EP's McAllister: Serbia’s regime and opposition talks before and after vote

EP's McAllister: Serbia’s regime and opposition talks before and after vote

EP's McAllister: Serbia’s regime and opposition talks before and after vote Izvor: N1

The European Parliament (EP) Special Rapporteur for Serbia David McAllister said on Monday the negotiations between Serbia’s authorities and the opposition should be held in two phases – before and after the next spring elections, the Beta news agency reported.

 McAllister wrote to Serbia’s Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic, saying the first phase would be a series of round table discussions in the Parliament co-chaired by Gojkovic and an EP representative, while the participants would include the parliamentary parties and perhaps some experts, like those from the OSCE.

The topics of the first round would tackle the election rules, the Regulatory Body for Electronic Media (REM), electoral roll, financing of campaigns, observers, while the second series would focus on the inter-party dialogue and the building of trust in procedures and practice,” the Belgrade independent Danas daily wrote.

However, experts say there is no enough time for all the changes the opposition demands. Besides, the majority of the main opposition parties have already declared the boycott, and it is difficult to predict whether the eventual changes will make them take part in the vote.

The ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) seems to have its time-table.

Nebojsa Stefanovic, the Interior Minister and the head of the working group for improving the election conditions, said on Monday the measures which the ruling coalition would accept could be implemented within three months, “some even earlier.”

Speaking to the state RTS TV, he said some of the suggested measures could be in force “in seven, some in 20 to 30 days.”

“I believe we also have enough time to implement the measures which the Parliament needs to pass,” he said, adding they were about the changes in the so-called functionary campaign, media, Anti-Corruption Agency, REM, electoral roll...    

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