European Parliament adopts disputed parts of report on Serbia

NEWS 25.03.2021 16:52
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Source: N1

The European Parliament adopted rapporteur Vladimir Bilcik’s report on Serbia, including a part which called for investigations into several affairs, the European Western Balkans portal said on Thursday.

The report calls for investigations into the Krusik munition plant affair, the tearing down of buildings in the Savamala neighborhood to make way for the Belgrade Waterfront project, and into the operations of Telekom Serbia and its deal with Telenor. Those parts of the report were adopted in a split vote which was called for by the European People’s Party (EPP). The ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) is an associate member of the EPP, having joined it in the Council of Europe.

That part of the report also called the authorities to show results in combating corruption and organized crime.

The second part of the report which includes the affairs was adopted with 407 MEPs voting in favor and 198 voting against it. MEPs will now vote on the report in its entirety. The report was drawn up by Bilcik in November and had almost 400 amendments filed on it. It was adopted by the European Parliament Foreign Policy Committee in February.