The speaker of the Serbian parliament, Ivica Dacic, said on July 24 that he would call parliament's inaugural session late this week or early next week -- ahead of the Aug. 4 deadline.
"According to the rules of procedure, the oldest MP Vladeta Jankovic will preside, or, if he can't or won't, Veroljub Stevanovic," Dacic told the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation. He recalled that the parliament is considered to be inaugurated if the mandates of at least two-thirds of MPs are verified, and that it would depend on the majority if the speaker would be elected in the same sitting.
Asked whether the Socialist Party of Serbia, which he leads, would be part of that majority, Dacic replied that he and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic had talked and "both expressed satisfaction over the results achieved during ten years of cooperation."
According to him, the agreement is to discuss "modalities" of cooperation in the coming period. Dacic said he was "absolutely" pro EU integration, but that the actions of the West toward Serbia were pushing Serbia toward Russia, and that Western partners needed to be honest and fair.