Serbia: After 100 days in office, President begins evaluation of the Government

Serbia: After 100 days in office, President begins evaluation of the Government

With Ana Brnabic’s Government marking 100 days in office, the issue of the evaluation of ministers was tabled and will most likely be discussed at today’s meeting at the Palace of Serbia.

According to reports, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić believes some ministers have failed to reach their best so far, which is why he announced his participation in today’s meeting.

Serbian National Assembly Speaker Ivica Dačić believes the work of Ana Brnabić’s cabinet should not be approached in the context of 100 days, stating that there is little time to review the results of the executive power and that he awaits the work of the Serbian government to be intensified.

Dačić told K1 there are new ministers who obviously need a period of adjustment and acclimation to the job because, as he says, being a manager in a company and serving as a minister are not the same.

He went on to add that, in his capacity as Parliament Speaker, he was interested in what the Serbian government was sending to the National Assembly for approval with regard to when new laws would be proposed or when some old laws would be amended.

Asked if he was satisfied with the work of the ministers from his SPS party, Dačić said there were few of them in the government and 100 days was not enough time to figure out whether he was satisfied with their work or not.

“The 100-day landmark was introduced not to assess the ministers, but because it was a gentlemen’s agreement to give the government a 100-day grace period. There were 100 days left and shots were already fired on day one of the formation of the government,” Dačić said.

Referring to the upcoming talks between the government and the opposition expected to kick off in March, the Speaker of the Serbian National Assembly added that former MEPs Knut Fleckenstein and Eduard Kukan were not biased and have already shown seriousness and responsibility.

“It is inaccurate to claim that the continuation of the dialogue between parties depends on whether (MEP) Tanja Fajon will participate or not, but there has been criticism of her statements because, when you are a mediator, you have to be careful of such statements that might tip the scale,” said Dačić.

The European administrator does not have the administration, Dačić said and added that the government in Serbia has no obligation to fulfill all the proposals, stating that the dialogue represents the good will of the ruling coalition to cultivate such conditions that no one will look for an alibi to abstain from the elections.

The National Assembly President believes the issue of the participants in the dialogue is an “artificial dilemma” because, as he says, the answer is known from the beginning.

“We have some parties that boycotted the elections, we also have those that did not. Apparently, it was clear that the dialogue would not be like the previous one because back then it only comprised parties that were in the assembly,” Dačić said.

He added that he had contacted the President of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee David McAllister about the details, that is, the need for change, as the form must change.

He believes it is unrealistic for the parties that boycotted the elections to not sit at the negotiating table because, as he said, they also demanded dialogue.

The President of the Parliament stated that the issues could derive from various areas; possible objections to the electoral law, control of the elections, preventing voter suppression, financing campaigns, the conditions of the media and more. /ibna