Thursday, 19 March 2015

19th Sitting of the Committee on Labour, Social Issues, Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction

At the sitting held on 19 March 2015, the members of the Committee on Labour, Social Issues, Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction unanimously accepted the proposal to include one more item in the agenda: Bill on Use of Guide Dogs, in detail.


The Committee members then discussed the Bill on Use of Sign Language, submitted by the Government, in principle.

Representative of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs Tatjana Prijic provided the rationale for the Bill saying that it ensured fundamental human rights, mainly non-discrimination and introduction of special measures so as to secure full equality for persons with disabilities. Sign language interpreter services are secured by the direct engagement of a sign language interpreter, wherein the deaf person first submits a request to the Association of Persons with Disabilities, and if it cannot provide the service, the request is forwarded to the organisation tasked with the protection of the deaf. Measures that need to be employed, in addition to securing funds, are measures encouraging the use of sign language in the electronic media and via telecommunication services, said Tatjana Prijic.

By majority vote, the Committee members accepted the Bill on Use of Sign Language, in principle.

The MPs had submitted 10 amendments to the Bill on Use of Guide Dogs, but the Government and the Committee did not accept them.

The sitting was attended by representative of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs Tatjana Prijic who provided the rationale for the bills.

The sitting was chaired by Vesna Rakonjac, Committee Chairperson.


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