The European Parliament officials mediating the inter-party dialogue in Serbia said on Tuesday that they completed their internal preparations for the next stage of the process.
“The facilitators of the Inter-Party Dialogue with the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, MEPs Vladimir Bilcik, Tanja Fajon, former MEPs Knut Fleckenstein and Eduard Kukan completed the internal preparations for the consultation phase of the Inter-Party Dialogue process. For the next two months, we have established a robust planning, which consists of meetings with the parliamentary group leaders, the opposition leaders, governmental representatives and other relevant stakeholders in Serbia. The objective is to consult and exchange on the priorities for the agenda of the upcoming round of the Inter-Party Dialogue as well as the modalities of engagement,” they said in a joint statement.
It added that “the consultation phase comes as a natural follow-up to the launch of the second phase of the Inter-Party dialogue with the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, Ivica Dacic on 1 March 2021”. “The facilitation team will coordinate with the Speaker the next steps necessary for a successful and meaningful dialogue,” it said.
According to the statement, “the Inter-Party Dialogue process should be viewed as a platform for a constructive dialogue between political opponents because cooperation and mutual respect in matters of national interest are key for democracy.“
The European Parliament resolution on the 2019-2020 reports on Serbia was adopted on March 25 and welcomes the second phase of the dialogue, the statement recalled, adding that the resolution gives a strong mandate to the facilitation team to continue working together with the Serbian parliament to build a consensus and trust across the political spectrum.