3 June 2016  First Sitting of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia

3 June 2016 First Sitting of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia

Friday, 3 June 2016

First Sitting of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia

The First (Constituting) Sitting of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, convened by the National Assembly Speaker form the previous legislature, Maja Gojkovic, commenced on 3 June 2016, at 10 am.


The sitting was opened to the sounds of the national anthem of the Republic of Serbia, “God of Justice”, performed by the mixed choir of the House of Culture and the Cathedral Church of the Holy Father Nikolai from Ruski Krstur.

The sitting was chaired by the oldest Member of Parliament Prof. Dr Dragoljub Micunovic, elected from the Electoral List For A Just Serbia – Democratic Party (NOVA, DSHV, ZZS), who was assisted by the youngest Members of Parliament from the four electoral lists which won the most parliamentary seats: Ivana NIkolic, from the Electoral List Aleksandar Vucic – Serbia Is Winning, Stefana Miladinovic, from the Electoral List Ivica Dacic – “Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), United Serbia (JS) – Dragan Markovic Palma”, Aleksandra Belacic, from the Electoral List Dr Vojislav Seselj - Serbian Radical Party, and Milos Boskovic, from the Electoral List Enough is Enough – Sasa Radulovic, as well as the National Assembly Deputy Secretary General Branko Marinkovic.

Pursuant to Article 101 of the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia, Article 16 of the Law on the National Assembly and Article 4 of the National Assembly Rules of Procedure, the following agenda was set for the sitting:

1. Verification of the terms of office of the Members of Parliament;
2. Election of the Speaker of the National Assembly;
3. Election of the Deputy Speakers of the National Assembly;
4. Appointment of the Secretary General of the National Assembly; and
5. Election of members of the working bodies of the National Assembly.

The constituting sitting was attended by the members of the Republic Electoral Commission and students of the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade.

In order to verify the MPs’ terms of office, the National Assembly formed a Commission to establish whether the data in the certificate on the election of each MP coincides with the data in the Report of the Republic Electoral Commission on the conducted elections, comprising: Katarina Rakic, from the Electoral List Aleksandar Vucic – Serbia Is Winning, Marjana Maras, from the Electoral List Ivica Dacic – “Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), United Serbia (JS) – Dragan Markovic Palma”, and Natasa Sp. Jovanovic, from the Electoral List Dr Vojislav Seselj - Serbian Radical Party.

The Commission ascertained that all the 250 MPs’ certificates comply with the certificates issued by the Republic Electoral Commission and submitted a Report on it to the National Assembly. Based on the Commission’s Report, the National Assembly verified the terms of office of all the Members of Parliament of the new legislature, and with the verification, the National Assembly was constituted.

The new MPs took the following oath of office:

"I do solemnly swear that I will perform the duty of Member of Parliament with devotion, honourably, truly and faithfully to the Constitution, defend human and minority rights and freedoms of citizens, and to the best of my knowledge and ability, serve the citizens of Serbia, the truth and justice".

The Chair, Prof. Dr Dragoljub Micunovic, wished the newly-elected MPs successful cooperation in the coming mandate.

In the continuation of the sitting, the Chair informed the MPs that, in line with Article 22 of the Rules of Procedure, the following Parliamentary Groups have been formed in the National Assembly:

1. Serbian Progressive Party Parliamentary Group, with Dr Aleksandar Martinovic as Head, and Dr Vladimir Orlic as Deputy Head;
2. Socialist Party of Serbia Parliamentary Group, with Ivica Dacic as Head and Aleksandar Antic as Deputy Head;
3. Serbian Radical Party Parliamentary Group, with Prof. Dr Vojislav Seselj as Head and Nemanja Sarovic as Deputy Head;
4. Enough Is Enough Parliamentary Group, with Sasa Radulovic as Head and Aleksandar Stevanovic as Deputy Head;
5. Democratic Party Parliamentary Group, with Bojan Pajtic as Head and Natasa Vuckovic as Deputy Head;
6. Social Democratic Party of Serbia Parliamentary Group, with Dr Milorad Mijatovic as Head and Milena Bicanin as Deputy Head;
7. Party of United Pensioners of Serbia (PUPS) Parliamentary Group, with Milan Krkobabic as Head;
8. Dveri Parliamentary Group, with Bosko Obradovic as Head and Srdjan Nogo as Deputy Head;
9. Democratic Party of Serbia Parliamentary Group, with Dr Sanda Raskovic Ivic as Head and Milan Lapcevic as Deputy Head;
10. United Serbia Parliamentary Group, with Dragan Markovic as Head and Petar Petrovic as Deputy Head;
11. Liberal Democratic Party - SDA Sandzak Parliamentary Group, with Cedomir Jovanovic as Head and Enis Imamovic as Deputy Head;
12. New Serbia Parliamentary Group, with Velimir Stanojevic as Head and Dubravka Filipovski as Deputy Head;
13. Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians - Party of Democratic Action Parliamentary Group, with Balint Pasztor as Head and Fatmir Hasani as Deputy Head;
14. Socialists’ Movement - People's Peasant Party - United Peasant Party Parliamentary Group, with Djordje Komlenski as Head and Marijan Risticevic as Deputy Head;
15. League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina – Green Party Parliamentary Group, with Nenad Canak as Head and Goran Cabradi as Deputy Head, and
16. Social Democratic Party Parliamentary Group, with Marko Djurisic as Head and Miroslav Aleksic as Deputy Head.

Election of the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia

The National Assembly then moved onto the second item on its agenda – election of the Speaker of the National Assembly.

The Chair, Prof. Dr Dragoljub Micunovic informed the MPs that, in line with Article 9 of the National Assembly Rules of Procedure, he had received a single nomination for National Assembly Speaker.

Maja Gojkovic, elected from the Electoral List Aleksandar Vucic – Serbia Is Winning, was nominated for National Assembly Speaker.

The representative of the nominator, MP Dr Aleksandar Martinovic provided the rationale on the nomination.

In the course of the debate on the candidate for National Assembly Speaker, the Chair, Prof. Dr Dragoljub Micunovic ,informed the MPs that the First (Constituting) Sitting of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia will be continued on Monday, 6 June 2016, at 10 am.

On the second day of the proceedings, 6 June, the National Assembly continued the discussion on the second item on the agenda - election of the Speaker of the National Assembly.

Having completed the discussion on the nominated candidate, the MPs decided to vote for National Assembly Speaker openly, by roll call. By majority vote, MP Maja Gojkovic was elected National Assembly Speaker.

Before moving on to vote on the candidates nominated for National Assembly Deputy Speakers, the MPs decided that the XI legislature of the National Assembly should have seven Deputy Speakers.

The National Assembly Speaker informed the MPs that the following had been nominated for National Assembly Deputy Speakers: Konstantin Arsenovic, Veroljub Arsic, Vladimir Marinkovic, Djordje Milicevic, Vjerica Radeta, Gordana Comic and Jasmina Nikolic. The National Assembly voted for the Deputy Speakers openly, by roll call.

By majority vote, the following were elected National Assembly Deputy Speakers: Konstantin Arsenovic, Veroljub Arsic, Vladimir Marinkovic, Djordje Milicevic, Vjerica Radeta and Gordana Comic, while Jasmina Nikolic did not win the required majority of MP votes.

In the continuation, Svetislava Bulajic was elected National Assembly Secretary General.

On the third day of the First (Constituting) Sitting of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, 22 June, the MPs moved onto the fifth item on the agenda - Election of members of the working bodies of the National Assembly.

National Assembly Speaker Maja Gojkovic opened the single debate on the Proposal of the Decision on the Election of Members and Deputy Members of the Committees of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, and having debated the Decision Proposal, the MPs adopted it by majority vote.

The National Assembly also ruled on the violations of the Rules of Procedure the MPs complained of in the course of the sitting and ruled that Article 107 of the Rules of Procedure had been violated, as pointed out by MP Vladimir Djukanovic, as well as articles 106 and 107 of the Rules of Procedure, as pointed out by MP Srdjan Nogo.

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



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