Representatives of the European Parliament adopted a “draft working document” today as part of preparations for the next round of dialogue on electoral conditions in Serbia, announced for September 17th and 18th in Belgrade.

The document was adopted by MEPs Vladimir Bilchik, Tanja Fajon, as well as former MEPs Knut Fleckenstein and Eduard Kukan.

“The document focuses on improving the conditions for political competition ahead of the upcoming Serbian election campaign. It builds on the momentum created by the July dialogue and takes into account the previous consultation process as well as the international community’s recommendations. The document focuses on issues related to equal access to the media and the integrity of the election process, “the EU InfoCentre said in a statement.

EP mediators said that with this draft working document they want to make a constructive contribution to the dialogue with concrete suggestions and proposals.

“However, the key to reaching an agreement lies in the hands of the dialogue participants themselves. Their political will and their willingness to compromise will be decisive for the outcome,” they said.

They emphasized that they would do everything in their power to help on the way to reaching a political agreement.

The draft working document will be available to all dialogue participants by the end of this week, to give them enough time to react before the next round of dialogue.

EP representatives will also meet with Serbian Parliament Speaker Ivica Dacic this week to discuss further preparations for the dialogue process.

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