Serbia’s Anti-corruption Council: Law on Expropriation violates people’s rights

NEWS 06.12.2021 19:46
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Serbia's Government Anti-Corruption Council said on Monday the Law on Amendments to the Law on Expropriation, which Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic had not yet signed, had solutions to the detriment of Serbia's people, and that the proposed changes were made exclusively to suit big capital.

Vucic promised changes to the Law passed by the Parliament and said if a deal were possible, the changes would be adopted before the end of the year. If not, it would be annulled, and the old version would be back in force.

The Council elaborated that the provisions of that law essentially violated fundamental human rights, such as the right to peaceful enjoyment of the property and its legal security and provided the possibility of systemic corruption on a large scale.

The Council added that before adopting the proposed amendments to the Law on Expropriation, „there was no public debate.“

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It also said that the proposed changes were made quickly and damaged human rights ignoring the Constitutional rights.

The Council said that „the proposed legal solution de facto meant that any foreign economic entity, i.e. a company with which Serbia concluded an interstate agreement, can become a beneficiary of expropriation if the Government previously determines that there is a public interest in such a project.“

It added that „the proposed amendments stipulated that the subject of expropriation might be public property, natural resources, goods of general interest and goods in general use, which was determined to be in public ownership, items used by Serbia’s authorities and organisations founded by Serbia, autonomous province and units of local self-governments.“

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