Visit to the Swiss Parliament regarding Project Titled "Strengthening of Oversight Function and Transparency of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia"

22 September 2014.
Visit to the Swiss Parliament regarding Project Titled "Strengthening of Oversight Function and Transparency of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia"
President of the State Audit Institution, Mr. Radoslav Sretenovic, together with the delegation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, attended a study visit to Switzerland, where he was acquainted with the manner of control over public spending, exercised by the Swiss Parliament.

In addition to meeting with members of the both houses of the Swiss Parliament, the Serbian delegation also met and exchanged experiences with the State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Auditor-General of Switzerland, Ministry of Finance, Inter-Ministerial Working Group for Fight Against Corruption.

Switzerland, as a federal state with rather unique political institutions and direct democracy mechanisms, influences the work and role of the Parliament, as well as forms of public finance management. Delegation had the opportunity to see three levels of management: municipal, cantonal and federal, via both houses of the Parliament.

A special forum was organized on parliamentary issues, attended by the MPs of both houses and members of academic circles involved in political sciences. The forum was also attended by the Swiss journalists that covered the visit.

Delegation was greeted by the Vice-President of the lower house of the Parliament, Ms. Christa Markwalder, and national flag of the Republic of Serbia was erected on the building of the Swiss Parliament on that occasion.

Besides Mr. Sretenovic, the delegation included MPs, namely: Veroljub Arsic, Janko Veselinovic, Marija Obradovic, Olgica Batic and Dubravka Filipovski, along with Secretary General and Assistant to the Secretary General of the National Assembly, Jana Ljubicic and Mirjana Nedeljkovic.

Visit and exchange of experiences, marking the beginning of the cooperation between the two parliaments and further work on strengthening parliamentary oversight, was organized within the project titled "Strengthening of Oversight Function and Transparency of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia", implemented by the National Assembly and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.