Ministry of defence Republic of Serbia
 

Minister of Defence Nebojša Stefanović, PhD




tel:  +381 11 30 06 311 
fax:  +381 11 30 06 062 
ministar.odbrane@mod.gov.rs

He was born on 20 November 1976 in Belgrade. He graduated from the 9th Grammar School “Mihajlo Petrović Alas” in Belgrade and the Megatrend University Faculty of Business Studies. He obtained his Master's Degree in Economic Sciences by defending the thesis “Modern Principles of Management in Local Self-Government” in 2011. He received his PhD in June 2013, on the subject of "New Role of Strategic Management in Local Governance Management". He completed the Advanced Security and Defence Studies.
 
From 2004 to 2008, he worked as the marketing director in the foreign and domestic trade company “Interspeed”. In 2008, he was appointed the finance director of the company “Jabuka”.

In the period from 2004 to 2008, he was an assembly member in the Belgrade City Assembly. In the 2007 parliamentary elections, he was elected as MP, and also held the position of Chairman of the Committee on Trade and Tourism of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia.

In the 2012 elections, he was elected an MP of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia.
 
From July 2012 to April 2014, he performed the duties of the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and Chairman of the Committee on Children Rights. He was the head of the parliamentary delegation in the Interparliamentary Union.

He was appointed Minister of the Interior in April 2014, and since August 2016 he has also been the Deputy Prime Minister.

In November 2017, he was appointed Secretary of the National Security Council and Head of the Bureau for the Coordination of Security Services.  
 
He also performs the roles of the President of the Council for the Fight against Human Trafficking, Commander of the National Emergency Management Headquarters and the Head of the Working Group of the Serbian Government for Cooperation with the OSCE and the ODIHR in coordinating and monitoring the implementation of recommendations for the improvement of the election process.

He has served as the Minister of Defence since 29 October 2020.
 
In the previous term, with the great help and support of the then Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, he carried out numerous reforms in the Ministry of the Interior and improved the position of police officers by procuring new uniforms, vehicles and equipment.

He was awarded the "Best European 2013" award in the field of politics for the results achieved in the improvement and promotion of European standards of parliamentary democracy, as well as the "Captain Miša Anastasijević" award for contributing to the positive image of Serbia.

He was awarded numerous recognitions by foreign ministries of the interior as a sign of excellent cooperation with the Serbian police. 
 
As the president of the National Assembly, he remained, among other things, famous for his fight and advocating for pregnant women and mothers. The Law on the Exercising of Rights to Health Care for Children, Pregnant Women and New Mothers was adopted on his proposal. He also launched the famous campaign "Priority for Children and Pregnant Women", which is still active.

One of his many initiatives, as the Minister of the Interior, was the introduction of the "Fundamentals of Child Safety" program in the first, fourth and sixth grades in all schools in Serbia, with the desire to educate children at an early age about all the challenges and dangers they can be exposed to, and on how to deal with them.
 
On his initiative, in May 2018, a memorial was erected to all members of the Ministry of the Interior who died on duty. This is the first monument dedicated to killed police officers. He also initiated the amendment to the Law on Police which introduced the legal basis for the employment of children of the killed and wounded members of the Ministry of the Interior.

He initiated the introduction of the “three strikes” legal principle into the Criminal Code of the Republic of Serbia, which brought stricter sentences for prior and persistent offenders.He is one of the founders of the Serbian Progressive Party, a member of its Presidency and president of the Belgrade City Council.

He speaks English and Russian.