E – Paper Project – Public Debate on the Programme for the Optimization of Public Administration for 2019 – 2021 initiated

April 15, 2019

E – Paper Project – Public Debate on the Programme for the Optimization of Public Administration for 2019 – 2021 initiated

April 15, 2019

Miloš Velimirović

Miloš Velimirović

Partner

Vanja Vujnović

Vanja Vujnović

Senior Associate

Project E-Paper implemented by the Government of the Republic of Serbia as part of regulatory reform of the Republic of Serbia, was launched in 2016 with the aim of creating a professional, accountable and fiscally responsible administration which provides efficient services to citizens and businesses by simplification of administrative procedures and modernizing public administration (“Project”).

The Public Policy Secretariat as the coordinator of the Project has recently published the Proposal of the Programme for the Simplification of Administrative Procedures and Regulations ‘e-Paper’ for the Period 2019-2021 (“Programme Proposal”) together with the Action Plan for the implementation of the Programme and the Overview of the Recommendations for the Optimization of Administrative Procedures and notified the public that the public debate on the Program has commenced.

The Programme Proposal sets as the general goal creating a safer, more transparent and predictable business environment and a reduction of administrative expenses by 15-20% – from 3.46% to 3.0 % of GDP by 2020.

The measures for achieving the general goal envisaged by the Programme Proposal are the following:

  • Establishing Organizational Structures as a Means of Improving the Management of the Program

This measure entails establishing a coordination body for monitoring of the Programme implementation by the end of second quarter of 2019 and the organizational unit for managing the process of optimization of administrative procedures by the end of 2020.

  • Establishing the Single Public Register of Administrative Procedures by 2021

It has been stated in the Proposal that the register will be a publicly available database of all administrative procedures and other conditions for pursuing a business activity imposed by public administration bodies and organisations. The public register should be a one-stop-shop where citizens and economic operators will be able to obtain all necessary information relevant for a specific procedure, including: whether there is an application form (to download), what documentation is required, in what form and whether there are steps to be completed before that, what are the financial expenses, to whom the application should be submitted and if it may be submitted electronically, the timeframe for deciding on applications; the validity term of the issued document and the possibility of appeal.

The Draft Act on the Single Public Register and relevant bylaws are currently being drafted and will constitute the legal basis for the establishment of the Register. The adoption of the mentioned regulations is expected in 2020.

The establishment of the public register should contribute to improving the quality of public service delivery, facilitating communication between state bodies and organizations, as well as better organization and data exchange. It will reduce administrative burden by eliminating obstacles to simple compliance of economic operators with their obligations, which will make the business

  • Optimization of administrative procedures

This commitment entails implementation of recommendations for 382 administrative procedures, or 70% of administrative procedures covered by the first group of recommendations envisaged for 2019 and 2020. The deadline for the implementation of the recommendation is the last quarter of 2020.

  • Creating necessary preconditions for digitalization of administrative procedures

The main objectives are the establishment of the functional platform for process digitization by last quarter of 2019 and digitalization of 100 administrative procedures by the end of2020.

  • Training for optimization of administrative procedures and information campaign

In its announcement the Public Policy Secretariat invited all interested parties to send their comments, proposals, and suggestions related to the Programme Proposal and accompanying documents by 17 April 2019 to the e-mail address:  javna.rasprava@rsjp.gov.rs

This text is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. Should you require any additional information, feel free to contact us.

Contact:

Miloš Velimirović , Partner
milos.velimirovic@sog.rs

Vanja Vujnović, Senior Associate
vanja.vujnovic@sog.rs

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