At a joint press conference after the second part of the negotiations about electoral conditions held under the auspices of members of the European Parliament, Serbia’s National Assembly Speaker Ivica Dacic said that the talks were constructive and the next meeting will be on September 17 or 18.
„I would like to express my satisfaction with the arrival of EP representatives who are helping the inter-party dialogue. I think that the National Assembly and the representatives of the EP organized a very important event, a conversation between the ruling parties and the opposition,” Dacic said.
The first round of talks served to present views on the expectations from the dialogue. The sides exchanged opinions on media issues, highlighted other topics that should be discussed in further stages of the dialogue and agreed to meet again on September 17 and 18,“ he explained.
„The main conclusion of today’s meeting is that, based on everything that has been said, the co-facilitators (representatives of the EP) will propose measures and solutions that should then be considered by all participants,“ Dacic said, adding that they should submit their opinions by September 1.
He called on the participants in the dialogue to submit their requests by August 1, so that they could be included in the proposal of measures and solutions.
Asked how the solutions from this dialogue will be combined with the talks that are being held without the mediation of European parliamentarians, Dacic said that the topics in both dialogues are the same.
MEPs, who are acting as mediators in the inter-party dialogue, said in Belgrade that the talks between political parties, the government and the opposition in Serbia took place in a good atmosphere and that they were constructive and open.
Fajon: Parallel talks are OK
MEP Tanja Fajon stated that she does not mind that there are parallel talks between the government and the opposition in Serbia on election conditions.
„I do not mind that there is more dialogue if we all have the same intention – to create conditions for fair and democratic elections,“ Fajon told the media after the second round of inter-party talks.
Bilcik: If we don’t have a boycott of the elections
Vladimir Bilcik, a member of the EP from Slovakia, stated that before the beginning of the second phase of the dialogue, that the MEPs had a „very constructive and good meeting“ with the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic.
„There are some other dialogues that are taking place, but what is important is that in the end we aim for the same results, and that is to improve the political conditions, the election campaign and not to have boycotts of elections,“ he said.
Bilcik recalled that the dialogue on election conditions was conducted a year ago, on the eve of the previous parliamentary elections, with the assessment that it brought progress.