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TRAINING - STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

August 24, 2012

We hereby inform you that the training for Strategic management in public administration will be held from September 25 to September 26, 2012, in the Palace of Serbia, 2 Boulevard Mihaila Pupina, East Entrance, 2nd floor, room 273. The trainings start at 09:00 AM.

Training will be delivered by Suzana Otašević (General Secretariat of the Government of Republic of Serbia) and Nenad Robajac (Office for Kosovo and Metohija).

To apply please visit the website of the Human Resources Management Service www.suk.gov.rs, section for professional development, thematic field - management and planning in public administration, for seminar - strategic management in public administration.

Application deadline: September 10, 2012 or until filled.

Click here to download the training program

TRAINING - STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

May 28, 2012

We hereby inform you that the training for Strategic management in public administration will be held from June 5 to June 6, 2012, in the Palace of Serbia, 2 Boulevard Mihaila Pupina, East Entrance, 2nd floor, room 273. The trainings start at 09:00 AM.

Training will be delivered by Vesna Nikolić (Ministry of Interior) and Jelena Mujčinović (Ministry of Labor and Social Policy).

To apply please visit the website of the Human Resources Management Service www.suk.gov.rs, section for professional development, thematic field - management and planning in public administration, for seminar - strategic management in public administration.

You can download the training program here

DEPOSIT ACCOUNT FOR PAYMENT OF FUNDS ON BEHALF OF THE ELECTORAL GUARANTEES IS OPEN

March 23, 2012

Ministry of Finance, Department of the Treasury, has opened a deposit account for payment of funds on behalf of the electoral guarantees in the Belgrade Head Office.

Account number and a letter can be seen here

NOTICE

16. март 2012.

At the Government session held on March 16, 2012 the Government has adopted:

- Conclusion 05 No. 40-1977/2012 for the following:

1. The Ministry of Finance is required to open a special deposit account for payment of funds on behalf of the electoral guarantees.

2. Competent public administration bodies of the autonomous province and local self-government authorities are recommended to open a special deposit account for payment of funds on behalf of the electoral guarantees.

3. This conclusion, in order to implement, should be delivered to the Ministry of Finance, who shall forward a copy of the conclusion to all competent bodies of the autonomous province and local self-government units.

and

- Conclusion 05 No. 40-1976/2012 for the following:

1. The Government agrees that the funds on the special account of the political subjects for financing of the electoral campaign are exempt from execution or enforced collection.

2. This conclusion, in order to implement, should be delivered to the Ministry of Finance, who shall forward a copy of the conclusion to all competent bodies of autonomous province and local self-government units and the National Bank of Serbia.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LAW ON FINANCING OF POLITICAL ACTIVITIES

March 15, 2012

- Amendment to the answer to question no. 4 - "Will there be a prescribed bank guarantee form for the electoral guarantee?" posted on March 13, 2012.

The bank guarantee shall be given in written form and must contain the following elements:

  1. Name, place and account number of the guarantor;
  2. Name, place and account number of the warranty beneficiary;
    (Note: if the warranty beneficiary is the Republic of Serbia, provide the account number of the execution of the budget of Republic of Serbia: 840-1620-21, if the warranty beneficiary is the AP or local self-government, provide the appropriate account number).
  3. Purpose of issuing the bank guarantee, in accordance with Article 25 of the Law on Financing of Political Activities ("Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia", No. 43/11)
  4. Bank guarantee amount equal to the funds from Article 21, Paragraph 1 of the Law on Financing of Political Activities;
  5. Period of validity of the bank guarantee that must not be less than 30 days from the expiry date provided by the Article 26, Paragraph 2 of the Law on Financing of Political Activities;
  6. The submitted bank guarantee must be irrevocable, unconditional and payable on the first call;
  7. If a political subject provides a guarantee of a foreign bank, the bank must have at least AA IBCA rating;
  8. Place and date of issuing of the bank guarantee;
  9. Seal and signature of the authorized person issuing the bank guarantee

(response of the Ministry of Finance)

12. How shall a party account the amount of 50 dinars for the court certification form needed for the electoral list support signature, considering that the court shall acknowledge the fee paid only by the certification signature?

In terms of accounting the tax expenses, the political subjects are required to keep the accounting records of all income and expenditure. Accountancy is conducted pursuant to the origin, amount and structure of income and expenditure, and in accordance with the regulations governing the accountancy and audit.

(response of the Anti-corruption Agency)

13. If an individual pays the tax in the amount of 50 dinars by its own means, shall it be treated as a donation and accounted in what way?

The amount and method of payment of fees for certification of the signatures of voters who support the electoral list for the election of the Members of Parliament is regulated by the Book of Regulations on fees collected for verification of the signatures of voters who support the electoral list for the election of the Members of Parliament ("Official Gazette of Republic of Serbia", No. 42/02 and 43/02) enacted by the Minister of Justice under Article 43, Paragraph 4 of the Law on Election of Members of Parliament. The Book of Regulations Article 3 establishes the obligation of the electoral list applicant, supported by the voter, to pay the fee for the certification of the signatures of voters. The method of payment is regulated by Article 4, Paragraph 2 of the Book of Regulations, which provides that the payment for verification of the signatures fee is done via judicial revenue stamps or in cash to the account specified for the payment of court fees.

The Book of Regulations applies also when it comes to Presidential Elections, based on the Article 8 of the Law on the Election of the President of the Republic.

Book of Regulations on fees collected for verification of the signatures of voters who support the electoral list for the election of the councilors ("Official Gazette of Republic of Serbia", No. 21/08) enacted by the Minister of Justice under Article 23, Paragraph 4 of the Law on Local Elections, regulates the amount and method of payment of the fees for the verification of the signatures of voters who support the electoral list for the election of the councilors.

Book of Regulations, in Article 3, establishes the obligation of the electoral list applicant, supported by the voter, to pay the verification of the signatures of voters fee. The method of payment is provided by the Article 4, Paragraph 1 and 2 of the Book of Regulations, which provides that the payment for verification of the signatures fee is done via judicial revenue stamps or in cash to the account specified for the payment of court fees; in case when the signature verification is done by the municipal administration, the fee is paid in cash to the account specified for the payment of administrative fees.

Fee for the certification of signatures of voters who support the electoral list, or candidate, shall be considered as the election campaign cost in accordance with Article 23, Paragraph 1 of the Law on Financing of Political Activities and Article 7, Paragraph 10, Item 4 of the Book of Regulations on Property Records, annual financial report and the costs of the electoral campaign of the political subject ("Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia", No. 43/11) and as such shall be paid from a special account for financing the election campaign in accordance with the Article 24, Paragraph 3 of the Law on Financing of Political Activities which provides, inter alia, that all payment transactions for election campaign are made from that account.

(response of the Anti-corruption Agency)

EXAMPLE OF A STATEMENT ON USING FUNDS FROM PUBLIC SOURCES FOR COVERING ELECTION CAMPAIGN COST

March 15, 2012

For:

STATEMENT

ON USING FUNDS FROM PUBLIC SOURCES FOR COVERING ELECTION CAMPAIGN COSTS

____________________ (POLITICAL SUBJECT), legally represented by__________________ UMCN ________________ residing at _______________________ intends to use the funds from public sources for covering the election campaign costs.

Electoral list ________________ (POLITICAL SUBJECT) was delivered to the Republic Electoral Commission (REC) on _______________.

Bank ___________________________ for transfer of funds from public sources for covering election campaign costs, has opened a current account number ________________________.

Voluntarily and without constraint, under full material and criminal responsibility, I declare that the above information is correct and that the funds obtained from public sources, for which the _______________________ (POLITICAL SUBJECT) will deposit the electoral guarantee, will be returned within 30 days after the final election results are declared, in accordance with the provisions of the Law on Financing of Political Activities ("Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia", No. 43/11).

In __________________ on ______________.

___________________________

(signature)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING THE APPLICATION OF THE LAW ON FINANCING OF POLITICAL ACTIVITIES

March 13, 2012

1. Where to address payment on behalf of the electoral guarantees?

For the payment of funds on behalf of the electoral guarantees the Ministry of Finance, that is the appropriate authority of the autonomous province or local self-government unit, shall open a special deposit account. Opening of a special deposit account shall be regulated by the act of Government.

(response of the Ministry of Finance)

2. Could the dedicated account for implementation of electoral activities be exempt from forced payment?

Funds that are present on the dedicated account for the implementation of electoral activities can be exempt from execution, i.e. forced payment, in accordance with Article 48, Paragraph 5, of the Law on Payment Operations ("Official Gazette" No. 3/2002, 5/2003, "Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia" No. 43/2004, 62/2006, 111/2009, 31/2011), which will be regulated by the act of Government.

(response of the Ministry of Finance)

3. Does the amount of the electoral guarantee funds must be fully equivalent to the amount that the political subject receives from public sources?

The amount of electoral guarantee funds must equivalent to the amount from Article 21, Paragraph 1, of the Law on Financing of Political Activities.

(response of the Ministry of Finance)

4. Will there be a prescribed form of a bank guarantee for the electoral guarantee?

The bank guarantee shall be given in written form and must contain the following elements:

  1. Name and address of the guarantor;
  2. Name and address of the warranty beneficiary;
  3. The purpose of issuing the bank guarantee, in accordance with Article 25 of the Law on Financing of Political Activities ("Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia", No. 43/11)
  4. Bank guarantee amount equal to the funds from Article 21, Paragraph 1 of the Law on Financing of Political Activities.
  5. Period of validity of the bank guarantee shall not be less than 30 days from the expiry date provided by the Article 26, Paragraph 2 of the Law on financing of the political activities;
  6. The submitted bank guarantee must be irrevocable, unconditional and payable on the first call;
  7. If a political subject provides a guarantee of a foreign bank, the bank must have at least AA IBCA rating;
  8. Place and date of issuing of the bank guarantee;
  9. Seal and signature of the authorized person issuing the bank guarantee

(response of the Ministry of Finance)

5. How a coalition can open a business bank account when there is no Tax identification number (PIB)?

Law on Financing of Political Activities, Article 24, Paragraph 5, stipulates that in case of a coalition as a political subject, opening a special account for financing electoral campaign costs is regulated by a contract on forming of the political subject - the coalition agreement. The coalition agreement may provide that one of the coalition partners, a political party, having a legal person status and therefore a PIB number, can open a special account, or have one already existing special account of one of the coalition partners be used as a special account for financing the electoral campaign costs of the coalition.

(responded by the Anti-corruption Agency)

6. Is it allowed to have one account for all election committees at the local level, or each election committee is to have a separate account?

According to the Law on Financing of Political Activities, the total number of accounts that a political party will use in election campaign does not matter, but the essential purpose of the account in a given period is important, and its attachment to a particular campaign according to the type of scheduled elections. It means that a political party, or some other political subject (a coalition or a citizen group) must have at least one separate account for financing the costs of the election campaign for parliamentary, presidential, provincial or local elections. For each of these campaigns it is allowed to have one or more extra accounts, therefore for each of the local self-government units where elections are to be conducted it is possible to open a special account for financing the campaign; it is also possible that the election campaign costs in all local self-government units where the elections are being conducted are financed from one account only.

(response of the Anti-corruption Agency)

7. The person authorized on behalf of the political party to open a business bank account must provide legally certified authorization to the local party representative for opening business bank sub-accounts in the municipalities and cities. Is there a possibility to simplify that procedure?

Law on Payment System, Article 3, Paragraph 4, among other things, stipulates that the National Bank of Serbia shall prescribe the conditions and methods of opening, maintaining and closing a bank account, therefore in accordance with the procedure prescribed by the National Bank of Serbia, a political party shall open accounts for financing of regular work, as well as a special account for financing the costs of the election campaign.

(response of the Anti-corruption Agency)

8. May the political activities carried out before the publication of final election results be paid from the special account after the publication of final election results as well, and not later than 30 days after the final election results publication?

The Law on Financing of Political Activities, Article 24, Paragraph 2, stipulates that all funds intended for financing of election campaigns shall be paid to the special account for the financing of election campaign costs, and all campaign costs payments shall be done from this account. The political subject, according to the Article 29 of the Law, is required to submit a report within 30 after the publication of final election results on the costs of election campaign. The political subject must pay all the costs of the election campaign until the day of submission of the report.

(response of the Anti-corruption Agency)

9. Is it possible for the funds received as contributions and used for electoral activities before allocating the funds from public sources to be presented as funds expended from public sources at the special account settlement?

Law on Financing of Political Activities, Article 29, Paragraph 2, stipulates that the election campaign costs report contains information on the origin, amount and structure of the funds raised by public and private sources, therefore the structure of income and expenditure should be presented in accordance with the manner in which funds are collected and spent, within the prescribed positions in the report.

(response of Anti-corruption Agency)

10. Is a person designated as an authorized Anti-corruption Agency contact person, before the entry into force of this Law, still eligible to perform the same duties without additional authorization under the new law?

A person who is under the Law on Financing of Political Parties previously designated as a Anti-corruption Agency contact person shall be considered as a authorized person on behalf of the Article 31 of the Law on Financing of Political Activities, without any additional authorization. In case of the appointment of a new authorized person, political subject is required to report the change to the Agency within 3 days after the appointment of the new person.

(response of the Anti-corruption Agency)

11. In case of a simultaneous participation in parliamentary and local elections, should a guarantee be made for each local self-government or paid in one sum for all to the Ministry of Finance?

Law on Financing of Political Activities, Article 25, Paragraph 3, stipulates that the electoral guarantee funds be provided or deposited to the Ministry in charge for finance, i.e. the competent administrative body of the autonomous province or local self-government unit within 3 days after the publication of all electoral lists and finalization of the list of candidates. Thus, for each electoral level the electoral guarantee is made to the appropriate administrative body, therefore for the elections conducted at the national level (parliamentary or presidential elections) the electoral guarantee shall be made to the Ministry of Finance, for provincial elections to the autonomous province administrative bodies, and for local elections to the local self-government unit in charge of finance.

(response of the Anti-corruption Agency)

TRAINING - STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

February 21, 2012

We hereby inform that that the training for Strategic management in public administration will be held from February 29 to March 1, 2012, in the Palace of Serbia, 2 Boulevard Mihaila Pupina, East Entrance, 2nd floor, room 273.

The trainings start at 09:00 AM. Training will be held by Stefana Ilic (EU Integration Office) and Dejan Stojkovic (Ministry of Defence).

To participate in training you can apply electronically on the website of the Human Resources Management Service www.suk.gov.rs, section for professional development, thematic field - management and planning in public administration, for seminar - strategic management in public administration.

You can download the training program here