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25. 04. 2014


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The last (fourth) cycle of five television and radio episodes of the series „Illustrated Glossary of Corruption" was broadcast on ANEM stations between April 14 and 18, 2014, while the last, 21st television and radio episode was broadcast in the week of 22 - 25 April. All said episodes are available in this article below the text. 

The last cycle of 5 television episodes (from 16th to 20th) featured here cover the following topics: Accountability of public officials and institutions, Abuse of discretionary powers, Meaningful expenditure of public funds, Illicit enrichment, Institutional integrity, while the radio episodes cover the topics: Public debate, Institutional integrity, Accountability of public officials and institutions, Abuse of discretionary powers, Illicit enrichment.

The last episode rounds up the series and provides conclusions stemming from previous episodes which refer to the widespread presence of corruption in Serbia, means of prevention of corruption and the fight against it.

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


Accountability in the work of public officials means responsible discharge of professional tasks and it presupposes honesty, impartiality, discipline, adherence to laws and regulations. Accountable institutions are possible only with accountable individuals. The team of the „Illustrated Glossary of Corruption" filmed a story in Valjevo on the decision of the city authorities to incur a debt for the citizens of Valjevo by getting a loan worth 200 million dinars in order to buy property and land of the bankrupt factory Stefil so as to build an industrial zone on this location. Despite promised deadlines, the location is still vacant and deserted, the industrial zone has not come to life yet, while the citizens of Valjevo continue to pay the loan worth 200 million dinars. Officials of Valjevo and experts of the Anti-Corruption Agency talk about whether there is a subjective and objective responsibility of individual public officials in this case.


As there are unpredictable situations in life, it is not possible to regulate every situation by law. Therefore, laws sometimes authorise a public official to pass a decision according to his/her free will. In other words, they give him/her certain discretionary powers. Naturally, a public official can abuse passing of a decision in such a way. The interviewees in this episode talk about the situations in which we encounter discretionary power, what consequences can stem from them and how to fight against negative consequences. The episode features: Tatjana Babić, director of the Anti-Corruption Agency; judge Omer Hadžiomerović, member of the Judges' Association of Serbia; Bogoljub Lazarević, head of the group for pre-school upbringing and education of the Ministry of Education; and Miljan Mićunović of the Union of Belgrade Schools' Syndicates.


The issue of meaningful expenditure of public funds is most frequently reflected in the dilemma which public interest is more important. When there is not enough money in the budget for all the needs, than the criteria for setting priorities must be clearly defined, which is important not only because of saving money, but also to narrow the possibilities for corrupt behavior and to prevent public officials from setting priorities according to personal and party interests. The team of the „Illustrated Glossary of Corruption" recorded a story in Valjevo which opens numerous questions, among which is the question whether citizens' money is spent in a proper way. Namely, a part of budgetary resources was used for building a sports hall instead for the reparation of houses damaged by earthquake which hit the district of Kolubara 15 years ago. Officials of Valjevo, residents of Mionica and Nemanja Nenadić from the organisation Transparency Serbia talk about whether the money of the citizens of Valjevo and the district of Kolubara was spent in a proper way.

ILLICIT ENRICHMENT (TV and radio episodes)

Most of those who were labeled as the richest in Serbia in 2000, and were suspected of earning their first million owing to links with the regime of Slobodan Milošević, are still high on the list of Serbia's richest people. Why the laws that have been adopted during past 14 years have not managed to correct this injustice? Why no goverment has gone all the way sanctioning those who have illegally accumulated wealth? Are regular criminal proceedings in which the property acquired through crime is confiscated and the law on the confiscation of property acquired through crime sufficient or is it necessary to adopt the Law on the Origin of Property? Answers to these questions in the „Illustrated Glossary of Corruption" are provided by Čedomir Čupić, who has been advocating for this law for years, Danilo Nikolić, state secretary in the Ministry of Justice and Vladimir Gajić, one of Darko Šarić's lawyers.


When we say that an individual has personal integrity, we refer to a person with high moral norms which he/she does not diverge from for short-term or petty interests. In other words, such a person behaves as a responsible social being towards himself/herself and the others with the aim to contribute to the wellbeing of his/her community. The same norms apply to institutions. Namely, integrity in professional conduct presupposes that there are developed rules in the institutions which regulate the implementation of certain standards.

The team of the „Illustrated Glossary of Corruption" went to Smederevo and talked to the city officials about ways in which the city attempts to build its integrity. Along with the city officials and citizens of Smederevo, the episode features Zlatko Minić, former member of the Board of the Anti-Corruption Agency and Dragana Krunić from the Anti-Corruption Agency who is in charge of monitoring the production and implementation of integrity plans.

PUBLIC DEBATE (Radio episode)

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.


16. Odgovornost u radu funkcionera (Accountability of Public Officials and Institutions)

TV odgovornost u radu funkcionera

17. Zloupotreba diskrecionog ovlašćenja (Abuse of Discretionary Powers)

TV zloupotreba diskrecionog ovlascenja

18. Svrsishodnost trošenja javnih sredstava (Meaningful Expenditure of Public Funds)

TV svrsishodnost tros. jav. sredstava

19. Nelegalno bogaćenje (Illicit Enrichment)

TV nelegalno bogacenje

20. Integritet institucija (Institutional Integrity)

TV integritet institucija

21. Finalna epizoda (The final episode - Conclusions)

finalna tv epizoda


16. Javna rasprava (Public Debate)

javna rasprava

17. Integritet institucija (Institutional Integrity)

integritet institucija

18. Odgovornost u radu funkcionera (Accountability of Public Officials and Institutions)

odgovornost u radu funkcionera

19. Zloupotreba diskrecionog ovlašćenja (Abuse of Discretionary Powers)

zloupotreba diskrecionog ovlascenja

20. Nelegalno bogaćenje (Illicit Enrichment)

nelegalno bogacenje

21. Finalna epizoda (The final episode - Conclusions)

finalna radio epizoda


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ANEM's Project "Illustrated Glossary of Corruption" is financed by the European Union within the Civil Society Facility Programme.



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