Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) voted in favor of the agreed and compromise amendments to Parliament’s rapporteur Vladimir Bilchik’s report on Serbia. The 38 amendments were adopted in the manner agreed upon, as well as the 50 basic amendments proposed.
In them, deputies call on Serbia to resolve to the end the Krušik, Jovanjica and Telekom Srbija scandals, but also to “justify the case of the demolition of Savamala in Belgrade,” which condemns and demands sanctions for public attacks and speeches by The Stabilization and Association Committee, Tanja Fajon or other MEPs, as well as political opponents, independent media and journalists, who consider it a “violation of democratic practices and basic democratic values,” ask actors politicians who continue dialogue between the parties on electoral conditions.
The report itself welcomes Serbia’s European integration and the government’s commitment to this process, economic indicators and planned constitutional and judicial reforms, but also the improvement of the work of the Serbian Parliament through the adopted book of rules on behavior or adoption of media strategy.
However, the tone of the basic report was significantly “sharpened” by the amendments.
Most AFET members also supported 46 commitments and 18 tabled unchanged amendments to the Kosovo report by Kosovo rapporteur Viola von Cramon, who harshly criticized the lack of results of the reform, but also the breach of the obligations established in Brussels. Agreement: Insisting that, according to him, Pristina must establish the Union of Municipalities of Serbia.
In the report itself, which will be voted on in full this afternoon, they call on the five remaining EU countries to recognize Kosovo, because they believe it is in the interest of both Kosovo and those countries and the EU to impose goods taxes. of Serbia and BiH, and seek the elimination of external influences on the work of the specialized chambers and the specialized prosecution of Kosovo in The Hague. At the same time, they lament the lack of results of reforms in the judiciary or the media and the limited progress in the fight against corruption and organized crime.
They believe that for greater EU integration, the most important thing is respect for the rule of law and democratic values and the status of minorities, while the key condition is the normalization of relations with Serbia through the reached a legally binding global agreement between the two sides.