Serbian speaker: Harmonisation with EU laws should cause no fears

Serbia’s Constitution is amended at the recommendation of the European Union, and according to the Serbian speaker, the new amendments constitute an integral part of Serbia’s EU accession. [Shutterstock / Lukasz Stefanski]

Serbia “can’t possibly be harmed” by harmonising its laws with the European Union’s, parliament speaker Ivica Dačić said on Monday, adding that the alignment should cause no fears.

“The EU maintains very high standards in individual areas of law, and it’s something they discussed 10, 20, 30 or 40 years ago,” Dačić said in an interview with Happy TV.

The speaker said that fears only existed about political pressures related to the status of Kosovo, but “it has more to do with EU member states than the Union itself.”

“Serbia is coming closer to the EU, and it is in its best interest to join the Union, but it is our natural prerogative to protect our own national interest, and no compromise will be made in the sense that Serbia might recognise the independence of Kosovo or something along the same lines. It’s unacceptable for us,” Dačić underlined.

Serbia’s Constitution is amended at the recommendation of the European Union, and according to the Serbian speaker, the new amendments constitute an integral part of Serbia’s EU accession. Serbian citizens will voice their opinion on the constitutional change in a referendum set for 16 January.

(EURACTIV.rs | betabriefing.com)

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