Inter-party dialogue will not start on 1 March, says Serbian parliament speaker

The representatives of Serbian political parties will not be included in the online discussion with the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs chief David McAllister scheduled for 1 March, Serbian Assembly Speaker Ivica Dačić has confirmed. [EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET]

The representatives of Serbian political parties will not be included in the online discussion with the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs chief David McAllister scheduled for 1 March, Serbian Assembly Speaker Ivica Dačić has confirmed.

Dačić said that he hoped an inter-party dialogue would begin in the second half of March, but that it was necessary to define the format and who will participate. The parliament speaker said he had an obligation to hear proposals on election conditions from the parties that did not want foreigners to be included in the talks. 

“They [ed. the European Parliament] believe this to in some way be the start of activities in the inter-party dialogue, but our meetings with political parties will begin only after this initial discussion of sorts,” Dačić told state TV RTS on Thursday.

Vladimir Bilčik, the EP’s rapporteur for Serbia, earlier announced that the inter-party dialogue in Serbia with EU mediation will begin on 1 March and that the European Parliament is ready to help Serbia in mending the conditions for political competition in the country. 

“We’re launching the inter-party dialogue in talks with Assembly Speaker Ivica Dacic on 1 March. The European Parliament will have four representatives [in the talks], which shows our commitment. Along with MEP Tanja Fajon and me, experienced former MEPs Knut Fleckenstein and Eduard Kukan will also be there,” Bilčik told RTS.

(EURACTIV.rs | betabriefing.com)

 

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