For almost 16 years local governments in Serbia did not have the right of ownership over property and other needed resources necessary for the performance of their own and delegated tasks. The new Constitution of the Republic of Serbia, adopted in 2006 and the 2007 Law on Local Self-Government have prescribed that municipal property is managed at the local government level. This has provided a basis for adopting a special law that would regulate the issue of local governments’ property restitution. Finally, the Law on Public Property was adopted in 2011 and this has completed a legal framework for transferring the responsibility of property management to Serbian local governments. The Law on Public Property prescribes the deadlines for submitting a request for property transfer to the Cadastre office, as well as the procedure for claiming the property back to the local level, which would allow LGs to manage, use and sell property at their own discretion. On the other hand, it should also be emphasized that most LGs (including Novi Sad) still lack the organizational capacity and human resources necessary to initiate, establish and fully implement this serious and complicated process.
Date: May 2014 - September 2014