Gloves are Off - Serbian PM to EU "I am Not Going to be your Puppet"
Sunday, 11 January 2015



Serbia's prime minister appeared to have tired of political corectness. Earlier today he accused the European Union's officials of orchestrating a campaign against the government after a regional news organization published a critical article about the reconstruction of a key coal mine.

The dispute came after Sarajevo-based (and EU funded) Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) reported earlier in the week that the state-owned power monopoly Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) hired an allegedly inexperienced local consortium to work on the reconstruction of the Tamnava coal mine, increasing costs.


Fifty one people died in floods in Serbia last May that inflicted damages of more than 1.5 billion euros, including flooding of the Tamnava mine which is supplying coal to TENT power plant complex that accounts for half of country's energy generation. Should be noted the EU provided very little help to Serbia, leaving the brunt of the help to come from its neighbors and Russia. 


At a news conference earlier on Saturday, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic accused the EU and Michael Davenport, the head of EU mission to Serbia, of financing media organizations, including BIRN, to slander the government.

In a statement, Maja Kocijancic, a European Commission spokeswoman said she was surprised by Vucic's claims. “Media criticism is essential to ensure the proper accountability of elected governments," she said.

Kocijancic also said that the EU expected that the Serbian authorities would secure an environment that would support freedom of expression and media.


Last June, Vucic clashed with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), security and rights watchdog, accusing it of lying after it criticized his government of trying to smother online criticism of its handling of the floods. OSCE provided no proof of where this 'smothering' occured which infuriated Serbian authorities.

Later on Saturday, Vucic also accused Kocijancic of trying to silence him.


"I am shocked by the fact that Maja Kocijancic in the name of the EU has tried to shut me up,” he said in a letter to the Commission. "I am refusing to be your puppet," Vucic said. 


More and more politicians from smaller non-EU countries are getting fed up with continious meddling from Brussels in their attempts to install "EU friendly politicians" who will then kowtow to any demand from Brussels which are all business related: selling of high earning state run companies (water supply, utilities, mining...) to global corporations for next to nothing. Even EU members are resisting these methods (Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Portugal...).




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