Serbia’s Prosecutor’s Office Decided Not to Initiate Criminal Proceedings Regarding Abuse of Call for Social Services from 2014

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After more than two years of collecting information, First Prosecutor’s Office in Belgrade, Serbia did not find grounds for initiating criminal proceedings against unidentified persons involved in the enforcement of competition within the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Policy, during which, an attempt to make illegal allocation of over two million EUR for social services has been made. The competition has been opened in 2014 and canceled at the end of that year due to abuses to which numerous CSOs pointed as allocation of financial resources to CSOs that have been registered only a month before the competition and which do not meet the basic criteria; allocation to CSOs interlinked to persons or local politicians who have close ties with the local Youth Offices; and allocation to CSOs that have identical founding acts including typos in statutes. CSOs demanded issuing of a new call and the initiation of proceedings ex officio and effective processing of all responsible for the abuse and dismissal of the then responsible minister Vulin. CSOs consider that the Prosecutor’s decision contributes to the continuation of a culture of irresponsibility for conducting abuses and sent a request for access to information of public character asking the Prosecutor’s office on all information related to the case. More information is available here in Serbian language only.

Source: Civic Initiatives

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