Secretary General and Deputy Secretaries General

Secretary General:

Svetislava Bulajic, Master of Legal Sciences

Contact telephone: 011/3026-163; 3026-243

e-mail: sekretar@parlament.rs

The Secretary General of the National Assembly is appointed by the National Assembly, acting on the proposal of the Speaker of the National Assembly.

The Secretary General assists the National Assembly Speaker and Deputy Speakers in preparing the sittings, sees to the implementation of decisions and conclusions of the National Assembly, manages the National Assembly Support Service and performs other duties stipulated by the law and the Rules of Procedure.

The Secretary General is accountable for his/her work to the National Assembly and the National Assembly Speaker.The term of office of the Secretary General is terminated on the day of the appointment of a Secretary General of a new the National Assembly convocation, by resignation or dismissal.

(Article 33 of the Law on the National Assembly)

SVETISLAVA BULAJIC

Function:

Secretary General of the National Assembly

Date of Birth

4 June 1964

Place of residence

Belgrade

Occupation

Master of Legal Sciences


Education:

Universities attended and academic titles earned

• Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, Bachelor of Laws, summa cum laude, 1987
• University Paris I, Panthèon-Sorbonne, auditeur libre, academic year 1990-1991
• Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, Master of Legal Sciences, 1998
• University of Connecticut, USA, School of Law, LL.M, Master of Laws, summa cum laude, 2011
• Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, doctoral studies (doctoral thesis, approved topic “Originalism, American contribution to the theory of constitutional interpretation”), 2013

Academic awards and scholarships

• Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, undergraduate studies (1983-1987): awards for results achieved during the academic year
• Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, postgraduate studies, major is International Law and Constitutional Law and Political Science: Belgrade University scholarship for young scientific researchers (1987-1990)
• Institute of Federalism, University of Fribourg, Switzerland: EUROregions, European Summer University, Council of Europe scholarship (28 August – 17 September 1988)
• University Paris I, Panthèon-Sorbonne, Master studies: French government scholarship 1990-1991
• Salzburg Seminar: Session 307 – American Law and Legal Institutions: Seminar scholarship (25 July – 6 August 1993)
• University of Salzburg, Austria: Department of International and Foreign Public Law, democratic and human rights protection research scholarship (May - June 1994)
• University of Connecticut, USA, School of Law, Master studies, LL.M: Ron Brown scholarship (1997-1998)
• Central European University, Budapest, Summer program: University scholarship (July - August 1999)
• University of Illinois at Chicago, Belgrade- Chicago interuniversity summer cooperation program (July 2000)
• US Supreme Court, Historical Society, Seminar on Federalism: scholarship of the US Supreme Court Historical Society, Washington DC (June 2002)
• European Commission one-month scholarship, Erasmus Mundus university cooperation and mobility programme, project Basileus (Balkans Academic Scheme for the Internationalisation of Learning in cooperation with EU universities), University ‘La Sapienza’, Rome, Italy (October 2009)
• Promoting Tolerance 2014 Program - Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) and American Jewish Committee (AJC): seminar in Sofia, Bulgaria (June 2014) and study visit to the USA (October 2014)

Languages:

• speaks English and French
• working knowledge of Italian, Russian and Hungarian

Other skills:

• teaching and research experience
• consulting and managerial experience (OSCE, Council of Europe, European Commission, World Bank, etc.)
• trained in mediation and nonviolent communication
• computer training

Work experience:

• Assistant-intern and later assistant for subject Constitutional Law, Public Law Department, Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, 1989-2009 (curriculum covered theory, history, comparative and positive constitutional law, as well as court practice);
• Assistant for subject Political System, Public Law Department, Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, 2009-2014, as well as postgraduate courses in English - Introduction to European Union Law, i.e. Court Protection in European Union Law; current research agenda - EU institutional design;
• IREX (International Research and Exchange Board), Washington DC, USA, external associate for former Yugoslavia, 1999-2003 (work on a project of academic cooperation and exchange of students and scientific staff within different programs, such as Ron Brown program, Fulbright program, etc.)
• CECL (Centre for European Constitutional Law), Athens, Greece, “Rigas Network” project, associate for Serbia and Montenegro (FR Yugoslavia), 2000-2004 (preparation of seminars, drafting of project documents, database updating on relevant changes in national legislation, etc.);
• OSCE/ODIHR Observation Mission, Parliamentary Elections 2000 (22 November – 30 December 2000), Mission’s deputy legal advisor;
• OSCE, Mission to Serbia and Montenegro, Media Department, legal consultant, March 2001 - November 2005 (work on media legislation reform, especially the Law on Broadcasting, Law on Public Information, Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance, as well as establishment of republic independent bodies in these areas, promotion of new laws and bodies, organisation of round tables, trainings and seminars on freedom of the media and the public service, in cooperation with the non-governmental sector and media associations);
• Expert-assistant/redactor, Open Society Foundation Serbia project “Monitoring of the process of bringing Serbia closer to the European Union – state institutions’ capacities to fulfil assumed obligations” (2006);
• Expert-assistant, Legislative Reform Project, Ministry of Human and Minority Rights, Serbia and Montenegro, in cooperation with the European Centre for Minority Issues and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (2006);
• World Bank expert-assistant on the judiciary reform project (February 2008 – January 2011), responsible for formulation and implementation of the Serbian judiciary system support program, including comments on the legislation, by-laws and other reform documents, handling of the project budget, coordination with the Ministry of Justice, academic community, non-governmental sector and foreign partners);
• University of Connecticut, School of Law, guest lecturer in the master program on American law and legal institutions, and Assistant Director of International Programs responsible for the administration of master and other programs, as well as establishment of doctoral studies (January 2011 – January 2012).

Other engagements:

• Legal Advisor to the Vice-President of the Constitutional Commission of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia (2003);
• Member of the expert group of the President of the Republic of Serbia for the drafting of the model of the Serbian Constitution (2004-2005);
• Candidate for judge of the Constitutional Court of Serbia at the proposal of the President of the Republic (June 2005);
• Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in the 31 May 2012 – 16 June 2014 legislature, and in said term of office member of the parliamentary delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (member of the Legal Committee and its Subcommittee on Human Rights, and the Social Committee), as well as Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean;
• Candidate of the Government of the Republic of Serbia for Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (May – October 2015);
• Member of several occupational associations: Association for Constitutional Law of Serbia, Fulbright Alumni Association of Serbia, Serbian Ron Brown Association and Association of French Bachelors (ADEF - Association des Diplômés de l'Enseignement Superiéur Français).

Important works:

FAQs on the Republic of Serbia Law on Broadcasting, pub. OSCE Mission to Serbia and Montenegro, in Serbian and English, 142 pp,. Belgrade, 2003
45 Years of the Constitutional Council of the French Fifth Republic in Constitution as Lex Superior, commemorating the 75 years of life and 50 years of scientific work of Pavle Nikolic, pub. Association for Constitutional Law of Serbia, Belgrade, 2004
Guide through the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance (co-author), pub. Open Society Foundation Serbia, in Serbian and English, 94 pp., Belgrade, 2005
Law of Nationality and the Dissolution of Yugoslavia (delivered in English at the gathering ”Citizenship or Nationality? Dual Citizenship as A Legal Problem” of the Institute for Legal Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 3 October 2005, Budapest), contribution to project “Development of the Serbian legal system and harmonisation with the EU acquis” of the Faculty of Law in Belgrade, 2005
Keeper of the French Constitution, pub. Official Gazette, Belgrade, 2006, 162 pp.
Europeanisation of Serbia, Capacities of the government bodies and local (self)government bodies, Monitoring of the process of Europeanisation of the social, economic, political and legal space in Serbia, (co-author), pub. Open Society Foundation Serbia, Belgrade, 2006, 142 pp.
On termination of MP’s term of office – with special focus on stripping of term of office due to termination of membership in a political party/coalition, contribution to project “Development of the Serbian legal system and harmonisation with the EU acquis” of the Faculty of Law in Belgrade, 2007
Value jurisprudence in contemporary constitutional review: A challenge before Serbia, VII World Congress of the International Association for Constitutional Law, paper in English, accepted for debate in Workshop 15: Balancing and proportionality in constitutional review, Athens, June 2007
Historical background to the American controversy over originalist approach to constitutional interpretation – lesson to be learned from, contribution to project “Development of the Serbian legal system and harmonisation with the EU acquis” of the Faculty of Law in Belgrade, 2008
American Federalism and the EU Institutional Design Revisited, contribution to project “Development of the Serbian legal system and harmonisation with the EU acquis” of the Faculty of Law in Belgrade, 2013
Constitution and Civil Rights, co-author, textbook for 3rd grade of vocational high-schools and 4th grade of grammar schools, pub. Institute for Textbooks and Teaching Aids, 1st edition, Belgrade 2006, 170 pp., up to improved and expanded IV edition, Belgrade 2013, 190 pp.
Originalism, American contribution to the theory of constitutional interpretation, doctoral thesis, in progress.


Deputy Secretaries General:

Srdjan Smiljanic, Bachelor of Laws

Contact telephone: 011/3026-100

Branko Marinkovic, Bachelor of Laws
Contact telephone: 011/3026-100

The Secretary General of the National Assembly has a deputy who assists him/her in the work and substitutes him/her in case of absence or inability to work.

The Deputy Secretary General is appointed by the National Assembly upon proposal of the Secretary General with the approval of the Speaker of the National Assembly.

The number of Deputies of the Secretary General is stipulated by the Rules of Procedure.
A Deputy Secretary General is accountable for his/her work to the National Assembly, the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Secretary General.

The term of office the Deputy Secretary General is terminated on the day of the appointment of a Deputy Secretary General of the new National Assembly convocation, by resignation or dismissal.

(Article 34 of the Law on the National Assembly)

SRDJAN SMILJANIC

Function:

Deputy Secretary General of the National Assembly

Date of Birth

16 May 1979

Place of residence

Belgrade

Occupation

Bachelor of Laws


Biography

Education:

• MBA – Master of Business and Administration 2012-2013, Carlos III state university, Madrid, Spain – financial and business economy, international business, strategic and operational management, human resource management and marketing strategy, market analysis and supplier management, management accounting, by recommendation of professor from the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade and employer;
• Graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade in 2005;
• Finished elementary and grammar school in Belgrade.

Work experience:

• Employed by Raiffeisen Bank a.d. Belgrade since August 2011 at the legal affairs sector – Department of legal affairs concerning the economy as senior associate for legal affairs concerning the economy - drafting contracts and decisions of the Bank from the scope of transactions with the economy, providing legal opinion relating to direct application of regulations, application of acts in courts and other authorities, as well as representing the Bank before courts and other authorities;
• November 2005 – August 2011 employed as legal advisor at Point Group Holding on financial and legal consulting, capital increase consulting and trade in securities, takeover of shareholders’ capital, sale of shares and buyout of claims;
• September 1998 – January 2003 worked at Mobtel Serbia (Telenor Serbia) in the legal sector and in BK Telecom from March 1997 to June 1998 on telecommunication/market research tasks.

Languages:

• English and Spanish

Computer literate:

• Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point)


BRANKO MARINKOVIC

Function:

Deputy Secretary General of the National Assembly

Date of Birth

2 October 1980

Place of residence

Belgrade

Occupation

Bachelor of Laws


Biography

Education:

  • Diplomatic Academy – Ministry of Foreign Affairs – basic diplomatic training programme;
  • Graduated at the Nis Faculty of Law;
  • Completed graduate studies at the Faculty of Electronic Engineering in Nis earning the title of electrical engineer for computer science and information technology;
  • Commenced Grammar School in Surdulica, graduated in Winnfield, Louisiana, USA, as part of the international programme Pacific intercultural exchange as valedictorian and awarded a Certificate as one of the best attendees.

Work experience:

  • Provided free legal assistance – OSCE Programme of the Nis Chamber of Lawyers and Nis Faculty of Law “Legal clinic” May 2009 – November 2009 and was recommended for further engagement by the Nis Faculty of Law and Nis Chamber of Lawyers;
  • One of the winners of the Moot Court competition – European Human Rights Court trial simulation in Strasbourg, 2011 – excellent knowledge of international human rights law and international procedural law;
  • Intern at law office 2011-1012;
  • Intern – junior officer at the Committee on the Judiciary, Public Administration and Local Self-Governmentof the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia 2012-2013;
  • Junior officer at the Committee on the Judiciary, Public Administration and Local Self-Governmentof the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia 2013-2014;
  • National Assembly Secretariat General 2014 –

At the National Assembly Service, in addition to his regular duties:

  • National Assembly’s contact person at the Ministry of Justice Working Group for the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy 2013-2018;
  • Counsellor at the Serbian National Branchof the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption;
  • Counsellor at the National Assembly’s Commission for the Control of Execution of Criminal Sanctions;
  • Member of the editorial board of National Assembly’s newsletter “Quorum”;
  • Member of the editorial board of “Infobil” - newsletter for National Assembly staff;
  • Certified internal instructor for e-Parliament system training and use.
Languages:

  • Active knowledge of English, passive knowledge of French, good knowledge of Bulgarian.
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Wednesday, 26 April
  • 10.05 - National Assembly Speaker Maja Gojkovic meets with Swedish Parliament Speaker Urban Ahlin (National Assembly House, 13 Nikola Pasic Square, hall 1)

  • 10.30 - press conference of the National Assembly Speaker and the Swedish Parliament Speaker (National Assembly House, 13 Nikola Pasic Square, Central Hall)

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