The country’s commissioner for information of public importance, Rodoljub Sabic, is responsible for ensuring the confidentiality of sources of information. He has called on citizens to be as precise as they can in the reports they submit so that the information can be investigated easily and quickly.
The latest corruption perception index for Serbia, released in 2009 by the Berlin-based watchdog Transparency International, suggests that Serbia has yet to make much progress in fighting corruption. The country is ranked 83rd out of 180, with a corruption perception index of 3.5, and is considered a country with a significant corruption problem.
In recent months, top officials in Serbia have said that the fight against such crimes is one of the country’s main goals.
One of the first visible steps in that direction, which was well received by the public, was seen in June when the Web site of Serbia’s anti-corruption agency crashed after receiving a unprecedented number of visitors trying to view just-released information on the assets of government officials. The data went public two months later than the Anti-Corruption Agency had originally promised.
Also this week, the Serbian parliament adopted amendments to the Law on the Anti-Corruption Agency which will mean that an official can perform several public functions without the consent of the Agency if elected to the positions directly by citizens. For all other functions, according to the amendments, the Agencys approval is required.