S&D Group: ‘Serbia needs to make a choice to become Eu member’

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The S&D group in the The EU’s directly elected legislative body comprised of 705 members. It is involved in policymaking but it does not have the power to propose new legislation. European Parliament wants Serbia to make a clear pro-EU choice if it wants to become a member of the European Union. 

The Socialists and Democrats urge President Vučić and his ruling populist SNS party, that won Sunday’s elections in Serbia, to restore democracy and the rule of law and to align with the EU’s sanctions against Russia. ‘Failure to do so will have serious consequences for its EU perspective’, says the party in a press release. 

Parliamentarian for the S&D Thijs Reuten is only carefully positive about the latest Serbian elections: “The main success in these elections was the participation of the opposition, who boycotted the parliamentary elections two years ago. Unfortunately, besides also a higher voter turnout, we cannot add anything more positive.”

His problem: the irregularities and incidents reported by opposition parties and independent observers during the elections. Vučić’s SNS party has reportedly pressured voters and is said to have abused the media scene. 

S&D Member of The EU’s directly elected legislative body comprised of 705 members. It is involved in policymaking but it does not have the power to propose new legislation. European Parliament, Tonino Picula, is convinced Vučić and his party will continue to make a mockery of democracy. “These elections have again demonstrated Vučić’s total disregard for the fairness of the electoral process at the expense of the Serbian people. After Serbia’s refusal to fulfill its obligations as a candidate for EU membership by implementing sanctions against Russia, Vučić now adds insult to injury.”

Serbia needs to make a clear choice for the EU, she says. “The An institution representing the Member States’ interests. Either comprised of the heads of government (European Council) or more frequently the ministers (Council of the EU) meeting in different constellations depending on the policy area. Involved in policy-making, often together with the European Parliament. Council should not open any new negotiation chapters with Serbia until the Vučić government makes this choice, reverses its wilful destruction of the rule of law, and sanctions Russia.”

Serbia applied to join the European Union in 2009. With accession talks still ongoing, Serbia is expected to have finished the process in 2024 allowing it to join the EU in 2025. 

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