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13. December 2011.

Ten male and female scholars, who are, through the “Internship Program for Members of Ethnic Minorities”, going to acquire new knowledge and experiences at the institutions of the Republic of Serbia over a six-month period, visited the National Assembly on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, where they were received by Slavica Djukic Dejanovic, the Speaker of the National Assembly. The Speaker of the National Assembly familiarized the young Albanian, Bosniak and Roma scholars with the National Assembly’s work.  She pointed out that the internship program was very important for their future development and she encouraged them to work hard at the institutions of the Republic of Serbia, so that they could become better than their mentors.

While talking to the Speaker of the National Assembly, the scholars put a lot of questions to her. They were interested in the laws adopted by that body, abolition of MPs’ sudden resignations, the European integrations of the Republic of Serbia, the role of the National Assembly in that process, as well as in the possibility of incorporating the definition of hate crime into the Law on Criminal Procedure. At the same time, the scholars were interested in how Slavica Djukic Dejanovic managed to establish authority over her mostly male colleagues, and in  how she managed to reconcile her two major roles in society, the one of the Speaker of the National Assembly and the one of a psychiatrist.  

On behalf of male and female scholars, Fidan Fejzuli thanked the Speaker of the National Assembly on the time that she had devoted to that group of young persons.   

Following their talk with Slavica Djukic Dejanovic, the scholars went for a tour of the National Assembly’s building and familiarized themselves with the history of the building.   

The internship program is implemented by the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights, State Administration and Local Self-Government. From November 2011 until April 2012, ten interns will build their capacities and get an insight into the work of the governmental bodies at the Coordination Body of the Government of the Republic of Serbia for the Municipalities of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja, the Directorate for Human and Minority Rights, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education and Science. The Internship Program was supported by the British embassy, while it is implemented in partnership with the OSCE Mission to Serbia.