BELGRADE – The coalition agreement, which would lay the foundations for a new Serbian government comprised of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS)-led coalition and United Regions of Serbia (URS), is due to be signed on Tuesday.
The meeting of leaders of the SPS, Party of United Pensioners of Serbia (PUPS) and United Serbia (JS) ended late on Monday, and as the media learned the PUPS and SPS had resolved all dilemmas.
PUPS Vice President Milan Krkobabic said earlier on Monday that the party would not sign the coalition agreement which they had received from Ivica Dacic, who had been granted the mandate to form a new government, and that they demanded to be treated as an equal partner in the future parliamentary majority.
In a statement to Tanjug, Dacic then said that each party included in the government formation talks would give its own recommendations in the drafting process, and voiced expectation that those recommendations about the political goals of the new government would soon be harmonized.
“Taking into account that neither of the parties demonstrated profound differences in terms of political goals of the new government, I expect that the recommendations put forward by all parties which will constitute the parliamentary majority will soon be harmonized, as well as agreements on the government structure, so that we can elect senior officials of the new Serbian parliament and government,” Dacic told Tanjug.
Straight after the signing, the SNS, SPS-led coalition and URS will present the agreement to the public, the media announced earlier, noting that the agreement would be signed on neutral ground – at the Serbian parliament.
The coalition agreement will comprise eight sections – state policy, economic and social policies, the rule of law, the fight against organized crime and corruption, state administration reform, abolition of particracy, decentralization and media freedom.