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          • Year: 2014
          • Parliamentary Questions as a Mechanism for Oversight of the Security Sector

          • BCSP Researcher-Associate Vladimir Erceg analyzes the institute of parliamentary questions as one of the key mechanisms for parliamentary oversight on work of the Government.

        • The focus of this publication is an overview of the mechanism and practice of parliamentary questions on issues of security and corruption during parliamentary terms of the National Assembly of Serbia between 2008 and 2012.

          In the first part of the publication BCSP Researcher-Associate analyzes questions such as: What are the strengths and weaknesses of written and verbally asked questions? What is the right to request notification and explanation and how it relates to parliamentary questions?

          The second part of the analysis presents a detailed examination of the practice of using parliamentary questions on issues related to security and corruption.

          Research at the end summarizes six key weaknesses in the system that significantly affect the effectiveness of this instrument and offers concrete recommendations for their removal.

           

          This publication provides answers to the following questions: For which topics are the members of Parliament most interested? For which topics were interested individual parties? Are the members of Parliament interested in issues of security and corruption? Do the questions of representatives from the opposition have a different treatment? Why many questions remain unanswered?

          This publication is made possible by the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the “Civil Society Forward” program, implemented by the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), within the project „Partnership for Integrity in Security Sector in Serbia“. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of ISC, USAID or the United States Government.
        • Tags: Partnership for Integrity in Security Sector, parliament, Serbia, oversight, Security sector
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