Monday, 24 October 2011

Sixth Special Sitting of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in 2011

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Prof. Dr Slavica Djukic-Dejanovic convened the Sixth Special Sitting of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in 2011, for Monday, 24 October 2011, starting at 10 a.m.


For the sitting, the Speaker set the following agenda:

1. Discussing the Response of the Government of the Republic of Serbia to the Interpellation relating to the legitimacy of the work, dealings and accountability of the Minister of Religion and the Diaspora Srdjan Sreckovic, submitted by a group of 56 MPs of the Serbian Radical Party Parliamentary Group.

Opening the sitting, the Chair, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Gordana Comic, stated that the sitting was convened under Article 119, paragraph 2 in line with Article 224, paragraph 3 of the Rules of Procedure so that the National Assembly might discuss the Government’s response to the interpellation within the stipulated deadline.

On the behalf of the submitters, Serbian Radical Party Parliamentary Group, MP Milorad Buha elaborated the Interpellation relating to the legitimacy of the work, dealings and accountability of the Minister of Religion and the Diaspora Srdjan Sreckovic. He requested that the National Assembly open a debate on the accountability of the Minister of Religion and the Diaspora due to his violation of the Law on Ministries, Law on the Diaspora and Serbs in the region, Budget System Law and other, and that he be dismissed.

Minister of Religion and the Diaspora Srdjan Sreckovic said that, in its response, the Government rejected all the allegations of the Interpellation and endorsed the work of the Ministry. It ascertained that the budget funds had been used as planned and in line with the law and the Ministry’s work was deemed politically neutral, stressed Minister Sreckovic.

The Serbian Radical Party Parliamentary Group MPs stated their belief that Minister of Religion and the Diaspora Srdjan Sreckovic misused his position and misappropriated the funds earmarked for subsidizing cooperation projects between the diaspora and the motherland in 2010.

They reminded that in June their parliamentary group submitted two interpellations relating to the Government's accountability regarding its Kosovo-Metohija policy and Serbia’s approach to NATO, but the Government had not responded to them.

The ruling coalition MPs supported the work of the Ministry of Religion and the Diaspora and its Minister Srdjan Sreckovic and deemed that interpellation was just another type of democratic control over the Government's work. MPs Natasa Jovanovic, Dragan Todorovic, Aleksandar Martinovic, Dusan Maric, Zoran Krasic, Janko Veselinovic, Nada Kolundzija, Srdjan Mikovic, Nemanja Sarovic, Vjerica Radeta and Srdjan Milivojevic took part in the debate.

The Chair, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Gordana Comic, stated that the MPs would be subsequently informed of the Voting Day on the only item on the agenda for the Sixth Special Sitting of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in 2011.


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  • 13.00 - press conference of MPs Sasa Radulovic, Branka Stamenkovic and Vojin Biljic (National Assembly House, 13 Nikola Pasic Square, Central Hall)

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