Anti-Corruption Council: Law on Expropriation is a violation of human rights

Serbia’s Anti-Corruption Council said on Monday the Law on Amendments to the Law on Expropriation, which Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic had not yet signed, stipulates solutions that are detrimental to people in Serbia, and that the proposed changes were made exclusively to suit big capital.

Vucic promised changes to the Law, passed by the Parliament, and said if possible, the changes would have been adopted by the end of the year. If not, it would be annulled, and the old version would be back in force.

The Council elaborated that the provisions of that law essentially violated fundamental human rights, such as the right to peaceful enjoyment in one’s property and its legal security and provided the possibility of systemic corruption on a large scale.

The Council added that before adopting the proposed amendments to the Law on Expropriation, „there was no public debate“.

It also said that the proposed changes were made quickly and damaged human rights ignoring the Constitutional rights.

The Anti-Corruption Council also said that „the proposed legal solution de facto meant that any foreign economic entity, i.e. a company with which the Serbian government concluded an agreement, can become a beneficiary of expropriation if the Government previously determines that there is a public interest in such a project.“

When it comes to the deadlines in the proposed amendments to the Law on Expropriations, one of the provisions relating to the prescribed deadlines is lasts only five days “which is unfair as it obliges property owners at short notice to denounce their existential rights and rights relating to their property”. Another problem is determining the value of the subject matter of the expropriation, irrespective of whether it has already been registered or whether the process is ongoing.

The Council added that „the proposed amendments stipulated that the subject of expropriation might be public property, natural resources, goods of general interest and goods in general use, which was determined to be in public ownership, items used by Serbia’s authorities and organisations founded by Serbia, autonomous province and units of local self-governments.“

(Nova Ekonomija, 07.12.2021)

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