Daily: Decision on elections by January 25
BELGRADE -- Local elections in Belgrade will be called no later than on Jan. 17; the SNS will most likely by Jan. 25 reveal their decision on early parliamentary elections.
The daily Večernje Novosti writes that at least 45 and at most 60 days must pass from the moment local elections are announced until election day. According to this, the most likely date to go to the polls will be March 16.
If the ruling coalition chooses a short campaign, elections could even be held on March 2.
The newspaper writes that "time is running out" for the Progressives to have their final word on early parliamentary elections. They would have to be called no later than the end of January in order to be held along with the local polls in Belgrade, on March 16.
PM Ivica Dačić told reporters on Thursday that he and Aleksandar Vučić "agree that elections are not a priority and that this issue is not on the agenda."
“This does not mean that someone is afraid of the elections, moreover I think that possible elections would seal the fate of the opposition parties. If this is the state of play, if there would be no major changes, except for maybe swapping positions within the government, then why we should waste time, when we can do more important things,” Dačić said.
Asked whether calling early elections would stop the negotiations between Belgrade and Priština and Serbia's talks with the EU, Dačić said that certainly there will not be any talks during the period, but rather a break, and underlined that he does not want to be an excuse for not calling the elections.
Serbia should call early parliamentary elections together with the forthcoming early elections in Belgrade, said SNS official and Parliament Speaker Nebojša Stefanović.
"Simultaneous parliamentary and local elections in Belgrade would not hinder the process of Serbia's EU accession talks, instead the elections would make it possible for the reforms to be implemented more courageously," he said.
The early elections in Belgrade will be held within the legally determined time frame, said Stefanović, who in the capacity of the Serbian parliament's speaker is due to call the elections, adding that this can be expected late in February or early in March following the upcoming consultations.
Stefanović said in an interview for Tanjug that the SNS has not yet made a decision on calling early parliamentary elections, adding that he thinks this should happen.
“Simultaneous elections would not jeopardize the EU integration process in any way since the intergovernmental conference will be held on January 21. Second, the election campaign would be short, if the elections were called, no longer than 45 days,” Stefanović said.
January 3, 2014 | 17:29 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BATROVCI -- Serbian Prime Minister and Socialist Party (SPS) leader Ivica Dačić has reiterated that he does not see early elections as a priority.
January 3, 2014 | 15:37 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia has the ambition to open EU entry talks on several chapters in 2014, and the fulfillment of that objective will depend equally on Belgrade and Brussels.
January 3, 2014 | 15:01 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia has achieved substantial progress on its EU pathway as a result of major political and social changes and the Belgrade-Priština dialogue.
January 3, 2014 | 12:14 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Greek Deputy FM Dimitris Kourkoulas expressed his belief that Serbia has the capacities needed for a rapid progress in the European Union accession process.
January 3, 2014 | 09:52 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia should call early parliamentary elections together with the forthcoming early elections in Belgrade, said Nebojša Stefanović.
January 3, 2014 | 09:27 | Source: Tanjug, TV Prva | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić says the country "can have a better government," adding that early parliamentary elections "would benefit the citizens, as well."
January 2, 2014 | 17:51 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- Krstimir Pantić says the statute of the community of Serb municipalities (ZSO) will have to be harmonized with representatives of the international community.
January 2, 2014 | 14:57 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Ivica Dačić says a date for the continuation of the Kosovo dialogue is yet to be agreed on, but that he "would not like it to take place before January 21."
January 2, 2014 | 12:19 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić has said that January 21 will be a ceremonial moment and the symbolic start of membership negotiations with the EU.
January 2, 2014 | 10:25 | Source: RTS, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Program Director of Transparency Serbia Nemanja Nenadić has said that a parliamentary committee should be formed to monitor the upcoming election campaign.
January 1, 2014 | 15:50 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- PM Ivica Dačić has addressed the January 1 humanitarian event in Belgrade's Svetogorska St., which is this year dedicated to well-being of the elderly.
January 1, 2014 | 15:12 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
VIENNA -- Switzerland on Wednesday took over the chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
January 1, 2014 | 13:11 | Source: Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- This is a list of the ten most significant political and social events in Serbia in the past year, as selected by the Beta news agency.
January 1, 2014 | 09:52 | Source: B92 | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- For Serbia, 2014 begins in a European way - on January 21 in Brussels the first intergovernmental conference between Serbia and the EU will be held.
December 31, 2013 | 17:02 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Tomislav Nikolić has wished the citizens of Serbia a better, happier and more prosperous 2014, with the hope that "all the plans will be accomplished."
December 31, 2013 | 15:30 | Source: Tanjug, Kurir, Dan | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić on Tuesday wished a happy New Year to all citizens of Serbia, and commented on "most important goals in 2014."
December 31, 2013 | 15:17 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin wished Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić a happy New Year and a Merry Christmas, the Kremlin press service has said.
December 31, 2013 | 13:17 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić has sent a telegram of condolence to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov following the second terrorist attack in Russia.
December 31, 2013 | 11:41 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić has said that his Socialists (SPS) "also find the coming year the best for elections, because they achieved the best results."