Belgrade, 15 November 2021 – Members of the GOPAK chapter in Serbia actively participated in the training of MPs on the application of the Code of Conduct, held in the House of the National Assembly on 29 October and 15 November. Both trainings were conducted by the Ethics Commission established by the Code, with the help of experts from the Agency for the Prevention of Corruption. So far, over half of the MPs have participated in the training, and another training for MPs is planned for mid-December.
In the recommendations of the Fourth round of evaluation, the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), which operates under the auspices of the Council of Europe, emphasized the importance of effective implementation of the Code in practice, which includes raising awareness among MPs about the standards expected from them, counselling in confidentiality, as well as conducting specialist trainings.
“Standardization of the behavior of MPs, and the application of the standards of ethics in their work, are important preconditions for establishing trust in the efficiency and transparency of the National Assembly’s work. Therefore, the goal of the training program is to adopt professional standards of conduct for MPs, and to train them for the effective implementation of the Law on the Prevention of Corruption, and the Code of Conduct for MPs. The adoption and effective implementation of these acts was one of the key goals of GOPAC’s work in Serbia. As a part of its activities, the GOPAC chapter in Serbia will give strong support for the full implementation of the Code, and the implementation of the GRECO recommendations” said Dubravka Filipovski, Chairwoman of the GOPAC in Serbia’s Executive Board.
Belgrade, 23 September 2021 – Today, the National Assembly adopted amendments to the Code of Conduct for MPs. The Code was adopted in December last year, thus achieving one of the key goals defined by the Work Program of the national GOPAK chapter for the period 2019-2021.
The Decision on Amendments to the Code of Conduct of MPs was adopted to harmonize the text with the recommendations of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), primarily regarding the work of the Ethics Commission, its composition, competences, and the procedure for the selection and nominating the candidates to the National Assembly. Since its establishment, GOPAK has paid special attention to fulfil the recommendations from the GRECO’s report, primarily regarding the work of MPs.
“National Assembly has shown that it respects the recommendations of European institutions, in this case the recommendations of the Council of Europe and GRECO, as its body consisting of states fighting against corruption. Amendments to the Code are related to clear criteria for the election of members of the Ethics Commission, their work and functioning, as well as for their dismissal. GRECO’s recommendations also refer to greater transparency of the Code of Conduct for MPs, its more efficient application in practice, as well as to guidelines for avoiding and resolving conflicts of interest” said Dubravka Filipovski, chairwoman of the GOPAC Serbia’s Executive Board.
Belgrade, 9 April 2021 – The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) in Serbia held a constitutive meeting in the new term of the National Assembly. Dubravka Filipovski MP was re-elected as Chairwoman of the GOPAC Serbia’s Executive Board. Jahja Fehratović MP was elected Deputy President of the EB, and Elvira Kovač MP was elected Secretary of the EB. The members of the newly elected EB addressed the gathering, and then Dubravka Filipovski proposed the Work Plan of the national GOPAC chapter in Serbia for the period 2021-2022.
“A strong parliament and strong institutions are the foundation stone in the fight against corruption. Serbia has recognized the importance of the fight against corruption, we are fighting against it systematically, which means that all institutions in society are participating in that fight”, Filipovski emphasized. “Since its establishment, GOPAC has actively participated in the adoption of a number of anti-corruption laws. We actively participated in the adoption of the Law on Lobbying, the Law on Whistleblowers, the Law on Public Procurement, the Law on the Origin of Property, the Law on Organization and Competences of State Bodies in Combating Organized Crime, Terrorism and Corruption”, Filipovski said.
She mentioned that one of the important contributions of GOPAC was the introduction of the parliamentary Portal for the Public Finance Oversight, and pointed out the successful long-term cooperation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), as well as the organization Transparency Serbia. She emphasized that she hopes to continue cooperation with the civil society, through partnership and mutual respect.
In addition to GOPAK members, Ivica Dačić, Speaker of the National Assembly, Vladimir Orlić, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Dragan Sikimić, Director of the Agency for the Prevention of Corruption, and Dražen Maravić, UNDP Portfolio Manager in Serbia, attended and addressed the constitutive session.
Belgrade, 24 December 2020 – Today, the National Assembly adopted the Code of Conduct of MPs with 188 MPs voting in favor, which was one of the goals of GOPAC’s work in Serbia defined by the Work Plan of the National Chapter for the period 2019-2021. Since its establishment, GOPAC has paid special attention to fulfilling the recommendations from the reports of the Group of States against Corruption of the Council of Europe (GRECO), where one of the most important ones was the adoption of the Code.
The most important provisions of the Code concern the duty of MPs to conscientiously perform the function of an MP, respect other MPs, do not incite hatred and violence with speech, do not bring political symbols and symbols of political parties and foreign states into the plenary chamber. The document also specifies that an MP is not allowed to use public property and official premises for private purposes.
“On behalf of the members of the National GOPAC Chapter in Serbia, I welcome today’s vote of the MPs and the adoption of the Code of Conduct. This Code confirms the National Assembly’s clear commitment to improving institutional culture, strengthening our parliamentary traditions, deepening social dialogue and openness of MPs to dialogue based on the principles of mutual respect and appreciation” said Dubravka Filipovski MP, Chairwoman of the GOPAC Serbia’s Executive Board.
GOPAC Chapter Serbia met with CSOs and SAI to consider its role and tasks in seeking fulfilment of the GRECO Recommendations for Serbia on a UNDP/SDC Project supported workshop on 27 September 2019. Special emphasis was given to the law that are already in the National Assembly or being drafted and are important for the fight against corruption.
In line with its Action Plan, the National Chapter of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) has met with the following civil society organizations: the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (BFPE), Transparency Serbia, Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights (YUCOM), Crime and Corruption Reporting Network (KRIK), Bureau for Social Research (BIRODI), Three Dots, Legal Scanner, Centre for Education Policy, Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, and Centre for Research, Transparency and Accountability (CRTA). Continue reading GOPAC National Chapter and civil society: the importance and articulation of topical problems in fighting corruption
On June 15th and 16th 2018, the MPs members of GOPAC (Global Organization of Parliamentarians against Corruption) Chapter Serbia met with the representatives of independent scrutiny bodies: the State Audit Institution, the Anticorruption Agency, the Public Procurement Office, and the Republic Commission for Protection of Rights in Public Procurement Procedures. Aim was to review the recommendations from their reports as well as challenges to look into the problems in the implementation of respective laws. Continue reading Serbian MPs reviewed Independent Scrutiny Bodies Reports at the Anti-Corruption (GOPAC) Session
President of Executive Board of GOPAC National Chapter in Serbia, Dubravka Filipovski, participated in a regional workshop for MPs and staff, organized by NDI in Skopje from 23-24. March.
Ms. Filipovski presented the work of Cross Party Caucus groups in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, since its establishment, as well as their goals and priorities, with a special emphasis on the work of the Women’s Parliamentary Network and the GOPAC.