Yesterday in Strasbourg, members of the European Parliament (EP) passed a resolution calling for an independent international investigation into the Serbian parliamentary, provincial and local elections’ irregularities, with special attention to the City of Belgrade Assembly elections.
The Resolution was backed by 461 MEPs, 53 were against, with 43 abstentions.
The Resolution on the situation in Serbia following the December elections calls on the European Commission to immediately start the audit of the funding provided to the Serbian government under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance III (IPA III) and other financial instruments and to suspend EU funding if the Serbian authorities are unwilling to implement key election recommendations or if the findings of an international investigation indicate that the Serbian authorities were directly involved in the voter fraud.
The European Parliament notes that certain allegations, including those regarding organized voter migrations on the local level, extend beyond the scope covered by the OSCE/ODIHR reports and adds that it supports the prompt deployment of an ad hoc fact-finding mission to Serbia, with the participation of the European Parliament, reads the Resolution.
In reaction to the EP passing the Resolution, Serbian Prime Minister, Ana Brnabić, said that “resolutions come and go, this is not the first and it won’t be the last, but it will be forever remembered that there were political parties and people in Serbia who sought the abolition of their own country’s sovereignty”.
(Novi Magazin, 08.02.2024)
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