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    • Yearbook presented to representatives of the Serbia's Ministry of Defense and SAF General Staff

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    • Date: 27 November 2009

      "Yearbook of Security Sector Reform in Serbia" was presented to representatives of Serbia's Ministry of Defense and Serbian Armed Forces (SAF) General Staff on Friday, November 27, 2009.

      Words of welcome were given by Brigadier General Mitar Kovac, Head of the Strategic Planning Dept. within the Ministry's Sector for Defence Policy . After explaining the value of achievements in the reform of the legal framework in 2009, Kovac highlighted the tasks ahead: adoption of long- and middle-term plan for the development of the defence system as well as full implementation of the planning, programming, budgeting and execution (PPBE).

      Miroslav Hadzic, President of CCMR Managerial Board presented the research project "Mapping and Monitoring Security Sector Reform in Serbia" and summarized its most important findings into a "balance sheet". He said how one of the most challenging tasks research team faced while conducting the research, was to determine to which extent have the principles of democratic governance been introduced in Serbia's security sector. It was then, he added, that the principal research question appeared, has the so called first generation of security sector reform(s) been finalized in Serbia. In Hadzic's opinion, period between 2006 and 2008 can best be summoned as the "time of lost opportunities", mostly due to indecisiveness of political elites.

      Sonja Stojanovic, Director of CCMR, presented the methodology of the research as well as its comparative advantages. First, this is the first attempt to map and monitor security sector and its reform from the perspective of civil society; second, it takes security sector holistically, not partially. Sonja announced how in the weeks and months ahead, "mapping and monitoring" methodology will further be elaborated and developed with partner organisations from the region, and experts employed in state administration. 

      Education Coordinator and Research Associate of CCMR Djordje Popovic concentrated on the principal findings of mapping and monitoring the defence system reform. His presentation proved valuable for the ensuing discussion, where following questions were raised:

      • representativeness of woman and minorities in the defence system,
      • instruments of positive discrimination,
      • civilian expertise to handle occupations previously understood as exclusively military,
      • the actual price and efforts to budget the defence system reform,
      • high costs for personnel in the overall budget.

      As for methodology, where concerns were expressed of the possibility itself to numerically measure one actor's reform.

      In the third and last panel the object of discussion was the reform of Military Security and Military Intelligence Agency. 

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