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14. 04. 2014

New episodes of ANEM Series „Illustrated Glossary of Corruption“ Available on ANEM Website

Second cycle of five television and radio episodes of the series „Illustrated Glossary of Corruption" (from 6th to 10th) was broadcast between March 31 and April 4, 2014, and they are available in this article below the text. Every following week new five episodes that were broadcast on TV and radio in the meantime will be available here.

The five television episodes featured here cover the following topics: Nepotism and Cronyism, Transparency in the Work of Public Authorities, Public Discussion, Public Officials' Property Cards, Accumulation of Functions, while the radio episodes cover the topics: Public Officials' Property Cards, Accumulation of Functions, Conflict of Interest, Nepotism and Cronyism, Pantouflage (fr.).

The episodes are available (only in Serbian) under this text. Short descriptions of the episodes are available here:

NEPOTISM AND CRONYISM (Radio and TV episodes)

Finding employment through a politican connection or through a relative is a significant problem in Serbia, research shows. Citizens of Niš who talked to the team of the „Illustrated Glossary of Corruption" agree with this. Nepotism and cronyism are the most frequent situations when public officials end up in the conflict of interest. This episode features experts of the Anti-Corruption Agency of the Republic of Serbia, and Aleksandar Višnjić, son of Milan Višnjić, former dean of the Medical School in Niš, who employed several close relatives.


Transparency in the work of public authorities is a cure for corruption. Being exposed to the public view is particularly important when it comes to disposing with money and public resources. Citizens have a right to know what the authorities are doing and they should insist on this right, together with the media. The team of the „Illustrated Glossary of Corruption" searched for the answer to the question how to achieve this and talked about this issue with Branislav Nedimović, mayor of Sremska Mitrovica, Svetlana Cucanić, editor of "M novine", and Rodoljub Šabić, Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection.


One of the ways in which citizens can influence decisions important for them is public debate. An example was recorded by the team of the „Illustrated Glossary of Corruption" in Subotica, where the citizens, having organized a public debate, managed to suspend a decision which envisaged demolition of a thousand houses. The episode features owners of the houses, high officials from Subotica, and Nemanja Nenadić from the organisation Transparency Serbia.


The obligation of public officials to submit disclosure reports concerning their property and income has a great importance in the fight against corruption. It lessens the possibility that public officials accumulate income and property in an illicit way. If they disrespect the law, criminal and misdemeanour penalties are envisaged. Are these sanctions sufficient? The team of the „Illustrated Glossary of Corruption" posed this question to the representatives of the Anti-Corruption Agency. The team talked about property cards in Novi Sad with Moma Čolaković, an MP who did not submit his property and income disclosure report in time, and with Dinko Gruhonjić from the Independent Journalists' Association of Vojvodina.


Accumulation of functions is dangerous because, among other things, it means accumulation of power in the hands of one person. That is why the Law on the Anti-Corruption Agency limits the number of functions a public official can discharge to one. However, the Agency allows for exceptions, which is why the number of public officials which discharge several functions simultaneously is not small. Accumulation of functions in practice is not a rarity. One such case was recorded in Kikinda by the team of the „Illustrated Glossary of Corruption", where they talked to Vesna Bjelić Francuski, an MP of the Vojvodina Parliament, who discharges several functions. The episode also features high officials of Kikinda, experts of the Anti-Corruption Agency, and Zlatko Minić, a former member of the Agency's Board, and now an associate of Transparency Serbia.


Conflict of interest opens the door wide to corruption, abuse of public resources, abuse of power and bribery. That is why the removal of conflict of interest and its prevention is one of the most important mechanisms for dealing with corruption. The most frequent and the most widespread from of this illicit behavior of public officials is simultaneous discarging of executive and legislative authority - for example, simultaneous discharge of the function of a mayor and an MP. Many public officials throughout Serbia have attempted to keep both functions. The team of the „Illustrated Glossary of Corruption" talked about this problem to the mayor of Pirot Vladan Vasić. Experts of the Anti-Corruption Agency and representatives of the non-governmental sector talk about the efficiency of protection mechanisms at the disposal of responsible institutions.

PANTOUFLAGE (fr.) (Radio episode) 

Pantouflage, or employment or cooperation of a former public public official with enterprises or organizations the activities of which are related to the public office function the person used to discharge, can lead a former public official into a serious conflict of interest. In order to prevent this, the Law on the Anti-Corruption Agency prescribes that a public official cannot find employment that could lead him into such conflict of interest two years after the end of the public office employment. The team of the „Illustrated Glossary of Corruption" recorded an example of violation of the Law on the Anti-Corruption Agency in Niš, where the former head of the city Directorate for Public Utilities several days after he finished discharging this function found employment in a private enterprise which does business with the city of Niš. Former and current City Council members Biljana Jovanović and Miloš Banđur, and Dejan Milić, head of the Office for Resolving Conflict of Interest of the Anti-Corruption Agency, talk about the consequences of this corruptive phenomenon and legal possibilities for dealing with it. 


6. Nepotizam i kronizam (Nepotism and Cronyism)

tv nepotizam i kronizam

7. Transaparentnost rada organa (Transparency in the Work of Public Authorities)

tv transparentnost

8. Javna rasprava (Public Debate)

tv javna rasprava

9. Imovinske karte (Public Officials' Property Cards) 

tv imovinske karte

10. Kumulacija funkcija (Accumulation of Functions) 

tv kumulacija funkcija


6. Imovinske karte (Public Officials' Property Cards) 

radio imovinske karte

7. Kumulacija funkcija (Accumulation of Functions) 

radio kumulacija funkcija

8. Sukob interesa (Conflict of Interest) 

radio sukob interesa

9. Nepotizam i kronizam (Nepotism and Cronyism)

radio nepotizan i kronizam

10. Pantoflaža (Pantouflage) 

radio pantoflaza
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