European Parliament says second phase of inter-party dialogue launched

NEWS 01.03.2021 14:02
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Source: N1

The European Parliament said on Monday that it officially launched the second phase of the inter-party dialogue with the Serbian Parliament in a video conference with Speaker Ivica Dacic.

A joint statement from MEPs David McAllister (chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs), Tanja Fajon and Vladimir Bilcik said that a “constructive meeting was held with (Serbian Parliament) Speaker Ivica Dacic, co-facilitator of the process, where we agreed on the subsequent steps that will support consensus and trust building across the political spectrum in Serbia”.

“We firmly believe that the European Parliament facilitated Inter-Party Dialogue process is in Serbia’s best interest and that it is an important element in the country’s efforts to further strengthen democracy and enhance citizens’ confidence in the institutions and in the electoral process. In this process, the role of the European Parliament is not to bring ready-made solutions but rather to facilitate a dialogue where political parties could come to an agreement over pertinent issues and topics of their mutual concern and interest,” the statement said.

“The Facilitation Team will be conducting a series of consultations with all relevant stakeholders in Serbia on the agenda of the upcoming round of Inter-Party Dialogue. The team will propose possible participants and topics of common interest identified during these consultations to the National Assembly, it said adding that European Parliament Facilitation Team is made up of Bilcik (the Committee on Foreign Affairs Standing Rapporteur for Serbia), Fajon (Chair of the Delegation for relations with Serbia) MEPs Eduard KUKAN and Knut Fleckenstein who were involved in the first phase of the dialogue.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Dacic said the meeting was constructive, adding that he told the MEPs that “this is not starting from zero”. “I told them that the Serbian authorities want the inter-party dialogue to succeed. The European Parliament representatives were fairly constructive and in some ways this was the start of the second phase of the dialogue,” he said and called all political parties both those interested in taking part in the dialogue and others who are not to contact parliament. Dacic said more preparations would be conducted before the first round of the dialogue, including meetings with parties.