Sweden’s Ambassador to Serbia Jan Lundin expressed concern over the fact that the introduction of amendments to the constitution covering the appointment of judges and prosecutors is taking longer than expected, the FoNet news agency said on Monday.
“As to Rule of Law (Chapter 23 and 24) it is a concern that constitutional reforms, concerning appointments and controls of judges and prosecutors, have been taking longer time than expected. Serbia is also yet to establish a good track record on for example addressing high-level corruption and war crimes, as well as white collar crimes such as money laundering,” the ambassador said in an interview on the embassy web site.
“Serbia and Montenegro need to show tangible results in strengthening institutions and Rule of Law, which may simply take time, regardless of who sits in Brussels,” the ambassador said. “Sweden is supporting Serbia in the environment sector and in the opening of Chapter 27 of the EU acquis. To open Chapter 27, much preparatory work needs to be done and Serbia needs to for example develop its environment ministry so that is in line with the requirements of the EU integration process,” he said. “
Today, countries in the EU are facing serious shortages in labour force and people are ageing. Therefore, it is fully possible for a young person to leave Serbia or Montenegro in order to work in a foreign country where labour force is demanded, and where the salary is higher. However, I believe that many young people will choose to stay in Serbia and Montenegro since the unemployment is decreasing, salaries are increasing, and more jobs are being created. ‘Blood is thicker than water’” Ambassador Lundin said.