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Our task is to present and promote the interests of the Republic of Serbia in the Council of Europe. The Permanent Mission of Serbia is the main link between Serbian authorities and the Council of Europe.
The work of the Mission focuses on European cooperation in the field of democracy, protection and promotion of human rights and the rule of law. The Permanent Mission was established in 2003 and since than has been working regularly.
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Photographic presentation of Serbia, author Dragoljub Zamurović

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Presentation of the candidate of the Republic of Serbia for the re-election to the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO)

With regard to the forthcoming elections for new members of the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO), during the Meeting of the Committee of Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention), to be held on 1-2 April 2019, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Serbia organized the presentation of the candidate of Serbia for the re-election to this expert body, Ms. Biljana Brankovic, who has been its active member since 2015 - namely since its foundation.

At the very beginning, Ambassador Djurovic explained to the guests from permanent missions in Strasbourg about the importance that Serbia attaches to the fight against violence against women and domestic violence, also by reminding that Serbia was among first ten countries to ratify the Istanbul Convention, which enabled its entering into force. Then, she expressed the satisfaction about Serbia`s opportunity to support, for the second time, the candidacy of Ms. Biljana Brankovic, whose professional experience in this field had been recognized both at national and international level.

Ms. Biljana Brankovic presented in details the various aspects of her previous researches and her work conducted in the field of implementation of the Istanbul Convention in Serbia and other countries. Moreover, she shared the experience concerning her work within the GREVIO, including many challenges that the Group of Experts and State Parties of the Convention were facing.

In the discussion which followed the presentation, the participants to the presentation were particularly interested to know more about the definition of physical and other forms of violence, reforms in national criminal codes, as well as about the implementation of good practices in the field of prevention of violence against women and domestic violence.

 

 

 


Reception at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the Council of Europe for the participants to the 7th World Forum for Democracy from Serbia

Like in previous years, the Permanent Mission of Serbia to the Council of Europe organized a reception for the participants to the 7th World Forum for Democracy from “Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence”, on 20 November 2018.

Ambassador Djurovic welcomed the guests to the Permanent Mission of Serbia in Strasbourg and expressed the satisfaction that also this year the participants from Serbia came to the World Forum for Democracy. She also stressed the importance of participation from Serbia to different organs and meetings organized by the Council of Europe. This was the opportunity for the guests to hear from the Ambassador about the work of the Permanent Mission of Serbia, as well as the functioning of the Council of Europe, confronted with many challenges while dealing with promotion of human rights, democracy and rule of law.

 


Reception on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the admission of the Republic of Serbia to the Council of Europe

The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Serbia, in the presence of the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic, organized a reception on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the admission of the Republic of Serbia to the Council of Europe, in the Palace of Europe, on 18 October 2018.

While addressing to the numerous guests, Minister Dacic explained that Serbia’s membership to the Council of Europe brought about significant changes in the country and that the citizens of Serbia had benefited the most from that and, above all, through their access to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). In this way, Serbian citizens were provided a better protection of their human rights and fundamental freedoms, while the rulings made by the ECHR had a bearing on the changes made to the legislation, judicial practice and the activities of relevant authorities. The progress in this respect is reflected in the fact that Serbia is no longer among the countries with the highest number of complaints before the Court.

Bearing in mind the progress made by Serbia with regard to the implementation of European standards, he expressed the expectations that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) would finally decide to close the regular monitoring procedure.

While affirming the strong commitment of Serbia to membership to the European Union, Minister Dacic said that Serbia would continue to implement reforms related to the human rights field, democracy and the rule of law. He thanked as well the Council of Europe for its valuable contribution and assistance in this regard.

Speaking about the institutional crisis within the Council of Europe meaning the lack of trust between two statutory organs - the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly, he supported the efforts of the Secretary-General to find a solution for the current crisis and expressed the Serbia`s readiness to responsibly take part into that process, together with other Member States. A prerequisite for that is respect of the Statute. Finally, he added that respect of the opinion of the Legal Service ensures legal certainty, which is at the heart of the rule of law.

 

 

 





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