Planned constitutional changes would further increase political control over Serbia's already troubled judicial system, experts, NGOs and judges have warned.
The final version of the changes to Serbia’s constitution should be presented by the end of March, but the public debate about the amendments has developed into brutal verbal duels between judges, prosecutors, professors and NGOs on one side, and the political elite on the other.
In the meantime, Serbian Justice Minister Nela Kuburovic announced that the ministry will send the final version of the constitutional changes to the Venice Commission, which is expected to give its expert opinion.
“On this [the Commission’s expert opinion] depends the further process of proposing to the Government. If the opinion is not positive, we will work to redact and harmonise [the amendments] with what the Venice Commission send [as feedback] to Serbia,” Kuburovic said on March 11, according to Beta news agency.
However, dozens of NGOs have already harshly criticised the proposed solutions and urged the justice ministry to withdraw the proposals.