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Citizens will also need to approve changes to the Constitution at the polls in 2017. The current options are to hold that referendum along with the presidential elections.

The citizens of Serbia might need to go to the polls twice next year – to elect a president and to approve changes to the Constitution necessary for the continuation of the negotiation process with the European Union. According to our sources, however, the option of holding both the presidential elections and the constitution referendum simultaneously isn’t off the table

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Burka could become an unwanted garment in Germany. Both the minister of internal affairs and the Chancellor say that a concealed face is unacceptable in an open society because it prevents people from fitting in.  Those familiar with current political affairs add another reason – upcoming elections in some of the German provinces and slightly more rigid political statements due to this fact.

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It is impossible for a country to become a new member of the European Union before the next EU budget period in 2021, said today the Head of the Serbian negotiating team for negotiations with the EU Tanja Miščević.

„This is simply a rule and one can’t go beyond that“ said Miščević and added that she would not engage in calculations as to when will the Serbia become a member of the EU because that does not depend solely on Serbia.

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In the process of structural changes with the opening of Chapters 23 and 24 there will be changes to the Constitution, says the director of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (Yucom) Milan Antonijević.

The changes will be made so that the independent bodies, that can enact the independence of judiciary and prosecution, are allowed to begin their work in an adequate manner, he adds.

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Does the opening of Chapter 23 and 24, under which Serbia commits itself to the rule of law, mean that the power of Aleksandar Vučić will be limited. The collocutors are Bogoljub Milosavljević, Professor of Law at the Belgrade Union University, and Milan Antonijević, director of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights from Belgrade.

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Human rights advocates have condemned a Serbian tabloid for calling for the arrest of so-called ‘foreign mercenaries’, calling it part of an ongoing campaign against journalists and NGOs.

A prominent human rights lawyer in Belgrade has condemned a Serbian tabloid for calling for the arrest of alleged “foreign mercenaries” supposedly working to destabilise the country.

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The civil proceedings should not last more than two years and criminal proceedings a maximum of five. For similar cases, no matter where the trials take place, consistent verdicts will be made, and politics will no longer have an impact on the Judiciary. The state institutions and its officials will be under even stronger control of the independent bodies. Serbia committed itself to all of this by adopting the Action Plans for Chapter 23 and 24 that were opened yesterday in Brussels.

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On 11–12 June, the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Mónica Pinto, will meet with lawyers and civil society actors in Belgrade. Ahead of this consultation, Milan Antonijević, Director of Yucom and member of Human Rights House Belgrade spoke, to HRHN about the importance of the consultation and the benefits of a cross-border community of lawyers.

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