2011. 10. 13.
According to the MEPs the Serbian property restitution law, passed in September, contains a provision which openly opposes common European values as it enables the principle of collective guilt in a legal form. However, this fact has been overlooked by the Commission.
In Europe the principle of collective guilt has been rejected while the cornerstone of the European justice system is the principle of individual responsibility. If legislation that is opposing this principle can be passed in a country that is waiting to obtain candidate status, it not only reflects poorly on the Serbian government and raises difficulties over its bid for candidate status, but also questions the competence and the work of the Commission.
"Therefore, we call on the European Commission, as the guardian of the Treaties, to take definite steps in order that the article in the restitution law be modified before the Council decision in December."