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Lack Of Quality Public Debate In The Process Of Passing The Laws In The Security Sector
Lack Of Quality Public Debate In The Process Of Passing The Laws In The Security Sector

Author(s): Maja Bjeloš
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Beogradski centar za bezbednosnu politiku
Keywords: public debate; strategies; laws; Ministry of Defense (MoD); security; civil society; NGO

Summary/Abstract: Adopting two strategies and several bills in the area of defense and security has marked the closure of the legislative reform of the security sector in Serbia, thus creating a legal framework for the next steps in the reform process. Nevertheless, despite the fact that adopting these strategies and bills has perhaps been a step forward in the security sector reform, the problem remains that a quality public debate has not taken place thereon. The opinion of the author being that the lack of quality public debate was due to tight deadlines for public discussion, as well as an insufficiently proactive attitude of the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in the discussion itself and finally the absence of a longer tradition of carrying out public debate with the participation of citizens and their associations in public oversight of the the security sector. Due to identified deficiencies, the article also comprises recommendations to the party proposing the bill, in order to improve the existing practice of organizing public debate.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 15
  • Page Range: 56-65
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English