Today, the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dacic met with the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Tiny Kox on the sidelines of the meeting of the PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy in Greece.
The officials discussed the current political issues on the agenda of today's Committee meeting, such as the importance of multilateralism for strengthening security and responding to security challenges in Europe, as well as the Western Balkans’ European perspective.
The National Assembly Speaker emphasised once again that membership in the European Union is Serbia’s chief foreign policy priority and that, after the elections and formation of a new government, the country would be even more committed to the European path through internal reform processes.
Parliament Speaker Dacic expressed satisfaction that the PACE, through the work of the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy, is considering the European perspective of the Western Balkans and seeking to find mechanisms and ways to support a clear perspective for the region, as well as identify areas in which the Council of Europe can help the region on its European path.
The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe thanked the Serbian delegation for its contribution to the work of the PACE, which is very active, especially this year when Elvira Kovacs, member of the Serbian delegation, was elected PACE Vice-President. He expressed hope that this trend would continue after the formation of the new parliament. In the course of the conversation, he mentioned the numerous challenges that the organisation is facing in the light of the crisis due to instability in the east of Europe.
The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dacic took the opportunity to raise the issue of so-called Kosovo’s recent request for membership in the Council of Europe and to present our position and arguments that confirm that the admission of the so-called Kosovo into the organisation was contrary to international law, UN Security Council Resolution and the values the international organisation stands for, such as human rights, citing the recent violation of the rights of Kosovo's Serb population who were denied the right to participate in the referendum and elections.