Jankovic: EU should have included the Savamala scandal in the progress report

Serbian Ombudsman Sasa Jankovic says that the fact that Savamala has not been mentioned in European Commission’s progress report about Serbia might facilitate dialogue among top Serbian officials, but it is certainly making citizens doubt the real reason behind the EU accession process.

Jankovic also says that the Savamala case is the best illustration of an issue that Serbia has with the rule of law, the legality of the work done by state bodies and legal security of the Serbian citizens.

The European Commission usually highlights individual cases to practically illustrate the issues that a certain pre-accession country needs to work on, Jankovic explains.

“We don’t aspire towards the European integration just to, figuratively speaking, be able to put an EU badge on a tattered suit, but because there should be no compromise about respecting human rights and legal security”, Jankovic added.

To remind, unidentified masked people used a dredger to totally demolish several buildings in the Savamana neighbourhood on 25th April. Although Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said that the top Belgrade officials were involved in the incident, no charges have been filed as yet.

(Beta, 15.11.2016)


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