Proposed law would undermine independence

8 Nov 2012

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) has expressed its concern regarding Serbia’s draft Law on Fees for the Use of Public Goods, reports news portal b92. The proposed law would see certain fees channelled into the state budget before being redistributed to agencies and ministries. SEEMO argues that the provisions would eliminate the independence of regulators: by concentrating fees in the state budget, the government would be able to exert influence on regulators such as the Republic Agency for Electronic Communications (RATEL) through the allocation of funds.