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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...

Predrag Petrović, Research Coordinator Of The Belgrade Centre For Security Policy

Centralised And Personalised Decision-Making Undermines Public Trust

It is a problem that citizens would delegate these tasks to a “firm handed” leader, while the exit is actually through their greater engagement in terms of persistent dedication to ensuring state institutions respect their rights

Although Serbia is nominally a parliamentary democracy, where parliament is the place for deliberating, adopting and confirming the most important political decisions, today’s main centre of decision-making is the President of the Republic, Aleksandar Vučić. Vučić informs citizens publicly, on a daily basis, whether he approves or disapproves of something, gives or doesn’t give, often encroaching into the jurisdiction and authority of numerous other state institutions. The President of the Republic thus often acts as if speaking from the position of Prime Minister, Director of the Police, Chief Prosecutor and Judge, as well as the chief editor of the media. There are many examples of this, the more dramatic of which include the declaring of a state of emergency without a word from the National Assembly, possessing and failing to submit to judicial authorities a key two-minute video recording of a toll booth accident in which one person died (which is evidence), or the disclosing of secret documents of BIA (Serbia’s security and intelligence services agency) in a TV broadcast.

The consequences of the strong personalisation and centralisation of decision-making in the hands of the President of the Republic are the collapse of the constitutional order and the integrity of state institutions. However, even more importantly, such an attitude of a president towards state institutions undermines the trust of citizens in those institutions, but also in the very democratic order.

The president of the republic thus often acts as if speaking from the position of prime minister, director of the police, chief prosecutor and judge, as well as the chief editor of the media

Thus, for example, according to the latest public opinion survey conducted by the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, fewer than half of Serbian citizens consider democracy to be a desirable form of government, almost a quarter of respondents are of the opinion that democracy is desirable, but that under current conditions we need a “firm hand”, while a fifth of those polled believe that all regimes are the same. Moreover, participants in the focus group cited among the desirable qualities of a political leader expertise, education, and regular and candid contact with the people, but they also stressed that a good leader should have a “firm hand”, because it is only with such an attitude that one can achieve something in Serbia. Or, as one focus group participant said, a political leader should have “skills like Vučić, just to work in the interests of his people and not in the interests of others”.

Admittedly, research findings indicate that Serbian citizens want the law to be consistently applied to all, as well as the “cleansing” of institutions through lustration purging and the forming of a special prosecution service and police composed of “honourable” people. The problem is that citizens would delegate these tasks to a “firm handed” leader, while the exit is actually through their greater engagement in terms of persistent dedication to ensuring state institutions respect their rights and the ruling political elite respects the powers of state institutions. If none of that happens, they should punish the ruling political elite faster by not voting for them in elections.

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

Somalia Is Potentially A Rich Country

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Comment by Zoran Panovic

Ana, Again

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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

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

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

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Bundesbank For The Introduction Of The Digital Euro

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

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

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

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

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Bundesbank For The Introduction Of The Digital Euro

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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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