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Varhelyi: Serbia needs cross-party dialogue

September 10, 2020

European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi said on Thursday that Serbia needs a cross-party dialogue to implement crucial reforms.

“A political opposition is an essential component of a well-functioning democracy. Serbia needs a wide cross-party dialogue in order to achieve the crucial reforms in the areas of democracy, rule of law and accountability, which are required to move forward in its EU accession,” the commissioner said in a letter to the Serbian opposition.  

Serbian opposition leaders wrote to Varhelyi earlier, warning of serious problems in Serbian politics and society.  

“We encourage the new Serbian parliament and government to continue, and you (the opposition) to take an active role in, the inter-party dialogue led by the European Parliament as a step towards moving forward EU-related reforms. It is for all parties to play a constructive role in this respect,” he said in the letter.  

Varhelyi recalled that the EU is founded on the shared values of democracy, rule of law and respect for fundamental rights, adding that reforms in those areas are a fundamental part of the EU accession process and “remains a key issue for Serbia”.

He said that Serbia, as a candidate country, is subject to monitoring and reporting on rule of law and other reforms. “The European Commission regularly monitors the situation in Serbia and raises these matters with the authorities... and is working to further extend its monitoring through work with international partners such as the World Bank, Council of Europe and OSCE,” Varhelyi said in the letter.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a638487/Varhelyi-Serbia-needs-cross-party-dialogue.html

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