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Conduct public debate regarding topics of public interest (RS0054)



Action Plan: Serbia Action Plan 2020-2022

Action Plan Cycle: 2020

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Ministry of Culture and Information

Support Institution(s): State actors involved Working group for drafting the Law on Amendments to the Law on Public Information and Media CSOs, private sector, multilaterals, working groups

Policy Areas

Fiscal Openness, Legislation & Regulation, Media & Telecommunications, Public Participation, Public Participation in Budget/Fiscal Policy

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

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Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Pending IRM Review

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


What is the public problem that the commitment will address? The Law on Public Information and Media determines the basic criteria for the evaluation of projects submitted in the announced public calls for co-financing media content from budget funds, and also prescribes that more detailed criteria are published within each public call. In accordance with that, among other things, public calls, as a rule, contain topics that are of primary importance in the period of announcing a certain call, as well as in a certain geographical area for which the call is announced. However, in practice, such legal solutions have led to the fact that bodies that allocate budget funds either just take over the definition of public interest from the Law, without prioritizing certain topics, or arbitrarily set priorities without prior consultation with citizens of the community in whose area the public interest is realized through supported media content. In that way, citizens remain deprived of the opportunity to express their needs in relation to the desired media content, but also the chance to participate in some way in the decision-making process on the manner in which budget funds are spent. In that sense, the Strategy for the Development of the Public Information System in the Republic of Serbia between 2020 and 2025 envisages that "amendments to the law in the field of public information, as well as the 58 accompanying bylaw will prescribe, as an additional criterion in project co-financing competitions, the results of public hearings on which citizens expressed their opinion on topics and media content in order to achieve the public interest of citizens in the territory for which the competition was announced ”(measure 4.4., activity 4.4.1).

What is the commitment? The commitment includes amendments to the Law on Public Information and Media and the accompanying bylaw, in the direction of introducing the obligation of public authorities which conduct calls in the field of public information, to organize a public debate before announcing topics important for achieving public interest in the field of public information on the territory for which the competition is announced.

How will the commitment contribute to solving the public problem? By introducing the obligation to conduct public debates in order to define priority topics for achieving public interest through media content, citizens are given the opportunity to express their needs and point out particularly important topics for the community in which they live, which should be supported by budget funds. Also, in this way, they are given the opportunity to participate in the process of deciding on the spending of budget funds through participation in public debates. Overall, involving the community in the process of defining priority topics of public interest in its area ensures that supported media content responds to the needs of the citizens who make up that community.

Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values? On the one hand, the commitment is relevant in relation to fiscal transparency, given that its implementation provides a better insight into the spending of budget funds by citizens. Also, the commitment contributes to improving the participation of citizens in decision-making processes, bearing in mind that, through public debates on particularly important topics for the realization of public interest, citizens are given the opportunity to participate in some way in the decision-making process regarding the use of budget funds.

Additional information The commitment is directly related to measure 4.4. of the Strategies for the development of the public information system in the Republic of Serbia for from 2020 to 2025.

Milestone Activity with a verifiable deliverable Start date: End date: 1. Forming a Working Group for developing the Draft Law on Amendments to the Law on Public Information and Media IV quarter of 2020 II quarter of 2021 2. Developing the Draft Law on Amendments to the Law on Public Information and Media II quarter of 2021 III quarter of 2021 59 3. The Government determines the Proposal of the Law on Amendments to the Law on Public Information and Media IV quarter of 2021 IV quarter of 2021


  1. Professional training for civil servants on CSO participation and anti-discrimination

    RS0043, 2020, Capacity Building

  2. Monitor quality of public participation in drafting public policies and regulations

    RS0044, 2020, Public Participation

  3. Develop and train citizens in using electronic portal for participation in drafting regulations

    RS0045, 2020, Capacity Building

  4. Draft law on public participation in environmental protection

    RS0046, 2020, Environment and Climate

  5. Establish electronic service for citizens to update voter register

    RS0047, 2020, Citizenship & Immigration

  6. Create register with information on all administrative procedures/services for citizens

    RS0048, 2020, E-Government

  7. Develop electronic system for reporting violence against children

    RS0049, 2020, Capacity Building

  8. Amend existing right to information legislation

    RS0050, 2020, Access to Information

  9. Amend legislation to establish enviromental impact assessment portal

    RS0051, 2020, E-Government

  10. Improve open data exchange between local and central government

    RS0052, 2020, Access to Information

  11. Develop platform for monitoring implementation of public calls

    RS0053, 2020, E-Government

  12. Conduct public debate regarding topics of public interest

    RS0054, 2020, Fiscal Openness

  13. Increasing Transparency and Participation in Parliament

    RS0042, 2018, Civic Space

  14. Publishing Budget Law

    RS0028, 2018, E-Government

  15. e-Calendar for Financing Civil Society

    RS0029, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  16. Publish Data on Environmental Protection Funds

    RS0030, 2018, Access to Information

  17. Opening Data for Public Calls for Media Development

    RS0031, 2018, Access to Information

  18. Open Data Reports on CSOs

    RS0032, 2018, Access to Information

  19. Amending Media Registration Bylaws

    RS0033, 2018, E-Government

  20. Assistance with and Monitoring of Adoption of LAP

    RS0034, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  21. Updating of Electoral Roll

    RS0035, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  22. ePaper

    RS0036, 2018, E-Government

  23. e-Notice Board

    RS0037, 2018, E-Government

  24. Improving Proactive Transparency – Information Booklet

    RS0038, 2018, Access to Information

  25. Access to Information Law

    RS0039, 2018, Access to Information

  26. Cooperation with CSOs on Regulations

    RS0040, 2018, Capacity Building

  27. E-Civic Engagement

    RS0041, 2018, E-Government

  28. Develop a Model of Job Description or Part of Job Description of an Officer Responsible for Cooperation with Civil Society in Local Administration

    RS0014, 2016, Capacity Building

  29. Organise Trainings for Public Administration Officers in Connection with the Application of the Guidelines on Inclusion of Civil Society Organisations in the Process of Passing Regulations

    RS0015, 2016, Capacity Building

  30. Organise Trainings for CSO in Connection with Application of the Guidelines on Inclusion of Civil Society Organisations in the Process of Passing Regulations

    RS0016, 2016, Capacity Building

  31. Improve the System for Collecting Initiatives from Citizens and Businesses

    RS0017, 2016, Capacity Building

  32. Introducing Standards for Civic Participation in the Public Policy Management System

    RS0018, 2016, Capacity Building

  33. Improving Proactive Transparency – Information Booklet

    RS0019, 2016, Capacity Building

  34. Amendments to the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance

    RS0020, 2016, Access to Information

  35. Development of an Open Data Portal

    RS0021, 2016, Access to Information

  36. Draft a Bylaw Based on the Guidelines for Evaluation of Websites

    RS0022, 2016, Access to Information

  37. Improve the Institute of Public Hearing in the Drafting of Laws

    RS0023, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  38. Development of a Uniform Methodology for Planning, Monitoring and Performance Evaluation of Programmes and Projects Implemented by Civil Society Organisations and Monitoring the Spending of Allocated Funds

    RS0024, 2016, Capacity Building

  39. Amend the Regulation on Funds to Support Programmes or Missing Amount of Funds for Programmes of Public Interest Implemented by Associations

    RS0025, 2016, Capacity Building

  40. Enactment of a Law on Electronic Documents, Electronic Identification and Trusted Services in Electronic Business

    RS0026, 2016, Capacity Building

  41. Establish a Single Public Register of Administrative Procedures and Other Conditions for Pursuing a Business Activity

    RS0027, 2016, Capacity Building

  42. Transparency in Monitoring Budget Expenditures

    RS0001, 2014, Capacity Building

  43. Law on Financing Political Activities

    RS0002, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  44. Transparent Public Procurement Procedures

    RS0003, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  45. Transparent Financing of Civil Society Organizations

    RS0004, 2014, Civic Space

  46. Extending and Clarifying Responsibilities of the Anti-Corruption Agency

    RS0005, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  47. Whistleblower Protection Trainings and Campaigns

    RS0006, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  48. Draft Law Regulating Inspections in Public Administration

    RS0007, 2014,

  49. e-Governmental Portal Awareness and Mobile Application

    RS0008, 2014, E-Government

  50. Starred commitment Public Administration Website Harmonization and Amendments to the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance

    RS0009, 2014, Access to Information

  51. New Technologies to Improve Citizen Services

    RS0010, 2014, E-Government

  52. Cooperation with Civil Society Organizations in Public Policymaking

    RS0011, 2014, Civic Space

  53. Citizen Participation in Local Government Affairs

    RS0012, 2014, Local Commitments

  54. Civil Society Participation in Monitoring the Public Administration (PAR) Strategy

    RS0013, 2014, Public Participation

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