Former Minister of Justice in the Government of Serbia, Nela Kuburović, will be appointed the new ambassador of Serbia to Sweden, Nova.rs has learned.
As our portal finds out, the new ambassador of Serbia in Stockholm will be Nela Kuburović. She will succeed Dragan Momcilovic, who has been the ambassador since 2017. Kuburovic headed the justice department in the previous government, and then she went on maternity leave.
Lawyer without diplomatic experience
The former minister worked as a lawyer throughout her professional career. First as a trainee-volunteer in the First Municipal Court in Belgrade, after which she got the position of assistant judge, where she worked until 2008. After that, she moved to the Ministry of Justice, where she changed several positions, then worked in the High Judicial Council, and then returned to the ministry, where she became a minister in 2016 after the position of assistant. Nela Kuburović’s mandate was marked by several legislative changes, such as, for example, the introduction of life imprisonment in special, most difficult cases. The process of amending the Constitution has also been initiated, which has not been completed to date.
Apart from the legal one, Kuburović, at least according to the available biography, has no diplomatic experience.
Close members of the Nela Kuburović family in the Government of Serbia
Kuburovic came to the position of Minister of Justice with a somewhat sudden decision of Prime Minister Brnabic in 2016. Little known to the public, she came to the Government of Serbia as an expert staff that was a “compromise solution” in order to settle all the conflicting factions in the judiciary. In that position, she inherited Nikola Selaković, directly from Vučić’s staff, who has remained an important “link” in the personal elections in the judiciary until today. Bearing in mind that Selaković manages the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today, the appointment of Kuburović can be treated as a continuation of the cooperation that began in the Ministry of Justice.
– SERBIAN info (@srbininfo) July 14, 2021
Although Kuburovic left Nemanjina 11 after maternity leave, members of her family remained part of the Serbian government, which confirms the appointment of Darija Kisic Tepavcevic to the position of Minister of Labor, Veterans and Social Affairs.
Last year, the public in Serbia learned that companies close to Bojan Kisić (husband of Nela Kuburović and brother of Darija Kisić Tepavčević) had won 27 contracts with public companies and ministries.
BIRN’s research showed that from 2013 until today, NITES Group companies, one of whose directors is Bojan Kisic, have signed 27 contracts worth around 26.8 million euros in Serbia alone, alone or in a consortium with other companies.
In April 2020 alone, NITES signed three contracts with the Ministry of Health, worth a total of 3.2 million euros.
In response to BIRN, she denied that she was connected to the company where her husband works.
“I am in no way connected with the company in which Bojan Kisić works, nor am I able to influence the business of a multinational company that operates around the world. The government and the ministries have strict procedures when it comes to doing business and concluding contracts with various companies, which imply early recognition of a possible conflict of interest “, said Nela Kuburović at the time.
Nova.rs sent questions to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this morning in order to get confirmation of this information, but until the publication of this text, the ministry did not provide answers to the questions asked. On this occasion, we tried to contact Nela Kuburović on a number known to the editorial office, but we did not receive a response from her either.
– SERBIAN info (@srbininfo) July 14, 2021
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