Serbian leftist parties protest over EU talks

Serbian communist parties protest over EU talks, while Serbian PM says the EU "will modernise the system".

Serbian leftist parties protest over EU talks

World Bulletin / News Desk

The New Communist Party of Yugoslavia and Communist Youth Association of Yugoslavia held protests in front of the Serbian Government's headquarters on Tuesday.

The parties were protesting against Serbia joining the European Union in Belgrade, on the day that country officials met with EU representatives in Brussels to negotiate Serbia's membership.

President of the Association of Communists of Serbia, Svetozar Markanovic said that the protests are the "voice of the majority of Serbian citizens who are not satisfied with situation in the country."

"All communist and workers parties in Europe which follow concepts of freedom, humanism, equality, and social justice are against (joining the) European Union," Markanovic said.

One of the protest's organizers, Vladimir Gavrilovic added, "Serbia should leave the European path and stay neutral. The EU has broke our fatherland Yugoslavia and took Kosovo from us."

Meanwhile, speaking about Serbia's accession at Monday's meeting in Brussels, Serbian Prime Minister, Ivica Dacic said that the EU "is not only the goal, but also the means by which we will modernise our system".

Serbia's membership negotiations are expected to take several years, as the country has to bring its laws and institutions into line with EU norms.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ocak 2014, 11:12