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WFD inducts newly elected MPs in the Serbian National Assembly

On July 23rd 2014 , 42 newly  elected MPs in the National  Assembly of Serbia attended a one-day induction seminar in Belgrade on budget and budgetary procedures. During the one day induction the newly elected MPs had the opportunity to hear presentations from current and former MPs and representatives of other important institutions that work on budget creation and budgetary oversight.

At the induction the MPs heard from  Mr.  Vladimir Marinkovic, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Mr. Veroljub Arsic Committee on Finance, State Budget and Control of Public Spending, Mr. Radoslav Obradovic former Serbian MP with 12 years parliamentary experience, Mr. Radoslav Sretenovic the head of the Serbian State Audit Institution and Mr. Vladimir Vuckovic from Fiscal Council of Serbia. 

Both deputy speakers, Marinkovic and Arsic, spoke about the role of the MPs in the process of passing and monitoring the budget and how Committee on Finance, State Budget and Control of Public Spending operates.

Mr. Obradovic shared his experience from previous parliamentary mandates and provided and overview of what are the main roles and responsibilities of the MPs and how to best handle the responsibilities of the function.

Mr Veroljub Arsic, Chairman of the Committee on Finance, State Budget and Control of Public Spending, presented to the MPs on the process and the importance of conducting oversight of public spending.

 “I think that we, as elected officials, have a responsibility, not only because we represent our constituencies, but also because we have a duty to conduct oversight.” Mr. Vladimir Marinkovic Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of  Serbia.

The representatives of the Fiscal Council of Serbia and the State’s Audit Institution explained the role of their institutions in the process of conducting oversight over the creation, adoption and implementation of the state budget. Particular focus was put on the relationship between the Parliament and these two institutions and ways to improve and strengthen their relationship in the future.

The parliament in Serbia which was recently elected has more than 50% of new and first time MPs and the induction organised by WFD and NPC aims to assist the National Assembly in providing new MPs with the proper tools and skills to take on their new responsibilities.

WFD is supporting the Network through a three-year programme, from 2012 to 2015, aimed at strengthening the role of the parliaments in the Western Balkans in promoting competitiveness and economic growth as well as strengthening their oversight role.