European Parliament Rapporteur for Serbia Vladimir Bilcik has said that given that the early elections in the country have been announced for 2022, “it is important to improve conditions for a fair political competition and increase the trust of the Serbian public in the media.”
“In this context, I support all initiatives aiming to improve the public’s trust in the media and elections,” Bilcik said for the daily Danas on Jan. 20.
He added that he has yet to carefully examine the proposal that came from Serbia’s non-parliamentary parties, but that, in general, he backs any initiative that can truly contribute to a good quality public debate.
This was his answer to a question asking him to comment on the joint demands of the opposition Party of Freedom and Justice, the Movement of Free Citizens and the Democratic Party that a so-called “parallel editorial boards” in the public services and a ministry for elections be established.
According to Danas and its unofficial sources, Serbian Speaker Ivica Dacic should next week, around Jan. 27, have a new telephone conversation with David McAllister, chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, about the format, time and other issues related to a dialogue between the government and the opposition in Serbia.