About the Civil Aviation Directorate
The Civil Aviation Directorate (Directorate) of the Republic of Serbia is a public agency, the founder’s rights over which are exercised by the Government on behalf of the Republic of Serbia, and which performs the state administration activities entrusted to it by means of the Air Transport Law of the Republic of Serbia. The legal status of Directorate has been defined in the Air Transport Law – “Official Gazette of RS”, No 73/10 of 12 October 2010.
Directorate was designated as the National Supervisory Authority of the Republic of Serbia in the area of air navigation, in accordance with EU regulations and, therefore, issues the Certificates of competency for provision of air navigation services and assesses if the air navigation services providers continue to fulfill the prescribed conditions.
Directorate enacts the regulations and individual legal acts in the first instance, issues public identification documents, maintains the records, performs the audits of aviation entities, participates in the work of international civil aviation organizations and institutions and their working bodies, and cooperates with competent authorities of other countries.
The bodies of the Directorate are the Management Board and the Director.
The Management Board
The Management Board consists of five members, i.e. of the minister in charge of transport affairs, the minister in charge of internal affairs, the minister in charge of defense, the minister in charge of finance and the minister in charge of environmental protection.
The minister in charge of transport affairs acts in the capacity of the President of the Management Board.
The responsibilities of the Management Board are as follows:
- to adopt the Directorate’s annual business plan;
- to adopt the Directorate’s financial plan and reports and submit them to the Government;
- to pass the regulations;
- to pass general acts for the enactment of which the Director is not authorized;
- to direct the work of the Director and issue working instructions;
- to supervise the Directorate’s business activities;
- to exercise other functions laid down by the law governing public agencies.
The members of the Management Board are entitled to receive the allowances for their work, the net amount of which cannot be higher than uniform total average earning per an employee, before taxes and contributions, paid in the Republic of Serbia in the month of October of the year preceding the year when payment of the allowance takes place, as per the data of the competent state authority in charge of statistics.
(Until the entering into force of the new Air Transport Law of the Republic of Serbia (20 October 2010), there was the Council of the Civil Aviation Directorate of the Republic of Serbia consisting of the following ministers with the Government of the Republic of Serbia: Minister for Infrastructure, Minister of Defense, Minister of Interior and Minister of Finance. During the meeting of the Council of the Civil Aviation Directorate, held on 23 February 2010, the Decision on the establishment of the allowance for the work of the Council members was brought, on the basis of which the amount of the allowance was determined to be 75,000 RSD monthly, i.e. 900,000 RSD yearly. The receipt of the allowance by the Council member was not obligatory, but each member of the Council could decide whether he or she is interested in receiving the said allowances or not).
The Directorate in the period from 2004 till 2010
On 16 October 2003, the Government of Serbia and the Government of Montenegro established the Civil Aviation Directorate of the state of Serbia and the state of Montenegro, which commenced its activities under the said name on 1 January 2004. With the aim of performing the operational activities regarding the provision of air navigation services, Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services Agency Ltd (SMATSA) was established.
After the separation of two republics, the Government of the Republic of Serbia took over the founder’s rights and on 23 June 2006 the aeronautical authority of the country continued with its functioning as the Civil Aviation Directorate of the Republic of Serbia.