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Administrative Law / Droit administratif 2008 Serbia / Serbie

2008 / Vol. 20, No. 4, (70)
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Administrative Law / Droit administratif


Serbia / Serbie

Aleksandra Čavoški

Associate Professor at the School of Law, Union University in Belgrade

The ability to assume the obligations of membership, in particular adherence to the objectives of political, economic and monetary union by adapting its administra­tive and judicial structures, is one of the criteria Serbia must fulfil on its way to EU membership. This requires comprehensive public administration reform targeting nu­merous key areas, such as the organisation of public administration and building a professional and depoliticised civil service capable of responding effectively to citizens’ needs. Bearing in mind some of the founding principles stipulated in the Public Administration Reform Strategy in the Republic of Serbia, namely the prin­ciples of rationalisation, professionalisation and depoliticisation, the author out­lines Serbia’s progress in 2008. In the reporting period, Serbia faced significant prob­­lems related to the macro-organisation of public administration. These are re­flected in the proliferation of state administration bodies, overlapping competences between bodies, imprecise definition of their scope of work and in the questionable raison d’être of certain bodies. On the other hand, considerable progress has been made in the processes of professionalisation and depoliticisation through the pro­fessional development of civil servants in numerous key areas and through a merit-based and non-political recruitment and promotion procedure. Certain deficiencies can be explained by the constant political instability in Serbia, while others are simply the results of unreadiness of the Serbian Government to fully implement public administration reform.

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