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Venice Commission should take into account the state of democratic institutions when giving an opinion on constitutional amendments

Civil society organizations drew the attention of the Venice Commission delegation representatives to the fact that, when giving an opinion on the draft constitutional amendments concerning the judiciary, it is necessary to consider the state of democratic institutions, and the political context, having in mind that whether the constitutional changes will indeed ensure the independence of the judiciary depends on these two factors.

Analysis: Measures proposed by the co-facilitators in the EP mediated Inter-Party Dialogue will not ensure conditions for fair and free elections

CRTA analyzed the Measures to Improve the Conduct of the Electoral Process, proposed by the co-facilitators in the course of the Inter-Party Dialogue mediated by the European Parliament, published on 18 September 2021. One segment of the proposed measures comes as a result of a political agreement – these measures constitute temporary solutions, and go beyond the existing legal and institutional framework. Assessing their enforcement will, therefore, require analzying their actual effects in practice, during the observation of the upcoming elections. The following analysis is strictly focused on legal solutions which are in line with the existing legal and institutional framework, and their possible reach and compliance with domestic legislation, as well as with international standards and recommendations by domestic and international observers. 

Full Stack Web Developer – PHP and JavaScript – Remote position

Crta is opening a job position for a colleague developer who would join our IT dev team! We are a group of civil society activists devoted to strengthening democratic culture and civic activism. Our IT dev team is developing analytical and presentational web applications and websites following program and project guidelines. We also work on…

A year of groupthink in the Parliament and the media

The Serbian political scene has long been characterised by a worrying lack of political pluralism and the collapse of the basic mechanisms that protect democracy. The last parliamentary elections were preceded by a dialogue on improving election conditions, which did not yield results.

Central news stripped of political pluralism

Extremely uneven representation of ruling parties and the opposition – this is the main finding of CRTA’s year long post-election media content analysis of central news on televisions with national coverage: RTS, Pink, Prva, Happy, and B92. Between July 2020 and the end of June 2021, representatives of the ruling majority garnered as much as 93% of time in television programme covering political actors, while the opposition was present in the remaining 7% of time.

Citizens are tired of the quest for democracy

Serbia is formally a democratic state and a polarised society in which key democratic institutions, such as the Parliament or the elections, have been collapsing for years, critical thinking restrained, and citizens discouraged and detracted from participating in democratic processes – this is the conclusion of the conference at which the findings of the public opinion survey “Attitudes of Serbian citizens on participation in democratic processes 2020” conducted by the CRTA were presented.

There is no political pluralism in the news on television in Serbia

From the announcement of the official results of the July 2020 parliamentary elections to the end of the January 2021, in the last seven months the ruling parties were by far the most represented in central informative programs on television with national frequency, while opposition parties were barely visible, that are the main findings of CRTA’s media monitoring analysis. The research covered the central news programs on RTS, Pink, Prva, Happy and B92 television.

Job Opportunity: Researcher

We are looking for fellow researchers! If you have experience in qualitative or quantitative research, apply to join the CRTA research team. The researcher that joins our team will mostly deal with designing and carrying through research projects comprising focus groups and interviews. Additionally, along with other members of our research team, they will partake in planning and doing survey research, and various other research tasks.