Rules of Procedure of the Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina

("Official Gazette of AP Vojvodina", number 37/2014)

Pursuant to Articles 31 and 43 Paragraph 2 of the Statute of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina ("Official Journal of the APV", No 20/14),   and Article 1 Paragraph 2 of the Provincial Assembly Decision on the Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina ("Official Journal of the APV", No 28/14),

the Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina at its session held on 23 September 2014, enacted

Rules of Procedure of
the Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina

I GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 1

The Rules of Procedure of the Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina (hereinafter: the Rules of Procedure) shall further regulate the organisation and manner of work of the Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina.

Article 2

Nouns denoting official posts, positions and functions in the Assembly, shall be used in a form that expresses gender of the person of their bearer.

Article 3

In the Assembly work, in addition to Serbian language and Cyrillic script there shall be equitable official use of Hungarian, Slovak, Croatian, Romanian and Ruthenian languages and their scripts, in accordance with the Statute.

II CONSTITUTING OF THE ASSEMBLY

1. Convening the First Session of the Assembly

Article 4

The first session of the Assembly shall be convened by the President of the Assembly from the previous convocation within three days from the date of the submission of the report by the Provincial Electoral Commission on the conducted elections.

Should the President of the Assembly from the previous convocation fail to convene the session within the specified time frame, the session shall be convened by the oldest Vice-president of the previous convocation within the next three days.

The session of the Assembly pending the election of the President of the Assembly shall be chaired by the oldest Deputy present at the session and they shall be assisted in their work by the Secretary General of the Assembly.

Article 5

At the first Assembly session:

- the mandates of Deputies shall be confirmed,
- Deputies’ Groups shall be formed,
-  the President shall be elected
-  the Vice-Presidents of the Assembly shall be elected
-  the Secretary General of the Assembly shall be appointed;

At the first Assembly session the working bodies of the Assembly may also be formed.

2. Confirmation of Deputies' Mandates

Article 6

Deputies shall acquire rights and duties on the date of confirmation of their mandates.

The mandate of a Deputy shall be confirmed by the Assembly on the basis of the certificate attesting to election as Deputy and the report of the Provincial Electoral Commission on the conducted elections.

So as to confirm the mandate of a Deputy, the Assembly shall set up a seven-member Commission (hereinafter: the Commission).

The proportional representation of Deputies elected by the motion of the political parties, a coalition of the political parties or a coalition of a political party and a group of citizens, or a group of citizens, shall be provided in the composition of the Commission.

Article 7

The President and members of the Commission shall be proposed by the Deputy chairing the Assembly session. The Commission shall have been elected if a majority of votes of the Deputies present have been cast for it.

Article 8

The Commission shall start its work immediately after being elected.

The Commission shall work at the session attended by most members of the Commission and take decisions by a majority vote of all the total number of the Commission members.

Article 9

Based on the report of the Provincial Electoral Commission on the conducted elections, the Commission shall establish whether data from certificates attesting to the election of each Deputy are identical to those contained in the report of the Provincial Electoral Commission, and shall submit a report thereon to the Assembly in writing containing:

- motion for confirmation of each individual Deputy’s mandate,
- explained motion for postponing the confirmation of mandates of particular Deputies.

The member of the Commission whose mandate confirmation has been proposed to be postponed may not participate in taking decision on that motion.

Article 10

The Assembly shall review the Commission’s report and adopt it in its entirety, unless the Commission has made a motion to delay mandate confirmation of particular Deputies.

When the Commission in its report make a motion to postpone confirmation of mandate for a particular Deputy, each such motion is to be voted on separately.

The Commission shall cease its operations when it submits a report to the Assembly.

Article 11

Should the Assembly delay the confirmation of a mandate of a particular Deputy, it shall bind the Provincial Election Commission to verify the validity of the certificate of election of Deputies and inform the Assembly about it within eight days from the receipt of the decision.

The Assembly shall decide on the Deputy mandate confirmation, under Paragraph 1 of the present Article, after considering the information of the Provincial Electoral Commission.

A Deputy, whose mandate confirmation has been delayed, shall be entitled to attend sessions of the Assembly and participate in its work without the decision right.

Article 12

The Assembly shall be constituted once the two thirds of Deputies’ mandates have been confirmed.

On the date the Assembly is constituted, the Deputies' mandates from the previous convocation shall be terminated.

3. Formation of Deputies' Groups

Article 13

Deputies’ Groups shall be formed in the manner established by the present Rules of Procedure.

4. Election of the President of the Assembly

Article 14

At least 20 Deputies may nominate a candidate for the President of the Assembly.

A Deputy may take part in the nomination of only one candidate.

The nomination of a candidate for the President of the Assembly shall be submitted to the Presiding Officer in writing.

Article 15

The nomination shall include the name and surname of the candidate, short curriculum vitae, party affiliation of the candidate, as well as the first name and last name of the nominator’s representative, an explanatory note, and the written consent of the candidate.

The Presiding Officer shall communicate to the Deputies the received nominations of candidates for the President of the Assembly.

The nominator's representative shall be entitled to provide a verbal explanation of the nomination.

Article 16

A debate shall be opened on the nomination of a candidate for the office of the President of the Assembly.
After the debate is concluded, the Presiding Officer shall establish a list of candidates for the President of the Assembly in the alphabetical order of their last names.

Article 17

The President of the Assembly shall be elected by open vote unless the Assembly decides to vote by secret ballot.

Voting shall take place according to the provisions of the present Rules of Procedure on voting by open ballot.

If more candidates have been nominated for the President, the vote will be taken by roll call of Deputies.

When the Assembly decides to vote by secret ballot, voting shall take place according to the provisions of the present Rules of Procedure on voting by secret ballot.

Article 18

Voting for the President of the Assembly shall be administered by the Presiding Officer and in their work they shall be assisted by two youngest Deputies present at the session and the Secretary General of the Assembly.

A candidate for the President of the Assembly may not administer the vote nor assist the Presiding Officer in the administration process.

Article 19

The Deputy who polls the majority of votes cast by total number of Deputies shall be elected President of the Assembly.

In cases when one candidate is nominated and they fail to win the required majority of votes, or two candidates are nominated, and neither should win the required majority of votes, the election procedure shall be repeated.

Should several candidates be nominated and none should win the required majority of votes, the vote shall be repeated on the two candidates who polled the largest number of votes, or on candidates who polled the largest and simultaneously equal number of votes.

Should the President of the Assembly not be elected in the second round either, the election procedure shall be repeated.

Article 20

When assuming their duties the President of the Assembly shall take the following oath before the Assembly:

"I do solemnly swear that I will observe the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia, the Statute of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and the law; that I will execute the office of the President of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina in a conscientious, impartial and responsible manner, following the principles of democracy, citizens’ interests and interests of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and that I will protect the reputation of the Assembly".

Article 21

After being elected, the President of the Assembly shall take over the chairing of the session.

5. Election of Vice-Presidents of the Assembly

Article 22

Whenever the Assembly is constituted, it shall determine the number of its Vice-Presidents upon the motion of the President.

Article 23

At least 20 Deputies may nominate one or several candidates for the office of Vice-President of the Assembly, but only up to the number to be elected.

The nomination of a candidate for the office of Vice-President of the Assembly shall be submitted to the President of the Assembly in writing.

Article 24

The nomination shall include the first name and last name of the candidate, short curriculum vitae, party affiliation, as well as the name and last name of the nominator’s representative, an explanatory note, and the candidate’s consent in writing.

The President of the Assembly shall communicate to the Deputies the nominations received.

The nominator’s representative shall be entitled to give a verbal explanation of the nomination.

A debate shall be opened on the nomination of candidates.

After concluding the debate, the President of the Assembly shall establish a list of candidates for the office of Vice-President of the Assembly in alphabetical order of their last names.

Article 25

Voting for the office of Vice-President of the Assembly shall take place under provisions of the present Rules of Procedure on voting for the election of the President of the Assembly.

Each Deputy may vote for not more than the number of candidates to be elected.

Article 26

The candidate who wins the majority of votes cast by the total number of Deputies shall be elected Vice-President of the Assembly.

If the number of candidates nominated should equal the number to be elected, and there has not been elected the envisaged number or any of the Vice-Presidents of the Assembly, the election procedure shall be repeated for the number of Vice-Presidents of the Assembly who have not been elected.

If the number of candidates nominated should exceed the number to be elected and there has not been elected the envisaged number of Vice-Presidents of the Assembly, the vote shall be repeated for the number of Vice-Presidents of the Assembly who have not been elected, from among the remaining candidates.

If not even in the second round the envisaged number of Vice-Presidents of the Assembly should be elected, the election procedure shall be repeated for the number of Vice-Presidents who have not been elected.

Article 27

When assuming their duties the Vice-President of the Assembly shall take the following oath before the Assembly:

"I do solemnly swear that I will observe the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia, the Statute of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and the law; that I will execute the office of the Vice-President of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina in a conscientious, impartial and responsible manner, following the principles of democracy, citizens’ interests and interests of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and that I will protect the reputation of the Assembly".

6. Appointment of the Secretary General of the Assembly

Article 28

The Assembly shall have Secretary General.

Candidate for the office of Secretary General of the Assembly shall be nominated by the President of the Assembly.

The nomination shall include the first name and last name of the candidate, short curriculum vitae, an explanatory note and the consent of the candidate in writing.

The Secretary General of the Assembly shall be appointed for the period of four years.

Upon the constitution of a newly elected Assembly, the Secretary General of the Assembly shall be appointed.

Any person with completed law university, passed state exam on the expertise for the work in the administration authorities and job experience of at least 5 years may be appointed for the Secretary General of the Assembly.

III THE ASSEMBLY ORGANISATION

1. President, Vice-President, Secretary General and Deputy General Secretary of the Assembly

а) President of the Assembly

Article 29

The President of the Assembly shall represent the Assembly, call election for Deputies; convene sessions of the Assembly and establish proposed agenda, convene meetings of the Assembly Collegium and chair the meetings, chair the sessions of the Assembly, see to the application of the Rules of Procedure, see to timely and coordinated work of working bodies, sign acts enacted by the Assembly, determine representatives of the Assembly in particular representative occasions; accept auspices on behalf of the Assembly and also perform other duties foreseen by the Statute, the Provincial Assembly Decision and the present Rules of Procedure.

Article 30

The term of office of the President of the Assembly shall last for the period of four years.

The term of office of the President of the Assembly shall terminate prior to its expiry upon their resignation, by their being relieved of duty, or through the termination of their mandate of Deputy.

In case of Paragraph 2 under the present Article the term of office of the President of the Assembly, pending the election of a new President, shall be performed by the oldest Vice-President.

The President of the Assembly shall tender their resignation to the Assembly in writing or verbally at the Assembly session.

The term of office of the President of the Assembly shall terminate on the date and the moment they tender their resignation.

No debate shall be held about the tendered resignation, the termination of office of President shall only be taken note of by the Assembly.

Article 31

The Assembly may relieve of duty the President of the Assembly before the expiry of the term of office for which they have been elected, under procedure foreseen for the election of the President of the Assembly.

Article 32

In case the term of office of the President of the Assembly should terminate before the expiry of the term of office for which they have been elected, the Assembly shall, at the same session, but no later than at the first next session, institute the procedure for the election of the President of the Assembly under provisions of the present Rules of Procedure.

b) Vice-President of the Assembly

Article 33

Vice-President of the Assembly shall assist the President of the Assembly in performing duties from within their purview and shall perform duties delegated to them by the President.

In case the President of the Assembly should be temporarily absent or should be hindered to perform their duty, one of the Vice-Presidents of the Assembly designated by the President of the Assembly shall stand in for them, and if the President of the Assembly should not designate any of the Vice-Presidents to stand in for them, the oldest Vice-President shall stand in for them.

Article 34

The term of office of a Vice-President of the Assembly shall be terminated before its expiry: upon their resignation, by their being relieved of duty or through termination of mandate of Deputy, under the procedure and in the manner foreseen for the termination of office of the President of the Assembly.

v) Secretary General of the Assembly

Article 35

The Secretary General of the Assembly shall assist the President and the Vice-Presidents of the Assembly in preparing and chairing sessions; head the Assembly Service, see to the implementation of acts and conclusions enacted by the Assembly concerning organisation and operation of the Assembly, ensure proper conditions for work for the Deputies and the Deputies’ groups and perform other duties foreseen by the present Rules of Procedure.

The Secretary General shall be accountable to the Assembly and the President of the Assembly for their work.

The term of office of the Secretary General shall terminate on the date of appointment of the Secretary General of a new convocation of the Assembly, on the date of tendering their resignation or of being relieved of office.

The Secretary General of the Assembly shall be relieved of duty under the procedure foreseen for their appointment.

Pending the appointment of a new Secretary General, the duty of Secretary General shall be performed by the Deputy Secretary General.

g) Deputy Secretary General of the Assembly

Article 36

The Secretary General of the Assembly shall have a Deputy.

Deputy Secretary General shall assist Secretary General in the work and stand in for them in case of absence or being hindered to perform their duties.

Deputy Secretary General shall be appointed by the Assembly on the motion made by the Secretary Deputy Secretary General of the Assembly with the written consent of the President of the Assembly.

A person with the completed law university, passed state exam for the work in the administration authorities and professional work experience of at least five years may be appointed Deputy Secretary General of the Assembly.

The term of office of the Deputy Secretary shall terminate on the date of the appointment of a new Deputy Secretary General, on the date of tendering a resignation or being relieved of duty.

The Deputy Secretary General shall be relieved of duty under the procedure foreseen for their appointment.

2. A Deputies’ Group

Article 37

In the Assembly, a Deputies’ Group may be formed of at least five Deputies.

A Deputy may be a member of only one Deputies’ Group.

Article 38

A Deputies’ Group shall be formed in the manner: a list of members signed by each member of the Deputies’ Group shall be submitted to the President of the Assembly. The president of a Deputies’ Group and their deputy shall be specially indicated on the list.

The president of a Deputies’ Group shall notify the President of the Assembly, in writing, of any changes in the composition of the Deputies’ Group.

When a member resigns from a Deputies’ Group, the president of the Deputies’ Group shall communicate to the President of the Assembly their signed statement of resignation.

When a new member joins a Deputies’ Group, the president of the Deputies’ Group shall communicate to the President of the Assembly their signed statements of accession.

Article 39

A Deputies’ Group shall be represented by the president of the Deputies’ Group.

A Deputies’ Group shall have its deputy president of the Deputies’ Group, who shall stand in for the president in case of their absence.

If a Deputies’ Group should be represented by its deputy president or an authorised representative, they shall assume the powers of the president of the Deputies’ Group.

Article 40

A Deputies’ group session shall be convened by the President of the Deputies’ group, to analyse and discuss the issues under the competence of the Assembly.

The Deputies’ group session may also be convened by the Deputy President, based on the President’s authorisation, or if the President is prevented to do so due to the justified reasons.

3. Working Bodies of the Assembly

Article 41

There shall be established permanent and temporary working bodies in the Assembly.

Permanent working bodies are committees.

Temporary working bodies are: committees of inquiry and commissions. 

Article 42

The President of the Assembly may, on the motion made by working body, engage scientific or expert institutions or individuals to study certain issues from within the purview of the working body.

а) Committees

Article 43

Committees shall be established as permanent working bodies to consider and review issues falling within the purview of the Assembly, to propose official documents, to carry out reviews of certain areas and to perform other duties.

Article 44

The President of the Assembly as agreed with the presidents of the Deputies’ Groups shall propose candidates for the president and members of the Committees, proportionally to the number of Deputies that those Deputies’ Groups have in the Assembly.

Article 45

The motion for the election of the president and the members of the Committee shall be voted on as one unit by open vote. The decision shall be taken if the majority of the Deputies present have cast their votes for it.

Article 46

Unless otherwise determined by the present Rules of Procedure, a Committee shall have a president and 10 members.

At the first session, the Committee shall elect deputy president of the Committee from among its members.

A Deputy may be a member of as many as three Committees of the Assembly.

Article 47

The President of the Assembly, on the motion made by Deputies' group, shall make a motion to the Assembly to relieve of duty a Committee member from among the members of the Deputy group, before the expiry of their term of office, and shall make a motion for an election of a new Committee member.

The Assembly shall decide on the dismissal and election of a new member of the Committee at the first next session following the communication of the motion made by Deputies’ group.

Article 48

A Committee may appoint its Sub-committee and the Committee president may appoint a working group so as to consider a certain issue from within its purview.

A Sub-committee may have no more than seven members, on condition that the majority of members are Committee members.

Experts from the field for which the Sub-committee or a working group has been established may be appointed in a Sub-committee and working group.

Article 49

The Committee shall enact annual programme of activities and communicate it to the President of the Assembly.
The programme shall be enacted at the beginning of the year, on the motion made by the Committee president.

Committee may make motions for the annual working plan of the Assembly latest until December 01 of the current year, for the annual working plan for the forthcoming year.

Committee Session

Article 50

A session of a Committee shall be convened by the President of the Committee.

The President of a Committee shall be obliged to convene a session of the Committee at the request of at least three Committee members, or at the request of the President of the Assembly. Should the President of the Committee fails to do so by the requested deadline, the session of the Committee shall be convened by Deputy President of the Committee, or by the President of the Assembly.

Sessions of a Committee shall take place in the seat of the Assembly of the AP Vojvodina.

Should there be justified reasons, the Committee sessions may also take place outside the seat of the Assembly of the AP Vojvodina.

The Committee shall work in a session attended by majority of Committee members and shall make decision by a majority of Committee members present.

A call for a session of the Committee shall be communicated to the Committee members not later than five days before the date set for the session of the Committee. The proposed agenda may also include a motion for the act that has been communicated to the Committee for consideration.

A call for a session of the Committee, the material for it and the minutes from the previous Committee session shall be submitted to the Committee members by post or electronically.

In addition to the issues on the agenda the Committee may also discuss other matters within the purview of the Committee with the aim of notifying the Committee.

Exceptionally, a call for a session of the Committee may also be communicated within a shorter period, but with the provision that the Committee’s President shall be obliged to explain reasons for doing so at the Committee session.

In case a call for a session is arranged in shorter period of time, the materials shall be submitted electronically, and no later than 24 hours prior to the Committee session, except in the case when the Assembly session is convened pursuant to Article 78 Paragraph 4 of the Rules of Procedure.

Article 51

A Committee member shall be obliged to attend a Committee Session.

In case a Committee member is unable to attend a Committee session, they shall be obliged to inform the Committee President about it, and on the reasons for being prevented, in a timely manner.

A Deputy who is not a member of the Committee may attend a Committee session and take part in it, without, however, having the right to vote.

When motions for decisions and amendments to motions for decisions are discussed at a Committee session, the movers of such amendments and motions or their authorised representatives shall be invited to attend the session.
Representatives and commissioners of the Provincial Government shall take part in the work of the Committee.
Should other professionals be invited, they may also take part in the activities of the Committee.

When carrying out tasks within its purview, the Committee may, through its President, request from the Provincial Administration authorities the data and information of relevance to the activities of the Committee.

Article 52

After the discussion is over, the Committee shall submit to the Assembly a report containing its opinion i.e. proposals. The Committee shall designate its Rapporteur who shall, if necessary, present the report of the Committee at an Assembly session.

At the request of a particular Committee member, their personal opinion presented at the Committee session, shall feature separately in the Committee report and they shall be entitled to present it at the session of the Assembly.

Article 53

Minutes shall be kept at each Committee session.

The minutes shall include the names of present and absent Committee members and names of other participants in the session, motions made in verbal and written form, standpoints of the Committee, the outcome of every vote taken, as well as names of the Rapporteurs designated by the Committee.

The minutes shall be adopted at the following session and shall be signed by the President and the Secretary of the Committee, and the Assembly stamp shall be affixed.

Shorthand notes shall be taken at a session of the Committee if so requested by the Committee.

Article 54

The Committees shall cooperate among themselves.

The Committees may hold a joint session related to the issues of common interest.

On the issues from Paragraph 2 of this Article, a Committee shall make decision separately.

Article 55

The Committees shall be:

1. Committee on Constitutional and Legal Issues regarding the Status of the Province,
2. Committee on National Equality
3. Committee on Cooperation with the National Assembly Committees in Realisation of Competences of the Province,
4. Committee on Regulations,
5. Economy Committee,
6. Agriculture Committee,
7. Committee on Urban Planning and Spatial Planning and Environmental Protection,
8. Committee on Budget and Finance,
9. Committee on Education and Science,
10. Committee on Youth and Sports,
11. Committee on Health, Social Policy, Labour, Demographic Policy and Social Child Care,
12. Committee on Culture and Information
13. Committee on Petitions and Motions,
14. Committee on Organisation of Administration and Local Self-Government, 15.   Committee on Administrative and Mandate Issues
16. Committee on Establishing Equal Authenticity of Provincial Legislation in Languages in Official Use
17. Security Committee,
18. Committee on European Integration and Interregional Cooperation,
19. Committee on Gender Equality.

Article 56

Committee on Constitutional and Legal Issues Regarding the Status of the Province shall: consider issues of realization of the constitutional status of the Province, motion to amend the Statute, deliberate and determine a motion for act to change the Statute; deliberate motion to call a referendum by the Assembly in accordance with the Rules of Procedure; determine a motion for act on the features and use of the symbols and traditional symbols of the AP of Vojvodina, principal issues of the Statute application, motion that the Assembly should be a mover for legislation and amendments to bills enacted by the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia (hereinafter: the National Assembly) in the area of realization of constitutional and legal status of the Province.

The Committee shall be made up of 15 members, of whom four shall be prominent scientific and expert workers.

The President of the Assembly shall be the President of this Committee.

Article 57

The Committee on National Equality shall consider motions for decisions and general acts with the purpose to monitor exercising the full equality between persons belonging to national minorities – national communities and those   belonging to Serbian ethnic group that is guaranteed by the Constitution; propose measures in the areas of education, culture, information and official use of languages and scripts and other issues; monitor exercise of the rights of the national minorities – national communities in accordance with the national legislation and international standards in the area of national equality.

The working body has a president and 14 members, four of which are, according to their titles, presidents of the committees the purview of which are the issues in the area of education, culture, information, official use of languages and scripts, and safety.

Article 58

Committee on Cooperation with the National Assembly Committees in Realization of Competences of the Province shall monitor, cooperate and encourage activities relating to enactment of laws that regulate matters of Provincial interest. The Committee shall incorporate suggestions of the competent Committees of the Assembly concerning enactment or amendment of the National laws and cooperate with the competent committees of the National Assembly.

Article 59

Committee on Regulations shall consider motions for decisions, other regulations and general acts from the standpoint of their compliance with the Statute and the legal system and bills, other regulations and general acts which are proposed by the Assembly to the National Assembly for enactment, make motions for enactment and amendment of the Rules of Procedure, provide proposal for the interpretation of particular provisions of the Rules of Procedure, make motion for the authentic interpretation of the decisions and other general acts enacted by the Assembly, consider the Constitutional Court information to institute the procedure for assessing the constitutionality and legality of regulations that have been enacted by the provincial authorities and determine the response to the Constitutional Court, make motion to the Assembly for initiation of proceedings before the Constitutional Court for assessing the constitutionality and legality of laws and regulations that violate the rights of the Province established by the Constitution and the Statute and determine the consolidated text of the decision.

The Committee shall give its opinion on the compliance of an act with the legal system of the Republic of Serbia and the Statute of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina.

Article 60

The Economy Committee shall examine motions for decisions, strategic and other documents in the field of regional economic development, tourism, hospitality industry, spas and treatment centres, industry and crafts, road, river and rail traffic, fairs and other economic events that are of importance for the AP of Vojvodina; monitor the implementation of programmes of measures and activities on the establishment of balanced regional economic development; the Vojvodina tourism strategy implementation; monitor implementation of policy in the field of telecommunications and enactment of the Strategy for Development of Telecommunications in the Republic of Serbia; consider issues in the field of protection of copyright and related rights in the production of and trade in goods; the deployment of incentives and other means intended for economic development; shall monitor, stimulate and coordinate the activities in the area of ownership transformation, consider initiatives and motions pertaining to ownership transformation and organisational restructuring of a company, economic policy measures and other measures and activities in the field of ownership transformation, and shall consider other issues in the field.

Article 61

The Agriculture Committee shall consider motion for programme for development of agriculture and villages and measures for encouraging development, motions for decisions and other general acts, and other issues in the field of: agriculture and rural development, food industry, livestock and veterinary medicine, water management and waters, forestry, wildlife management, aquaculture, beekeeping, use and upgrading of land and other areas.

Article 62

The Committee on Urban Planning, Spatial Planning and Environmental Protection shall consider motions for programmes, decisions and general acts and other issues in the field of: urban planning, spatial planning and housing and utilities, landscape architecture and use of urban land for development, environmental protection and its improvement and sustainable development, conservation, monitoring and development of natural values and goods created by nature and human activities, preventing and eliminating pollution of natural resources, other ways and sources of threat to the environment, environmental protection and sustainable development in the field of fisheries and fish stock management in the fishery waters, as well as issues in other fields.

Article 63

The Committee on Budget and Finance shall consider the motion for the Provincial Assembly Decision on the budget, reports on the execution of decisions on the budget and the motion for the Provincial Assembly Decision on the final account of the budget, motions for decisions on the AP of Vojvodina’s borrowings, motions for the decisions on the establishment of organizations, agencies, public enterprises and institutions so as to perform tasks of the AP of Vojvodina and other issues in the field of finance.

Article 64

The Committee on Education and Science shall consider motions for decisions and general acts and motions for programme of development of activities in the field of preschool, primary, secondary, university education and upbringing, informal adult education, pupil and student standards, scientific and technological development and other issues in the field of education and upbringing, scientific-research activities, development of science and the transfer of scientific achievements, the development of new technologies and their applications. The Committee shall consider motions for establishing a network of primary and secondary schools and motions for the establishment of educational institutions and consider the issues related to facilitation of the conditions for education of persons belonging to other ethnic groups and national minorities - national communities in their own languages.

Article 65

The Committee on Youth and Sports shall consider motions for decisions and general acts and motions for programme of development of activities in the field of sports and youth, physical and technical culture.

Article 66

The Committee on Health, Social Policy, Labour, Demographic Policy and Social Child Care shall consider motions for decisions and general acts that regulate matters of Provincial interest in health and health insurance and improve health care, health and pharmaceutical services in the territory of  the AP of Vojvodina, consider proposal for health institutions network plan, monitor the professional work of the Institute of Public Health and the operations of the spas and health resorts in the territory of the Province and other issues in the field of health care. The Committee shall consider the motions for decisions and general acts in the field of social policy, monitor and study the situation in the area of providing social security for refugees, exiles and displaced persons, consider programs for social development, measures to conduct and implement them, and social welfare, care of veterans and invalids, and civilian invalids of war and other issues related to social welfare, employment, labour and safety at work; consider motions for decisions and general acts, the demographic development programme proposals, monitor its implementation, and the issues related to family protection and custody, social child care and facilitation of the conditions for performance of the activities.

Article 67

The Committee on Culture and Information shall consider motions for decisions and general acts and other issues related to the development and improvement of public information and broadcasting, consider content of the Assembly’s web page, consider issues related to informing the public about the work of the Assembly and other issues from this field, and regulation and protection of public interests of citizens of the AP of Vojvodina and issues related to the operation of media in the languages of national minorities - national communities, propose to the Assembly individuals to be nominated members of a shareholders company proportionally to the participation in the capital, propose to the Assembly members of the Programme Committee of Broadcasting Institution of Vojvodina and candidates for the Republic Broadcasting Institution Council. The Committee shall consider the issues related to ensuring proper conditions to enable public informing also in the languages of ethnic groups and national minorities – national communities in the Province. The Committee shall consider motions for decisions and general acts and programme proposals for development activities in the field of culture, protection of cultural heritage, film, endowments, funds and foundations, library activities and other issues in the field of utilisation, improvement and management of cultural heritage, consider Cultural Development Programme of the AP of Vojvodina, consider motions for decisions and general acts and other issues relevant to ensuring the development of culture of people belonging to minority national communities, consider motions for establishing a network of libraries.

Article 68

The Committee on Petitions and Motions shall consider petitions and motions that are referred to the Assembly and propose to the competent authorities measures and activities to resolve the issues presented in them, and inform the applicants about it, review the reports on the activities of the Commissions for Petitions and Complaints of the local self-governments in the Province, and other issues in the field of petitions and motions relevant to solving the problems of the citizens in the Province.

The Committee shall notify the Assembly at its request or upon its own initiative about its observations pertaining to petitions and motions.

Article 69

The Committee on Organization of Administration and Local Self-Government shall consider motions for decisions and general acts and other issues in the field of organization, improvement of the work of the provincial administration authorities; the Provincial Ombudsman, the Province property; the electoral system in the Province; official use of the language and script. The Committee shall monitor and analyze the situation in the field of local self-government and inter-municipal cooperation; consider measures and development programmes which promote the building of the local self-government system; encourage inter-municipal linking; consider issues in the field of regional development and the establishment of Regional Development Agencies and other issues in this field.

Article 70

The Committee on Administrative and Mandatory Issues shall: consider certificates of deputies election and the report of the Provincial Electoral Commission on results of elections and submit to the Assembly a report with a motion to confirm the mandate, reasons for a mandate termination of particular Deputies and submit a report thereof to the Assembly, establish a dreft decision on the appointment of the President, Deputy President, Members and Secretary of the Provincial Electoral Commission and their deputies, enact the acts that regulate the issues pertaining to status and material position and rights of Deputies and individuals elected and appointed by the Assembly; enact the acts on remuneration for scientists and experts engaged in the activities of the Assembly and the Committees, enact individual acts on exercising the rights of Deputies and the elected, appointed, or designated persons in the Assembly and the Assembly Service; and provide their opinion on other public functions that would be performed by these individuals; determine the budget of the Assembly in accordance with the Provincial Assembly decision on the Assembly, enact financial plan of the Assembly and the Assembly Service, enact an act on the internal order in the Assembly building and other general acts that regulate other issues important for the organisation and method of work of the Assembly and the Assembly Service, at the motion of the Secretary General, grant consent to the Rulebook on Internal Organization and job posts systematisation in the Assembly Service, perform appointments, perform other duties, too, determined by the regulations, general acts and present Rules of Procedure.

Article 71

The Committee on Determination of the Sameness of the Provincial Regulations in the Languages that are in Official Use shall determine the sameness of texts of regulations, decisions and general acts enacted by the Assembly in the languages whose official use has been established by the Statute in Serbian language and shall inform the Assembly about it.

The Committee shall form sub-committees for the languages of national minorities – national communities.

Article 72

The Security Committee shall consider issues concerning the security of citizens in the Province, realise cooperation with the organizational units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs established for the areas that are located on the territory of the Province and consider other issues in this field.

Article 73

The Committee on European Integrations and Inter-regional Cooperation shall  participate in regional cooperation with international regional organisations and institutions, and in the border cooperation; propose to the Assembly representatives of Vojvodina in the Serbian delegation at the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, and on the motion made by the President, make a decision on the composition of the delegation, as well as  the goals and objectives of the visit of the Assembly delegation, enact a Decision on referring the delegation of the AP Vojvodina Assembly, and on granting funds for business trips abroad, in case the Committee is not able to decide on the composition of the delegation and make decision on referring the delegation of the AP Vojvodina Assembly and on granting funds for business trips abroad, the Decision shall be made by the President of the Assembly of the APV; consider reports on realised delegation visits, review notes from the meetings between the AP Vojvodina Assembly representatives and foreign delegations, submit an annual report on established international cooperation of the APV Assembly to the Assembly, lay down a proposal of the Rules for the APV Assembly for concluding inter-regional agreements, define the text of inter-regional agreements, monitor the process of association of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union,  consider inter-regional cooperation, follow current political and economic events of special importance to the AP Vojvodina.

Article 74

The Committee on Gender Equality shall consider motions for programme, decisions and general acts on gender equality, consider analytical and other materials in the field of gender equality; consider acts from the standpoint of promoting gender equality, overview leading of the policy, execution of decisions and general acts by the Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina from the viewpoint of gender equality, and also consider other issues related to gender equality.

c) Committees of Inquiry and Commissions

Article 75

The Assembly may set up, from among the Deputies, Committees of inquiry so as to establish facts about particular issues and events.

The decision to establish a Committee of inquiry shall define the composition and terms of reference of the Committee of inquiry.

A Committee of inquiry may not carry out investigative or other judicial activities.

A Committee of inquiry shall be entitled to request from competent authorities and organisations data and information.

Upon completion of its work, the Committee of inquiry shall submit to the Assembly a report detailing proposed measures to be taken.

The Committee of inquiry shall cease its operations on the date when its report is voted on at an Assembly session.

Article 76

The Assembly may set up commissions so as to study concrete issues of interest of the Province. The act to establish a commission shall define terms of reference and composition of the commission. Apart from Deputies, other individuals, who may contribute to the implementation of the commission’s tasks, may also be contracted in the commission.

Article 77

Provisions of the present Rules of Procedure shall be applied in the work of the Committee of inquiry and commission accordingly.

IV SESSION OF THE ASSEMBLY

1. Convening a Session

Article 78

A session of the Assembly shall be convened by the President of the Assembly and he shall propose the agenda.
A session of the Assembly shall be convened in writing.

The convocation shall include the date, time, venue of a session, and the agenda proposal.

A session of the Assembly may be convened by a Vice-President of the Assembly, as well, according to the authorisation of the President, in case the President is absent for objective reasons.

A motion to convene a session may be communicated by the Provincial Government or at least by one - fifth of the deputies. If the motion is communicated this way, the President or the Vice-President shall be obliged to convene the Assembly session, which must be held within ten days after the date the motion is communicated.

At the request of the Deputies, the convocation for the session of the Assembly shall be communicated in the language of the national minority - national community under Article 3 of the present Rules of Procedure.

Draft act prepared in accordance with the law, Statute and the present Rules of Procedure may be included in the proposed agenda of the Assembly session and communicated to the Deputies.

Article 79

The convocation shall be communicated to the Deputies at least ten days prior to the date for which the session has been convened. In addition to the convocation, material pertaining to the draft agenda shall be communicated, in case it was not communicated before, as well as the minutes from the previous session, and it shall be done by mail or e-mail.

The President of the Assembly may convene an Assembly session within a shorter period, but not shorter than 72 hours and in such a case the President of the Assembly shall explain this action at the outset of the session.
Exceptionally, if there are reasons for urgency (deliberations on an amendment to the motion made for an act, which is communicated to the National Assembly by the Assembly as an authorised mover, establishment of an amendment to the motion made for an act, which shall be considered by the National Assembly, should the Provincial security be endangered or in case of natural disaster, the president of the Assembly may convene a session of the Assembly in less than 72 hours, which shall be explained by the President of the Assembly at the beginning of the Assembly session.

In case the Assembly session is convened within the time frames laid down in the Paragraphs 2 and 3 of this article, convocation, material pertaining to the draft agenda, other materials and the minutes from the previous session may only be communicated electronically.

At the request of the President, or the authorised representative of a deputy group or a deputy who is not a deputy group member, the material mentioned in the previous paragraph of this Article may be communicated in written form, and taken at the seat of the Assembly.

Article 80

The President of the Assembly may postpone the time or date of a session of the Assembly if a large number of amendments have been submitted to draft acts listed on the proposed agenda of the session, and if the Provincial Government and the appropriate Committees should be unable to consider them prior to the start of the session. The President shall, in such case, inform the Deputies thereof in a timely manner.

In the event defined in the previous Paragraph, the deadline for submitting amendments foreseen by the present Rules of Procedure shall not be extended.

Article 81

Session of the Assembly shall, as a rule, be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10.00 to 19.00, with one hour recess.

The President of the Assembly may order a recess to be taken and its duration in the course of an Assembly session if so required to perform necessary consultations, or in order to obtain a particular opinion.

A session of the Assembly may be held on another day if reasonable grounds exist for doing so, and the President of the Assembly shall notify the Deputies thereof.

The Assembly may decide to extend working hours past 19.00 until the work is finished according to the established agenda, the President of the Assembly shall notify the Deputies thereof until 18.00 at the latest.

Article 82

The President of the Assembly shall also adjourn the Assembly session prior to the expiry of the determined time for its work, should the President find it necessary considering the course of the session, or to keep the order in the Assembly.

The President of the Assembly shall adjourn the session when he ascertains that there is no quorum at the Assembly session until the quorum is established.

The President of the Assembly shall adjourn the Assembly session in other cases, too, if the Assembly should so decide.

The President of the Assembly shall inform the Deputies of the resumption of the session within the period not longer than 30 days.

When the debate on all items from the agenda is over, the President of the Assembly shall conclude the session of the Assembly.

2. The Course of the Session

Article 83

The President of the Assembly shall open the session of the Assembly and, on the basis of the electronic records on the presence of Deputies, shall establish whether there is a quorum for the work of the Assembly, inform the Assembly of which Deputies have justified their absence from the Assembly session as well as of persons invited to the session.

The course of the Assembly session shall be interpreted in languages of national minorities - national communities from the Article 3 of the present Rules of Procedure.

The quorum for the work of the Assembly shall exist if more than a half of the total number of Deputies in the Assembly is present at the Assembly session.

The quorum shall be established using the electronic voting system, whereby every Deputy shall be obliged to identify himself upon entering the Assembly chamber, by inserting their identification card in the device in front of the seat (Deputy’s unit).

Should the electronic voting system be out of function, whereby the President of the Assembly shall inform the deputies, and when the President, or the authorised representative of a deputy group, should express suspicion about the existence of a quorum determined using the electronic voting system, the quorum shall be determined by counting the deputies.

Article 84

In addition, the President, Vice-Presidents and members of the Provincial Government, authorised representatives of the Provincial Government and of other movers, as well as other persons invited by the President of the Assembly may participate in work of the Assembly session.

Article 85

Before the agenda is established, the minutes from the previous session of the Assembly shall be adopted.
The merits of the objections to the minutes shall be decided at the session without a debate.

A Deputy may require stenographic notes to be read in the part where the minutes have been disputed.

Should the objection be adopted, an appropriate amendment or modification shall be made in the minutes.

The Assembly shall adopt the minutes without debate.

Article 86

Prior to the establishment of the agenda at the Assembly session, the Deputies may present questions and require information from the Provincial Government in accordance with the provisions of the present Rules of Procedure, and for the period which may last maximum 60 minutes.

Article 87

The agenda of a session shall be established by the Assembly.

A Deputy, a Committee, a Deputies’ Group, the Provincial Government, the Provincial Protector of Citizens - Ombudsman from within their purview may make motions to amend and modify the proposed agenda. The motions shall be submitted to the Assembly in the original form, in writing or electronically with the necessary number of copies for the deputies.

Exempt from Paragraph 2, when the mover is a deputy, a Deputies’ group, a competent Committee, the motions to amend and modify the proposed agenda shall be submitted in one copy.

The motions to expand the agenda shall be submitted not later than 72 hours before the time set for the start of an Assembly session; motions for enacting a decision or other act by urgent procedure and motions concerning the election, appointment, dismissal and termination of office shall be made not later than 24 hours before the time set for the start of an Assembly session.

Motions to withdraw particular items from the proposed agenda and to change the sequence of items may be submitted in the course of establishing the agenda.

Motions to amend and modify the agenda shall be delivered to the Deputies electronically, whereas before the commencement of an Assembly session they shall be delivered in paper copy.

In case the Assembly session is convened within the period shorter than three days, motions to expand the proposed agenda may not be made.

Should the mover be a group of Deputies, the motion shall have to specify one representative of the mover. If this has not been done, it shall be considered that the representative of the mover is the first Deputy to have signed the motion.

The mover making motions to amend and modify the agenda may provide an explanation as regards their motion which may last no longer than three minutes.

When establishing the agenda, the Assembly shall decide on the motions in the following sequence: for an urgent procedure, to withdraw particular items from the proposed agenda, to expand the agenda, to change the sequence of the particular items.

Article 88

The Assembly shall decide separately on every motion to amend and modify the proposed agenda without debate.
A motion to amend the agenda or motion for an urgent procedure shall be included in the agenda in the order in which the motions have been made, except if the mover has proposed a different sequence of discussion, on which the Assembly shall vote without a debate.

The Assembly shall decide on the agenda as one unit without debate.

Following the decision on the agenda, the Assembly shall decide on the motions to merge debates about the individual agenda items.

Article 89

After establishing the agenda, it shall move on to debate particular issues as listed in the agenda.

Procedural issues shall be decided on in the course of a session, without a debate.

A debate on particular issues shall, as a rule, be unique.

Should amendments to the proposed act be submitted, and on the motion made by the President of the Assembly, the Assembly may decide to hold a debate in principle and in particular.

A debate in particular shall be held on articles the amendments were proposed to, and on the amendments that propose new provisions to be inserted.

When the President of the Assembly establishes that no more Deputies wish to take the floor in a debate, he shall declare the debate closed.

Article 90

Each Deputy’s duration of participation in Serbian language shall be subject to limitation of five minutes, whereas the presentation in the languages of national minorities - national communities, which are in official use, shall be eight minutes.

The duration of presentation of the President or a representative of a Deputies’ Group shall be subject to limitation of ten minutes.

The Assembly may, at the start of a session, or before the debating a particular agenda item, on the motion made by the President of the Assembly or a Deputy, determine another time for a presentation.

Article 91

When discussion is opened on every item of the agenda of the Assembly session, the floor shall be given in the following sequence:

- A mover for an act or the authorised representative of a group - movers for acts,
- The Rapporteur of the competent Committee,
- A Deputy who requested that their opinion should be presented separately at a Committee session,
- The President or a representative of a Deputy Group,
- Deputies, by order of applying for participation in the debate.

The President or the authorised Vice-President, a representative of the Provincial Government, as established by the agenda item and other movers shall be granted the floor upon request, and shall not be subject to limitations as to the duration of presentation.

Should a need for further explanation arises, during the discussion on the particular item from the agenda, the President shall give the floor to the member of the Provincial Government under whose purview the issue falls, and they shall not be subject to limitations as to the duration of presentation.

Requests to be granted the floor, along with the sequence of Deputies, shall be submitted by Deputies' Groups and the Deputies who are not members of the Deputies’ Groups, in writing, prior to opening of the debate.

The President of the Assembly or a Presiding officer shall be obliged to read a list of the registered deputies and shall give them the floor according to the sequence determined by their Deputy Group.

Should the Deputies from several Deputies' Groups register for debate, the President of the Assembly shall grant them the floor alternately, so that the first speaker shall be from the numerically smallest Deputies’ Group, and so on towards the numerically largest group, so long as there are registered speakers.

A Speaker who is not found in the hall at the moment of roll call may not participate in the discussion.

During an Assembly session, a Deputies’ Group may authorise one of its members to represent the Deputies’ Group in relation with a particular item from the agenda of which the President of the Deputies’ Group shall notify the President of the Assembly not later than before the opening of the debate on that particular item from the agenda, in writing.

Article 92

When the President of the Assembly wishes to take part in a debate, they shall cede the chair to one of the Vice-Presidents of the Assembly.

Article 93

A Deputy shall be entitled to verbally indicate the infringement in the conduct of the President of the Assembly, or of a presiding officer should he consider it not to be in accordance with the present Rules of Procedure and been committed at the Assembly session which is in progress; the indication is to be done immediately after the infringement has been committed.

The Deputy may not indicate the infringement in the conduct of the President of the Assembly or the presiding officer that has already been pointed out.

The President of the Assembly, or the presiding officer, shall grant the floor to a Deputy wishing to address an alleged infringement of the Paragraph 1 of the present Article, immediately after the presentation of the previous speaker is over, whereas the presidents of the Deputies’ Group shall have priority.

The Deputy shall be obliged to state which Article of the present Rules of Procedure has been infringed upon by the conduct of the President of the Assembly, or by the Presiding officer and explain what he considers the infringement to be; the maximum time to be granted to the Deputy shall be two minutes.

If the President of the Assembly or the presiding officer considers that the infringement has not been made, they shall be obliged to provide an explanation, whereas if they consider that the infringement has been made, the President of the Assembly or the Presiding officer shall be obliged to eliminate the committed infringement.

If the Deputy continues to claim that the Rules of Procedure have been infringed upon even after being provided with an explanation by the President of the Assembly, or by the Presiding officer, he may demand, without the right of explanation, the Assembly to vote on the issue without debate.

Article 94

Should a Deputy, in their statement at the Assembly session make an insulting statement about other speaker, specifying their name or title, or misinterpret their statement, the speaker to whom the statement refers shall be entitled to reply.

Should the insulting words concern a Deputies’ Group or the political party to which the Deputies belong, the right of reply shall be granted to the President, the Deputy President of the Deputies’ Group, or the authorised representative of the Deputies’ Group.

The President of the Assembly shall rule on cases defined in Paragraphs 1 and 2 of the present Article.

The reply may not last more than three minutes.

Right of reply may not be used more than twice on the same issue with the same participant in the debate.

Article 95

A Deputy may speak from the speaker's platform or from the place. If they speak from their place, they shall be obliged to stand up.

A speaker may not approach the speaker's platform unless so allowed by the President of the Assembly.

No one may speak at an Assembly session before requesting the floor and being granted the floor by the President of the Assembly.

Article 96

A speaker may speak only about the issue that is on the agenda of the Assembly session.

If a speaker departs from the issue that is on the agenda, the President of the Assembly shall call them to stick to the agenda. If a speaker should fail to stick to the agenda after they have already been called twice, the President shall deny them the floor.

No one may interrupt the speaker nor warn them except the President of the Assembly in cases envisaged by the present Rules of Procedure.

3. Keeping Order at an Assembly Session

Article 97

Deputies shall be obliged to respect the repute and dignity of the Assembly.

Keeping order at an Assembly session shall be the responsibility of the President of the Assembly.

In case of a violation of order at a session, the President of the Assembly may pronounce a measure established by the present Rules of Procedure.

Article 98

Deputies shall be obliged to address each other with polite words and with respect.

At the Assembly session, it shall not be allowed for the Deputies to directly address each other, use insulting expressions, or present the facts or opinions concerning the private lives of Deputies or others.

Article 99

The obligation of each person who enters the Assembly building during the Assembly session shall be to be dressed politely.

The Assembly session may not be attended by persons under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicants.

All persons who are in the chamber during the Assembly session shall be obliged to switch off their mobile phones.

No one shall be allowed to take things into the chamber not necessary for the work at the Assembly session.

Article 100

During the speech of a Deputy or another participant in the debate, it shall not be allowed to heckle or to distract the speaker in any other manner, or to take any other action that imperils the freedom of speech.

Article 101

In case of violation of order at an Assembly session, a reprimand, denial of the floor when a debate on a particular issue is on the agenda and expulsion from the session may be pronounced.

Reprimand and denial of the floor shall be pronounced by the President of the Assembly.

Expulsion from the session shall be pronounced by the Assembly, on the motion made by the President of the Assembly.

The pronounced measure shall be recorded in the minutes.

Article 102

A Deputy shall be reprimanded if they:

- Should approach the speaker's platform without the permission of the President of the Assembly even after having been cautioned;
- Should speak before requesting or being granted the floor;
- Should speak about an issue that is not on the agenda even after having been cautioned by the President of the Assembly;
- Should interrupt the speaker in their presentation or make loud remarks, or distract the speaker, or otherwise imperil freedom of speech;
- Should present facts and assessments concerning the private lives of others;
- Should use insulting expressions;
- Should violate order at the session by any other actions, or should act in contravention of provisions of the present Rules of Procedure.

Article 103

The floor shall be denied to a Deputy who has been reprimanded but nevertheless continues to speak even after having been cautioned by the President that was speaking about an issue that was not on the agenda, presenting facts and assessments concerning the private lives of others or using insulting expressions.

The Deputy who has been denied the floor shall be obliged to leave the speaker's platform without delay. Otherwise, the President of the Assembly shall order a recess.

Article 104

Expulsion from a session may be pronounced to a Deputy in the event of gross violations of order who, even after the floor is denied to them, should obstruct or hinder Deputies in their work at the session, fail to obey the decision of the President of the Assembly on denial of the floor to them, or continue committing other violations under Article 101 of the present Rules of Procedure, as well as in other cases specified by the present Rules of Procedure.

Expulsion from a session may be pronounced to a Deputy without prior pronounced measures in the event of physical attack or other similar act that endangers physical integrity of the participants in the session.

Expulsion from a session, on the motion made by the President, shall be pronounced by the Assembly without debate.

A Deputy who has been ordered to leave the session shall be obliged to immediately leave the Assembly chamber where the session is taking place.

Should a Deputy refuse to leave the Assembly chamber where the session is taking place, the President of the Assembly shall order the recess and order the service charged with keeping order in the Assembly building to remove the Deputy from the Assembly chamber.

A Deputy who has been ordered to leave the Assembly session shall be considered unjustifiably absent.

Article 105

Should the President of the Assembly prove unable to keep order at an Assembly session by pronouncing measures, they shall order a short recess.

Article 106

Provisions on keeping order at an Assembly sessions shall also apply to all other participants in the work of a session.

Article 107

The President of the Assembly may order, in addition, to other person present, who violates the order at an Assembly session, to leave the chamber where the session is taking place, as well as to leave the Assembly building.

Article 108

The provisions on keeping order at an Assembly session shall apply accordingly to sessions of Committees, Commissions and other working bodies.

4. Voting

Article 109

The Assembly shall decide by a majority vote of the Deputies present, unless different majority for voting is stipulated by the Statute and the present Rules of Procedure.

Article 110

Voting at an Assembly session shall be open, unless the Assembly has decided to vote by secret ballot.
The Deputy shall vote ‘For’ or ‘Against’ a motion or shall abstain from voting.

а) Open Voting

Article 111

Open voting shall be performed either by using the electronic voting system, by show of hands, or by roll call.

Article 112

Open voting by use of the electronic voting system shall be carried out in the manner defined by the present Rules of Procedure.

A vote shall be taken by show of hands, in the manner specified by the present Rules of Procedure, only if the electronic voting system is not operational, if the session takes place at the premises not equipped with such system or if the Assembly should so decide prior to the vote.

At a Deputy’s request, the Assembly may decide, without debate, to vote by roll call in the manner defined by the present Rules of Procedure.

Article 113

Voting by use of the electronic system shall be conducted by pressing the appropriate keys, having previously inserted the identification card into the Deputies’ unit.

The period of time for voting by use of the electronic system shall be 15 seconds.

Upon expiry of this period, the President of the Assembly shall close the vote and announce its outcome.

A decision shall be considered enacted if more than half of the Deputies identified, or the majority envisaged by the Statute, by the present Rules of Procedure or other regulation, should vote for it.

The outcome of each vote shall be shown on the screens in the Assembly chamber.

A computer printout of the results of each vote shall be delivered to Deputies' Groups at their request, as well as to the Assembly Service for presentation to the media representatives.

Article 114

Deputies shall be obliged to use only their own identification card, as well as to identify themselves by inserting their cards into their Deputies’ units, as well as to log off when leaving the Assembly chamber.

If a Deputy should use the identification card of another Deputy or otherwise abuse the electronic voting system, the President of the Assembly shall propose that they should be ordered to leave the session.

Any votes taken at the time the abuse took place shall be annulled and shall immediately be followed by a repeated identification and voting.

Article 115

Deputies shall be obliged to carry their identification cards on their person when leaving the Assembly chamber.
If a Deputy should leave the Assembly chamber and leave their identification card in the Deputies’ unit, or beside it, the Assembly Service shall immediately hand over the card to the Secretary General of the Assembly.

The card shall be returned to the Deputy upon their return to the Assembly chamber.

Article 116

A Deputy shall be obliged to report the loss of their identification card to the Secretary General of the Assembly.
If a Deputy should fail to bring their identification card, or should lose it during the course of an Assembly session, the Assembly Service shall issue them a temporary identification card and shall inform the Assembly thereof.

The Deputy shall return the temporary card to the Secretary General of the Assembly immediately after the end of the session for which the temporary card was issued to be used.

Article 117

If a vote should be taken by show of hands, the Deputies shall first declare who shall be in favour of the motion, then who shall be opposed to the motion and finally, who shall abstain from the vote.

After the vote is over, the President of the Assembly shall close the vote and declare its outcome.

Article 118

If the Assembly should decide to take a vote by roll call, the Secretary of the Assembly shall roll-call the Deputies in the alphabetical order of their last names and every roll-called Deputy shall say either "Yes", "No" or "Abstained".

If the Assembly should decide to vote by roll call in a procedure of election where two or more candidates have been nominated, the Deputy taking part in the vote shall state the full name of the candidate for whom they shall vote.

The Secretary General of the Assembly shall repeat the first and last name of the Deputy who has voted along with their statement, or establish their absence or refusal to vote.

The Secretary General of the Assembly shall record the statement of each Deputy or the fact of their absence, alongside their first and last name on the list.

Following the roll call, it shall be concluded that the motion has been voted in or voted down.

b) Voting by Secret Ballot

Article 119

Voting at an Assembly session shall be open unless the Assembly should decide to vote by secret ballot.
Deputies shall vote by secret ballot by using ballot papers.

If the vote by secret ballot should be taken using ballot papers, the number of printed ballot papers shall equal the number of Deputies in the Assembly.

The ballot papers shall all be of the same size, shape and colour and shall bear the seal of the Assembly.

For each repeated vote, ballot papers shall be printed in a different colour.

Article 120

During an election or nomination, candidates shall be listed on ballot papers in the sequence established on the list of candidates. An ordinal number shall precede the name of each candidate.

Deputies shall vote by circling the ordinal number in front of the name of the candidate for whom they are voting.

Deputies may not vote for more candidates than are to be elected from among the candidates whose names are indicated on the ballot paper.

Article 121

Voting by secret ballot shall be administered by the President of the Assembly, who shall in doing so be assisted by vice-presidents of the Assembly and by the Secretary General of the Assembly.

Article 122

Ballot papers shall be handed to Deputies in the following manner: a Deputy shall approach the President’s bench after they have been roll-called. The President of the Assembly shall hand a ballot paper to the Deputy, while the Secretary General of the Assembly shall record, next to the name and surname of the Deputy on the list, that the ballot paper has been handed to them. The President of the Assembly shall, prior to the vote, determine its duration.

Once the Deputy has marked their ballot paper, they shall approach the ballot box and insert the ballot paper into it.
The ballot box must be made of transparent material.

Upon the expiry of the period of time for voting, the president of the Assembly shall close the vote.

Article 123

When the voting has finished, the results of the vote shall be established in the same chamber where the voting took place in the following sequence:

1. establishing the number of the received ballot papers,
2. establishing the number of the unused ballot papers which shall be sealed in a separate envelope,
3. establishing the number of Deputies who received ballot papers,
4. the ballot box shall be opened and by counting, the number of the ballot papers in the box shall be established. If the number of ballot papers in the box is determined to be higher than the number of Deputies who have voted, the process shall be suspended and a repeated vote shall be taken, while the used ballot papers shall be sealed in a separate envelope. If the number of ballot papers in the box is determined to be equal to or fewer than the number of Deputies who have voted, the procedure shall be continued and the invalid ballot papers shall be separated and sealed in a separate envelope,
5. votes "For" and "Against" shall be read from each valid ballot paper, or if voting on election or nomination has been taken, the name of the candidate who has won a vote shall be read, which shall be recorded in a separate form and
6. the number of votes "For", "Against" or the number of votes polled by each of the nominated candidates shall be established.

Article 124

Any unmarked ballot paper, or any ballot paper that does not clearly show which motion the deputy has voted for, shall be considered invalid.

When a vote is taken on an election or appointment, any ballot paper on which a greater number of candidates have been marked than the number to be elected or appointed, shall be considered invalid.

Article 125

After establishing the outcome of the vote, the President shall announce the results that include data on the number of:

- received ballot papers,
- unused ballot papers,
- Deputies who have received ballot papers,
- used ballot papers,
- invalid ballot papers,
- valid ballot papers,
- votes "For" and votes "Against", or, if during the election or nomination the Deputies should vote on several candidates running for the same office, the number of votes polled by individual candidates.

The announcement of the results shall encompass the statement whether the motion has or has not been voted for.
A record shall be made of the establishment of the voting results.

5. Record and Shorthand Notes

Article 126

A record shall be made of the work of the Assembly session.

The record shall contain the basic information on the activities in a session – names of the Deputies absent, motions debated about, names of participants in the debate, conclusions adopted at the session, the outcome of voting on particular issues, as well as the measures pronounced.

The adopted record shall be signed by the President and the Secretary General of the Assembly and the Assembly seal shall be affixed to it.

The Secretary General of the Assembly shall be in charge of the record.

Article 127

Shorthand notes shall be kept at Assembly session and the course of the session shall be audio-taped. Shorthand notes shall include the text as uttered. Every Deputy shall be entitled to inspect the shorthand notes and receive, upon request, the printout of shorthand notes with the contents of their statement.

6. Solemn and Thematic Assembly Session

Article 128

The Assembly may hold a solemn session.

The President of the Assembly may convene a solemn session on the occasion of public and international holidays and marking of historical anniversaries.

The President of the Assembly may invite the President of the Republic, the President and members of the National and Provincial Government, representatives of other bodies and organisations from the country and abroad, as well as other representatives of the public, scientific and cultural life of Serbia, to come to the solemn session of the Assembly.

Article 129

The Assembly may hold a thematic session.

The President of the Assembly may convene a thematic session in order to deliberate issues related to policy management in certain areas, as well as the issues of broad economic, cultural and political importance.

The President of the Assembly may invite representatives of other bodies and organisations from the country and abroad, if it is estimated that their presence at the session may contribute to more comprehensive understanding of the issue on the agenda of the thematic session.

Article 130

The agenda for the solemn and thematic sessions shall be determined by the President of the Assembly.
As regards the way the invitations to solemn and thematic sessions shall be delivered to Deputies, provisions of the Rules of procedure related to convening the Assembly sessions shall apply.

V PROCEDURE FOR ENACTMENT OF ACTS

Article 131

The Assembly shall enact the Statute, Provincial Assembly decisions, decisions, declarations, strategies, Rules of Procedure, recommendations, conclusions and other acts.

The Assembly shall conclude agreements with relevant authorities of territorial communities from other countries, in compliance with the Statute. The procedure for concluding agreements shall be regulated in a separate act.

The Assembly shall deliberate on and adopt information on situation in particular areas, as well as reports on the work of public companies, institutions and other organisation founded by the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, if it is stipulated by their instruments of incorporation.

Article 132

The Provincial Assembly decision shall regulate issues which are on the basis of the Constitution and the Statute, directly within the competence of the AP Vojvodina, or which have been determined by law as issues relevant to the Province.

By way of a decision, the Assembly shall decide on the issues not characterised as being relevant to the Province, as well as on election, appointment or relief of duty.

By way of a declaration, the Assembly shall express its general position on particular issues of interest and relevance to the Province or issues of more extensive economic, cultural or political significance.

By way of a resolution, the Assembly shall specify the state and problems in particular field of general interest and suggest measures to be undertaken.

By way of a recommendation, the Assembly shall express its opinion on certain issues of common interest and a manner of resolving particular problems, as well as propose measures to be taken to address particular issues.
By way of a conclusion, a stand shall be taken, opinion on particular issues shall be expressed and attention of the Provincial Government and provincial administrative authorities shall be drawn to problems in particular area for the purpose of considering the situation and taking certain measures. By way of a conclusion, other issues be solved within the scope of competences of the Assembly and its working bodies shall.

1. Authorised Movers

Article 133

A motion to enact a Provincial Assembly decision may be made by a Deputy, competent committee, Deputies’ Group, the Provincial Government, an assembly of a local self-government unit from the territory of the AP Vojvodina, at least 30,000 voters residing in the territory of the AP Vojvodina and the Provincial Protector of Citizens - Ombudsman within their purview.

A motion to enact a decision, recommendation, conclusion and other act may be made by a Deputy, competent committee, Deputies’ Group, the Provincial Government, an assembly of the local self-government unit from the territory of the AP Vojvodina or at least 15,000 voters residing in the territory of the AP Vojvodina.

A motion for a Provincial Assembly decision on the budget of the AP Vojvodina, budget revision and final balance sheet of the AP Vojvodina shall be made by the Provincial Government.

A declaration and resolution may be submitted by the Provincial Government, a competent committee or at least 30 Deputies.

A motion for the Rules of Procedure shall be made by the Committee on Regulations.

A motion for a strategy, development plans and programmes, spatial plans, networks of institutions and other acts on planning and development shall be made by the Provincial Government.

2. Procedure for Amending the Statute of the AP Vojvodina

Article 134

Amending of the Statute shall be carried out by: submitting and adopting the motion to amend the Statute, discussing and establishing a motion for an act to amend the Statute and passing an act to amend the Statute of A P Vojvodina.

a) Submission and adoption of a motion to amend the Statute

Article 135

A motion to amend the Statute shall be submitted by the authorised mover stipulated by the Statute.

Should the Assembly accept the motion to amend the Statute and the mover has concurrently submitted the draft of the Provincial Assembly decision on amending the Statute, the Assembly may decide to put the Draft on a public discussion.

The motion to amend the Statute shall be considered by the Committee on Issues of Constitutional and Legal Status of the Province, which shall propose to the Assembly whether or not to adopt the motion.  

Should the Assembly adopt the motion to amend the Statute, preparation and consideration of the motion for an act to amend the Statute shall commence.

b) Consideration and establishment of a motion for an act to amend the Statute

Article 136

Should the Assembly adopt the motion to amend the Statute, it shall entrust the Committee on Issues of Constitutional and Legal Status of the Province or Provincial Government to prepare a draft act to amend the Statute.

The draft act to amend the Statute shall be forwarded to The Committee on Regulations and the Committee on Issues of Constitutional and Legal Status of the Province, providing it should not be the mover and to the Provincial Government, providing it should not be the mover, for an opinion.

Article 137

The authorised mover for making motions for a Provincial Assembly decision shall have the right to make an amendment to the motion for the act to amend the Statute.

Article 138

The Assembly shall establish the motion for the act to amend the Statute and submit it to the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia for consent.

c) Enactment of an act to amend the Statute of the AP Vojvodina

Article 139

Upon obtaining a consent by the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, the Assembly shall pass the act to amend the Statute.

3. Procedure for Enactment of Provincial Assembly Decisions

Article 140

The authorized mover shall submit a motion for a Provincial Assembly decision in the form the decision is to be enacted, with an explanation, which must contain the legal ground, reasons for enacting the decision, estimate of the resources needed for enforcement of the decision, the manner and possibilities for their provision, along with an explanation of the proposed solutions, first and last name of the representative of the mover.

When the motion for the Provincial Assembly decision pertains to amendments of the valid decision, the text of provisions of the valid decision being amended shall be submitted in addition to the draft decision.

Article 141

A motion for the Provincial Assembly decision shall be put forward to the Assembly.

The original of the motion for the Provincial Assembly decision shall be submitted in writing and electronically, providing a sufficient number of copies for the deputies.

As an exception to Paragraph 2, when the movers  are deputies, a deputy group, competent committee and 30 000 voters with residence in the territory of the AP Vojvodina, the motion for the Provincial Assembly decision shall be submitted in one copy.

The President of the Assembly shall submit the motion for the Provincial Assembly decision to deputies, the competent committee and Provincial Government, providing it should not be the mover, to give their opinion.

Article 142

If the motion for the Provincial Assembly decision has not been prepared in accordance with the present Rules of Procedure, the President of the Assembly shall request from the mover to harmonise the motion for the Provincial Assembly decision with the provisions of the present Rules of Procedure and concurrently specify the details of the discrepancy observed.

The mover of the Provincial Assembly decision may thereupon submit, within 15 days, the motion for the Provincial Assembly decision which has been harmonised with the present Rules of Procedure, and if the mover should not act in accordance with the provisions under Paragraph 1 of the present Article, the motion for the Provincial Assembly decision shall be considered withdrawn.

In case of disagreement with the opinion of the President of the Assembly, the mover may ask, in writing, that the Assembly state its opinion whether the motion has been prepared in compliance with the present Rules of Procedure. The Assembly shall be obliged to state its opinion on the issue at the first following session, before moving on to consider the agenda, and without a debate. Prior to voting, the mover of the decision shall be entitled to elaborate their opinion for a period of not more than five minutes.

Article 143

A motion for the Provincial Assembly decision, prepared in compliance with the present Rules of Procedure, shall be included in the agenda of Assembly session within 90 days from the date of its submitting.

In exceptional cases, when the obligation of enactment of the Provincial Assembly decision arises from the law or when failure to enact the decision would cause considerable damage, the deadline may not be longer than 30 days.

Article 144

Before being considered at the Assembly session, a motion for the Provincial Assembly decision shall be considered by the competent committee and Provincial Government, if the Government should not be the mover of the decision.
The competent committee or Provincial Government shall submit the report or opinion, as a rule, within not less than five days prior to the date set for the Assembly session at which the motion for the decision is to be considered.

After considering issues from within its purview the Council shall forward to the Assembly its opinion not later than 24 hours prior to the commencement of the Assembly session.

The competent committee may propose to the Assembly to enact the Decision or not to enact the Decision.

Should the competent committee or Provincial Government fail to forward the report or opinion, the Assembly may decide to consider the motion for the decision without such a report or opinion.

Article 145

A joint debate shall be held on the motion for the Provincial Assembly decision.

Exceptionally, if several amendments have been made to the motion for the Provincial Assembly decision, the Assembly, upon the motion of the President, shall decide to hold a debate on the motion for the decision in principle and to discuss the particulars.

After discussing the particulars, the Assembly shall decide on the motion in its entirety.

Article 146

The mover for a Provincial Assembly decision shall be entitled to withdraw the motion for the Provincial Assembly decision until the debate at an Assembly session has been concluded. When the mover has withdrawn the motion for a Provincial Assembly decision in writing prior to the Assembly session, the President of the Assembly shall inform the Assembly thereof and when they have done it verbally, in the course of the session, the Assembly shall note that the motion has been withdrawn.

4. Procedure for Enactment of Decisions and Other Acts

Article 147

The provisions of the procedure of enactment of Provincial Assembly decisions shall apply to the procedure for enactment of decisions, resolutions, declarations, recommendations, conclusions and deliberations and adoption of information and reports.

The Provincial authorities and the bodies of public enterprises, institutions and other organisations founded by the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina shall submit their reports to the Assembly for consideration.

Reports on performance of work shall be submitted to competent committees and the Provincial Government for an opinion.

Upon consideration, the Assembly shall decide on the report under Paragraph 1 of the present Article.

5. Amendments Procedure

Article 148

A motion to amend and modify acts enacted by the Assembly shall be submitted in the form of an amendment. The amendment shall be submitted to the Assembly in writing, with an explanatory note.

An authorised mover and any Deputy shall be entitled to submit an amendment.

An amendment shall be submitted not later than 72 hours prior to the date set for the session at which the motion for the act is to be considered.

When a session is convened within the period shorter than 10 days, but not shorter than 72 hours prior to the Assembly session, the amendment shall be submitted not later than 24 hours prior to the beginning of the session at which the motion for the act is to be considered.

When a session is convened within the period shorter than 72 hours prior to the session, and in case of a motion to enact an act under urgent procedure, the amendment shall be submitted not later than before the beginning of the debate on the particular agenda item.

When the motion for an act is submitted to the Assembly together with a motion to extend the proposed agenda of the Assembly session, the amendment shall be submitted not later than 24 hours prior to the session at which the motion for an act is to be considered.

The Assembly President shall dismiss the amendment submitted in an untimely manner, on which he shall inform the person who submitted the amendment and the Assembly at the start of a debate on that item of the agenda and it shall not be voted on by the Assembly.

Article 149

The submitted amendment shall be forwarded by the President of the Assembly to the person who made a motion for an act.

The submitted amendment shall also be forwarded to the competent committee and Provincial Government, if they should not be the movers, to obtain their opinion.

Should the competent committee or Provincial Government fail to forward the report or opinion, the Assembly may decide that the amendment be considered without such a report or opinion.

The person who submitted the amendment may withdraw the amendment until the conclusion of the debate.

Article 150

The mover of an act shall be obliged to consider amendments and inform the Assembly which amendments they propose to be accepted by the Assembly and which to be rejected.

Article 151

The amendment submitted by the mover of an act as well as the amendment accepted by the mover, shall become an integral part of the motion for the act and it shall not be voted on separately.

Article 152

The Assembly shall vote on amendments submitted in the order of articles of the motion for the act.

If more than one amendment has been submitted to a single article of a motion for the act, the vote shall first be taken on the amendment which deviates most from the solutions contained in the motion for the act.

If an amendment to an amendment has been submitted, the vote shall first be taken on the amendment which has been submitted to the amendment.

Article 153

In the course of debate at the Assembly session, amendments in writing may be submitted by the mover of act, competent committee or the Provincial Government, providing it should not be the mover, only if the amendment is needed due to the adoption of another amendment beforehand.

Article 154

Should the amendments be of such nature to substantially change or depart from the draft act, the Assembly, upon the motion of the Assembly President or Committee on Regulations, may decide to suspend the debate, to facilitate preparation of Deputies for the voting.

Should the need arise, due to adoption of one or several amendments, to conduct a legal and technical editing of the draft act text or harmonise the adopted amendments, between themselves and with the text of the draft act, the Assembly, upon the motion of the Assembly President, may suspend the voting and ask the Committee on Regulations to conduct the legal and technical editing of the draft act text and report to the Assembly thereof.

6. Procedure for Conclusion of Interregional Agreements

Article 155

The Assembly shall conclude interregional agreements with the corresponding territorial communities from other countries.

The procedure for conclusion of interregional agreements shall be regulated in a separate Assembly act.

7. Procedure for Enactment of Provincial Assembly Decisions on the Budget and Annual Balance Sheet of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina

Article 156

The Provincial Assembly decision on the budget (hereinafter: the budget) shall be enacted by the Assembly within the timeframe stipulated by the Law.

The budget shall be submitted by the Provincial Government along with an explanatory note which shall contain: the constitutional, legal and statutory basis for the enactment of the budget, explanation of the proposal of the required funds by budget user and the structure of revenues.

Article 157

A budget proposal may be considered beforehand by committees in the part related to expenditures used to finance the activities in the scope of the committees work. The committees shall submit their reports, accompanied by explanation of the proposals, to the Committee on Budget and Finances.

The Committee on Budget and Finances shall consider the motion for the budget and reports of particular committees and shall report to the Assembly thereof.

Article 158

The motion for the budget shall be discussed at an Assembly session in principle and in particular.

If no amendments have been made to the motion for the budget, a joint debate shall be conducted.

Should an amendment to the motion for the budget propose an increase of particular expenditures, the amendment shall need to contain the sources of funds to be allocated for those expenditures.

After the debate on the particulars, a vote shall be taken on the budget in its entirety.

Article 159

The Provincial Assembly decision on the budget revision shall be enacted according to the procedure of enacting the budget.

Article 160

The Provincial Government shall submit to the Assembly a report on execution of the Provincial Assembly Decision on the Budget of the AP of Vojvodina, in compliance with the law.

The Committee on Budget and Finances shall consider the report on the execution of the Provincial Assembly Decision on the Budget of the AP of Vojvodina and shall submit the report accompanied by the opinion, to the Assembly.

Article 161

The Assembly shall consider the motion for the Provincial Assembly decision on the annual balance sheet of the budget (hereinafter: the annual balance sheet of the budget) and enact it within the timeframe stipulated by law.

The Provincial Government shall submit the motion for the annual balance sheet of the budget.

The Committee on Budget and Finances shall consider the motion for the annual balance sheet of the budget and shall submit the report containing their opinion to the Assembly.

Article 162

Unless otherwise specified in provisions of the present part of the Rules of Procedure, in terms of the procedure for enactment of the budget and annual balance sheet of the budget, the provisions of the present Rules of Procedure on the procedure for enactment of Provincial Assembly decisions shall apply accordingly.

8. Procedure for Enactment of Strategies, Development Plans and Programmes, Spatial Plans, Networks of Institutions and other Planning and Development Acts

Article 163

Motions for the strategy, development plan and programme, network of institutions and other planning and development acts shall be submitted by the Provincial Government, with an explanation and the required documentation.

The motion for a regional spatial plan of the Province, spatial plan of special purpose and spatial plan of the network of areas and facilities with special functions shall be submitted by the Provincial Government, with an explanation and the required documentation.

Before the debate at the Assembly session, the motions for acts under Paragraph 1 and 2 shall be considered by the competent committees who shall submit the reports with the opinion to the Assembly.

Article 164

The regional spatial plan of the Province may not be enacted under an urgent procedure.

Article 165

In terms of the procedure for enactment of acts under Article 161, the provisions of the present Rules of Procedure on the procedure for enactment of Provincial Assembly decisions shall apply accordingly.

9. Procedure for Enactment of the Rules of Procedure

Article 166

Before defining the motion for the Rules of Procedure, the Committee on Regulations shall submit the draft Rules of Procedure to the Collegium of the Assembly for an opinion.

The provisions of the present Rules of Procedure on enactment of Provincial Assembly decisions shall apply accordingly to the procedure for enactment of the Rules of Procedure.

10. Urgent Procedure

Article 167

The Provincial Government may propose that the Provincial Assembly decision or other act be enacted under urgent procedure.

Urgent procedure may be resorted to only for the enactment of a Provincial Assembly decision or other act, while failure to enact such Provincial Assembly decision under urgent procedure could have adverse effects to human life and health, security of the Province and the operation of bodies and organisations.

A motion to enact a Provincial Assembly decision or other act under urgent procedure must be supported by an explanation. In the written explanatory note of the motion, the mover shall be obliged to specify the adverse effects that would arise from failure to enact the decision under urgent procedure.

A motion to enact a Provincial Assembly decision or other act under urgent procedure shall be submitted to the Assembly not later than 24 hours prior to the commencement of the Assembly session.

Article 168

The motion for a Provincial Assembly decision or other act being enacted under urgent procedure be considered by the Committee on Regulations.

The Assembly shall decide on the motion to enact a Provincial Assembly decision or other act under urgent procedure as it did in the previous issue when establishing the agenda.

Upon the Assembly’s adoption of the motion to enact a Provincial Assembly decision or other act under urgent procedure, the motion for the Provincial Assembly decision or other act shall be included in the agenda of the session.

Should the Assembly fail to adopt the motion to enact a Provincial Assembly decision or other act under urgent procedure, at the proposal of the mover, the motion for the Provincial Assembly decision or other act shall be considered under regular procedure in one of the following sessions.

An amendment to the motion for the decision or other act being enacted under urgent procedure may be submitted until the beginning of the discussion.

11. Procedure for Authentic Interpretation of Acts

Article 169

A motion to enact authentic interpretation of an individual act may be submitted to the Assembly by the authorised mover.

The motion under Paragraph 1 of the present Article shall include the title of the act, provisions whose authentic interpretation is requested and the reason for requesting the authentic interpretation.

Article 170

Should the Committee on Regulations assess that the motion is justified, it shall prepare a motion for the authentic interpretation and forward it to the submitter of the motion and the Assembly.

Should the Committee on Regulations assess that the motion is not justified, it shall inform the mover and the Assembly thereof.

The Assembly shall vote on the motion of the Committee on Regulations defined in Paragraph 1 and 2 of the present Article.

If the Assembly should not accept the opinion of the Committee on Regulations that the authentic interpretation is not justified, it shall charge the Committee on Regulations to prepare a motion for an authentic interpretation.

Article 171

Unless otherwise specified in provisions of the present Chapter, the provisions of the present Rules of Procedure on the procedure for enactment of acts shall apply accordingly to the procedure for enactment of authentic interpretations of decisions and other documents enacted by the Assembly.

12. Procedure for Establishing Bills, Other Regulations and General Acts Enacted by the National Assembly

Article 172

A motion that the Assembly of the AP of Vojvodina be the mover of a law, other regulation and general act with the text of the bill, other regulation and general act may be submitted by a Deputy, competent Committee, deputies’ group and the Provincial Government.

The text of the bill, other regulation and general act shall be submitted in the form in which the law, other regulation and general act is enacted along with an explanatory note whose contents is stipulated the by National Assembly Rules of Procedure.

The submitter of the text for the bill, other regulation or general act shall be obliged to specify the reasons for proposing to the Assembly to establish the bill, other regulation or general act and to submit it to the National Assembly.

Article 173

The President of the Assembly, upon receiving the motion that the Assembly should be the mover of a law, other regulation and general act, along with the text of the bill, or motion for other regulation and general act shall be submitted it to deputies and the Provincial Government, if it should not be the mover.

The Committee on Regulations, Committee on Cooperation with the National Assembly Committees in Exercising the Competences of the Province and the competent committee shall consider the motion and forward the report along with the opinion to the Assembly.

Article 174

At the Assembly session the submitter of the motion that the Assembly should be the mover of the law, other regulation and general act may additionally explain the reasons for which the Assembly should be the mover of the law, other regulation and general act.

A representative of the Provincial Government, if it should not be the mover, and a representative of the Committee on Cooperation with the Committees of the National Assembly in Exercising the Competences of the Province may additionally explain the proposal on acceptance or rejection of the motion.

A debate shall be opened on the motion that the Assembly should be the mover of the law, other regulation and general act.

Should the Assembly fail to accept to be the mover of the law, other regulation or general act, it shall not consider the text for the bill or motion for other general act.

Article 175

Should the Assembly accept to be the mover of the law, other regulation or general act, a debate shall be opened on the text for the bill. The text for the bill shall be voted on in its entirety.

Should the Assembly establish a bill or a motion for other regulation or general act, it shall designate an Assembly representative in the National Assembly and authorize them to accept amendments that shall not change the essence of the motion.

Article 176

The President of the Assembly shall submit the bill and motion for other regulation or general act to the National Assembly and inform the National Assembly of the authorised representative.

Article 177

The provisions of the present Rules of Procedure pertaining to the procedure for enactment of amendments and making decisions on the submitted amendments shall also apply accordingly to the procedure for making amendments to the text of the bill, other regulation or general act.

13. Procedure for Making Amendments to Bills and Motions for Other Regulations and General Acts Enacted by the National Assembly

Article 178

The motion that the Assembly should make an amendment to the bill or motion for another regulation and general act may be submitted by a Deputy,  competent committee, Deputies’ Group and the Provincial Government.

A proposed amendment to the bill or motion for another regulation and general act, shall be submitted to Deputies, the competent committee, if it should not be the mover, to the Committee on Cooperation with the National Assembly Committees in Exercising the of Competences of the Province, the Provincial Government, providing it should not be the mover, who shall consider the motion and submit the opinion to the Assembly, along with the motion whether to establish or not establish the amendment.

Article 179

Once the Assembly has established the amendments, it shall appoint a representative of the Assembly who shall, at the National Assembly session, explain the submitted amendment in compliance with the Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly.

Тhe President of the Assembly shall forward the amendment to the National Assembly and inform the National Assembly of the authorised representative.

14. Procedure for Assessment of Constitutionality and Legality

Article 180

A motion to institute the proceedings before the Constitutional Court for assessment of constitutionality and legality of a law, or other regulation or general act of the Republic authority, when these acts have violated the rights of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina established by the Constitution and the law, may be submitted by authorised movers of a Provincial Assembly decision. The President of the Assembly shall submit the motion to the Deputies and the Provincial Government, providing it should not be the mover.

Should the Assembly adopt the motion to institute the proceedings for assessment of constitutionality and legality, it shall designate a representative to participate in the proceedings before the Constitutional Court.

The President of the Assembly shall submit the motion to institute the proceedings to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Serbia.

Article 181

Should the proceedings be instituted for assessment of constitutionality and legality of the Assembly’s regulation or general act, the Committee on Regulations shall provide the answer to the Constitutional Court within timeframe determined by the Constitutional Court in its request and shall authorise a person and authorise him to participate in the proceedings before the Constitutional Court.

15. Procedure in Case of a Motion to Call a Referendum

Article 182

The Assembly may call referendum on an issue within its purview upon the motion of 30 Deputies or the Provincial Government.

The Assembly shall call Provincial referendum if the request for its calling should be submitted by at least 30,000 voters with residence in the territory of the AP Vojvodina.

Article 183

The motion that the Assembly should call a referendum on issues within its competence shall be considered by the committee whose scope of work should include that issue and by the Committee on Issues of Constitutional and Legal Status of the Province, which shall establish if the contents of the motion complies with the law, if the motion has been submitted by the authorised movers and whether the issue is within the competence of the Assembly.

Should the Committee on Issues of Constitutional and Legal Status of the Province establish that the contents of the motion is not in compliance with the law, the motion has not been submitted by authorised movers or the issue is not found to be within the competence of the Assembly, the Assembly President shall inform the mover of the motion thereof.

Article 184

A referendum shall be carried out in the manner stipulated by the Constitution, law, Statute and the present Rules of Procedure.

16. Procedure for Election and Termination of Office

Article 185

The explained motion for election, appointment and relief of duty of the director, president and members of supervisory boards of public enterprises, presidents and members of management and supervisory boards of institutions, agencies and other organisations founded by the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and other persons who are elected, appointed and relieved of duty by the Assembly, shall be submitted by the Committee responsible, within its purview, for consideration of issues in this sphere.

The explained motion for election and relief of duty of a Deputy Provincial Secretary shall be submitted by the President of the Provincial Government.

VI RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE ASSEMBLY AND THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT

1. Election of the Provincial Government

Article 186

A candidate for the office of President of the Provincial Government shall be nominated by the President of the Assembly, after having heard the opinions of representatives of Deputies’ Groups.

The nomination shall contain the name and surname of the candidate, short curriculum vitae, party affiliation, name and surname of the Rapporteur, an explanatory note and the candidate’s consent in writing.

Article 187

The candidate for the office of President of the Provincial Government shall propose candidates for one or several vice-presidents and members of the Provincial Government.

Article 188

A debate shall be opened on the nominated candidate for the office of the President of the Provincial Government and the nominated candidates for vice-presidents and members of the Provincial Government.

Upon conclusion of the debate, the proposed candidates for the President, Vice-President and members of the Provincial Government shall be voted on concurrently by open voting.

The Provincial Government shall be elected if a majority of the total number of Deputies should vote in favour of it.

If the Provincial Government should not be elected, the entire procedure shall be repeated.

Article 189

After the election, the President, Vice-President and members of the Provincial Government shall take oath before the Assembly.

The term of office of the Provincial Government shall commence on the day of oath taking before the Assembly.

The term of office of the provincial Government shall last until the expiry of the term of office of the Assembly that elected it.

Article 190

The term of office of the Provincial Government shall terminate prior to expiry of the period to which it was elected by: the President of the Provincial Government’s relief of duty, resignation of the President of the Provincial Government or temporary suspension of the Assembly’s term of office.

The Provincial Government, whose term of office has expired, may only carry out the regular and urgent tasks established in a Provincial Assembly decision until the election of the new Provincial Government.

The term of office of a member of the Provincial Government shall expire prior to the expiry of the period to which they have been elected: by acceptance of their resignation, if relieved of duty by the Assembly upon the motion of the President of the Provincial Government, by the President of the Provincial Government’s relief of duty or upon resignation of the President of the Provincial Government.

Article 191

Relief of duty of the President of the Provincial Government, resignation of the President of the Provincial Government and relief of duty and resignation of a member of the Provincial Government shall be conducted in compliance with the procedure stipulated in the Statute.

2. Representation of the Provincial Government in the Assembly

Article 192

The President of the Provincial Government or the Vice-President appointed by the President shall be entitled and have duty to represent the Provincial Government in the Assembly and inform thereof the President of the Assembly in writing.

The Provincial Government, if it should be the mover, shall appoint a member of the Provincial Government or Deputy Provincial Secretary who shall represent it when particular issues are considered at the session of the Assembly or a Committee.

Article 193

The Provincial Government may also designate its commissioners to provide expert and other explanations, notifications and opinions at sessions of working bodies, on issues for which it should make motions.

Article 194

Along with the motion for a decision, other regulation or general act, or attached to another material to be submitted to the Assembly, the Provincial Government shall inform the Assembly of its representatives and commissioners to attend the Assembly sessions and its committees.

Article 195

The Assembly and committee shall inform the Provincial Government about their respective sessions and the proposed agenda.

3. Control of the Provincial Government Work

Article 196

The Assembly shall control the work of the Provincial Government by presenting the questions of deputies, requiring information and through parliamentary questions.

a) Questions of Deputies, Motions and Information

Article 197

At the beginning of the Assembly session which has been convened within the timeframe stipulated under Article 79 Paragraph 1, before moving on to defining the agenda, Deputies may present questions to the Provincial Government and require the information on all spheres in the framework of competence of the Provincial Government.

Article 198

A Deputy shall be obliged to put forward the questions to the President, in writing, not later than 72 hours prior to the beginning of the session.

The question shall have to be clearly worded and fall within the competence of the Provincial Government. In addition, a full name shall be specified of the Provincial Government member who should provide an answer to that question.

The precise question by the deputy shall be forwarded to the competent member of the Provincial Government by the Assembly President.

In case of an imprecise question, in terms of Paragraph 2 of this Article, the Assembly President shall ask the Deputy to correct the question, specifying the given imprecision.    

Should the Deputy fail to correct the imprecise question within 24 hours prior to the beginning of the session, they shall not be entitled to present that question verbally in the Assembly session.  

Article 199

Part of the session dedicated to presenting the questions and requiring information shall last 60 minutes at the most and shall be carried out regardless of the number of Deputies present.

Article 200

If several questions have been submitted, the order of presenting them in the Assembly session shall be established by the Assembly President, according to the time of the question’s receipt.

In case of failure to provide answers to all the questions of Deputies, the Assembly President may suggest that the time be extended by another 15 minutes at the most.

In case of failure to provide answers to all the questions of Deputies within the specified time frame, the questions may be transferred to the next Assembly session convened within the time specified under Article 79 Paragraph 1.

Article 201

The time frame allowed to a deputy to present a question shall be three minutes at the most. One deputy may present not more than two questions in one session.

A member of the Provincial Government shall be obliged to provide a verbal reply to all the questions presented in compliance with Article 198 of the present Rules of Procedure. Should the nature of the question be such as to require a reply in writing, the member of the Provincial Government shall be obliged to provide a verbal justification why the answer shall be provided in writing and to submit it within 15 days from the date of the session.

In case of circumstances described under Paragraph 3 of this Article, the deputy may request a short verbal justification of the written answer in the first following session convened within the time frame stipulated under Article 79 Paragraph 1.

Upon receiving an answer by the member of the Provincial Government, the deputy who presented the question may present not more than two supplementary questions within the time frame of two minutes at the most.

The member of the Provincial Government shall provide answers to the supplementary questions within the time frame of three minutes at the most.

Article 202

In the sessions convened within the time frame stipulated in Article 79 Paragraph 1, a deputy shall be entitled to present a parliamentary question within the time frame stipulated for the questions of deputies and information.
In case of presenting a parliamentary question in line with the provisions under Paragraph 1 of this Article, articles of the Rules of Procedure regulating the parliamentary questions shall apply.

Article 203

At the beginning of the period envisaged for the questions of deputies and requiring information, the order of questions and answers to questions shall be established, including the following:

-verbal justifications by members of the Provincial Government of the written answers submitted between two sessions;
- questions submitted in the previous session that were not considered due to a lack of time;
- questions presented in line with Article 198 of the present Rules of Procedure and
-parliamentary questions.

Article 204

In the period envisaged for presenting the questions and providing the answers, no replies or indications the Rules of Procedure’s violation shall be allowed.

b) Parliamentary Questions

Article 205

A deputy shall be entitled to present the parliamentary question to the Provincial Government or head of the provincial administration authority, within their competence.

The time available for presenting a parliamentary question shall be three minutes at the most.

A parliamentary question shall need to be clearly formulated.

A parliamentary question may be presented in writing, between two Assembly sessions, through the Assembly President, who shall refer it to the Provincial Government or the competent head of the provincial administration authority.

A parliamentary question also may be presented verbally at the Assembly session not convened in compliance with Article 79 Paragraph 2 and 3 of the Rules of Procedure, upon finishing the activities stipulated in the agenda.

The Assembly President shall notify the deputy presenting the parliamentary questions if the question should not be presented in compliance with the provisions of the present Rules of Procedure and/or if it had not been directed to the competent authority.

Article 206

A parliamentary question presented verbally shall require an immediate verbal reply by the representative of the Provincial Government or head of the provincial administration authority. Should certain preparation be required for providing the reply, they shall substantiate it immediately, and provide the reply to the deputy in writing, not later than eight days after the question was presented.

The written reply of the Provincial Government or the competent head of the provincial administration authority, shall be delivered to deputies.

Exceptionally, if the preparation of the reply to a parliamentary question should require determination of certain facts, whose establishment should require a longer period of time or a more complex analysis, the time frame for providing the reply to the parliamentary question may be extended, by 30 days at the most.

Article 207

After the reply to a parliamentary question has been provided, the deputy who had presented the question shall be entitled to comment on the reply for five minutes at the most, or present a supplementary question.

Upon hearing the reply to the supplementary question, the deputy shall be entitled to declare their opinion on the reply received, within five minutes at most.

Article 208

If a reply to a parliamentary question should contain data considerd a state, military or official secret, the Provincial Government or head of the provincial administration authority may move for the reply to be heard without the public being present.

VII PUBLICITY OF WORK OF THE ASSEMBLY

Article 209

Sessions of the Assembly and its Committees shall be public.

Sessions of the Assembly may be closed to the public in cases specified by law, if so proposed by the Provincial Government, a committee or at least 20 Deputies. An explanation must be provided for any such motion. The motion shall be put to a vote in the Assembly, without a debate.

Sessions of Committees may be closed to the public in cases specified by the law, if so proposed by the committee.
It may be decided at the Assembly or committee session, that representatives of the press and other mass media may attend the session, even when issues requiring the absence of the public are being discussed. Representatives of the press and other mass media may only give the public the pieces of information on such issues that are decided on at the session. It may be decided at the session that the information on such issues may be given only after certain time had passed.

Article 210

The President of the Assembly shall inform the public about the activities of the Assembly and about the decisions enacted by the Assembly.

The public shall be considered to have been informed when the invitation to the Assembly session, along with the accompanying materials, have been delivered in accordance with the present Rules of Procedure, to representatives of mass media and if they have actually attended the Assembly session.

In order to inform the Deputies and the public in the best possible manner, the Assembly may publish the draft act in the mass media or as a separate publication, which shall be decided on by the Assembly President.

Article 211

Representatives of the press and other mass media may attend the sessions of the Assembly and committees, in compliance with the regulation on the internal order in the Assembly, and the materials delivered to Deputies shall be made available to them.

Television shall be entitled to broadcast the session of the Assembly directly or broadcast a recorded session later on.

Representatives of the mass media shall be provided with the required conditions for recording of activities in sessions of the Assembly and committees.

Article 212

Representatives of the press and other mass media shall be obliged to inform the public about the activities of the Assembly and committees fully, objectively and truthfully.

Article 213

Official releases for the press and other means of public information shall be prepared by the appropriate service of the Assembly and shall be approved by the Assembly President or a person authorised by the President.

Article 214

A press conference in the Assembly may be held by any Deputy.

Article 215

Publicity of the work shall be exercised through visits to the Assembly by citizens’ groups.

The method of exercising this form of publicity shall be regulated in a separate act.

Article 216

Organised citizens’ groups may visit the Assembly for the purpose of getting acquainted with the activities of the Assembly, historical background of the Assembly edifice and taking a guided tour of the edifice.

Article 217

The Assembly shall have its Internet site.

The content of the Internet site shall be further regulated in a directive enacted by the Assembly Secretary General, according to the previously obtained opinion of the Committee on Information.

VIII CONSOLIDATED TEXT

Article 218

The Committee on Regulations shall establish the consolidated text of the act, when the duty to establish the consolidated text is established.

Article 219

The consolidated text of the act shall be published in the "Official Journal of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina".

IX MASTER TEXTS AND PUBLICATION OF ASSEMBLY DOCUMENTS

Article 220

The master text of any document enacted by the Assembly shall be signed by the President of the Assembly and the seal of the Assembly shall be placed on it.

Any text of a document enacted at the Assembly session shall be considered the master text.

The master text of the Assembly document shall be stored at the Assembly.

The preparation, sealing, storing and keeping records of master texts shall be the responsibility of the Secretary General of the Assembly.

Article 221

A document enacted by the Assembly shall be published in the "Official Journal of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina".

Conclusions of the Assembly and working bodies as well as other documents of the working bodies shall be published when stipulated so by those documents.

An authentic interpretation shall be published in the "Official Journal of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina".

Publication of documents defined in Paragraph 1, 2 and 3 shall be the responsibility of the Secretary General of the Assembly.

Based on the master text of the act defined in Paragraph 1, 2 and 3, the Secretary General of the Assembly shall provide corrections of mistakes for the published text of the act.

X ASSEMBLY COOPERATION

Article 222

The Assembly shall cooperate with the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and assemblies of the local self-government units.

The cooperation shall be achieved through exchange of experiences, establishment of joint bodies, undertaking of joint activities, harmonisation of views, exchange of programmes, documentary and informative materials, joint meetings and exchange of delegations.

Article 223

The Assembly shall cooperate with corresponding territorial communities from other countries for the purpose of establishing, fostering and developing good neighbourly relations, in compliance with the Statute.

The Assembly shall cooperate with representative bodies from other countries and regions:

- by the Assembly delegations’ participation in the work of associations of European regions,
- by sending the Assembly delegations, the President and vice-presidents of the Assembly or certain deputies to visit representative bodies of other countries and regions or by receiving delegations of representative bodies of other countries and regions,
- by initiating and participation in joint projects with representative bodies of other regions, through parliamentary assemblies and international organisations,
- by exchanging information, other material and publications as well as by other forms of cooperation with the representative bodies of other countries and regions.

Article 224

Deputies' friendship groups may be formed at the Assembly, with the aim of improving relations and cooperation with representative bodies of particular regions, on the voluntary principle.

The establishment of a Deputies' friendship group shall be based on mutually expressed interests to effect and develop cooperation between parliaments.

The president and members of a friendship group shall be designated by the Committee on European Integrations and Interregional Cooperation.

Decisions on exchanging visits with friendship groups of representative bodies of other regions shall be taken by friendship groups in coordination and with the consent of the Committee on European Integrations and Interregional Cooperation.

Should the Committee on European Integrations and Interregional Cooperation fail to designate the president and members of a friendship group, or grant consent to a decision on an exchange of visits with friendship groups of representative bodies of other regions, decisions on such matters shall be taken by the President of the Assembly.

Article 225

The Assembly Deputies may form certain informal groups in order to promote the rights of particular groups and raise awareness on their role in the society, as well as to promote particular social values.

XI ACTIVITES OF THE ASSEMBLY IN CASE OF A STATE OF WAR OR STATE OF EMERGENCY

Article 226

The provisions of the present Rules of Procedure shall apply to activities of the Assembly in case of a state of war or a state of emergency unless otherwise stipulated by the present Rules of Procedure, other regulation and general acts of the Assembly.

Article 227

In case of a state of war or a state of emergency the President of the Assembly shall:

- establish time and place of an Assembly session,
- establish the manner of inviting the Deputies to the session, as well as the manner and deadlines for materials for the session to be submitted,
- may order the editorial offices of mass media, whose journalists are accredited to the Assembly, to suspend of the submission of motions for decisions, general acts and other materials until the Assembly should decide otherwise,
- may decide on a special manner of taking, issuing, and storing shorthand notes and minutes of sessions of the Assembly and committees,
- shall decide on the method of work and execution of tasks of the Assembly Service.

Article 228

During the state of war or emergency the provisions of the present Rules of Procedure on quorum for sessions of the Assembly and committees shall not apply. Sessions of the Assembly and committees shall be held with those Deputies present at the session, while decisions shall be voted on by a majority vote of Deputies present at the session of the Assembly or a committee.

Article 229

During the state of war or emergency, motions for decisions and general acts which are to be considered by the Assembly may be made to be considered and voted on without any previous consideration by competent committees, should the Assembly so decide.

The Provincial Government shall provide its opinion on such acts immediately at the Assembly session.

Article 230

In case of the state of war or emergency, Deputies shall be obliged to inform the Secretary General of the Assembly, immediately and in the most appropriate way, of any changes in their temporary or permanent place of residence.

XII THE ASSEMBLY SERVICE

Article 231

Technical and other tasks required by the Assembly, committees, Deputies and Deputies’ Groups, shall be carried out by the Assembly Service.

The organisation, tasks and activities of the Assembly Service shall be regulated by a decision.

Article 232

The internal security activities and keeping order at the Assembly building and other premises used by the Assembly shall be the responsibility of the Administrative and Technical Service of the Provincial Authorities, with the consent of the Secretary General.

XIII TRANSITIONAL AND FINAL PROVISION

Article 233

Upon coming into force of the present Rules of Procedure, the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina shall no longer be valid (“Official Journal of the AP Vojvodina”, number 11/10, 43/13 and 46/13 – consolidated text version).

The committees determined by the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly of the AP Vojvodina ("Official Journal of the APV“, number: 11/10), which entered into force on 26 June 2010, shall continue with their work in accordance with the present scope of operation until the constitution of the Assembly in a new composition.

The Committee on National Equality shall be established upon coming into force of the present Rules of Procedure.
Upon establishing the Committee on National Equality, the Committee on Interethnic Relations shall terminate its work.

Article 234

The present Rules of Procedure shall come into force on the eighth day of its publication in the "Official Journal of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina".

ASSEMBLY OF THE AUTONOMOUS PROVINCE OF VOJVODINA

Novi Sad, 23 September 2014

PRESIDENT
OF THE AP VOJVODINA ASSEMBLY

Pásztor István, duly signed
(Pásztor István, s.k.)