As one of the signatories of the letter to the EU Neighborhood and Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhely, asking the European Commission to respond to President Aleksandar Vučić's anti-democratic practices in Serbia, Croatian MEP Tonino Picula commented on EU-Serbia relations in light of European donations to Serbia to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among other things, he pointed out that the authorities in Serbia are strikingly silent on the fact that the EU is the largest donor of aid to Serbia, and that Vučić's introduction of a curfew is a serious blow to basic human rights in that country.
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For the Vijesti, Podgorica's daily newspaper, Picula commented on what is expected of Montenegro in terms of judicial, electoral and media freedom reforms, as well as other criteria for closing the chapters related to these areas of public policy. He stressed that the EU expects a strenghtening of the role of parliament in that country, as well as implementation of the electoral system reforms.
Read the full interview for Vijesti here.