1 December 2020 The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dacic addresses the online seminar for new MPs

1 December 2020 The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dacic addresses the online seminar for new MPs

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Dacic: Excellent Opportunity to Better Prepare Citizens' Representatives in National Assembly

The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dacic, addressed the online seminar for new MPs, stressing that in the current legislature almost 150 MPs have assumed this responsible position for the first time and this seminar is an excellent opportunity to better prepare them for parliamentary duty, adding that he was convinced the new MPs would use the next four weeks to further their knowledge and skills to be able to respond to their demanding role as representatives of the people in the National Assembly in the most concrete way possible.


Dacic once again thanked all the international partners of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia - the UN Development Programme, OSCE, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute, for continuing this meaningful and important programme, and wished them success in the seminar, and especially that they apply the experiences gained here as much as possible in the joint work in the parliament.

The following is the speech of the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in its entirety:

"Distinguished fellow Members,

Distinguished representatives of international organizations,

I am very glad to have the opportunity to greet you on this momentous occasion, the opening of the Introductory Seminar for MPs in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. Thanks to the cooperation of the National Assembly and our partners from international organizations - the UN Development Programme, OSCE, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute, this seminar is becoming a beautiful custom and a small tradition at the beginning of every parliamentary term. In its current form, the programme has been implemented since 2008 and doubtlessly contributed to the efficiency of our work, as an institution, and it was especially useful to the colleagues who have become members of the National Assembly for the first time.

In the current legislature, almost 150 MPs have assumed this responsible position for the first time, and I see that as a special quality and potential that can only contribute to our work. In order to achieve that, we have to work together to use all the opportunities for education and best possible training for the performance of parliamentary duties. I see this seminar as a great opportunity for that and I am convinced that you will use the next four weeks to supplement your knowledge and skills and to respond in the most concrete way to your demanding role of representatives of the people in the National Assembly.

In it, you will have the support of experienced lecturers, professionals from different fields, but more importantly, you will be able to exchange your ideas for the best possible parliamentary work and thus further contribute to the efficiency of the National Assembly’s legislative and control role. After all, we are all here to do a common task, for which we have won the trust of our citizens, and with it we are asked to respond to that obligation to the best of our abilities and rise up to the duty bestowed upon us.

Once again, with great gratitude to all our partners for continuing this meaningful and important programme, namely the OSCE, UNDP, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute, I wish you successful work in this seminar, and especially that you apply the experiences gained here as much as possible in our joint work in the parliament.

Thank you!"


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