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Mirjana Lučić And Vladan Ilić, General Managers At Saint-Gobain

Anniversary Year

Saint-Gobain is a world leader in modern and sustainable construction that designs, produces and distributes materials and services for the construction sector and industrial...

UniCredit Bank Serbia

Why It’s Important To Save: The Future Is Certainty

There’s no need to talk about the fact that it’s important to find a certain degree of stability and certainty under the current circumstances...

Nemanja Bućinac, Retail Leasing Director, MPC Properties

Changing With The Times

UŠĆE Shopping Center has been the market leader for over 13 years. In order to retain this position, UŠĆE is preparing for a major...

Stylianos Tsoktouridis, Director, Alumil Yu Industry A.d.

Superior Customised Solutions

Alumil is one of the largest brands producing windows and doors, with 12 factories across Europe, including one in Serbia. The company continues, year-on-year,...

Sanja Stanimirović, CEO, Testeral

Demanding Markets Develop Quality

Testeral exports 95 per cent of its production to the markets of Western Europe and America, and one of the company’s goals is to...

Duško Lopandić Ph.D., Professional Diplomat And Expert On European Law And Regional Relations

Private Interest Above Those Of The Public

The scene and content of debates in the national assembly, or the state of certain media outlets, represent an illustration of the loss of the tradition of open social dialogue in the country, a lack of tolerance, free debate and the rights of minority political views, which form the basis of any democracy and democratic decision-making

This issue could perhaps be viewed from two perspectives: an international and domestic context. In the first case, the topic is an issue of the genuine sovereignty of a smaller country, specifically Serbia, in relations with influential international factors: either the great powers and/or great capital that “rule” the world. There’s no doubt that various international players have a certain influence on decision-making in certain cases, but I wouldn’t concur with the trite “barstool” comments that “foreigners make the most important final decisions” in Serbia.

The internal context relates to the issue of the functioning of the Serbian political system, which is demonstrating a significant degree of deviation from the letter of constitutional and legal solutions when it comes to formal and actual decision-making jurisdiction among individual institutions. The constitutional principle of dividing jurisdictions between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary is, in reality, not represented to a sufficient extent. Centralisation in the making of all important decisions, at either the state or local levels, is not even being hidden. Without free and broad debate, and the participation of the public in decision-making on important issues, it will prove all but impossible to avoid the negative consequences of mistaken decisions over the long run. As stated long ago: “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”.

There’s no doubt that various international players have a certain influence on decision-making in certain cases, but I wouldn’t concur with the trite “barstool” comments that “foreigners make the most important final decisions” in Serbia

In a “captured state”, central government or local institutions become the prey of partocracy, while decisions are often made that serve the private interests of smaller groups, to the detriment of the “res publica” principle. It could be noted that there are also good results, as well as progress in the areas of the economy or foreign policy of Serbia. On the other hand, the scene and content of some debates in the national assembly, or the state of certain media outlets, represent an illustration of the loss of the tradition of open social dialogue in the country, particularly when it comes to tolerance, free debate and the rights of minority political views or responsibilities towards the public, as the basis of every democracy and democratic decision-making.

Closer to everyday life, the examples of the building of skyscrapers right below Kalemegdan Fortress, investment works on the territory of Belgrade’s most important “water factory” in Makiš, or the insufficiently researched role of certain stakeholders in the rise and “results” of famous criminal groups, represent just a few examples of anonymous decision-making on important social issues, with huge deviating from the principles of respect for the interests of the public and responsibility towards citizens.

One should nonetheless hope that recent constitutional amendments, as well as the organising of the upcoming elections, will represent positive steps in the direct of the partial normalisation of the system in the sense of respect for jurisdiction over who decides on public issues and how.

H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Ahmed, Ambassador Of Somalia To Serbia

Somalia Is Potentially A Rich Country

Despite the fact that Somalia has experienced a variety of situations over the past 31 years, including civil wars, famine, and international terrorism that...

Comment by Zoran Panovic

Ana, Again

Of course, it’s absurd that, on the day when the gay prime minister received her third mandate, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić simultaneously cancelled the...

Bojan Klačar, Executive Director Of The Centre For Free Elections And Democracy (CESID)

Open Doors

The return of the opposition to the parliament will lead to numerous changes. The national assembly will once again be pluralistic, with MPS that...

Despot Kovačević, Assistant Professor/Lecturer At The University Of Belgrade Faculty Of Political Sciences

Chance For The Opposition To Profile Itself Among Voters

The post-election dynamics of relations within the opposition showed that a debate will be led on the topic of genuine opposition to the regime...

Mathematical Grammar School’s Students The Winners Of Two Bronze Medals At The Informatics Olympics

Students of the Mathematical High School won two bronze medals at the online European Junior Informatics Olympics (EJOI). Bronze medals...

Serbian National Football Team Wins Place In The Elite Rank Of The League Of Nations

The Serbian national football team defeated Norway in Oslo with a score of 2:0 (1:0) with goals from Vlahović...

Ana Brnabić Attended The State Funeral Of Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, attended the state funeral ceremony of former Japanese Prime...

European Commission: Serbia Advances Faster Than The EU Average In Innovation

The growth of the performance of the Republic of Serbia in the field of innovation is 15.6 percent in...

Bundesbank For The Introduction Of The Digital Euro

Digital money and the accompanying infrastructure can be an important supplement to the current payment options, said Bundesbank president...

Mathematical Grammar School’s Students The Winners Of Two Bronze Medals At The Informatics Olympics

Students of the Mathematical High School won two bronze medals at the online European Junior Informatics Olympics (EJOI). Bronze medals...

Serbian National Football Team Wins Place In The Elite Rank Of The League Of Nations

The Serbian national football team defeated Norway in Oslo with a score of 2:0 (1:0) with goals from Vlahović...

Ana Brnabić Attended The State Funeral Of Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, attended the state funeral ceremony of former Japanese Prime...

European Commission: Serbia Advances Faster Than The EU Average In Innovation

The growth of the performance of the Republic of Serbia in the field of innovation is 15.6 percent in...

Bundesbank For The Introduction Of The Digital Euro

Digital money and the accompanying infrastructure can be an important supplement to the current payment options, said Bundesbank president...

Mathematical Grammar School’s Students The Winners Of Two Bronze Medals At The Informatics Olympics

Students of the Mathematical High School won two bronze medals at the online European Junior Informatics Olympics (EJOI). Bronze medals...

Serbian National Football Team Wins Place In The Elite Rank Of The League Of Nations

The Serbian national football team defeated Norway in Oslo with a score of 2:0 (1:0) with goals from Vlahović...

Ana Brnabić Attended The State Funeral Of Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, attended the state funeral ceremony of former Japanese Prime...

European Commission: Serbia Advances Faster Than The EU Average In Innovation

The growth of the performance of the Republic of Serbia in the field of innovation is 15.6 percent in...

Bundesbank For The Introduction Of The Digital Euro

Digital money and the accompanying infrastructure can be an important supplement to the current payment options, said Bundesbank president...
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