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          • Year: 2017
          • Real say on policy

          • BCSP research team offers recommendations for the improvement of informing citizens on European integration and points out that the existing approach prevents the interested public from following the process of accession negotiations, analyzes, proposes and evaluates been done in the area of EU integration.

        • The latest report of the Belgrade Center for Security Policy (BCSP) indicates that the Government of Serbia tends to limit citizens' access to information of public interest in European integration.

           

          Six-month study found that the availability of information is unconstitutionaly regulated through bylaws and that these acts change frequently. The process of negotiations with the European Union becomes one-sided, because this data becomes the exclusive property of the state authorities.

           

          Subject of the BCSP's analysis are procedures applied to public information in the process of European integration in accordance with pre-established goals of the Republic of Serbia and its applicable legal rules.

           

          Two initial assumptions underlying the analysis are:

           
          • Citizens must be well and thoroughly informed on changes which have already occurred or are bound to occure in the process of European integration, in accordance with the Constitution and law guaranteed rights;
          • The Serbian government should provide access to information of public importance and decisions should be made as open as possible, to ensure the public process.

           

          BCSP analysis shows that the Serbian government is determined to availability of information from the European integration process regulated by laws, and that these acts frequently changing. Research shows that in the period from 2016 to 2017 made four acts that govern the information of public importance in the negotiations with the European Union. Although the executive authorities have stated that when restricting the availability of data treated in accordance with the requirements of the EU, it was pointed out that the documents to which they refer in any of its segment does not require the application of such regulations in the countries that are in the process of accession to membership.

           

          In the practical application of these regulations, institutions have given different answers as to which data is available, who can provide information on that availability (the Ministry responsible for  the process of negotiations, the Government Office for European Integration, Negotiating Team). These responses often point to other institutions that allegedly possess specific information or are responsible for the existing state of things.

           

          BCSP research team offers recommendations for improvement to informing citizens on European integration and stressed that the current approach prevents the interested public to follow the process of accession negotiations, analyzes, proposes and estimates done in the areas of EU integration.

          The publication was created within the project "Real say on policy" which is being implemented within the framework of the project implemented by Trag Foundation in partnership with the association CRTA, the National Coalition for Decentralization (NACE) and the Slavko Curuvija Foundation, and with the financial support of the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

        • Tags: public, European integration, citizens, information, Chapter 23, Chapter 24, transparency
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