Vučić calls EU Parliament report on Serbia ‘blatant lies’

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić. [EPA-EFE/ANDREJ CUKIC]

MEPs “are lost in time and space” as “they must have read some kind of report for 2011, not 2021,” said Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, claiming the report on Serbia’s progress towards EU accession adopted by Parliament on Thursday is filled with “blatant lies”.

Commenting on the part where the EU Parliament expressed concern over “a campaign that is delegitimising Kosovo’s independence,” Vučić claimed it was something he was proud of, adding that he would continue to delegitimise Kosovo’s independence “to spite the European Parliament.”

Vučić also vowed to launch “large-scale European action against the theft of Jewish property in Slovenia,” for which he blamed Slovenian MEP Tanja Fajon, who is supposed to mediate the upcoming talks between Serbia’s government and the opposition. “As for Tanja Fajon, our country is fighting organised crime, but also the theft of Jewish property,” the president added.

Serbia’s parliamentary speaker, Ivica Dačić, meanwhile said the report contained “contrived assessments” and that the Serbian parliament would issue a concrete response, adding that “everyone who had mud to sling at Serbia found a place in the resolution.”

The EU Parliament’s report has requested Belgrade to deliver “convincing results” in areas such as the judiciary, freedom of expression, the fight against corruption and organised crime.

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