European Union Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn said on Friday that an Adria News' letter sent to some 130 international institutions informing them about pressures on its two TV channels the state had been exercising “undoubtedly be a part of an overall state in media evaluation in the next report on progress,” N1 reported.
Hahn said he should first receive the letter concerning N1 and NovaS TVs.
“You know that in our evaluations we consider all developments and everything that contributes to improvement. And as President (Aleksandar) Vucic said, he was not satisfied with the current state, and I think it is important to be self-critical and try to solve the problem, Hahn said.
Addressing reporters at the joint news conference with Serbia’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabic after their meeting, Hahn said that "it is crucial to be aware, to work on that and I hope that our report will contribute.”
Speaking about a regional roaming agreement which Serbia would sign, Brnabic reiterated her country’s commitment “to the connected, powerful, integrated region, which gives all citizens a different vision of a future.”
The agreement should be signed during the Digital Summit in Belgrade on April 4 and 5.
Brnabic also thanked Hahn and the EU for their requests to Pristina to abolishe the 100 percent import tariffs introduced on goods from Serbia and Bosnia last November, and still refused to suspend or lift them despite pressure from Washington and Brussels.
Hahn said he understood "the anger over taxes because they are against the common market and prevent regional trade,” adding it was essential to work on regional cooperation which he compared to a puzzle.
"Folding the puzzle is good preparation for the road to the EU,” the Commissioner said.