The European Parliament’s Standing Rapporteur for Serbia Vladimír Bilcík said on Tuesday (12 May) that boycotting democratic institutions and elections was not the way to change politics, noting that the EU would be monitoring the situation in Serbia before and after the upcoming elections.
Some opposition parties in Serbia have been calling for a boycott in the upcoming elections, while some changed their position last week. As a result, “the EU calls on all political stakeholders in Serbia not to give up on running in the elections,” said Bilcík.
“We have been discussing it for a long time in EU institutions and this is the message I have been repeating regularly since last autumn when I was appointed European Parliament Standing Rapporteur for Serbia and also one of the mediators in the inter-party dialogue in the Serbian parliament,” Bilcík told portal Storyteller.
“As much as the situation in Serbia’s politics may be difficult, a boycott of democratic institutions and an election boycott is not the right way,” he added.