An inter-party dialogue mediated by the European Parliament is in the best interests of Serbia, and an important element in the country’s efforts to strengthen democracy and increase public confidence in institutions and the election process, said a joint statement from David McAllister, chairman of the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee (AFET), and MEPs Vladimir Bilčik and Tanja Fajon.
“We’ve had a constructive meeting with Serbian Speaker Ivica Dačić, mediating the process with us, and we have agreed on the coming steps to support a consensus and confidence-building across the political spectrum in Serbia,” they said in the statement.
According to the MEPs, the European Parliament’s role was not to offer ready-made solutions but to support a dialogue that would make it possible for political parties to reach an agreement on relevant issues and themes of mutual interest.
Dačić said separately that the meeting was “an initial activity in the second phase” of Serbia’s inter-party dialogue, but that no agreement had been produced regarding the list of participants and topics for debate.
“These specific issues weren’t discussed at this session. It’s an initial meeting marking the beginning of activities in the second phase of an inter-party dialogue. Over the next few weeks preparations and talks, meetings and consultations will take place, so that ahead of the first round of talks, we can have clear topics and a definite list of participants,” Dačić added.
The video meeting chaired by Dačić and McAllister was attended by Bilčik and Fajon, as well as former MEPs Eduard Kukan and Knut Fleckenstein.
(EURACTIV.rs | betabriefing.com)