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Opposition leader tells EU Ambassador Brussels blind to events in Serbia

February 12, 2020

Serbian opposition leader Dragan Djilas said in an open letter to the European Union ambassador in Belgrade that the EU is turning a blind eye to events in the country.

The letter said that it’s not the entire EU that is turning a blind eye to the situation in Serbia, “only the part of the Brussels administration that you represent is”, Djilas wrote to EU Delegation chief Sem Fabrizi, adding that an increasing number of MEPs are showing an interest in “the dictatorship” in Serbia.

According to Djilas, Fabrizi’s statement that the EU is not turning a blind eye to events in Serbia “is as true as the statement that Serbia’s European integration is a reality”. “It’s such a reality that the European Commission gave Serbia a grade of 2.38 (out of 5.0) in the implementation of conditions for accession to the Union,” he wrote adding that all the other countries of the region scored higher with the exception of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

“Based on the results of that index which evaluates how state’s implement reforms in the EU integration process, North Macedonia was rewarded by the EU with 50 million Euro, Albania with 28 million while Serbia got zero Euro in line with the grade that the Vucic regime got,” Djilas wrote. He said that “it’s clear that Serbia’s European prospects have been slowed down and are in doubt”.

Djilas also recalled that Fabrizi interrupted him at a recent meeting when he spoke of teachers who lost their jobs because of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS). The letter included a list of examples of things that Djilas said the EU Delegation chief should report to Brussels.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a568800/Opposition-leader-tells-EU-Ambassador-Brussels-blind-to-events-in-Serbia.html

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