EU top diplomat: Rule of law reform key to Serbia’s progress towards bloc

NEWS 15.10.2021 22:32
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Source: Tanjug/Vlada Republike Srbije/Slobodan Miljević

Emanuele Giaufret, the head of the European Union Delegation in Belgrade, said on Friday the rule of law reforms were crucial for Serbia's progress towards the Eu membership.

The EU and its member states were closely monitoring developments in Serbia in that area, a priority for them.

In a meeting with Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and the Minister for European Integration, Jadranka Joksimovic, Giaufret discussed the essential issues in Serbia’s accession to the EU, Serbia’s Government statement said.

„Serbia is continuously engaged in transparent and inclusive reform processes and timely implementation in key areas, such as the fight against corruption and organised crime, judicial independence, fundamental rights, war crimes and the media environment,“ Giaufret was quoted as saying.

He added that those were not only EU priorities but also areas that would have a tremendously positive impact on Serbia’s society, its people, and the economy.

Giaufret said the European Commission (EC) annual report about Serbia, expected this month, would provide guidelines and clear priorities for Serbia in further harmonisation with the EU legislation and practice on all negotiating chapters.

He added that the EU was already engaged in a massive financial assistance package to support Serbia in the reform processes. That support could further increase in the next year.

He also spoke about the EU’s expectations that the measures agreed within the inter-party dialogue would be implemented in a timely and inclusive manner, together with ODIHR recommendations, to set appropriate conditions for the elections scheduled for next spring.

Brnabic told Giaufret that her Government had adopted several vital documents, the implementation of which was a precondition for further democratic development, including the Strategy for Gender Equality for 2021 to 2030.

Joksimovic added Serbia also adopted the 2021 – 2026 National Strategy for War Crimes Prosecution in the country.

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