EP Rapporteur: Serbia’s Parliament is place for debate, EU ready to help

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Source: Tanjug / Filip Krainčanić

The European Parliament (EP) Rapporteur for Serbia David McAllister said in Belgrade on Thursday that the parliament was the central place for democratic discussion and that every deputy had to think whether it was better to take part or not, the Beta news agency said.

Speaking to reporters, McAllister who is on a four-day visit to Belgrade and Pristina to assess the political situation and the European Union relations with Kosovo and Serbia has said there is room for progress in procedural issue in Serbia’s parliament.

 “We can say that there are many laws passed in an urgent procedure and many amendments, while the time for discussion is limited,” he said after a serious of meeting with Serbia’s rulers and opposition.

On behalf of the EP, McAllister also said the EU was ready to help in changing the parliament book of rules if Serbia’s legislators wanted it, without explicitly mentioning Serbia’s opposition boycott of both republic’s and local parliaments due to the ruling coalition obstruction of the democratic procedure.

He made it clear he was not taking part in the local political debate, but that he was carefully listening to what both the authorities and the opposition had to say “to get a whole picture.”

On Wednesday, McAllister met with President Aleksandar Vucic and earlier on Thursday he had talks with Prime Minister Ana Brnabic.