European Western Balkans

Statement of David McAllister on Serbian resolution 

STRASBOURG, 11.03.2015. – The European Parliament today voted to adopt a Resolution on progress report on Serbia, drafted by EPP MEP David McAllister. After the voting Mr. McAllister stressed:

Serbia is on its path towards the European Union. The Serbian government shows commitment to the European integration process. They tackle head-on the systemic and socio-economic reforms. This deserves our respect and support. In recent months, the Serbian Parliament has adopted important laws on whistle blowers, media, labor, privatization and bankruptcy. This is a positive development.

Nevertheless: a thorough implementation of legislation and policies remain essential for a successful integration process. The rule of law, economic governance and the reform of public administration are fundamentals in a democracy and for the negotiation process.

How long the accession negotiations will take, primarily depends on Serbia’s ability to make sustained progress on the EU agenda of reforms. But this progress can be made.

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