The European Movement in Serbia has initiated a debate on key aspects of a potential revision of Serbian Constitution after having considered all socio-political circumstances indicating the necessity of Constitutional revision. Initial analysis questioned the legitimacy of the current Serbian Constitution and offered three possible scenarios for revision (policy paper ‘’Constitutional revision in Serbia: main aspects and possible solutions’’). Over time, EMiNS will intensify public debate on constitutional revision within the framework of the project “Awaiting a new Constitution” amongst all relevant actors. Thus a consensus will be built about the key aspects of adopting a new Serbian Constitution by creating a broader platform for discussion and through a careful examination of the substance and feasibility of Constitutional revision.
The goal of this project is to contribute to the consensus building about the necessity and inevitability of revising Serbia’s supreme legal act, the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia. This ought to be achieved by means of well-argued public debates and profound analysis in order to establish the basic preconditions for institutional stability. That is crucial to providing the guarantees of democratic order such as the rule of law, human rights and civil liberties.
- Performing research-based analysis on the content and method of ratification of a new Constitution;
- Start and intensify both an academic and public debate on Constitutional revision that is based on aforementioned analysis amongst significant national and local stakeholder;
- Contribute to and build a consensus amongst political actors on Constitutional revision, the basic principles thereof and the way in which it should be adopted.
- Implementation of the analysis ‘Steps to a new Constitution: merits and procedure’
Based on research and analysis, we plan to prepare a policy brief titled “Steps to a new Constitution: merits and procedure”. This document will represent a follow-up of earlier research conducted by the authors on the necessity and possibilities of implementing Constitutional revision, published as “Constitutional revision in Serbia: aspects and possible solutions”.
- Preparation of three policy briefs and thematically focused public debates thereon
- Public debate within the framework of four public consultations
Representatives of relevant institutions such as political parties and organisations, the media and academia will be able to participate at four public consultations. There they have a chance to find out more about the results of research conducted for the policy brief ’Steps to a new constitution: merits and procedure’, to give feedback and provide suggestions for possible improvements. Public consultations will be organised in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Kragujevac and Novi Pazar.
- Campaign amongst political actors for basic principles that will guide the content of and procedure towards a new Constitution
Research results and proposals included in the policy brief ‘Steps to a new constitution: merits and procedure’ will be presented to parliamentarians and relevant parliamentary committees. This is to ensure an understanding on the necessity of Constitutional revision exists amongst political actors and decision-makers, and to present a possible framework defining the content of a new Constitution and mechanisms by which it can be adopted.
Political decision-makers and party members, the academic community, civil society organizations and broader public on the national and local level.
Timeframe for realization:
Opinions and attitudes expressed on this webpage, as well as all electronic and printed material related to the project are opinions and attitudes of the author and his/her colleagues and as such, do not necessarily represent either the official opinion of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Serbia, or the opinion of the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Public debate Steps to a new Constitution: merits and procedure
(Belgrade, November 2013.)
DOCUMENT AND EVENTS
- Vladimir Pavicevic i Vladimir Dzamic – Constitutional revision in Serbia: aspects and possible solution
- Vladimir Pavicevic i Vladimir Dzamic – Steps to a new Constitution: merits and procedure
- Vladimir Dzamic – Necessity to amend Constitution of the Republic of Serbia: position and importance of the National Assembly
- Sasa Gajin – The position and role of the fourth branch of the public authorities in the present and the future constitutional arrangement of the Republic of Serbia (Serbian version)
- Sasa Gajin – Why human rights from the perspective of existing and future constitutional system in Serbia (on Serbian)
- Andrej Bojic – Does Serbia need a new Constitution? Opinions of the Serbian political elite
- April 2014 – Public debate report ‘Why human rights from the perspective of existing and future constitutional system in Serbia (on Serbian)
- 24.04.2014. godine – public debate ‘Why human rights from the perspective of existing and future constitutional system in Serbia’ (Cultural centre of Novi Pazar, 13.30h)
- March 2014 – Public debate report: ‘What kind of Constitution does Serbia need?’
- 27.03.2014 – Second public debate ‘What kind of Constitution does Serbia need?’ (City Assembly of Kragujevac, 11h)
- February 2014 – Public debate report: What kind of Constitution does Serbia need? (on Serbian)
- 13.02.2014 – Public debate report: ‘What kind of Constitution does Serbia need?’ (Assembly of Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, 13.30h).
- December 2013/January 2014 – Drafting policy brief ‘Necessity to amend Constitution of the Republic of Serbia: position and importance of the National Assembly’
- November 2013 – Public debate report:Steps to a new Constitution: merits and procedure
- 8.11. 2013. godine – Public debate Steps to a new Constitution: merits and procedure (Media centre, Belgrade, 13h).
- September/Oktober 2013 – Drafting the document ‘Steps to a new Constitution: merits and procedure’