Minister expects EC report to be "most positive so far"

BELGRADE -- Justice Minister Nikola Selaković expects that the European Commission (EC) report on the Serbian judiciary will be the most positive so far.

(Beta, file)
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“When it comes to the areas included in chapter 23 (in the talks on Serbia's EU accession) and partly in chapter 24 where the Ministry assumes part of responsibility, I expect that it may be the most positive so far,” Selaković said for Radio Television Serbia (RTS).

Speaking about the laws in the judiciary area which will be tabled before the Serbian parliament soon, Selaković said that the new bill on seats and territories of courts and public prosecutor's offices reads that the issue of the seat of the Kosovska Mitrovica court will be defined by a special law, adding that until then the courts and public prosecutor's offices in this territory will continue to operate in the same way.

Commenting on the beginning of the explanatory screening of the Serbian legal system in Brussels, the minister said that Serbia was acquainted with the EU acquis in the fields of judiciary, fight against corruption and human and minority rights.

The next thing will be to present our acquis, this will be a bilateral dialogue which will take place in around two months when Serbia will present its achievements and standards, and this will be followed by the first intergovernmental conference, Selaković said.

The Serbian delegation in Brussels was very well prepared, its members posed very good questions and to some of them EU officials could not respond immediately so they said that they will send answers in a written form, the minister said.