Thursday, 27 December 2007

Eighth Sitting of the Second Regular Session of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in 2007

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr Oliver Dulic, convened the Eighth Sitting of the Second Regular Session of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in 2007, for 27 December, beginning at 4 p.



The Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr Oliver Dulic, convened the Eighth Sitting of the Second Regular Session of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in 2007, for 27 December, beginning at 4 p.m.

The National Assembly set the following agenda:

1. The Bill on Territorial Organisation of the Republic of Serbia, submitted by the Government,

2. The Local Self-Government Bill, submitted by the Government,

3. The Local Elections Bill, submitted by the Government,

4. The Capital City Bill, submitted by the Government.

On the first day, at the beginning of the joint discussion in principle on the Bills on Territorial Organisation, Local Self-Government, Local Elections and the Capital City, the Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, Milan Markovic gave an elaboration of the Bills.

Minister Markovic stressed that the set of systemic bills on local self-government has been drafted based on the analysis of the conditions in local self-governments aiming to ensure the stability of local self-governments and further decentralisation to the extent necessary to ensure further development. According to the Bill on Territorial Organisation a larger number than the current of local self-government units with the status of town has been formed, so that Serbia will have 23 municipalities and 24 towns, including Belgrade.

Minister Markovic particularly focused on the most significant innovations in the Local Elections Bill. The Bill foresees an electoral census of five percent, minorities still enjoy protection, an electoral list is formed in a new way according to new conditions for candidacy, and improvements in the formation and work of organs conducting the elections have also been proposed. He also added that it is foreseen that the first local elections after the Bill comes into force be held no less than 120 days or more than 180 days since the day they are called, so as to allow time to align the acts of local self-governments with the law. Milan Markovic also shortly briefed the members of parliament on the most important provisions of the Capital City Bill.

For the rest of the extended work day, the National Assembly conducted a joint discussion in principle on the Bills on Territorial Organisation, Local Self-Government, Local Elections and the Capital City.

Voting Day

On the second day of the session, 29 December, the National Assembly conducted a discussion in detail on the Bills on Territorial Organisation of the Republic of Serbia, Local Self-Government, Local Elections and the Capital City.

On the Voting Day designated by Speaker Oliver Dulic after the completion of the discussions in detail on all the Bills, the National Assembly adopted the Bill on Territorial Organisation of the Republic of Serbia, the Local Self-Government Bill, the Local Elections Bill and the Capital City Bill in their entirety.

Since the National Assembly had conducted discussions on all the items on the agenda and decided upon them, Speaker Dulic concluded the Eighth Sitting of the Second Regular Session of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in 2007.



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