Tanja Fajon, the chair of the European Parliament Delegation to EU-Serbia Stabilization and Association Parliamentary Committee, has said that political situation in Serbia cannot be described as “idyllic” and that attention should be paid to the government’s approach to media and the opposition.
In an interview with Belgrade daily Danas, Fajon noted that “the media situation in Serbia is far from ideal.”
“It can be said that polarization is currently present in the media. There are certain media outlets, print and electronic, which are not free and serve to present information coming only from one side,” the Slovenian MEP said, who succeeded Eduard Kukan as the committee chair.
She stressed that it was important to have clear ownership structures in media outlets and know the source of funding for the media.
Commenting on possible European Parliament’s mediation in the talks between the ruling and opposition parties focusing around ways to improve election conditions, Fajon said that the goal of such mediation would be to ensure normalization of the situation in Serbia, create equal election conditions for all without favoring any sides and ensure that the talks between the ruling and opposition parties were held in a politically appropriate place, the parliament.
Asked whether she would be ready to take part in such a dialogue as a member of a European Parliament delegation, Fajon replied that “there is a chance.”