Wednesday, 7 November 2007

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

The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, Oliver Dulic, convened the Third Sitting of the Second Regular Session of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in 2007 for Wednesday, 7 November, beginning at 2 p.


The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, Oliver Dulic, convened the Third Sitting of the Second Regular Session of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in 2007 for Wednesday, 7 November, beginning at 2 p.m.

The National Assembly set the following agenda for the sitting:

1. The Bill on the Constitutional Court, submitted by the Government,
2. Election of Constitutional Court judges from the candidate list submitted
by the President of the Republic,
3. Determining the candidate list for Constitutional Court judges appointed
by the President of the Republic at the proposal of Deputy Groups at the
National Assembly,
4. The Asylum Bill, submitted by the Government,
5. The Proposal of the Decision amending the Decision on the election of
National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Committee Members, submitted
by Member of Parliament Nada Kolundzija, Deputy Group President of the
Democratic Party and the Proposal of the Decision amending the Decision
on the election of National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Committee
Members, submitted by Member of Parliament Milos Aligrudic, Deputy Group
President of the Democratic Party of Serbia – New Serbia – Dr Vojislav
Kostunica,
6. Deputies’ questions

On the first day of work the National Assembly commenced a discussion in principle on The Bill on the Constitutional Court.

On 8 November, the second day of the session, the National Assembly continued the discussion in principle on the Bill on the Constitutional Court. During the discussion several Members of Parliament pointed out violations of the National Assembly Rules of Procedure and posed questions to the Government and certain ministries. The Minister of Justice, Dusan Petrovic, attending the sitting as the submitter of the Bill on the Constitutional Court, answered several of the asked questions.

On 9 November, the third day of the session, the National Assembly concluded the discussion in principle on the Bill on the Constitutional Court.

On the fourth day of the session, 12 November, the National Assembly conducted a discussion on the Candidate List for Constitutional Court judges submitted by the President of the Republic.

After the introductory remarks by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Oliver Dulic, the Members of Parliament went on to conduct a discussion on the Proposed Candidate List for Constitutional Court judges appointed by the President of the Republic at the proposal of Deputy Groups at the National Assembly.

On the fifth day of the session, 13 November, the National Assembly conducted a discussion on the Proposed Candidate List for Constitutional Court judges appointed by the President of the Republic at the proposal of Deputy Groups at the National Assembly.

The Members of Parliament went on to commence the discussion on the Asylum Bill, submitted by the Government.

The Minister of Interior, Dragan Jocic, who attended the sitting as submitter of the Asylum Bill, pointed out that the Asylum Bill regulates, entirely and in a modern way, the matter of asylum erstwhile regulated by a law dating from 1980. The Bill enables both the alignment with the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia and the International Conventions and Directives of the European Union.

At the beginning of the sixth day of work, 14 November, the National Assembly acknowledged the end of mandate of the Member of Parliament Slobodan Gavrilovic, elected from the Democratic Party-Boris Tadic electoral list, before the end of the term he was elected for.

In the morning part of the sitting, the National Assembly conducted a discussion in principle on the Asylum Bill.

The National Assembly went on to acknowledge the confirmation of mandate to the Member of Parliament Nenad Milenkovic, elected from the Democratic Party-Boris Tadic electoral list, for the purpose of filling a deputy seat at the National Assembly, and urgently bring a decision on the authorisation to have Palamar Senad, Deputy District Public Prosecutor in Novi Pazar, remanded in custody.

By the end of the day the National Assembly concluded the discussion in principle on the Asylum Bill, conducted a unified discussion on the Proposals of the Decisions amending the Decision on the election of National Assembly Committee Members, submitted by Members of Parliament Nada Kolundzija, Democratic Party Deputy Group President and Milos Aligrudic, Deputy Group President of the Democratic Party of Serbia – New Serbia – Dr Vojislav Kostunica, and commenced a discussion in detail on the Bill on the Constitutional Court.

On the seventh day of the session, 15 November, the National Assembly continued the discussion in principle on the Bill on the Constitutional Court.

On the eight day of the session, 16 November, the National Assembly continued the discussion in detail of the Bill on the Constitutional Court.

On the ninth day of the session, 19 November, the National Assembly conducted a discussion in detail on the Bill on the Constitutional Court. During the proceedings several members of parliament pointed out violations of the Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly, the deputies posed questions and requested information.

The Assembly will continue work on Tuesday, 20 November, at 10 a.m.

On the tenth day of the session (20 November), the National Assembly concluded the discussion in detail on the Bill on the Constitutional Court.
In the afternoon, the National Assembly commenced a discussion in detail on the Asylum Bill.

On the eleventh day of the session, 21 November, the National Assembly continued the discussion in detail on the Asylum Bill. The representative of the submitters, Minister of Interior, Dragan Jocic, expounded the Government’s position on specific amendments and answered the questions posed by the members of parliament during the debate.

On the twelfth day of work, 22 November, the National Assembly concluded the discussion in detail on the Asylum Bill.

On the thirteenth day of work, 23 November, the National Assembly continued considering the last item on the sitting’s agenda, that is Deputies’ questions to the representatives of the Serbian Government.

The sitting was attended by Bozidar Djelic, Deputy Prime Minister, Mirko Cvetkovic, Minister of Finance, Vojislav Brajovic, Minister of Culture, Milica Cubrilo, Minister for Diaspora, Sasa Dragin, Minister of Environmental Protection, Slobodan Milosavljevic, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Milan Markovic, Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, Vuk Jeremic, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Predrag Bubalo, Minister of Trade and Services, Snezana Samardzic-Markovic, Minister of Youth and Sports, and Aleksandra Smiljanic, Minister of Telecommunications and Information Society.

The members of parliament asked the ministers and the Serbian Government questions pertaining to health, agriculture, economy, education, energetics, European integrations, the position of national minorities, also mentioning the business dealings of “Delta” company. They also requested answers about the current state of negotiations on the future status of Kosovo and Metohia and the security conditions in the country.

The Government representatives answered most of the questions during the sitting, while the answers to some questions will be sent to the members of parliament in written form.

Since the National Assembly had conducted a discussion on all the items on the agenda, the Speaker of the National Assembly designated the Voting Day for Saturday, 24 November.

Voting Day

On the Voting Day, 24 November, the National Assembly adopted the Bill on the Constitutional Court and the Asylum Bill in their entirety.

From the candidate list for Constitutional Court judges submitted by the President of the Republic, the National Assembly elected as Constitutional Court Judges Predrag Cetkovic, Assistant Director of the Directorate for Legal and General Affairs of DDOR Novi Sad, Bosa Nenadic, Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Serbia, Dragisa Slijepcevic, Supreme Court Judge, Stanka Milanovic, Deputy Republic Public Prosecutor and Marija Draskic, professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade.

The National Assembly determined the candidate list for Constitutional Court judges appointed by the President of the Republic at the proposal of Deputy Groups at the National Assembly. The Candidate list includes: Olivera Vucic, professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, Vesna Ilic-Prelic, State Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Jadranka Injac, Constitutional Court Judge, Zanejpa Kavrajic, Distric Court Judge in Novi Pazar, Prof Dr Agnes Kartagodri, associate professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Novi Sad, Prof Dr Vladan Kutlesic, professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, Katarina Manojlovic, Judge of the Constitutional Court of Serbia, Mihailo Rulic, Judge of the Constitutional Court of Serbia, Dr Dragan M. Stojanovic, professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Nis and Dusko Celic, associate at the Faculty of Law in Kosovska Mitrovica, University of Pristina.

The National Assembly went on to adopt the proposals of the Decisions amending the Decision on the election of National Assembly Committee Members, submitted by Members of Parliament Nada Kolundzija and Milos Aligrudic.

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



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