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MEPs to visit Serbia on Tuesday

BRUSSELS – A delegation of the European Parliament (EP) will arrive in Belgrade on Tuesday, September 22, to have talks with representatives of the government, opposition and the media concerning the situation in the media and human rights in Serbia.
The delegation will comprise 11 members headed by Elmar Brok as the chair of the EP Foreign Affairs Committee. The delegation will also include two members of the EP Subcommittee on Human Rights.

Croatian MP Jozo Rados told Tanjug that the main goal of the visit is to gather information concerning the situation in the media because complaints were voiced in EP and the European Commission concerning political pressures on the media, auto-censorship and non-transparency of the ownership structure.

Members of the EP have scheduled meetings with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic and the ministers in charge of the media and human rights, but they will also confer with representatives of the opposition, media and NGOs.

Rados expressed the expectation that the findings of the visit should be included in the next annual EP report on Serbia’s progress on the EU path.

In addition to the situation in the media, the EP delegation will also learn more about the overall situation in the human rights domain in Serbia and the process of normalisation of Belgrade-Pristina relations. After their stay in Belgrade, the EP delegation will proceed to visit Pristina.

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