Wednesday, October 16, 2019

min rzbsp sThe Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs made a decision to put an end to the Open call for associations for providing an SOS helpline for women who have experienced violence, published on November 10th, 2017.

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azcOn November 10th 2017, the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs announced an open call for associations to provide an SOS helpline service for women who have experienced violence (worth 30 million dinars). One of the requirements of this call is to have a license to provide this service, although the licensing of this service is a mission impossible, and, at the date of announcing the open call, no organization in Serbia had a license, which the Ministry, as the licensing authority, would have to have known.

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min rzbsp sAlthough the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs adopted most of the AWC's remarks at the first Open call for associations to provide an SOS helpline for women who have experienced violence (October 31st, 2017.), and repeated the Open call (decision from November 10th, 2017.), unfortunately, the newly announced tender also has elements that aren’t in accordance with the Law on Social Protection.

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mrzsp sFollowing a letter sent by the Autonomous Women's Center to the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs, with a proposal to withdraw the open call titled "Public invitation for associations to provide the services of an SOS helpline for people who have experienced violence", the ministry issued a decision to withdraw the open call.

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prEUgovor sHaving read the statement of the Ministry of European Integrations and the Negotiating Team for the Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union, published on the former’s website, coalition prEUgovor expresses the satisfaction over the fact that prEugovor’s report on the progress of Serbia in Chapters 23 and 24 is being carefully scrutinized within the state institutions responsible for the European integrations.

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preugovor alarm oktobar 2017 sCoalition prEUgovor has published the latest independent report on Serbia's progress in implementing policies in the areas of: judiciary and fundamental rights (Chapter 23) and justice, freedom and security (Chapter 24) of the negotiation process.

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pravda sThe main finding in August was that the positive trend of implementing emergency measures of protection against domestic violence was kept steady. According to RPPO data for the period August 1-31, 2017, there were 3,832 examined cases of domestic violence, 691 cases more than in the previous month. Even without complete information, it is clear that the institutions of the system were faced with domestic violence, primarily the police and public prosecution, but also centers for social work, which fully justifies the legally prescribed coordination and specialization.

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The Autonomous Women's Center sent open letters to Nebojša Stefanović, Minister of the Interior and Zoran Đorđević, Minister of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs, asking them to publish a report on supervision in the City Centers for Social Work and report of the internal control of police stations Novi Beograd and Rakovica.

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pravda sIn the Second Independent Report on the Implementation of the Law on the Prevention of Domestic Violence, the Autonomous Women's Center points out that the the implementation of emergency measures of protection from domestic violence has been successfully continued, since the Republic Public Prosecutor's Office reported that 3141 cases of domestic violence were considered in July.

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logo azc sAutonomous Women's Center (AWC) believes it is time to adopt the new Law on Gender Equality. We were surprised by the information that Minister Đorđević proposed the establishment of a new working group and drafting of the third version of the draft Law, particularly since the representatives of the ministry in charge of labor and social policy were involved in developing the current draft Law. Moreover, the new draft would require additional allocations from the budget of the Republic of Serbia and would inevitably delay its adoption. Therefore, AWC is requesting from Prime Minister Ana Brnabić to react and prevent further delay in the adoption of the Law, which is already significantly delayed.

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