Emanuele Giaufret, the European Union top diplomat in Serbia, told N1 on Thursday that "the telecommunications sector is a crucial sector where all rules, such as competition rules and state aid grants, must be respected."
He refused to comment on specific cases, i.e. the objections to the work of Telecom Serbia and unfair competition against United Group mentioned in the European Commission (EC) Progress Report, but added that the access to telecommunications networks should be under equal conditions for all.
Asked whether the latest EC report was „by far the best“ in the last few years, as Serbia’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabic claimed, the head of the EU Delegation to Serbia said the report expressed „moderate optimism“ and noted limited progress in many areas in Serbia.
He added the report pointed at what had to be done, especially in the area of the rule of law, the fight against corruption and organised crime, and media freedom.
Giaufret said that there was still a lot of work to be done but added the report noted a renewed commitment to reforms in Serbia in various chapters, one of which was strengthening the independence of the judiciary through constitutional reforms.
See the whole interview here.