The Serbian Parliament began the process of amending the Constitution. The Committee on Constitutional Affairs and Legislation assessed yesterday that the proposal of the Serbian Government to amend the Constitution is in accordance with the Constitution and the law. Parliament Speaker Ivica Dacic announced she would schedule a special session for a possible amendment to the Constitution on June 7th.
Dacic said that the National Assembly will decide on this proposal, and if the Assembly accepts it, then the Committee on Constitutional Affairs has the task to propose a specific form of amending the Constitution, namely the amendments.
He explained that after that, the Serbian National Assembly would approve it again and a referendum would have to be held within 60 days.
“This is the plan for the coming months, and in this sense, the National Assembly practically started yesterday the activities for amending the Constitution”,
Dacic told reporters in parliament.
He stressed that at the same time, there would be a public debate on the proposed changes, which, however, have not yet been determined, based on the draft and proposal already considered by the Venice Commission, which issued a positive opinion. .
Dacic explained that the proposal to amend the Constitution proposed by the Serbian government does not contain a specific proposal for changes in this form, but is simply the idea of amending the Constitution in the area of judicial independence, mainly in the way judges and prosecutors are elected.
As he said, this will be voted on first and after approval, the Committee on Constitutional Affairs is essentially drafting the changes. The public consultation will continue thereafter. He said there were no constitutional deadlines for setting the changes.
“There is only one general deadline for the amendment of the Constitution to begin and end in the same parliamentary term,” Dacic said.
As he stated, this means that in case of early parliamentary elections, the completion of the Constitutional changes must be done before the elections. /ibna