Commissioner for the Protection of Equality is an independent, autonomous authority for prevention of all forms and types of discrimination.
The Commissioner for the Protection of Equality is competent to carry out the procedure based on complaints in cases of discrimination against persons or groups of persons connected by the same personal characteristic. The Commissioner is competent to receive and consider complaints of discrimination, to issue opinions and recommendations in concrete discrimination cases, and to stipulate measures defined by the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination.
All proceedings before the Commissioner are free of charge and tax free.
The Commissioner for the Protection of Equality is an independent, autonomous and specialized state authority established on the basis of the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination from 2009.
The first Commissioner for the Protection of Equality, Nevena Petrusic PhD, was elected on May 5th 2010 by the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. The second Commissioner for the Protection of Equality, Brankica Jankovic, was elected on May 26th 2015. National Parliament appointed Brankica Jnkovic to be Commissioner for Protection of Equality 26 November 2020, which is her second mandate as a head of the institution.
The normative framework for the work of the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality consists of the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia, the relevant international documents, and general and special antidiscrimination laws of the Republic of Serbia.
The task of the Commissioner is to prevent all forms, types and cases of discrimination, to protect the equality of natural persons and legal entities in all spheres of social relations, to oversee the enforcement of antidiscrimination regulations, and to improve realization and protection of equality.
The organisational structure of the CPE Office is set by the Rulebook on Internal Organisation and Systematisation of Posts. This act provisions establishment of three sectors as the basic internal units:
Sector for Protection of Equality: Department for Acting upon Complaints, (Group for Complaints – public sector, Group for Complaints – private sector), Section of Litigation, Section for Normative and Legal Matters
Sector for Improvement of Equality: : Group for Projects, Group for Collaboration, Group for Research, Analysis and Reporting Sector for General Affairs: Human Resource and Finance Department (Group for Finance, Group for Human Resource), Group for IT Affairs, Section of Registry with Archive
Sector for General Affairs.
The Commissioner’s Office and the Group for Disseminating Information are established as special internal units.
Bringing proceedings in the name of the equality body [with or without an identifiable victim] but on behalf of one or more individual person(s) who consents to this.
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skin color, ancestors, citizenship, national affiliation, language, religious or political beliefs, gender identity, financial position, birth, genetic characteristics, sexual characteristics, health, marital and family status, previous convictions, income level, appearance, membership in political, trade union and other organizations and other real or presumed personal characteristics
|Number of cases handled||1188||1188|
|Number of inquiries||3000||3000|
|Number of litigation cases||5||5|
Single headed equality body (led by director or ombudsman/commissioner)
The Office is managed by the Commissioner and the sectors are managed by the Assistants to the Commissioner. The Commissioner establishes the Consortium as an advisory body. The Commissioner’s Consortium consists of the Commissioner, three Commissioner’s Assistants, and the Commissioner’s Head of Office. If necessary, heads of organisational units can participate in the work of the Consortium, upon the Commissioner call.
The Commissioner is elected by the National Assembly by majority vote of all members. Candidate for the Commissioner is proposed bythe Committee on Constitutional and Legislative Issues with the majority vote of its members. Every parliamentary group in the National Assembly has the right to propose a candidate to the Committee.
Any national of the Republic of Serbia may be elected to the post of the Commissioner provided that he/she fulfils the following conditions: being a graduate of law; having a minimum of ten years’ working experience in legal matters pertaining to the area of human rights protection; having high moral and professional qualities. The Commissioner may not perform any other public or political function or any political activity, in accordance with the law.
The jobs of Commissioner’s Assistants and of Chief of cabinet are defined as positions. The Commissioner’s Assistants are appointed to this position for the period of five years, on the basis of an internal or public job competition, while the Head of Office is appointed to this position until the expiry of the Commissioner’s term of office. The Commissioner’s Assistants and the Chief of Cabinet are categorized in the first group of positions (while the Chief of cabinet is categorized in the third group of positions). All other jobs are executive jobs, including jobs of managers of smaller internal organizational units.
|Number of staff members working on equality||-1||29|
|Operating budget in euros [ACTUAL]||863000||863000|
|Operating budget in euros [ALLOCATED]||863000||863000|
|Operating budget in euros for the parts of the organisation dealing with equality issues (all types of functions) [ACTUAL]||863000||863000|
|Operating budget in euros for the parts of the organisation dealing with equality issues (all types of functions) [ALLOCATED]||863000||863000|