The biggest step forward that was achieved at the second inter-party dialogue at the Serbian National Assembly, which was mediated by the European Parliament, was that representatives of the government and parts of the opposition sat across from each other and talked relatively normally, opposition MP Djordje Vukadinovic, who participates in those talks, told N1 on Saturday.
He said it might seem strange that this is considered a step forward, but that it is a significant development considering the overall atmosphere in the Parliament, media and society.
At the second inter-party dialogue the representatives assessed what was achieved since the October talks and they pushed for the implementation of all of Serbia’s obligations as well as for additional initiatives for improving election conditions to be proposed, in accordance with recommendations from the European Commission Report and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
The meeting did not achieve much, he said.
“I didn’t expect too much, so I’m not disappointed, but not too pleased either,” he said, adding that when considering everything, “I concluded it was still better to be part of it, to talk, especially because we had well-meaning moderators.”
Vukadinovic complained that it seems the government is not seriously interested in reaching concrete solutions.
"Without a doubt, government representatives only address the EU Parliamentarians and their goal is to impress them, they don’t care about the opposition, nor about us sitting at the table,” he said.
“They want to send a message to the EU Parliamentarians that they do care. But they behave as if they were not aware that the talks are being moderated by foreigners in the Assembly. That is enough of an indicator for the crisis. And the government behaves as if this is normal,” he said.
Vukadinovic said that his idea was “to remind them that this is not normal.”