Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Emanuele Giaufret has said that the EU viewed the adoption of the constitutional amendments in the Jan. 16 referendum in Serbia as positive for strengthening the independence of the judiciary.
Speaking to state public broadcaster RTS in the evening on Jan. 17, Giaufret said that for the EU “it is good news that voters went to the polls and supported the reforms.” He also said that the EU wished the turnout had been higher, but added that “the turnout does not affect the referendum outcome.”
“Reforms are surely good if they derive from a consensus, but the referendum outcome is very clear. We welcome the completion of this step,” Giaufret noted.
Asked whether Brussels would be monitoring the adoption of a number of laws necessary for the implementation of the adopted amendments, Giaufret replied that laws were a matter of priority, “because the achieved must be implemented.”
“The EU will be monitoring carefully, but we will also support the implementation financially and technically,” Giaufret said, noting that this was not only about Serbia’s accession to the EU, but also about the rule of law.
“We know that it is an important criterion for a membership in the EU,” he said, stressing that Serbia had to work on reforms, curbing corruption and organized crime, media strategy and freedoms, and ensuring more safety of journalists.