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REPRESENTATION OF NATIONAL MINORITIES IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA FROM 2000. TO 2020.

Abstract

In order for a parliament to be considered democratic, the basic function it needs to satisfy is to adequately perform a representative function, i.e. to adequately represent the citizens of a country. It should also meet another criterion – to reflect the social diversity of the population in terms of gender, language, religion, ethnicity or some other politically important characteristics. There should be mechanisms that would give additional rights to the representatives of minority groups in parliament in order to work on an equal basis and the representative function they perform. The affirmative action, i.e. the amendment of the law and the establishment of the natural threshold for national minorities, enabled them to enter the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia on independent lists for the first time. What has been noticeable in all convocations since 2000 is that Roma minority list has achieved any significant results, although the Roma national minority is the second largest in Serbia, right after Hungarians. One of the conclusions was that territorial dispersion has an impact on this, although the low level of education of the Roma population can be added to this consideration. Other minorities had a relatively good representation in parliament. National minorities are included in almost all committees and are relatively well represented.

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