Serbia: Preparations for interparty dialogue under way, says Dačić

Serbia: Preparations for interparty dialogue under way, says Dačić

The preparatory phase of the interparty dialogue is under way, however the MEPs are in no hurry as they want to make sure they will have a chance to talk with everyone, said National Assembly Speaker Ivica Dačić. He added that after that, a dynamic would be formed in the list of topics and the participants.

Stating that the conversation between him and the Chairman of the European Parliament’s Foreign Policy Committee David McAllister was described as the beginning of the second phase of the dialogue, Dačić said that he had proposed some dates and deadlines for the dialogue, from March 15 to 19. However, he explained, the MEPs responded that they would still have to wait.

During a guest appearance on K1 TV, Dačić clarified that the MEPs want to hold discussions with both parliamentary and non-parliamentary parties, as well as the Serbian government.

“Each party will present its craft in the preparatory meetings, but my advice is to do everything concrete, to see what is realistic, what can be done to improve the electoral conditions,” Dačič said.

He reiterated that the dialogue is not led by the European Parliament but by the National Assembly, and therefore no one from abroad will determine the participants, stressing that there is the impression that it is important for the MEPs that only some parties outside the Parliament participate in the process.

Dačić said that so far five or six parties have responded to his call and have submitted their proposals to the National Assembly, including the minorities, which have some questions about the elections.

On the other hand, explaining who the “bad guys” are in the opposition, he said that he had not received any proposal for the so-called “boycott of the parties”.

“Whom did they send those to and what is the use of such political programs? Maybe they sent them to the representatives of the European Parliament? When I say spoiled children, I liken them to someone complaining to mom and dad, so they have to hit someone. I say this from the point of view that it is an internal political issue of our country and no one should humiliate our institutions,” Dačić argued.

Dačić explained that the humiliation of the institutions occurs when someone says they have nothing to say to them, so the political programs are handed over to the European Parliament and then they expect the European institutions to impose obligations on the Serbian authorities.

In this sense, he believes that not everyone will be satisfied with the dialogue because, as he notes, the expectations of some parties, especially the “opposition boycott”, are based on complaints to the European institutions which will then dictate to Serbia what needs to be done.

“It will not look like that; dialogue means that we sit down to discuss specific issues and not someone bringing from Brussels what they think will help some parties,” Dačić said, stressing that an objective approach was necessary.

Regarding the EU report, he said there were significant errors in Vladimír Bilčík’s report which will be approved by the European Parliament at the end of March, adding that the Serbian parliament will consider this report.

“We will express an opinion on certain points of view of the European Parliament. We are a free state, no one will determine what kind of policy we will pursue. If there are specific objections, we must discuss them,” said Dačić. /ibna