The Monitoring Committee congratulates Serbia on the significant
progress made since the adoption of Resolution 1661 (2009) of the Parliamentary Assembly. The committee acknowledges
that Serbia has met a great number of obligations and commitments
and achieved considerable progress, notably in the field of regional
co-operation and co-operation with the International Criminal Tribunal
for the former Yugoslavia, while continuing the dialogue with Pristina
by peaceful and diplomatic means. Commendable efforts have been made
by Serbia to reform the electoral law and the justice system, launch
the decentralisation process, increase the protection of minority
rights and set up and consolidate independent regulatory bodies.
Serbia has ratified a high number of Council of Europe conventions
and is committed to pursuing its progress towards integration into
the European Union.
However, with a view to closing the monitoring procedure,
the committee considers that the Serbian authorities need to make
further progress to adopt the necessary legislation and ensure its
effective implementation in four essential areas: the setting-up
of an independent and efficient justice system, independent media,
the fight against corruption and the fight against discrimination.
The committee therefore recommends that the Assembly continues
its monitoring procedure in respect to Serbia and encourages the
parliament and government to be set up after the 2012 parliamentary
elections to make further progress on the four essential issues
highlighted by the committee.