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The Institute for Social Insurance was founded pursuant to the Law on Ministries as a separate organization with the aim of performing expert tasks and state administration tasks related to the application of international agreements on social insurance, drawing up administrative agreements for the application of international agreements on social insurance and drawing up agreements on covering health care expenses, drawing up bilingual forms for the application of international agreements on social insurance, participation in the calculation of health care costs, as well as other tasks stipulated by the law.

In the period from the conclusion of the first international agreement on social insurance (with the Republic of France in 1950) until the end of 2002, state administration tasks in relation to the application of international agreements on social insurance were performed by the Federal Institute for Social Insurance, in the capacity of the liaison body. In that period, this institution functioned under that name, but also under the name of the Alliance of Communities of Health Insurance and Health Care of Yugoslavia, and from 1992 once again under the title of the Federal Institute for Social Insurance. By establishing the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro and by coming into force of the Law on executing Constitutional Charter of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro, Federal Institute for Social Insurance ceased to exist.

In the period from 2003 to 15th May 2007, when the Institute for Social insurance was established pursuant to the Law on Ministries, at the level of the Republic of Serbia there was no particular governmental body, namely a liaison body competent for implementing international agreements on social insurance. Therefore, in the agreements concluded in that period, organizations of social insurance competent for the area of retirement and disability insurance, health insurance and unemployment insurance were stated as the liaison bodies of the Republic of Serbia.

In that period, the tasks of the liaison body, in the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro, were, in certain part, also performed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Following the termination of the State Union, tasks of the liaison body were not performed in the Republic of Serbia, excluding infrequent meetings between certain insurance institutions of the Republic of Serbia and insurance institutions from other states formed in the territory of former SFR Yugoslavia republics.

Establishing the Institute for Social Insurance in the Republic of Serbia meant re-establishing the liaison body which, in the capacity of a government body and within the framework of prescribed competence, manages all aspects and issues of importance for implementing international agreements on social insurance, such as: administrative agreements and other implementation acts, bilingual forms in the area of health insurance, retirement and disability insurance and unemployment insurance, all in the aim of a more efficient execution, simple and fast linking of social insurance institutions in the Republic of Serbia with social insurance institutions of other countries with which Serbia has concluded agreements on social insurance.

International agreements, namely agreements on social insurance or administrative agreements for their implementation, specify particular bodies – liaison bodies – that are to take care of the execution of agreement provisions and administrative agreements, and enable a fast and simple linking of insurance institutions of both countries–parties to the agreement.

In agreements on social insurance, liaison bodies are determined in various ways, but always as a separate body, and pursuant to national legislation, as an association of social insurance institutions or as a separate government body (thus, for example, the Administrative Agreement for the Application of General Convention on Social Insurance between Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia and France, establishes the Alliance of Communities of Health Insurance and Health Care and the Alliance of Communities of Retirement and Disability Insurance of Yugoslavia as the liaison body, while the Agreement between Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Federal Republic of Germany, as well as the Agreement on Executing Agreement between Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Republic of Macedonia, both stipulate Federal Institute for Social Insurance as the liaison body).

In the application of international agreements, namely agreements on social insurance in force, the Institute cooperates with the liaison bodies and insurance institutions of other countries–parties to the agreements. Besides, the Institute also actively cooperates with international organizations and associations the aim of which is to improve and develop the system of social security.

In relation to the application of international agreements on social insurance (security), the Institute directly cooperates with the organizations of compulsory social insurance in the Republic of Serbia: Republic Fund for Retirement and Disability Insurance, Republic Fund for Health Insurance, Social Security Fund for Military personnel, National Employment Service, as well with the competent ministries and other bodies, organizations and institutions.

In the last period since the establishment of the Institute, in 2007, by the end of 2019, the Institute has held more than 160 meetings and discussions with the liaison bodies of other Contracting States, participated in over 50 negotiations of the competent authorities in the procedures of concluding new and amending existing agreements on social insurance agreements and also participated in over 20 international conferences on social security (conferences, symposia, colloquia).

The active role of the Institute is also reflected in the process of accession of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union, and through participation in the work on chapters 2. Freedom of movement for workers and 19. Social policy and employment.

The Institute is an associate member of the International Social Security Association (ISSA).

More information about the International Social Security Association can be found on their website https://ww1.issa.int/

 
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