28.01.2022. - 15:34
Meeting with co-facilitators of the European Parliament in the Inter-Party Dialogue
President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić met today with the co-facilitators of the European Parliament in the Inter-Party Dialogue, MEPs Tanja Fajon, Vladimir Vladimír Bilčík, and former MEPs Knut Fleckenstein and Eduard Kukan, to discuss proposals and suggestions to further improve the conditions for the upcoming elections in Serbia. The President also raised the issue of difficulties Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija face in exercising their voting rights.
The co-facilitators of the European Parliament referred to the result of the recent referendum and welcomed the completion of this important step in the Constitutional reform with a view to strengthening the independence of the judiciary, in line with Serbia’s strategic choice to accede to the European Union. Work on the independence of the judiciary must continue. The judiciary's independence remains one of the strongest pillars of any modern democracy.
The co-facilitators assessed the conversation with the opposition representatives as constructive and informed the President about certain suggestions related to the election administration, but also about proposed changes to the Law on the Election of Deputies, as well as the ongoing work of the Temporary Supervisory Body for Media Monitoring.
The President pointed out that from the beginning he showed readiness and willingness to listen to all reasoned proposals and that much has already been done to improve election conditions to adequately create an atmosphere of trust and responsibility of all participants in the most serious democratic process in the country, i.e. the elections.
In that sense, the President particularly pointed out the numerous and constant obstructions by which, contrary to all democratic standards and European values, the authorities in Priština keep trying to deprive Serbs of Kosovo and Metohija of exercising their right to vote in the April elections.
The European Parliament’s co-facilitators emphasised the importance of free, fair and transparent election process. They would continue to give their full contribution within the framework of their competencies and expertise in order to improve the general pre-election atmosphere in Serbia, with an effort to achieve concrete results in a timely manner.
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28th January 2022