STRASBOURG – The European Parliament passed a resolution on Serbia on Thursday, with 498 votes in favour, 66 against and 70 abstentions.
The resolution calls for opening key Chapters 23 and 24 in EU entry talks as soon as possible, welcomes the progress achieved in the normalisation of Belgrade-Pristina relations and encourages Serbia to continue with economic reforms.
The resolution, drafted by EP Rapporteur for Serbia David McAllister, urges Belgrade and Pristina to implement the deals reached so far in full and timely and notes this is important for Serbia’s advancement along the EU path.
The EP calls on Serbia to tackle decisively the systemic and socio-economic reforms, ensure the work of judges and prosecutors is free of political influence and step up efforts in the fight against organised crime and corruption.
EP passes resolution on Kosovo
The European Parliament (EP) passed a resolution on Kosovo on Thursday, with 403 votes in favour, 130 against and 104 abstentions.
The resolution, drafted by EP Rapporteur for Kosovo Ulrike Lunacek, expresses concern over high-level corruption and organised crime, and calls for drafting a statute of the Community of Serb Municipalities.
The resolution takes note of the decision of the Kosovo Constitutional Court on the implementation of the Community of Serb Municipalities and calls for drafting of relevant legislation and statutes in line with the ruling of the Constitutional Court.
It commends the progress achieved in the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue in 2015, and calls on the sides to refrain from negative rhetoric and move forward with the full implementation of all the already reached agreements in good faith and in a timely manner.