Serbia’s PM: EP resolution ‘beyond any truth’

Source: N1

Ana Brnabic, Serbia's Prime Minister, said on Monday that the European Parliament (EP) report on Serbia was 'beyond any truth' and 'speaks about the MEPs' who adopted it.

However, she told Belgrade Happy TV, „we have to be as self-critical as possible and change some things if there is a basis for that so that Serbia would be stronger and the citizens would have a better quality of life.“

„But again,“ she reiterated, „if there is a basis for it.“

Belgrade’s authorities remain defiant after the EP last week’s report in which, for the first time, the majority of MEPs directly asked the country leadership to deal with some controversial issues seriously.

The report is not compulsory, but, as some local analysts say, shows a swift in the European Union’s view of Vucic’s rule over the country.

President Aleksandar Vucic’s ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), an associate member of the EP’s People’s Party group (EPP Group), reportedly lobbied with the Group to prevent the vote on amendments about the organised crime and corruption affairs but it did not succeed.

Vucic then said the EP „is lost in space and time.“

Both President and Premier mainly commented on the report’s observations regarding the country’s response to the coronavirus epidemic, avoiding the other parts.

Still, Vucic on Friday criticised the EP for mentioning Telekom Serbia and its business dealing with the privately-owned Telenor Serbia, which the opposition and independent media and organisations in the country described as illegal and corruptive.

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“The people who are criticising say that Telekom should be resolved. What should be resolved about Telekom? Do they object to the contract with a company from the European Union and want to protect organised crime, tycoon crime in Serbia? I don’t want to believe that the European Parliament wants to protect tycoons and organized crime in Serbia,” Vucic said.

On Monday, Brnabic did not mention the issue but said that „if someone says Serbia does not test enough for the coronavirus or that there is a lack of medical equipment, you just wave your hand and say – I have a smarter job right now and will work on what makes sense.“

She added that „Vucic’s and the Government’s values’ system belongs to the European values much more than those shown by the MEPs who voted for the resolution. We’ve shown that with the vaccination of people from the region.“

Commenting on the part of the report calling on Belgrade to stop delegitimising Kosovo’s statehood, she said Serbia did not recognise its independence.

„The European Commission (EC) is not behind those words. That’s a kind of consolation and hope for me because the EC must remain neutral regarding Kosovo’s status since five EU member states do not recognise it as an independent state,“ Brnabic said.