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The District is a regional centre of the State Administration and it encompasses regional units of all State Administration bodies established for the purposes of that particular centre.

· It has been established for the purposes of performing state administration duties outside the seat of the said State Administration.
· Legal basis: the Law on State Administration (Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia N° 79/2005)
· Districts have been established by the Government through the Regulation on Administrative Districts (Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia, N° 15/2006).
· There are 29 districts in the Republic of Serbia.

An excerpt from the Law on State Administration.

The Law was published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia N° 79/2005, issued on September 16th, 2005.

ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICTS

Definition of Administrative District

Article 38

(1) An administrative district shall be established for the execution of state administration tasks outside the headquarters of the state administration authority.

(2) The state administration authorities may, at their own will, perform one or more following state administration tasks through administrative districts: adjudicate administrative cases in the first instance, decide on appeals against first-instance decisions of the holders of public powers, oversee the operations of holders of public powers and perform inspectoral oversight.

(3) A state administration authority which decides to perform one or more state administration tasks through an administrative district shall establish its district subordinate unit by its Bylaw on Internal Organization and Staffing Table.

Methods of Establishing Administrative Districts

Article 39

(1) The Government shall establish administrative districts by its regulation whereby also specifying their territorial jurisdictions and seats.

(2) The Government shall be especially obligated to specify the territory of an administrative district in such a way that it enables rational and efficient functioning of district subordinate units of state administration authorities.

(3) By its regulation on the establishment of administrative districts, the Government shall also prescribe requirements for state administration authorities to establish subordinate units covering the territory of two or more administrative districts, one or more municipalities, a city or an autonomous province.

Head of an Administrative District

Article 40

(1) There shall be the Head of an administrative district who shall be accountable for his or her work to the Minister in charge of administrative affairs and to the Government. A

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(2) The Head of an administrative district shall coordinate the activities of district subordinate units and supervise the implementation of directives and operational instructions issued to them; monitor the execution of the business plans of district territorial units and take care of their working environment; monitor the work of employees in district territorial units and propose the initiation of disciplinary actions against them; cooperate with territorial units of state administration authorities that are not established for the area of his/her district; cooperate with municipalities and cities and perform other duties as prescribed by law.

(3) In accordance with the statute regulating the status of civil servants and upon the proposal of the minister in charge of administrative affairs, the Government shall appoint the Head of an administrative district to a five-year’s term.

Support Service of an Administrative District

Article 41

(1) There shall be a Support Service of an administrative district obligated to provide specialist and technical assistance to the Head of the administrative district and to carry out tasks common for all district subordinate units of the state administration authorities.

(2) The Head of an administrative district shall manage the Support Service of the administrative district and shall decide on rights and obligations of the staff of the Support Service.

(3) The minister in charge of administrative affairs shall supervise the purpose of work of the Support Service, monitor qualifications of the Service staff, and issue operational instructions to the Support Service.

(4) Rules on state administration shall apply to support services of administrative districts.

Administrative District Council

Article 42

(1) There shall be the Council of an administrative district which shall coordinate relations between district subordinate units of state administration authorities and municipalities and/or cities in the territory of the administrative district, as well as and make proposals with regard to the improvement of functioning of the administrative district itself and district and other subordinate units that state administration authorities have in the territory of the administrative district.

(2) The Administrative District Council shall consist of the Head of the administrative district, presidents of the municipalities and mayors of the cities from the territory of the administrative district.

(3) The Head of an administrative district shall be obligated to forward all proposals of the Administrative District Council to the Minister in charge of administrative affairs and principals of state administration authorities who have subordinate units in the territory of the administrative district.

(4) The Government shall, by its regulation, regulate the modes of work of the Administrative District Council.

 

The definition, name, seat and territory of districts have been regulated in detail by the Regulation of Administrative Districts (Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbua N° 15/05, issued on February 27th, 2006).

REGULATION ON ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICTS

  1. CONTENT OF THE REGULATION

Article 1

(1) This regulation shall establish administrative districts and govern their names, territory and seats.

(2) This regulation shall also govern the conditions under which the ministries, special organisations and administrative authorities within the ministries (hereinafter: state administration authorities) may establish territorial units for two or more administrative districts, or for one or more municipalities, or a city or an autonomous province.

  1. ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICT. NAMES, SEATS AND TERRITORY OF ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICTS
  2. ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICT

 

Definition of Administrative District

Article 2

An administrative district is a territorial centre of the State Administration that encompasses the subordinate units of all state administration authorities established for the territory of the district.

 

What State Administration Affairs are allowed at the Administrative District Level

Article 3

At an administrative district level, a state administration authority may adjudicate administrative cases in the first instance, as well as decide on appeal against first-instance decisions passed by the holders of public powers from the district; supervise the operations of the holders of public powers, and to perform administrative inspections.

 

Position of State Administration Authorities with regard to Carrying Out Activities at Administrative District Level

Article 4

(1) A state administration authority shall autonomously decide whether to perform certain state administration tasks from its domain at the administrative district level or not.

(2) A state administration authority shall decide thereof on the occasion of passing its Bylaw on Internal Organization and Staffing Table (hereinafter: the Bylaw).

 

District Territorial Units of State Administration Authorities

Article 5

(1) If a state administration authority decides to carry out at least one state administration task at the administrative district level, the authority shall be obligated to establish its district territorial unit by its Bylaw.

(3) The Bylaw shall specify the state administration tasks performed by the district territorial unit of the state administration authority.

(1) The seat of the district territorial unit shall be in the seat of the administrative district.

 

Subordinate Units within a District Territorial Unit

Article 6

(1) By its Bylaw, a state administration authority may establish one or several internal subordinate units within its district territorial unit.

(2) The seat of a subordinate unit of a district territorial unit may be outside the seat of the administrative district, if that makes a state administration authority more accessible to the third parties that exercise their rights, obligations or legal interest before the authority, or makes easier for the authority to oversee the parties subjected to its control (hereafter: the Parties).

 

  1. HEAD OF ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICT

 

Powers of the Head of Administrative District

Article 7

(1) There shall be the Head of an administrative district. The Head of an administrative district shall:

1) coordinate the activities of the district territorial units of state administration authorities;

2) monitor the application of the directives and operational instructions issued to the district territorial units of state administration authorities;

3) monitor the implementation of the business plans of the districtterritorial units and provide conditions for their functioning;

4) monitor the performance of the employees in the district territorial units of state administration authorities and propose the Principal of a state administration authority to initiate a disciplinary action against an employee;

5) cooperate with the territorial units of state administration authority that carry out their state administration tasks in the territory of the district but are established to cover the territory lager or smaller than the territory of the administrative district;

6) cooperate with the municipalities and cities in order to improve the functioning of the district territorial units of state administration authorities or the territorial units of state administration authorities established for a smaller or larger territory that are active in the district.

(2) A state administration authority shall transmit to the Head of an administrative district the directives and operational instructions issued to its district territorial unit, as well as the excerpt from the state administration authority business plan pertinent to its district unit.

 

Accountability of the Head of an Administrative District

Article 8

(1) The Head of an administrative district shall answer for his/her work to the Minister of State Administration and Local Government, and the Government.

(2) Upon the proposal of the Minister of State Administration and Local Government and in accordance with the Civil Servants Act, the Government shall appoint the Head of the administrative district to a five-year’s term.

 

Support Service of Administrative District

Article 9

(1) There shall be a Support Service of an administrative district.

(2) The Support Service of an administrative district shall be responsible for the expert and technical support to the Head of the administrative district and for the common affairs of all district territorial units of state administration authorities.

(3) The seat of the Support Service of an administrative district shall be in the seat of the district.

(4) The rules on the State Administration shall apply to the Support Service of an administrative district.

 

Managing the Support Service of an Administrative District

Article 10

(1) The Head of an administrative district shall run the Support Service of the administrative district.

(2) The Head of an administrative district shall decide on the rights and obligations of the employees of the Support Service of the district.

 

Powers of the Ministry of State Administration and Local Government

Article 11

(1) The Ministry of State Administration and Local Government shall control the purposefulness of the work of the Support Service of an administrative district; monitor professional skills of its employees, and issue operational instructions to the Support Service.

(2) Operational instructions shall serve as guidance for the organization of the work process in the Support Service of an administrative district, as well as for the work of its staff.

  1. NAMES, SEATS AND TERRITORY OF ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICTS

Article 12

The administrative districts shall be established with the following names, seats and areas of coverage:

1) North Bačka Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Bačka Topola, Mali Iđoš and Subotica, with the seat in Subotica;

2) Mid Banat Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Žitište, Zrenjanin, Nova Crnja, Novi Bečej i Sečanj with the seat in Zrenjanin;

3) North Banat Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Ada, Kanjiža, Kikinda, Novi Kneževac, Senta and Čoka, with the seat in Kikinda;

4) South Banat Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Alibunar, Bela Crkva, Vršac, Kovačica, Kovin, Opovo, Pančevo and Plandište, with the seat in Pančevo;

5) West Bačka Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Apatin, Kula, Odžaci and Sombor, with the seat in Sombor;

6) South Bačka Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Bač, Bačka Palanka, Bački Petrovac, Beočin, Bečej, Vrbas, Žabalj, Srbobran, Sremski Karlovci, Temerin, Titel and for the city of Novi Sad, with the seat in Novi Sad;

7) Srem Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Inđija, Irig, Pećinci, Ruma, Sremska Mitrovica, Stara Pazova and Šid, with the seat in Sremska Mitrovica;

8) Mačva Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Bogatić, Vladimirci, Koceljeva, Krupanj, Loznica, Ljubovija, Mali Zvornik and Šabac, with the seat in Šabac;

9) Kolubara Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Valjevo, Lajkovac, Ljig, Mionica, Osečina and Ub, with the seat in Valjevo;

10) Danube Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Velika Plana, Smederevo and Smederevska Palanka, with the seat in Smederevo;

11) Braničevo Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Veliko Gradište, Golubac, Žabari, Žagubica, Kučevo, Malo Crniće, Petrovac and Požarevac, with the seat in Požarevac;

12) Šumadija Administrative District-for the territory of municipalities of Arandjelovac, Batočina, Knić, Topola, Rača and for the city of Kragujevac with the seat in Kragujevac;

13) Morava Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Despotovac, Jagodina, Paraćin, Rekovac, Svilajnac and Ćurpija, with the seat in Jagodina;

14) Bor Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Bor, Kladovo, Majdanpek and Negotin, with the seat in Bor;

15) Zaječar Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Boljevac, Zaječar, Kanjaževac and Sokobanja, with the seat in Zaječar;

16) Zaltibor Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Arilje, Bajina Bašta, Kosjerić, Nova Varoš, Požega, Priboj, Prijepolje, Sjenica, Užice, Čajetina, with the seat in Užice;

17) Moravica Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Gornji Milanovac, Ivanjica, Lučani and Čačak, with the seat in Čačak;

18) Raška Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Vrnjačka Banja, Kraljevo, Novi Pazar, Raška and Tutin, with the seat in Kraljevo;

19) Rasina Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Aleksandrovac, Brus, Varvarin, Kruševac, Trstenik and Ćićevac, with the seat in Kruševac;

20) Nišava Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Aleksinac, Gadžin Han, Doljevac, Merošina, Ražanj and Svrljig and for the city of Niš, with the seat in Niš;

21) Toplica Administrative District for the territory of the municipalities of Blace, Žitorađa, Kuršumlija and Prokuplje, with the seat in Prokuplje;

22) Pirot Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Babušnica, Bela Palanka, Dimitrovgrad and Pirot, with the seat in Pirot;

23) Jablanica Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Bojnik, Vlasotince, Lebane, Leskovac and Crna Trava, with the seat in Leskovac;

24) Pčinja Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Bosilegrad, Bujanovac, Vladičin Han, Vranje, Preševo, Surdulica and Trgovište, with the seat in Vranje;

25) Kosovo Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Glogovac, Kačanik, Kosovo Polje, Lipljan, Obilić, Podujevo, Uroševac, Štimlje, and for the city of Priština, with the seat in Priština;

26) Peć Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Dečani, Đakovica, Istok, Klina and Peć, with the seat in Peć;

27) Prizren Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Gora, Orahovac, Prizren and Suva Reka, with the seat in Prizren;

28) Kosovska Mitrovica Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Vučitrn, Zvečan, Zubin Potok, Kosovska Mitrovica, Leposavić and Srbica, with the seat in Kosovska Mitrovica;

29) Kosovo-Morava Administrative District-for the territory of the municipalities of Vitina, Gnjilane, Kosovska Kamenica and Novo Brdo, with the seat in Gnjilane.

III. TERRITORIAL UNITS OF STATE ADMINISTRATION AUTHORITIES WITH THE AREA OF COVERAGE LARGER OR SMALLER THAN THE TERRITORY OF AN ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICT

  1. WHAT STATE ADMINISTRATION TASKS MAY BE CARRIED OUT BY TERRITORIAL UNITS WITH THE AREA OF COVERAGE LARGER OR SMALLER THAN THE TERRITORY OF AN ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICT

Article 13

Through its territorial units covering the area that is either larger or smaller than the territory of an administrative district, a state administration authority may carry out the tasks that are (typically) performed at the administrative district level, as well as other state administration tasks from its domain only if (better) efficiency and accessibility of the state authority by the Parties is secured thereby.

  1. DECISIONS ON FORMING TERRITORIAL UNITS COVERING AREAS LARGER OR SMALLER THAN THE TERRITORY OF AN ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICT

Article 14

(1) A state administration authority shall autonomously decide whether to form a territorial unit that will cover an area that is either larger or smaller than the territory of an administrative district.

(2) A territorial unit with a larger or smaller area of coverage shall be constituted by the Bylaw which shall also specify the state administration tasks to be performed by the unit.

  1. TERRITORIAL UNITS FOR THE AREA OF TWO OR MORE ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICTS

Article 15

(1) A state administration authority may form a territorial unit that will cover the territory of two or more administrative districts, if the extent, frequency and presence of the relevant state administration affairs in the territory and the cooperation with other authorities justify so.

(2) The seat of a territorial unit covering the territory of two or more administrative districts may be either in the seat of the administrative district which is equally distant from the Parties or in the seat of the administrative district where most of the Parties are present.

(3) The specialist service of the administrative district carrying out tasks for the district territorial units shall also perform these tasks for the employees of the unit established for the territory of two or more districts working in its administrative district that are positioned in the administrative district.

 

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