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J. Joksimović: Reforms in rule of law in line with European practices

April 16 2021 | Belgrade

J. Joksimović: Reforms in rule of law in line with European practices

Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimović has stated today at the Committee on Constitutional and Legislative Issues that Serbia’s reforms in the area of the rule of law are aligned with the best EU practices applicable to Serbian political culture and institutional structure.

“There are topics and areas within the accession process which represent joint EU achievements that we call the “Community law”, with clear standards, procedures and models, such as competition policy. These are the areas of common policies, but the area of the rule of law is not part of the Community law and there is no single model in the EU which we must completely align with, adapt to or transpose into our system”, noted Joksimović.

She has stressed that it is why Serbia should align with the best practices and procedures, adding that, for this reason, the role of the Venice Commission is consultative and key, because it can say whether the proposed amendments are in line with the best practices and procedures in EU countries.

“The point of Constitutional amendment in the transformative period the country undergoes in the European integration process is that everything that has been done should be applicable to our political culture and institutional structure”, emphasised Joksimović.

She has recalled that the process of public debate on amendments was observed by the Venice Commission, which provided positive conclusions on the amendments.

Source: Tanjug