MEPs add more amendments to report about Serbia

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have filed 11 more amendments to rapporteur Vladimir Bilcik’s report on Serbia, focusing on state financing of Telekom Serbia and information passed by the country’s top civilian security agency to Moscow about a Russian opposition activist.

The amendments will be discussed at a session starting on May 9 prior to the vote by MEPs on May 10.

MEPs want the report to reflect their concerns about the removal of two prosecutors from a corruption investigation into the Serbian national power company (EPS) as well as reports that the Security Information Agency (BIA), under the leadership of pro-Moscow politician Aleksandar Vulin, handed its Russian counterparts information on Vladimir Kara-Murzi’s activities in Belgrade. The Russian was sentenced to 25 years in jail.

MEPs also want the word “possible” deleted from an amendment which speaks about state financing of the Telekom Serbia company feeling that there is no doubt that it is receiving money from the government. They also want to remove the part of the report that expresses satisfaction with the forming of a working group to protect journalists within the prime minister’s cabinet and to clearly state that the media publishing and broadcasting anti-European Union and pro-Russian narrative are close to the authorities and have contributed to the drop in support for Serbia’s European integration.

Another amendment calls for expressions of regret over Serbia’s violation of agreements with Pristina during the vote on Kosovo’s application to join the Council of Europe, the boycott of local elections and intimidation of Kosovo Serb opposition politicians.

In addition to a total of 11 amendments, the European Parliament’s Rapporteur for Serbia, Vladimir Bilcik, also proposed an oral amendment saying the European Parliament most strongly condemns the mass killings in Serbia and, as a sign of grief and solidarity, calls for a thorough investigation.

Oral amendments can only in exceptional cases be submitted for consideration at EP plenary sessions before a text under consideration is put to vote.

(Danas, 09.05.2023)

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