Thursday, 27 October 2011
Parliamentary Questions in October
On 27 October, in line with article 205 paragraph 1 of the National Assembly Rules of Procedure, the MPs posed various questions to the Government of the Republic of Serbia between 4 and 7 p.m.
Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic and the ministers of agriculture, trade, forestry and water management Dusan Petrovic and labour and social policy Rasim Ljajic responded to the MPs’ questions, while the Minister of Health Zoran Stankovic, Minister of Culture, Media and Information Society Predrag Markovic, Minister of Infrastructure and Energy Milutin Mrkonjic and Minister of Education and Science Zarko Obradovic were in attendance.
In the course of the proceedings, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Gordana Comic greeted the students of the Serbian Language and Literature Study Programme of the Niksic Faculty of Philosophy who observed the work of the National Assembly.
MPs Riza Halimi, Sasa Dujovic, Milos Aligrudic, Zoran Krasic, Radoslav Milovanovic, Zeljko Tomic, Marina Toman, Miroslav Marinkovic, Mirko Munjic and Srdjan Milivojevic asked the questions.
MP Riza Halimi asked why diplomas earned in Kosovo could not be nostrified for the last 10 years, what the Government intended to do about the badly implemented privatisations in small towns in the south of
Prime Minister Cvetkovic responded that Serbian citizens who had earned their diplomas at the
Responding to the question about the privatisation of some companies in the south of
Minister of Labour and Social Policy Rasim Ljajic responded that workers from the municipalities of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja who earned part of their social insurance in Kosovo-Metohija would not be able to realise their right to pension without proof of payment of social insurance contributions.
MP Sasa Dujovic had a question about the illegal privatisation of agricultural property and collectives in Vojvodina. He also asked when the legally ascertained debts to the beneficiaries of ex-servicemen’s and disability benefits would be settled.
Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Water Management Dusan Petrovic said that the question would be forwarded to the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development and announced a new law on collectives. He stressed that the Government would implement measures to support small agricultural enterprises, companies with considerable land property would be afforded adequate treatment enabling the association of a large number of co-operators.
MP Milos Aligrudic asked whether the Government had completed and adopted its report on the situation in Kosovo-Metohija and whether it would propose conclusions to the National Assembly.
Prime Minister Cvetkovic said that the Government had adopted the report and would propose that the National Assembly debate it in a sitting on 2 November.
To Milos Aligrudic’s additional question, Cvetkovic said that the Government is obliged to inform the parliament on the situation in Kosovo-Metohija every three months in its quarterly activity report.
MP Zoran Krasic asked what the difference was between the passports issued in Belgrade and those issued in Kosovska Mitrovica, who gave the EU permission to build its infrastructure in Kosovska Mitrovica – a power transformer station, telephone exchange and other and why the Government enabled the different treatment of goods exchange on the crossings of Jarinje and Merdare.
Prime Minister Cvetkovic said that according to the SC Resolution 1244 Kosovo-Metohija is a special zone in the charge of the UN.
MP Radoslav Milovanovic asked what the Government’s strategy was as regards the development of small and medium enterprises.
Prime Minister Cvetkovic responded that small and medium enterprises make up the third of the economy in
In addition, the Government will stimulate the export from small and medium enterprises. In cooperation with the Post of Serbia it will enable the shipping of small packages valued at 1000 EUR or less abroad under short procedure by reducing the number of documents required to only two, said Prime Minister Cvetkovic.
Commenting the parliamentary question he said that local self-governments should adjust communal fees to the conditions under which the small and medium enterprises operate adding that the Government adopted a measure halving, for a certain period, the contributions paid to the state for everyone who employs inexperienced workers for the first time. In addition, the Government limited the period for mutual payments to 60 days by an ordinance mostly pertaining to small and medium enterprises.
MP Zeljko Tomic asked why the state of
Prime Minister Cvetkovic responded that
MP Marina Toman asked why the Government failed to adopt a law on transitional crisis taxation of foreign banks and was protecting foreign banks. Pointing out that the loans granted by EU banks doing business in
Responding to the question, Prime Minister Cvetkovic stressed that the banking system is complex and lowering the banks’ interest rates could not be done by decree, but rather by influencing the free market and added that the limiting of interest rates would be more trouble than it is worth. The banks’ interest rates were influenced by the interest rate of the National Bank of
MP Marina Toman asked again whether the Government intended to introduce a tax on the extra profit of western banks like many other states have done. Prime Minister Cvetkovic said that the banking system comprises domestic and foreign banks functioning according to Serbian regulations and the introduction of such a tax would cause chaos in the banking system.
MP Miroslav Marinkovic asked whether this year’s good crop yield would mean a drop in the price of bread.
Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Water Management Dusan Petrovic said that this year’s wheat yield guarantees market stability. The Government’s decision to fix the price of
MP Mirko Munjic asked how many states owed the defense industry which was brought into a difficult position by the reform of the defense system.
Prime Minister Cvetkovic said that the defense industry sector has achieved progress thanks to the defense system reform but still needs further reorganisation.
MP Mirko Munjic asked for written data on the SDPR’s business transactions and the arms production and export companies it had founded saying that the company was involved in numerous scandals.
MP Srdjan Milivojevic asked for a written response from the Minister of Interior on the number of registered organised crime groups in Kosovo-Metohija.