speaking of the Serbian Assembly, the report accurately notes that the percentage of laws adopted under urgent procedure in the current legislature is 12%, which is significantly lower than during some of the previous legislatures,“ said Orlic.

The press release did not quote Giaufret who wrote in an X post that “the further strengthening of democratic institutions is central in Serbia’s accession process to the EU”.

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/eu-ambassador-presents-progress-report-to-speaker/

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