The European Commission regularly monitors the state of the rule of law in Serbia, including press freedom, European Commission spokeswoman Ana Pisonero said on Friday, urging Belgrade to conduct an actual dialogue with all of the country’s political factions in the interest of continuing important reforms.
Commenting on a demand by several opposition parties in Serbia that the EU create two expert groups to help resolve the political crisis in the country, Pisonero told BETA news agency that Serbia’s acceptance of the new methodology in EU membership talks “should provide a new impetus to make headway in fundamental areas like the rule of law.”
“As a country negotiating EU membership, Serbia is subject to a special process and methodology of monitoring and reports on the rule of law, including the freedom of the press,” Pisonero said, adding that the Commission “regularly monitors the situation in Serbia and broaches the issues with the authorities.”
Opposition parties, Alliance for Serbia and two smaller political organisations, have sent a letter to EU officials inviting them to create two expert groups to compile reports on the state of democracy, the rule of law and media in Serbia. The letter was endorsed by the representatives of three groups in the European Parliament: the Socialists and Democrats, the Greens and the liberal Renew Europe.