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The Independent Bodies and National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia: Collaboration or Ignorance?

29.10.2015

Independent bodies are widely recognised as a key component of a stable and efficient democratic system, developed on the foundation of the rule of law and good governance. On the one side, they provide additional means for representation and protection of citizens and their rights, while on the other they offer a strong mechanism of checks and balances which facilitates efficient and effective control over the executive branch of power. That is why independent bodies are often mentioned as the fourth branch of power responsible not only for the protection of citizens’ rights, but also for the oversight of the work of institutions in the executive.


Starting with the political and economic reforms in 2000s, the Republic of Serbia gradually created the basic preconditions for the proper functioning of independent bodies. However, cooperation between these bodies and the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia (hereinafter: the Parliament) continuously faces obstacles that lead to a lack of influence and effectiveness of the independent bodies.


The aim of this policy paper is to identify the roots of the existing problems and obstacles in the collaboration between the independent bodies and the Parliament, and to offer concrete suggestions and recommendations for overcoming these limitations and establishing an improved, efficient model for their cooperation.

 

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