EP vote on Serbia progress report:

Type: News   Reference: 90205   Duration: 00:03:13  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 07/02/2013   First transmission: 07/02/2013
- extracts - statement by the rapporteur EP Committee on Foreign Affairs - Background: A report on the Serbia progress has been voted this morning by the Committee on Foreign Affairs. The report by Jelko Kacin, encourages the Council to set a definite date to start with the accession negotiations of Serbia in the EU and recognises de effort that this country has made in order to address the concerns of the EP regarding some problematical issues. However, it calls on Serbian authorities to fight against corruption and organised crime and to assure the freedom of speech, starting to eradicate violence against journalists. It also calls Serbia to recognise basic rights of people, improving the implementation of legislation on protection of minorities, fighting against all forms of discrimination, and condemning the ban on the Gay Pride Parade which was supposed to take place on 6 October 2012.

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00:00:05 Exterior shot of the European Parliament, Strasbourg, France (1 shot) 00:00:05
00:00:10 EP vote on Serbia progress report, (6 shots) 00:00:21
00:00:31 Result panel: 63 total votes, + 59, - 2 , 2 abstentions , (1 shot) 00:00:07
00:00:38 SOUNDBITE (English): Jelko KACIN, (ALDE, Slovenia), rapporteur: "The dialogue is the only way forward and in just few month they made such a progress that I simply believe that they can achieve everything, the 5th round of negotiations will happen very soon, yesterday for the very first time, the 2 Presidents of Serbia and Kosovo, Nikolic and Jahjaga were together with the assistance of Cathy Ashton, these are very clear message not just for Serbia and Kosovo." 00:00:29
00:01:07 SOUNDBITE (English): Jelko KACIN, (ALDE, Slovenia), rapporteur: "When we talk about parallel structures, I don't think that the Health institutions or education is a parallel structure, but they already started to tackle these very sensitive topics in the 4th round of the dialogue, that's why the 5th one will be demanding, but it would be unfair to publicly debate this now unless the two Prime Minister will disclose their progress." 00:00:32
00:01:39 SOUNDBITE (English): Jelko KACIN, (ALDE, Slovenia), rapporteur: "The problem of Serbia when we talk about public enterprises is systemic corruption. What means whenever they try to privatise something by the friends, political parties, wider circles, they gave them a public status, public means no ownership and this is a 'free fight' you know,; this is something which is completely unacceptable and that is why that we believe what is now happening on the coordination of Vice Prime Minister Vucic in fight against organised crime and corruption, when they are giving more power, more people; more money for the support for the agency that need to fight corruption, when they are coordinating prosecutes and police and all the other, this is a right direction." 00:00:51
00:02:30 SOUNDBITE (English): Jelko KACIN, (ALDE, Slovenia), rapporteur: "What is more important is what they are doing in fight organised crime and corruption, in dialogue with Kosovo they are putting themselves again on the map as an engine of the EU accession process in Western Balkan, so far Serbia was always a problem, a break, now it is becoming a solution, an engine of the EU accession and that's why they deserve a date, they need to start negotiations, this would be very beneficial not just for Serbia and Kosovo and Montenegro, this first is the most progressive clusters, it will be very beneficial for the wider Western Balkan area." 00:00:43
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