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MEP Fajon: Without opposition Serbia's parliament legitimacy challenged

June 26, 2020

Tanja Fajon, an MP and the co-chair of the European Parliament (EP) delegation for European Union and Serbia's stabilisation and association told N1 on Friday that following the June 21 general elections, there was no opposition in country's parliament what questioned the legitimacy of the new assembly.

She asked if it was possible to talk about 'real democracy,' whit the ruling party could win a majority 'so easily.'

"Can we speak about fair elections if a part of the political spectre had access to TVs with national frequency, while the other had to struggle for it? Can we talk about the free choice of the people who are exposed to only one voice, while the other cab barely is heard," Fajon asked.

She announced that "the situation with democracy and especially the media freedom would be monitored in the next round of the inter-party dialogue in Serbia.

Fajon said the EP was concerned about the lowest turnout since 2000, and 'the dramatic change in the parliament with one party's two-third majority.'

Several MEP's groups, including her's, called on the EC not to open any new chapter in negotiations with Serbia until the political situation in the country didn't change.

Some reports from Brussels indicated that Chapter 2  on Freedom of movement for workers in the accession negotiations would not be opened despite previous expectations.

Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic said on Friday his country could close the negotiating process by 2024, and become a bloc's member by 2026.

However, Fajon warned it was not right to give such optimistic estimates about the dates.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a613840/MEP-Fajon-Without-opposition-Serbia-s-parliament-legitimacy-challenged.html

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