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Opinion on the draft amendments to the Serbian Law on Access to information of Public Utility

Expert Council on NGO Law
Strasbourg 19/04/2018
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Opinion on the draft amendments to the Serbian Law on Access to information of Public Utility

The Expert Council on NGO Law of the Conference of INGOs issued an Opinion on the draft amendments to the Serbian Law on Access to information of Public Utility, which it sent to the authorities in response to the call for public consultation organized by the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government of the Republic of Serbia.

The opinion examines the compatibility of the draft amendments with international standards and best practices pertinent to freedom of association, notably those of the Council of Europe and of Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE, and assesses the impact of the draft amendments on associations and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs). It illustrates and underlines critical issues in which the proposed amendments do not conform to these standards.

The opinion recommends specific changes in the language of Article 1 of the draft amendments, in order to ensure it does not impact adversely on freedom of association and NGOs in Serbia.  

 

Opinion on the draft amendments to the Serbian ‘Law on access to information of public utility’

Text of the draft law (Текст Нацрта закона са образложењем)