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    • We have assessed Serbia's national security policy

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    • Date: 07 April 2011
      On April 7, our guests – representatives of the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Military Academy of Serbia, as well as civil society organizations have taken part in the assessment of Serbia’s national security policy. Divided into two focus groups, twenty participants discussed the following issues:

      Who should be protected in Serbia, the state or the citizens?

      What are the principal threats to security of citizens, the society, and the state?

      Can institutions of Serbia’s security sector efficiently and effectively respond to contemporary threats?

      Is Serbia lagging behind in terms of developing or implementing new technologies as a means of countering threats to security?

      Participants concluded that corruption, organized crime, natural disasters, and terrorism constitute the biggest threats to the security of citizens and the state at the moment. The disputed status of Kosovo and Metohija and the separatist aspirations of the Albanian national minority do remain a threat to the security of the state, but representatives of civil society pointed out that the latter issue is highly politicized, hiding from the public eye the real security problems that people face, which are related to economy and protection of human rights.

      Institutions in Serbia do not have enough effective measures at their disposal to eliminate the above mentioned threats. Although we hoped to include the analysis of how new technologies are being developed or implemented in response to contemporary security threats, we have realized how, although certain progress has been made, policy as such remains underdeveloped. At the workshop we also reaffirmed the point of view that threats to the security of the state, which are represented in policy documents, in many ways differ from how people see and prioritize their security needs.

      This assessment was conducted with support the EC provided to the CRESCENDO project (for more information go to www.crescendo-project.org).

      Related topics:Serbia, national, Security, policy, reform
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