Transparency International EU urges MEPs to take action on Serbia

Pia Engelbrecht-Bogdanov
1 February, 2024

Ahead of the European Parliament’s plenary vote on the Situation in Serbia following elections (2021/2521 (RSP), Transparency International EU has shared a summary of the election monitoring activities, preliminary findings, and recommendations from our chapter in Serbia with critical MEPs involved in the drafting of the resolution. 

The summary underlines that shortcomings in both the legal framework and the oversight of political and campaign finance laws in Serbia enabled massive election irregularities. Despite numerous recommendations of ODIHR and the Venice Commission to tackle issues related to campaign finance, third party financing and more effective oversight, these shortcomings were never addressed by the Serbian government and parliament.

The Public Prosecution Office and the Agency for the Prevention Corruption should promptly investigate the serious allegations related to the election process, including vote buying, illegal campaign financing and the misuse of public resources.

You can find the full summary here.

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Tjaša Feher

Policy Officer – Rule of Law & Protection of EU Financial Interests