2008
 

The Position of the Presidency of the SASA Regarding the Initiative for Establishing the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Vojvodina

The Executive Board of the SASA Presidency, with the consent of the Branch of SASA in Novi Sad, took a tough stand whereby it disputes the founding of ASAV based on the proposed document of the Statute of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina.

We sent this document in due course, on 29th September 2008, to the Government of the Republic of Serbia, National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and Coordination Body of the Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina to draft the Statute.

At the third session, held on 27th November 2008, the Presidency of SASA reiterated the stand of the Executive Board, and upon the motion, Department of Social Sciences decided to dispute formation of another “Academy of Sciences and Arts” in the territory of the Republic of Serbia. Elsewhere in the world, the Academies of Sciences and Arts are national institutions; therefore, it is commonplace that every country has a single (state or royal) Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Since the Academy is primarily a scientific institution, it can be established only by a state authority that disposes of the competence in the field of science. The Autonomous Province of Vojvodina does not have such competence at its disposal, since Article 283, Paragraph 2, of the Constitution of Serbia does not foresee this. In other words, regulation of science, including the establishment of the Academy of Sciences and Arts is under the exclusive competence of the Republic of Serbia, not of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina. Hence, by virtue of Article 29, Item 10, the draft of the Statute of Vojvodina, titled “Science, Innovation and Technological Development”, attempts are being made at establishing the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Vojvodina by usurped competence (Article 17 and Article 34, Paragraph 17).

The Serbian Academy of Sciences (and Arts) exists for 167 years already, as the supreme scientific institution of the Serbian state. For the purpose of steady development of science in Serbia, in 1992, SASA formed its Branch in Novi Sad and another two Centers in Kragujevac and Niš in cooperation with the Universities of these cities. Thus, the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts has been facilitating a uniform development throughout the entire territory of the Republic of Serbia. Both the Branch in Novi Sad and the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts include, through the members and research projects, representatives of all relevant national minorities that live in the territory of the Republic of Serbia.

 

 

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