Serbia: SNS-SPS cooperation kicks off in various municipalities across the country

Serbia: SNS-SPS cooperation kicks off in various municipalities across the country

The SNS has given the green light to its officials to start negotiations for co-operation with the SPS in some municipalities and cities in Serbia, according to reports by “Blic”.

The information has been confirmed by several sources within the SNS and the SPS, and so far there will shortly be an agreement or it has already been concluded in Pozarevac, Kragujevac, Leskovac, Vracar, but also in most of the municipalities of Belgrade.

Today, it happened in Krusevac, where the Progressives and the Socialists agreed to cooperate, but not alone, so that the overwhelming majority, apart from these two parties, comprises JS, SNP and POKS, while the “Broom 2020” Movement will serve as main opposition.

The SPS and the SNS interpret differently the moves made at a lower level of government – the Socialists hope that this is the way to an agreement at the parliamentary level, but the progressives are not so sure.

An SNS source told “Blic” that Prime Minister Brnabić’s statement that SNS President Vučić was leaning towards a SPAS-led coalition headed by Aleksandar Šapić should not be lost and that the mood of the SNS presidency members is hopeless.

“I will not be surprised if the agreement with the SPS ends with cooperation at the local level and the Socialists are offered some public companies. We do not need the SPS, because our party won 188 seats, and that does not necessarily mean that local agreements are an indication that the SPS will be a member of the government. Here in Surdulica, the SPS made an agreement so that the SNS would be the opposition, and a similar development was hinted at in Bački Petrovac, a Blic source reports.

However, the SPS believes that continuing the cooperation comes consequentially.

“As soon as it was revealed that one of our people was in the marches in front of the Assembly, we reacted immediately and removed these councilors from the party. This was similar to the Petro Škundrić case, who was fired from his post as a councilor when it was decided that his son was participating in the protests. Since Dacic was elected minister, 18 countries have withdrawn recognition of Kosovo’s independence, which is a very important result”, a Blic source said, citing reasons why the SPS hopes to form a coalition with the SNS.

Whether there will be an obstacle on this road will be known in ten days at the latest, the director of the agency “Factor Plus” Vladimir Pejić believes.

“The SPS was not necessary in the previous government, nor in this new government, but it seems to me that in the end it will still be in Nemanjina 11. I believe this because no significant change in policy has been announced. Whether the SPS will enter government or not can be seen in terms of support for the presidential election. Of course, not in the form of blackmail for the SPS to tell Vučić “if you put us in government, we will support you”, because he would not agree with that – says Pejić.

Üorđe Trikoš, director of Lübeck, shares a similar view.

“The SNS does not need the SPS in the opposition, because that would mean accepting political uncertainties amid economic and other foreign policy challenges. They would prefer to keep the SPS with them until it is either completely disbanded, with much of the staff joining the SNS, or weakened so much that removing the SPS from the government would be a minimal risk to the progressives. The only reason for the abolition of the SPS at this time could be the SNS ‘decision to pursue a strong pro-Western foreign policy course and this would also pose a threat to the SNS. Vučić and the SNS have so far not hinted that this could happen that quickly, always choosing to balance strong and ongoing campaigns through controlled media, which will control citizens’ feelings about foreign policy”, Trikoš said.  /ibna