Is Europe siding with Vucic?

Members of the EU parliament have presented the Serbian government and opposition with a draft document on electoral conditions, which would be presented first to the people in power, and then to the parties against it.

The fact that the document does not include mechanisms on how and in what way the government is obliged to implement the agreement raises doubts as to whether and in what way such an agreement can really be reached.

A draft of the document, drawn up by MEPs Vladimir Bilcik and Tanja Fajon and former MEPs Knut Fleckenstein and Eduard Kukan, was presented first to the authorities and then to the opposition. According to the professor of the Faculty of Political Science, Dušan Spasojević, its content covers all the most important issues.

“What is problematic, from my point of view, is that we do not know whether this is the only document or there are some other operational documents that stipulate more concrete things,” the expert points out.

Referring to the fact that the MEPs’ proposal was presented first to the authorities and then to the opposition, Spasojevic says that it is not surprising, since, despite everything, the parties in the negotiations do not have the same weight.

Asked whether the European Parliament (EP) has sided with the authorities in this way, Spasojevic thinks that that will be revealed when we find out discovered whether the MEP’s proposal is the only one and how much insistence will be placed on it.

“If it is some kind of recommendation, it will be clear that the European Parliament is not able to put enough pressure on the government and it will just validate the situation we have had for several years,” Spasojevic adds.

He also notes that one of the points in the aforementioned document relates to the media coverage of election campaign and election particularly by those media outlets that use national broadcasting frequency and that that is a very important proposal. “However, we do not know if there is an idea on how to implement the plan. To make a final judgement, we need to know what else is behind it, whether it is just recommendations or there are documents and steps on how to actually implement the things listed,” he concludes.

(Nova, 08.09.2021)

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