Activities of the Republic of Serbia within the framework of the South-Eastern Europe Stability Pact Anti-Corruption Initiative

On the Session held on March 6th 2003, the Government of the Republic of Serbia adopted the document relative to the Information on present activities of the Republic of Serbia within the framework of the South-Eastern Europe Stability Pact Anti-Corruption Initiative (SPAI). In order to intensify further activities in that field, the Serbian Government decided to make to the South-Eastern Europe Stability Pact a proposal on the opening of a regional SPAI field-office in Belgrade.

The SPAI is conceived through a multi-disciplinary approach to the fight against corruption, and it includes five major principles:

1. Adoption of anticorruption regulations

2. Improvement of the Public Administration
3. Strengthening of the Rule of Law
4. Promotion of transparency and honesty in business activities
5. Development of an active civil society

At the summit held in Rome in September 2002, representatives of the SPAI countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia) decided that the regional SPAI secretariat office should be based in Sarajevo.

However, as the conditions for implementation of this decision have not yet been attained, since the necessary resources are lacking, the Government of the Republic of Serbia suggested that the office be located in Belgrade, considering that Belgrade was among the short-listed candidates for the SPAI regional office location.