The Working Group for Child Rights of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Visit the Bundestag Commission for Children’s Concerns
October 1, 2010 - Representatives of the Working Group for Child Rights of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia visited Berlin from 27 to 30 September, 2010, at the invitation of the Bundestag Commission for Children’s Concerns. The Group included Vice Presidents of the Serbian Parliament - Nikola Novakovic, Bozidar Delic, Judita Popovic, and members of Parliament: Meho Omerovic, Snezana Stojanovic-Plavsic, Jelena Budimirovic, Nikola Krpic, Zlata Djeric, Milica Vojic-Markovic, Snezana Sedlar and Gordana Paunovic-Milosavljevic. The visit was arranged in partnership with the UNICEF Serbia Office.
During their visit, members of the Serbian Parliament met with Mrs. Ekin Deligöz, Deputy Chief of the Green Faction of the Federal Parliament and member of the German Committee for UNICEF; Mrs. Sibylle Laurischk, Chair of the Committee on Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth; and had a three-hour meeting with the Bundestag Commission for Children’s Concerns, chaired by Mr. Eckhard Pols.
In the course of the visit, members of the Serbian and German Parliaments shared their experiences of activities related to child protection and implementation of child rights. The two Commissions concluded that they were similar, in that they include members of all parliamentary groupings and see child policy as an inter-departmental issue involving all three key parliamentary functions – legislative, controlling and representative. It was noted that both bodies have been actively involved in legal analysis from the child rights perspective, and when necessary, proposing amendments to improve the body of national law and improve children’s situation.
Members of the Serbian Parliament and their German colleagues discussed steps towards future cooperation in the area of child rights, and agreed to continue the dialogue.
During their visit to Berlin, members of the Serbian Parliament had the opportunity to learn about a project on children’s participation implemented by Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk - a partner organization of the German National Committee for UNICEF.
Though established only two years ago, the Working Group for Child Rights of the Serbian Parliament, presided by Parliamentary Speaker Slavica Djukic-Dejanovic, has been greatly recognized by relevant national and international agencies as an important partner in implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and exercise of child rights in Serbia.
The visit was was one of a series of activities organised with UNICEF support as part of its cooperation with the Serbian Parliament with the aim of assisting parliamentarians to establish links with their colleagues in other countries, share experiences and gain knowledge on international practices with regard to child rights and the importance of their primary consideration in all parliamentary matters.
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