Serbia’s president believes his record will be enough to win next year’s election. “I believe our citizens trust us to deliver what is in the best interests of our country,’ he said. “In some months time, at the general election, the citizens of Serbia will judge whether this coalition has delivered enough to go back into power. I believe they should and they will because this is the coalition which has fought for a new democratic base for our country and which has always fought for the choice of Europe.”
A sense of concern did betray the President’s front, when Boris Tadić addressed his party’s election promises. “What I want to convey is that the coalition government and my democratic party set out with some clear goals and it has systematically delivered those goals,’ he told businessmen and diplomats in London.
“There were three objectives we set which were only partially within our ability to deliver. The first was to ensure economic growth and this was progressing well until the global financial crisis. The second was to accelerate our path to the European Union. We believe that we have met all objective criteria and the latest report of the European Commission acknowledged this. I must confess, however, that a feeling has emerged in Serbia that whatever we try to do, there may be some member states who want to delay enlargement. As you know, it is very easy to find reasons to delay any country’s progress.
“Thirdly, we wanted to see if there was a way of normalization the situation with regard to Kosovo. I have signaled on numerous occasions recently, my desire to see a fair and equitable arrangement regarding Kosovo.”
The date of the election is due to be announced after a crucial EU meeting on 9 December. Whether the record of Boris Tadić and his team will attract sufficient support for another term remains to be seen. What is clear is that his position on the EU can attract criticism at home and the resilience of his standpoint on Kosovo is often questioned. For sure, Kosovo will be one of the hottest vote-winners, with every party keen to show its strength and determination on the issue.