It is necessary for all participants in the electoral process to respect already existing laws and by-laws, as it would significantly improve the media image in Serbia during the election campaign. At the same time, there is a significant number of recommendations for amending or supplementing legal acts or adopting by-laws by the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Media (REM), which would improve the work of the media during the election campaign. This document covers both categories of proposals.

In this issue, the Parliamentary Insider brings assessment of the work of the Parliament over the summer of 2019. The focus of this issue is on the activities of the Parliament in July, due to the August break. The highlights of the month include the appointment of Milan Marinović as the new Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection, as well as the plenary debates on the reports of the independent institutions after a five-year break. On the other hand, non-agenda topics took up time during the discussion in the plenary sessions again, which where also marked with insults on account of the institutions, media and civil society.

Strongly believing that democracy is more powerful than the challenges it faces, this year together with our partners we organize the first Festival of Democracy  from 13th to 15th September in Belgrade and many towns across Serbia, aiming to boost optimism and reinforce trust in democracy.  

Through live, fun and vivid concepts, the aim of the festival is to address the important issues and to initiate public discussion in order to defend democratic values. The Festival program will be full of  debates, exhibitions, theatre plays, movie screenings, creative workshops…

We invite you to join us in developing ideas and help us to improve democratic mood in our society!

More information is available at this link: https://demfest.crta.rs/

You can find the agenda of the Festival here.

Ever since 2009 when the first Decree on Incentive Measures for Electricity Genera­tion from Renewable Energy Sources was adopted (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” 99/09) the status of a privileged power pro­ducer can be acquired by owners of approximately one hundred small hydropower plants with the in­stalled power of up to 1 MW.1 These plants make for 1.26% of the total electricity generation capacities in 2019.

The City Council of Niš passed on the deci­sion to transfer the ownership of the Kon­stantin Veliki Airport into the hands of the Republic of Serbia on March 31st 2018. The next day, the first spontaneous protest took place. The citizens of Niš gathered in front of the City As­sembly housing the City Council and the Mayor’s Office. This spontaneous protest was an introducti­on to the process that would last three months and would be marked by a number of mass protests of citizens of Niš against the decision to “hand over the airport“. It ended on June 22nd at the session of the Assembly of the City of Niš, when the decision of the City Council was adopted.

From the introduction of a life sentence to lawfully bribing and tipping physicians, spring in the Parliament was marked by a set of important laws. The opposition boycotted the Parliament whereby daily arguments outside the agenda and altercations with the dissents still dominated the plenum. The epilogue of the European Commission Report for 2019 is the announcement of a turning point in the work of the National Assembly. Parliamentary Insider for April, May and June 2019 brings analyses of the work of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, including law summaries and key novelties introduced by the adopted laws.

Miljana Miletic joined Istinomer in July 2019. Miljana graduated journalism at Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade. She finished her master studies of Terrorism, Organized crime and Security at the University of Belgrade in 2018. Miljana is interested in multimedia and video production. In her spare time she writes about culture on her blog, and hopes to publish her poetry book one day.  

These recommendations are a result of years of re-search and monitoring the work of the National Assem-bly in the framework of the Open Parliament Initiative, as well as of the activities of Members of the Parliament (MPs), functioning of parliamentary mechanisms and processes, and analyses of comparative practice and the best international standards. The list of recommendations presented in this document is not final nor exhaustive, but rather limited to priority recommendations that CRTA believes could be implemented at the earliest opportunity, with the existence of political will, readiness for dialogue and mutual understanding of all relevant actors.

For decades Radovan has been living parallel lives in media (Naša Borba, VIN, B92…), advertising (TBWA) and social activism (YIHR, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights…). He was creator of documentary TV serials “All That Country” and “Yugoslavia for Beginners”, co-creator of the first web drama in SEE region #JustSaying, and initiator of the highly acclaimed outdoor exhibition “Srebrenica, 1995 – 2005”. He believes that propaganda is not necessarily a bad word. 

Vladimir graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade. After passing the bar exam, he gained a lot of professional experience in the field of criminal law, the fight against corruption and the political party financing by working in the judiciary and control state authorities, and a lot of running experience in the streets of Belgrade. Lawyer by profession, marathon runner by choice. He joined the CRTA team in June 2019. His interests are mainly focused on the establishment of the rule of law.