The European Western Balkans (EWB) website reported it had unofficially learned that former members of the European Parliament (MEP) Eduard Kukan and Knut Fleckenstein would mediate the dialogue between Serbia’s ruling and opposition deputies, starting from next week.
Kukan and Fleckenstein were a part of “Troika” of the European Parliament, which mediated in the 2015-2016 political crisis in Macedonia.
The website added that the two would hold talks on October 9 and 10, while the current MEP’s delegation responsible for Serbia, chaired by Tanja Fajon, an MEP, would join the dialogue later.
Kukan and Fleckenstein lead preliminary talks with the representatives of political parties in Serbia at the end of August, after which the Chair of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee David McAllister proposed an EP-facilitated dialogue on electoral conditions in a letter to the Speaker of Serbia’s Parliament Maja Gojkovic, EWB reported.
It added the letter came following the announcement of a boycott of the next spring parliamentary election by a large part of the opposition.
The opposition accused the regime of controlling the vast majority of the media and denying them conditions for free and fair elections.
To help to improve the electoral process and avoid the opposition boycott, the MEPs would talk to their hosts about the electoral roll, media and the role of the public broadcaster, the financing of the campaign…
The next round of talks is expected by the end of the year, while the dialogue, according to McAllister, should continue after the elections and focus on the work of the parliament which had been boycotted by the opposition for months.
The opposition said they had been mistreated in the assembly, their time for discussion “stolen,” while ruling coalition’s deputies were often not even cautioned, let alone punished, for verbally abusing their political opponents.