SERBIAN ARMED FORCES

Democratic and Civil Control of the Serbian Armed Forces

Precise constitutional and legal designation of the role of the armed forces and the possibility of its control is one of the crucial indicators of the overall democratic tendencies of the entire society.

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The overarching interest of the Republic of Serbia is to have the democratic and civil control over the armed forces conducted according to the parliamentary model of European democracy. Development of such a model enables the Parliament, its bodies and working groups to have central role and exercise, via the Government of the Republic of Serbia and its Ministries, efficient control over the armed forces and other defence and security entities.

The democratic and civil control over defence system entails that all the decisions on the development and use of elements of a defence system are under the authority of democratically elected bodies of civil authorities. The underlying essence of the democratic and civil control over the defence system of the Republic of Serbia is to have the democratically elected representatives of the citizens gain insight into the defence system state condition.

The aim of the control is to determine whether the actions of the defence system are in accordance with the constitutionally determined position and with the policy specified in the bylaws established by the representative and executive authorities.

The principle of the democratic and civil control over the armed forces has been set as the constitutional principle according to which the Serbian Armed Forces are under democratic and civil control, and the National Assembly is in charge of the security service control. The democratic and civil control over the armed forces places a special focus on control over the use and development of the Serbian Armed Forces, internal and external military expenditure control, monitoring and informing the public on the Serbian Armed Forces’ combat readiness, providing free access to information of public interest and establishing responsibility for performing military duties according to legal provisions.

The democratic and civil control over the Serbian Armed Forces is the duty of the National Assembly, the President of the Republic of Serbia, executive authorities, Ombudsman and other state authorities according to their responsibility, citizens and the general public.