politika“The public should know how the document, on the scope of which depend lives of thousands of people, is prepared“, said Rodoljub Sabic, Commissioner for Information of Public Importance. The barest minimum of requirements is that the public knows the objectives and the criteria of budget revision. Commissioner Rodoljub Sabic used these words to comment for the “Politika” daily the manner in which national budget was revised. As he said, that process must be much more transparent.

blicThe greatest aspect of the problem with regards to the implementation of anti-corruption legislation, such as the Law on the Free Access to Information of Public Importance, the Law on Public Procurement, and the Law on the Anti-Corruption Agency, is a consequence of the fact that the penal provisions of these laws are implemented partly or not at all, even in cases of obvious violations of the aforementioned.

politikaThe current “Draft Rulebook on technical requirements for equipment and software for legal interception of electronic communications and keeping data on electronic communications” generated a re-run of the “uproar” which the Draft Bill on Electronic Communications caused in the summer of 2010.
At that time, the Commissioner for Information and Protector of Citizens, and the expert community in particular, reacted to the Draft Bill which was submitted in haste and with no public discussion at all.

danasThere is no state protection system for corruption whistle-blowers in Serbia.
Belgrade - Whistle-blowers, people who report cases of corruption, do not enjoy protection in Serbia, and are often penalized, dismissed from their jobs and bullied for reporting cases of grave misconduct at their places of work.
Since it  was launched a year ago, more than 800 complaints from all regions in the country have been submitted to the www.pistaljka.rs web portal which allows citizens to report corruption while protecting their identity.

politikaThe option for security agencies, acting on an opinion which is not subject to court appraisal, to access information, is a grave breach of the Constitution.
Interception and keeping information on electronic communications – telephone call listings, to put it simply – can be done by security agencies without any court decision, if the new “Draft Rulebook on technical requirements for equipment and software for legal interception of electronic communications and keeping data on electronic communications” is adopted.

Expired

blicAt a meeting addressing restitution issues held at the National Assembly recently, in response to complaints put forth by the participants pointing to a lack of transparency in connection with restitution, Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Djelic proclaimed: “You will no longer need Information Commissioner Rodoljub Sabic, we will now post all information on the Internet”.