European Parliament Rapporteur for Serbia Vladimir Bilcik said that European Union expansion is a key topic, that making Ukraine and Moldova EU candidates is a big step and that enlargement is also being considered in regard to other countries.
This is why it is important for us to know which parliaments are ready to make key decisions, said Bilcik who joined online a discussion of the panel Role of Parliaments in Democratic Societies, within the conference Democracy; a Minimal Consensus.
There are also numerous changes that will have to take place also in the area of the judiciary, as well as key reforms in line with the EU acquis, said Bilcik adding that these are all necessary steps to achieve EU membership in the next few years.
Serbia is faced with important and strategic decisions in the coming weeks and months, which will reflect on the role that the Parliament in Belgrade needs to focus on when it comes to changes leading to EU membership, said Bilcik.
He said the European Parliament will be at the helm of these efforts also through an inter-party dialogue with colleagues from Serbia because the only meaningful future of the region is that in the EU.
A two-day conference entitled Democracy; a Minimal Consensus is under way in Belgrade. The conference is organized by the Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability (CRTA) and its central topics are the position of parliaments in contemporary democracies, the significance and quality of elections, and the role of free media in preserving democracy.