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    • How to Get to the Rule of Law in My Town?

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    • Date: 30 May 2019

      The challenges to the establishment of the rule of law in local communities and the ways local activists use to overcome them is the topic of the debate that will take place on May 30, in Multimedia Center Kvart in Kraljevo, starting at 17h.

      Serbia is currently in the sixth year since the accession talks with the EU had started. The accession negotiations place the rule of law at the forefront of this process, at least at a declaratory level. This is reflected in a comprehensive set of reforms that are planned in the areas of judiciary and fundamental rights (Chapter 23) and justice, liberty and security, (Chapter 24). However, despite the ambitious plans, it seems that the effects of these reforms are lacking: numerous global rankings notice the backsliding in Serbia in the fields of freedom of the press, perception of corruption or the rule of law.

      How is it possible that, at the same time, Serbia is opening negotiations on new chapters, when, at the same time, stagnation or backsliding are taking place? How does this state of play is seen from the Brussel’s perspective and the newest Serbia Country Report (to be published on May, 29), how is it seen from the Belgrade-based civil society organisations and, finally, what does it mean for the activists and citizens of Kraljevo who stand for these values?

      Panelist at the conference will be:

      • Dragana Veljović, Fenomena, Kraljevo
      • Predrag Voštinić, Local Front, Kraljevo
      • Tanja Ignjatović, Autonomous Women’s Centre, Belgrade
      • Zlata Đorđević, Transparency Serbia, Belgrade

      Moderator: BCSP Researcher Bojan Elek

      Please, RSVP by Wednesday, May 29, by email office@bezbednost.org or phone 011/3287-226.

      The local debate is part of a joint effort by Centre for Research, Transparency and Accountability - CRTA, National Coalition for Decentralization, Belgrade Centre for Security Policyand Partners for Democratic Change Serbiato encourage greater citizen participation in decision-making process through the project "Reconnecting Democracy - Citizens in Power" supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The attitudes expressed during the discussion are exclusively the views of the speakers and do not reflect the views of USAID.

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