EPP blocks debate about Serbian election in the European Parliament

The European Parliament (EP) will not debate the results of the Serbian election on December 17 next week, as there was no agreement among the political groups for the issue to be included in the parliament’s agenda, a source from the European Parliament says.

According to Demostat, the European People’s Party (EPP) opposed the debate the most. The EPP has the highest number of seats in the EP and Standing Rapporteur for Serbia Vladimir Bilcik is a member. Furthermore, MEPs from Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Austrian People’s Party (OVP) and Italy’s Forza Italia were also against it.

“There will probably be no debate on the elections in Serbia before the publishing, in February, of the final report of the international observation mission, which also comprised members of the European Parliament. There wasn’t enough support from the political groups for this subject to be on the agenda of the plenary session, and the EPP was particularly against it,” said Demostat’s source in Brussels.

An MEP from the Renew Europe political group, Klemen Groselj, told N1 on Tuesday that a debate on the Serbian elections would be on the EP’s agenda even before the final ODIHR report and that the MEPs would also react to the Serbian government officials’ attacks on the members of the ODIHR election observation mission, especially that against Andreas Schieder.

On the other hand, the EP’s Standing Rapporteur for Serbia, Vladimir Bilcik, said no international investigation into the results of the latest elections in Serbia should be expected and that it was up to the Serbian institution to remedy possible election irregularities.

“I am not expecting and it would be unusual to expect any international investigation in relation to the elections,” Bilcik told Voice of America (VoA).

(Naslovi.net, Beta, 12.01.2024)

https://naslovi.net/2024-01-11/beta/demostat-saznaje-epp-sprecio-raspravu-o-izborima-u-srbiji/35465774

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