The latest draft of an outline of legislation on internal affairs, undergoing a revision after it was withdrawn for the second time late in December 2022, would no longer allow police officers to enter homes without a warrant, while a new model is being formulated for the biometric surveillance section.
Danilo Stevandic, state secretary at the Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs, said on Jan. 23 that the portions of the outline legislation on internal affairs envisaging police entering homes without court-issued warrants had been struck from the latest draft after objections by the public and civil sector.
Representatives of the Serbian government and the National Convention on the European Union from the civil sector discussed biometric surveillance in a meeting, and Stevandic said that, while the model presented in the earlier draft had been struck, the idea had not been abandoned and the ministry was working on a new model.
Serbian Interior Minister Bratislav Gasic said the difference from the previous draft was that biometric surveillance was no longer envisaged in real time, but exclusively with time delayed recordings.
Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said the purpose of the legislation was to advance regulation of the area in order to advance the citizens' security and make "fighting crime and corruption more efficient," not to threaten or limit citizens' fundamental rights in any way.