Commissioner for Protection of Equality, Brankica Jankovic, had a meeting with the President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, with whom she discussed activities related to protection against discrimination which are implemented by the institution of Commissioner with aim to achieve full equality of all our citizens, especially those in smaller settlements of Serbia.
President Vucic and Commissioner Jankovic also discussed respecting of national minorities human rights and agreed that Serbia fully respects all international standards. National minorities are equally treated concerning all rights and obligations and they have all protection mechanisms available in individual cases of discrimination. Unfortunately, there are citizens who are living in Kosovo and Metohija, who are not in equal position to achieve basic human rights and every effort made is a step towards the improvement of their position. President Vucic emphasized that full employment and stability of working places, with equal chances for all and adequate support services for families, as well as partner affairs of men and women, are leading to better life quality of all our citizens. President stressed that he is fully aware of the challenges that citizens are facing every day, but that he also believes that we are all ready to solve problems in responsible way.
Commissioner Jankovic informed President about extremely severe cases of discrimination at the labor market and about measures that she is undertaking. She thanked President for his continuous support, especially for pointing to the importance of actions made by state bodies following recommendation of measures for elimination of discrimination. “In order to build truly fair society, that accepts and understands diversities as an advantage, it is necessary to memorize and remind of historical facts, which are important for our better future”, President Vucic stressed. In this regard, President supported Commissioner’s suggestion to amend an initiative to Belgrade City authorities to name the streets by our female citizens, who had significantly contributed to our culture, art and society with many precious goods that we enjoy in today.