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    http://www.emportal.co.yu/en/news/serbia/71597.html Draft law on Diaspora presented 03. December 2008. | 11:49 Source: Tanjug The Minister noted that by
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      Draft law on Diaspora presented

      03. December 2008. | 11:49

      Source: Tanjug

      The Minister noted that by adopting the law the government will show
      that it wants to lead a more responsible and rational policy towards
      its Diaspora, considering that one third of Serbs live in the Diaspora.

      Minister for the Diaspora Srdjan Sreckovic yesterday presented the
      draft law on the Diaspora which envisages stronger ties between
      Serbia and its Diaspora through the Diaspora assembly, Diaspora
      register and observation of the Day of the Diaspora.

      Sreckovic told a press conference that thanks to this law, Serbia and
      its Diaspora will for the first time be linked through the Diaspora
      assembly, which will, among others include the Serbian President,
      Prime Minister, relevant ministers, representatives of the Serbian
      Academy of Arts and Sciences, Serbian Orthodox Church, Chamber of
      Commerce and the public media.

      He said that the Diaspora assembly will form councils to deal with
      certain issues, for instance the Diaspora economic council, council
      for status issues and the council for cultural, educational and
      scientific cooperation.

      The Minister noted that by adopting the law the government will show
      that it wants to lead a more responsible and rational policy towards
      its Diaspora, considering that one third of Serbs live in the Diaspora.

      According to this law, the term Diaspora will refer to all Serbs
      living abroad, regardless of whether they are citizens of Serbia or
      not, explained Sreckovic.

      He said that the law will introduce the Day of the Diaspora on June
      28, St Vitus' Day, adding that offices of the Diaspora may be opened
      in countries with a large Serbian Diaspora.

      The law also envisages a register of the Diaspora, explained the
      Minister, adding that registering will be voluntary and the collected
      data confidential.

      Registered Diaspora members will receive a "Diaspora ID" issued by
      the Ministry for the Diaspora, thanks to which they will later on be
      able to exercise their right to learn their mother tongue in Serbia,
      apply for grants and stipends and similar.

      Sreckovic recalled that the debate on the draft law began yesterday
      and voiced his hope that the law will be finalised in January.

      He added that the draft law may be viewed on the Ministry's web site
      and that the working version has been sent to 2,400 associations and
      eminent individuals from the Diaspora.
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