Councils for inter-national relations have not been formed in a large number of local self-governments, and where they have been formed, they do not meet, as stated in a warning given at an event held on 8 September regarding this issue. During the presentation of the Special Report of the Ombudsman on Councils for Inter-National relations by the Ombudsman Zoran Pašalić, amendments to the legal framework were announced for this area.
Ombudsman Pašalić said that only 53 local self-governments have formed councils, while 40 of them held no sessions in 2016.
He also noted that the councils mostly meet just once per year, and only react when there is an inter-national incident.
Pašalić also advocated amendments to the Law on Local Self-Governments in order to, as he explained, elaborate provisions regarding the founding and activities of such councils.
The report was produced with the support of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, with its representative Jan Luneberg indicating the importance of the exercise of the rights of national minorities.
Source: Beta, taken from www.euractiv.rs