First Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office in Belgrade confirmed that there are no basis for initiating criminal proceedings for misuse in implementing the bid of the Ministry of Labor for social services in 2014, announced the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights (YUCOM) on January 17th 2017. The bid was advertised in 2014, but it was canceled because numerous civil society organizations indicated to the misuse and the money, instead for social services, was directed to the Children’s Rare Disease Fund.
First basic public prosecutor’s office in Belgrade dismissed the criminal charges of several non-governmental organizations, which two years ago were filed against unidentified persons for alleged illegal attempts to allocate more than two million dinars earmarked to social services, and within the bid that The Ministry of Labor, Veteran and Social Affairs advertised in 2014.
In the statement of the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights (YUCOM) it is specified that after collecting information, prosecutor’s office concluded that there is no legal basis for initiating criminal proceedings against any person, for any criminal offense prosecuted ex officio.
After more than two years of collecting material the First basic public prosecutor’s office hasn’t found basis to proceed in case of advertised bids of the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Policy, that attempted illegal awarding over two million euros intended for social services, according to the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights (YUCOM).
As a reminder, the bidding, which was advertised in 2014 it was canceled after all, due to misuse that a number of civil society organizations indicated to, and the money, instead for social services, was directed to the Children’s Rare Disease Fund.
First Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office in Belgrade confirmed that there are no basis for initiating criminal proceedings for misuse in implementing the bid of the Ministry of Labor of the Republic of Serbia for social services in 2014, announced the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights (YUCOM) today.
YUCOM stated that prosecutor’s office “after more than two years of collecting material hasn’t found basis to proceed in case against unknown persons involved in implementing bids of the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Policy, that attempted illegal awarding over two million euros intended for social services”.
The Government of the Republic of Serbia on 11th of 2015. established the Council for the implementation of the Action Plan for Chapter 23 as the working body for the provision of professional support to the negotiating group for Chapter 23.
Belgrade is refusing to extradite three wanted Serbian Radical Party members to the Hague Tribunal, sparking claims that it’s trying to avoid the UN court hearing how PM Aleksandar Vucic was accused of witness intimidation.
Serge Brammertz, chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, ICTY, came to Belgrade last week with a clear message: Serbia has to fulfil its obligations and extradite three of its nationals – Petar Jojic, Vjerica Radeta and Jovo Ostojic – to The Hague for trial on witness intimidation charges.
Germany strongly supports the opening of Chapters 23 and 24 in the negotiations of the European Union (EU) and Serbia and will continue to support you in this process – assessed today the Ambassador of Germany in Serbia Axel Dittmann and pointed out that it is now important to work on the implementation of the Action Plan from Chapter 23.
At the conference of the Committee of Lawyers for Human rights „Implementation of the Activities Envisaged by the Action Plan for Chapter 23 – Judiciary and Fundamental Rights“ Dittmann indicated that this Chapter is crucial because it deals with fundamental rights, the rule of law, freedom of expression, democracy and fight against corruption.
In addition to the negotiating Chapter 5 which deals with public procurement, the Council of the European Union currently holds the negotiation Chapter 25 (Science and Research) and Chapter 26 (Education and Culture).
We do not hide that we are very interested in opening these Chapters by the end of the year, said today Tanja Miščević, the Head of Serbia’s negotiating team.
Serbia has been struggling for six years to put in place a law on free legal aid, which is one of the requirements for progress in its EU accession negotiations. The law will be adopted by the end of 2016 and implemented in 2018, the justice ministry told EurActiv Serbia.
Due to the low salaries, high fees and lengthy court proceedings, many Serbs have difficulty affording justice.
As part of the preparations for accession to EU Serbia will need to change its Constitution in order to transfer a part of jurisdiction to Brussels and to guarantee the independence of the judiciary. Contrary to popular belief it will not be necessary to exclude the pursuit over sovereignty of Kosovo from the highest legal act, estimated today legal experts at the presentation of the analysis dedicated to this topic.