Tanja Fajon, co-chairperson of the Serbia-EU Stabilization and Association Parliamentary Committee, has said it is not good news that there is no true opposition in the new Serbian parliament, while the head of the Serbian delegation, Vladimir Orlic, said there was no more hate speech in the Assembly now that the representatives of the former regime were not there.
At a Jan. 28 online session of the Committee, Fajon said Serbia had a new parliament since 2020, one dominated by the ruling coalition and lacking a true opposition.
"That isn't good news for the role the parliament has of oversight over executive authority, which remains formal, or for the further enhancement of parliamentary culture," Fajon said.
Co-chairperson Vladimir Orlic said there was no more hate speech in the parliament now that the representatives of the former regime were gone. Orlic said the political organizers of the "violent protests" in July 2020 had tried "invading the parliament and setting alight, "and that they were no longer in the legislature.
Serbian EU Integration Minister Jadranka Joksimovic said the new government approached the reformatory process more actively and would this year show it means business when it comes to rule of law reform.
Ana Paula Zacarias, secretary of state for European affairs of Portugal, which is currently chairing the European Union, has said that enlargement policy was a strategic investment in peace, stability and security of the EU's neighbors and that Portugal's chairmanship would focus on advancing the enlargement process.