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Following is the speech of Nebojsa Zelenovic, president of the Together for Serbia and mayor of Sabac, given at the opening part of the high-level event at the European Parlament on December 11th, 2019. This event was organized by Socialist and Democratic Parliamentary Group to give the representatives of the Serbian opposition a chance to explain the difficult situation they are facing in Serbia ahead of the parliamentary elections that are due to be held in the spring of next year. Serbian opposition was represented, besides Zelenovic, by the president of the Freedom and Justice Pary Dragan Djilas, and the vice-president of the Democratic party, Dejan Nikolic. 

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"Ladies and gentlemen,

It is an honor to stand before you today to shed light on the worsening political crisis in my country, Serbia. The last few years have seen serious regression in Serbia’s democratic reforms, which has led to the complete state and media capture* by the regime. In the meantime, Serbia opened another chapter in the accession process just yesterday. This is an incredible situation.

Let me stress that my strategic priority as President of Together for Serbia is - and will remain - Serbia’s accession to the European Union.

There can be no doubt that Russian, Chinese, and other external influences are growing in Serbia. However, when you ask Serbians where they want their children to grow up, they will name the European Union without question. While EU membership might be an abstract concept for many Serbians, they all want to live in a country modeled after EU member states. Namely, where you can receive a quality education, where there is a robust healthcare system, where the rule of law is a reality rather than a term in the newspapers. Most of all, Serbs want a country where our children will want to stay and build towards a better future together. The only way to achieve these basic human needs is through EU membership. I count on your support as we navigate this difficult, but necessary, process of structural change.

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Sabac Mayor and the leader of the party Together for Serbia, Nebojsa Zelenovic, will be in Brussels on Wednesday, in the seat of the European Parliament, where he will speak of the political situation in Serbia, FoNet agency reported.

Zelenovic wrote on his Twitter profile that he would “speak about the absence of a minimum of conditions for a normal political life without which there can be no free elections either”.

Zelenovic will, along with another two representatives of the opposition parties rallied in the bloc Alliance for Serbia (SzS) - the leader of the Freedom and Justice Party (SSP) Dragan Djilas and deputy leader of the Democratic Party (DS) Dejan Nikolic - speak at the discussion in the organization of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the EP.

“The S&D Group is organizing a high-level event together with Serbian opposition. The goal of the event is to give the representatives of the opposition a chance to explain the difficult situation they are facing in Serbia ahead of the parliamentary elections that are due to be held in the Spring of next year”, the S&D Group said on its website.

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President of the Together for Serbia (ZzS) Nebojsa Zelenovic has stated that it is completely scandalous that the Government has nominated Serbian Broadcasting Corporation (RTS) reported Ivona Pantelic as a member of the supervisory committee for monitoring the behavior of political parties, candidate and media during the election campaign.

Pantelic is known to be best friends with Biljana Popovic, State Secretary with the Ministry of Interior, former RTS speaker and the wife of Bane Ivkovic, a SNS official and former SPS minister.

“This is Vucic’s interpretation of democracy and freedom of media, just like all autocratic rulers. He is planning on now formally, through the police, supervise the media and the entire election process.”

“Instead of creating conditions for a normal political life, in the interest of all the citizens of Serbia, Vucic is continuing to cause an increasingly deeper crisis, for whose consequences he will be personally responsible,” Zelenovic concluded.

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Nebojsa Zelenovic, one of the leaders of the Alliance for Serbia (SzS) and president of Together for Serbia (ZzS), stated on Sunday that fair elections will be the condition that the opposition leaders will make clear in Brussels and that they will present to the European Parliament their views on the political drama that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has created in the country.

“We are resolute in stance and it is good that we will have the opportunity to inform the European MPs about this. It is our goal to take part in the elections, and that will happen when the demands for fair elections are met,” Zelenovic said, as reported by the Beta agency.

The dismissal of all the members of the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Media (REM) and the election of nine new members, with previously reaching a consensus on them, would represent an essential beginning of negotiations on creating conditions for free elections, Zelenovic said. He also said that in Brussels he will clearly say that the regime is pushing Serbia towards civic clashes, which could have inconceivable consequences.

“The unprecedented campaign against all those who speak out critically against the government, which is being carried out through unscrupulous attacks on independent media, journalists, professors, actors, judges, the shameless house detention of whistleblower Aleksandar Obradovic, as well as the existence of 230,000 citizens of Serbia held under contract by the government in the public sector, forcing them to collect capillary votes and mobilize criminals for their electoral machinery, creates completely unbearable living conditions,” Zelenovic concluded.

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By organizing rallies of support to himself and representing them as ostensibly spontaneous gatherings of his followers, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is provoking civic conflicts in the country, said the leader of Together for Serbia Nebojsa Zelenovic on Tuesday.

“At the rallies of support to himself in Nis and Kragujevac, he targeted [one of the leaders of the opposition bloc Alliance for Serbia] Dragan Djilas. Tomorrow the target will be someone else, anyone who dares to speak out about the financial malpractices of the authorities and the torture which is carried out against everyone who thinks differently”, said Zelenovic, who is also the Mayor of Sabac. “To these rallies, Vucic brings employees in government services and public companies, by force, under threat of being fired, in busses. They themselves do not know exactly why they have come, but they are told that they have to shout, chant and threaten”, he said.

Vucic is “putting the heads of his political opponents on the block” and it is only a matter of moments when, on behalf of the authorities, “some frenzied executioner [will appear] and then the country will slide into a catastrophe”, continued Zelenovic.

“I call on Vucic to create conditions for a normal political life and free and honest elections since it is also in his best interest to descend from power in a peaceful way at the elections. Everyone who is well-meaning knows that such a thug-like manner of governing is unsustainable, that it is an unsustainable situation to in a European country in the 21st century have a man governing who is daily drowning in affairs”, he said.

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