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        • This project initiated regular monitoring of the progress of Serbia’s security sector reform and integration. In line with this, special indicators were defined and methods and instruments developed for the purpose of monitoring and measuring the pace and scope of reform and the security inclusion of Serbia into the Euro-Atlantic community.

          By creating an additional, public and reliable source of data, and analyses of security sector reform in Serbia, we significantly increased the knowledge available to the decision-makers, civil society, journalists, and the business community. BSCP created a reliable empirical foundation for more advanced policy analyses and academic research, as well as significantly contributed to the academic and alternative education in security studies by developing a methodology for monitoring progress of security sector reform.

          All research findings are followed by concrete recommendations for the consolidation of the reform process and are to be published in the Yearbook on SSR in Serbia 2011, which is currently being prepared for printing.

          Importance of this project is not only the development and improvement of the unique methodology for measuring progress of SSR and the research findings themselves, but also the constant increase in knowledge, skills, and confidence of researchers to analyse and to influence security policies.

          For example, one researcher assigned to monitor the issue of general transparency  and protection of personal data by the security sector, used this knowledge to highlight both good and worrying practices and advocate timely policy changes aimed to increase the rights of citizens. Namely, he assessed  the quality of Information Booklets of three security actors: Security Information Agency (BIA), Ministry of Interior (MoI), and MoD in the period from 2008 to 2011. These analyses were shared with the Office of Commissioner for Free Access to Information during their preparation for the celebration of the International Public’s Right to Know Day, September 28th.

          Based on BCSP analysis, the Commissioner for Free Access to Information awarded the Ministry of Defense (MoD) as the state institution that publishes the best information booklet.

          The cooperation with the same independent state authority was also used in late 2011 to warn the Commissioner of provisions in the Draft Law on Private Detectives that grossly endanger the privacy of Serbian citizens. In close cooperation with the Commissioner for Free Access to Information we put successful pressure on the government in early 2012 to withdraw this bill prior to its presentation in the parliament and to further improve it by removing the problematic provisions.

          Another added value of this project is the significant amount of empirical data on the security sector collected by BCSP, which couldn’t have all been used and presented in the Yearbook.

        • Tags: mapping, monitoring, Serbia, Security sector, security sector reform, Euro Atlantic integration, research
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