Strengthening Oversight Function and Transparency of the Parliament

Proyecto terminado

To benefit Citizens whom they represent, parliamentarians have an important stake in law making including accurate consultation mechanisms. Equally important is their oversight function over the executive's expenditures. Also, the representation of Citizens as per their political power and regional affiliation reflects important features of an effective parliament. The intervention will address identified shortcomings both in the National Assembly as well as in local assemblies of Serbia, thus enhancing their democratic legitimation.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Serbia
Governance
Desarrollo de los servicios legales y judiciales
Gestión de las finanzas públicas
Descentralización
01.11.2015 - 31.10.2019
CHF 2'000'000
Contexto

In Serbia, so far, the representative function of the National Assembly is limited due to an electoral System with a single nationwide constituency. This System leads to an overrepresentation of urban areas and an underrepresentation of geographical devastated regions. Auxiliary measures taken by National Assembly members/committees such as extended consultation mechanisms can contribute to raising awareness about regional disparities and concerns.

The National Assembly also needs to improve its oversight over the executive power, e.g. by developing a genuine relationship with independent government bodies.

Similar to the National Assembly's function, local assemblies need to enhance their representative role and to strengthen their oversight function over local governments.

Objetivos

The National Assembly and the Local Assemblies of the Republic of Serbia strengthen their representative, oversight and lawmaking functions and fulfill their role as key institutions of representative democracy.

The National Assembly exercises its three functions according to emerging democratic standards for legislatives as currently developed by the Inter-Parliamentary Union. It is able to perform the legislative work in a way that it is domestically owned and meets the deadlines and requirements of the demanding EU-accession process. The National Assembly and the Local Assemblies better represent their entire constituencies and hold the executive to the account in a more systematic way.

Grupos destinarios

The Project will work with permanent parliamentary staff (to ensure sustainability), thematic parliamentary committees (to be selected out of 17 committees in total) and the members of parliament who spearhead democratic reforms regardless of the political party affiliation (to ensure ownership of activities and political support). This approach will be replicated with the local assemblies however be adapted to their capacities.

Final beneficiaries are the Citizens, provided that growing confidence in their representatives is justified.

Efectos a medio plazo

Outcome 1 - The National Assembly makes informed changes advancing its representative role resulting in Citizens feeling better represented.

Outcome 2 - The National Assembly applies greater legislative scrutiny and strengthens the application of its oversight mechanisms.

Outcome 3 - The Local Assemblies develop the oversight function and Citizens feel better represented.

Dirección / Officina Federal responsable COSUDE
Crédito Cooperación con Europa del Este
Contrapartes del proyecto Contraparte del contrato
Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU)
  • Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo


Presupuesto Fase en curso Presupuesto suizo CHF   2'000'000 Presupuesto actual suizo ya emitido CHF   2'043'046
Fases del proyecto

Fase 2 01.11.2015 - 31.10.2019   (Completed)

Fase 1 15.08.2012 - 15.11.2015   (Completed)