Commissioner with representatives of associations for patients’ rights

Commissioner for Protection of Equality Brankica Jankovic held a meeting with the representatives of association National Rare Diseases Organizations of Serbia and Network of Organizations for Children of Serbia.

It was emphasized at the meeting that these associations submitted an Initiative for assessing of constitutionality of the Law on Financial Support to Family with Children, together with Union of Serbian Patients Associations and “Hrabrisa” association, because of the provision in this Law which is related to the achievement of right to salary reimbursement during the child care leave because of special child care, in cases when the right for other person assistance and care has already been achieved for a child. Commissioner supported this initiative and addressed the Constitutional Court for the same reason. She reminded that right after endorsement of this Law, the institution of Commissioner also submitted proposals for assessing of constitutionality and legality of several provisions from this law, while the initiatives for the line ministry to amend these provisions were also sent in the same time. Considering the number of remarks to the Law on Financial Support to Family with Children and the importance of goals which were hat this Law should achieve, not only in the area of population but also social policy, the expectation was expressed at this meeting that the law will be amended even before the Constitutional Court decision, as it was announced by minister without portfolio Slavica Djukic Dejanovic.

At the meeting, it was also discussed about position of children with disabilities, with special emphasis on children with rare diseases and problems they encounter in the proceedings for exercising their rights. Opportunities and activities that should be undertaken in the future to improve the situation of children were also considered.

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