1 March 2017 First Sitting of the First Regular Session of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in 2017

1 March 2017 First Sitting of the First Regular Session of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in 2017

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

First Sitting of the First Regular Session of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in 2017

The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Maja Gojkovic convened the First Sitting of the First Regular Session of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in 2017, for Wednesday, 1 March 2017, starting at 10 am.


The First Regular Session was opened to the sounds of the national anthem of the Republic of Serbia, “God of Justice”, performed by the choir “Carolija”.

Before commencing the proceedings the MPs paid respects to the late National Assembly Deputy Speaker Konstantin Arsenovic by a minute of silence.

Afterwards, National Assembly Speaker Maja Gojkovic called a recess at the request of the PG heads viz. the Serbian Progressive Party, Socialist Party of Serbia, Party of United Pensioners of Serbia, United Serbia, Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians - Party of Democratic Action, Social Democratic Party of Serbia, Socialists’ Movement - People's Peasant Party - United Peasant Party, for consultations.

The National Assembly Speaker will inform the MPs about the continuation of the sitting in line with Article 101, paragraph 5 of the National Assembly Rules of Procedure.

On the second day of the proceedings, 19 April, the National Assembly adopted the following agenda:

  1. Bill on the Confirmation of the Convention on the European Forest Institute, submitted by the Government (no. 322-217/17, 1 February 2017);
  2. Bill on the Confirmation of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, submitted by the Government, (no. 011-165/17, 25 January 2017);
  3. Bill on the Confirmation of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, submitted by the Government, (no. 011-3261/16, 9 December 2016);
  4. Bill on the Confirmation of the Agreement on Participation in the Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies (CEEPUS III), submitted by the Government, (no. 011-3064/16, 30 November 2016);
  5. Bill on the Confirmation of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Other Member States of the Education Reform Initiative of South East Europe on the Seat of the Secretariat of the Education Reform Initiative of South East Europe, submitted by the Government, (no. 011-2266/16, 30 September 2016);
  6. Bill on the Confirmation of the Cooperation Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Republic of Poland in Combating Organised and Other Types of Crime, submitted by the Government, (no. 011-2932/16, 18 November 2016);
  7. Bill on the Confirmation of the Security Cooperation Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, submitted by the Government, (no. 011-2846/16, 14 November 2016);
  8. Bill on the Confirmation of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria amending the Police Cooperation Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria, submitted by the Government, (no. 011-2327/16, 4 October 2016);
  9. Bill on the Confirmation of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Czech Republic on Cooperation in the Fields of Culture, Education, Science, Youth and Sport, submitted by the Government, (no. 6-164/17, 25 January 2017);
  10. Bill on the Confirmation of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of Hungary on Navigation on the River Tisza, submitted by the Government, (no. 011-107/17, 16 January 2017);
  11. Bill on the Confirmation of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and Government of the State of Qatar on Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments, submitted by the Government, (no. 011-3670/16, 30 December 2016);
  12. Bill on the Confirmation of the Social Security Agreement between the Republic of Serbia and Romania, all submitted by the Government, (no. 011-3661/16, 30 December 2016);
  13. Proposal of the Decision amending the Decision on the Election of Members and Deputy Members of the Committees of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, submitted by the Enough is Enough Parliamentary Group, (no. 02-469/17, 24 February 2017);
  14. Proposal of the Decision amending the Decision on the Establishment of the Composition of the Standing Delegations of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia to International Parliamentary Institutions, submitted by National Assembly Speaker Maja Gojkovic, (no. 02-479/17, 27 February 2017);
  15. Proposal of the Decision amending the Decision on the Election of Members and Deputy Members of the Committees of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, submitted by the Liberal Democratic Party - League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina - SDA Sandzak Parliamentary Group, (no. 02-495/17, 27 February 2017);
  16. Proposal of the Decision on the Termination of Office of Ombudsman, submitted by the National Assembly Committee on Constitutional and Legislative Issues, (no. 118-501/17, 28 February 2017).
The MPs accepted, by majority vote, the proposal of MP Dr Aleksandar Martinovic to complete a joint debate in principle on items 1 through 12 on the agenda.

Before moving on to the agenda, pursuant to the Law on Election of MPs and at the proposal of the Committee on Administrative, Budgetary, Mandate and Immunity Issues, National Assembly Speaker Maja Gojkovic noted the termination of the term of office before the expiry of the term he was elected for of MP Konstantin Arsenovic, on the day of his death.

The National Assembly proceeded to commence the joint debate in principle on items 1 through 12 on the agenda.

The sitting was attended by First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Dr Nebojsa Stefanovic, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Prof. Dr Zorana Mihajlovic, Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Branislav Nedimovic, Minister of Health Dr Zlatibor Loncar, Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs Aleksandar Vulin and Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development Mladen Sarcevic.

After recess, pursuant to the Law on Election of MPs and at the proposal of the Committee on Administrative, Budgetary, Mandate and Immunity Issues, the Chair, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Veroljub Arsic noted the termination of the term of office before the expiry of the term they were elected for of MPs Bojan Pajtic, MA Marko Milenkovic and Marko Blagojevic, on the day they tendered their resignation.

For the remainder of the day the National Assembly conducted the joint debate in principle on items 1 through 12 on the agenda.

On the third day of the proceedings, 20 April, the National Assembly continued the joint debate in principle and single debate on items 1 through 12 on the agenda.

Before moving on to the agenda, the heads i.e. authorised representatives of the parliamentary groups, MPs MA Aleksandra Jerkov, Prof. Dr Vojislav Seselj, Miroslav Aleksic, Bosko Obradovic, Enis Imamovic, Marijan Risticevic, Sasa Radulovic and Prof. Dr Marko Atlagic, requested information and explanations in line with article 287 of the National Assembly Rules of Procedure.

The sitting was attended by Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Branislav Nedimovic.

After recess the National Assembly concluded the joint debate in principle and single debate on items 1 through 12 on the agenda and commenced the single debate on items 13, 14, 15 and 16 on the agenda.

As the National Assembly had completed the debate on all the items on the agenda of the First Sitting of the First Regular Session of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in 2017, the Chair, National Assembly Speaker Maja Gojkovic set Friday, 21 April 2017, as Voting Day on all the items on the agenda, starting at 9.30 am.

Voting Day

On Voting Day, by majority vote, the National Assembly passed the Bill on the Confirmation of the Convention on the European Forest Institute, Bill on the Confirmation of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, Bill on the Confirmation of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Bill on the Confirmation of the Agreement on Participation in the Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies (CEEPUS III), submitted by the Government.

The MPs also passed the Bill on the Confirmation of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Other Member States of the Education Reform Initiative of South East Europe on the Seat of the Secretariat of the Education Reform Initiative of South East Europe, Bill on the Confirmation of the Cooperation Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Republic of Poland in Combating Organised and Other Types of Crime, Bill on the Confirmation of the Security Cooperation Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, submitted by the Government.

By majority vote, the National Assembly also passed the Bill on the Confirmation of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria amending the Police Cooperation Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria, Bill on the Confirmation of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Czech Republic on Cooperation in the Field of Culture, Education, Science, Youth and Sport, Bill on the Confirmation of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of Hungary on Navigation on the River Tisza, Bill on the Confirmation of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and Government of the State of Qatar on Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments, and the Bill on the Confirmation of the Social Security Agreement between the Republic of Serbia and Romania, submitted by the Government.

Also by majority vote, the MPs passed the Proposal of the Decision amending the Decision on the Election of Members and Deputy Members of the Committees of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, submitted by the Enough is Enough Parliamentary Group, and the Proposal of the Decision amending the Decision on the Establishment of the Composition of the Standing Delegations of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia to International Parliamentary Institutions, submitted by National Assembly Speaker Maja Gojkovic.

The National Assembly passed the Proposal of the Decision amending the Decision on the Election of Members and Deputy Members of the Committees of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, submitted by the Liberal Democratic Party - League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina - SDA Sandzak Parliamentary Group, and the Proposal of the Decision on the Termination of Office of Ombudsman, submitted by the National Assembly Committee on Constitutional and Legislative Issues, as well.

On Voting Day, the National Assembly also ruled on the violations of the Rules of Procedure the MPs complained of in the course of the sitting and decided that none of the provisions of the Rules of Procedure had been violated. The National Assembly Speaker informed the MPs that she had retracted the reprimand issued to MP Zoran Zivkovic.

As the National Assembly had completed the debate on all the items on the agenda and ruled on them, National Assembly Speaker Maja Gojkovic concluded the First Sitting of the First Regular Session of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in 2017.



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