- Posted April 26, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your Green Innovations
Ivan Karic, president of the Greens of Serbia
The pre-election campaign in Serbia is slowly coming to an end, the elections are few days ahead of us and it is time to decide which way we want to go. Quite a number of parties are involved and it seems that the political offer was never more diverse, but despite that, everyone agrees that we saw little innovation in the campaign. The programs offered are very similar, promises go in the same direction, people are the same and therefore it is difficult to make a choice. Regarding this, one party is trying to distinguish itself – the Greens of Serbia. The Greens of Serbia is relatively new party, founded in 2007. with the intention to introduce ecologic politics in Serbia, that is no longer news in EU countries. In this election it is a part of the wide coalition “Choice for a better life – Boris Tadic” with the Democratic Party, Social Democratic Party of Serbia, League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina and Christian Democratic Party of Serbia. All of this was the reason to ask the president of the Greens of Serbia, Ivan Karic, a few questions.
To begin with the most current question, why this coalition?
"That’s a question we’ve been asked quite often these days and the answer seems to be very easy - we chose this coalition because we've recognized Democratic party as the only partner who is able to support us in achieving the stated goals of our party. We had a choice - we could stay where we were, continuing to criticize from aside or to make that step forward and take over the responsibility for the work that has to be done in Serbia.
What are the objectives set?
"The policy of our party is clear from the day we were established. There are three main objectives - economy, ecology and Europe and there is no compromise about that. The coalition “Choice for a better life – Boris Tadic” will give us the opportunity to get the first Green MP in the history of parliamentarism in Serbia and his mission will be achieving these three goals. They are interconnected and must be realized simultaneously.”
What differs you from other parties in Serbia?
"We are aware that currently the problem number one in Serbia is unemployment and therefore economy is a priority. We have a green plan. The coalition slogan is “Investment, jobs, security” - for us it means green jobs, green investment and security of a healthy environment. 21st century is the century of ecology and sustainable development. Ecology in the world is no longer an expense, but a living from it. It involves a lot of work in several areas. In Serbia, we must put emphasis on small and medium enterprises, organic farming, agriculture and forgotten cultures which would be competitive on the European market and beyond. For such tasks we have to provide tax relief and to encourage their development. We must invest in recycling industry, renewable energy, we must be energy efficient - make money, but also save it. "
This seems like a lot of work for one man. How will the working day of the Green MP look like?
"Green MP will fully represent the citizens. People have lost faith in the institution of Parliament and the Greens of Serbia would like to contribute to restore that trust. We will ask citizens for their opinion, we will allow all the good initiatives, regardless from which side they come and we will modify our policies accordingly. We will not wait for election results to start with the good practice, we will soon start an online campaign on Twitter and Facebook, where we will ask the citizens what they think about the idea of a Green MP and what steps are necessary to make the future better for everyone. One man alone can not solve all the problems, we all need to work on that."