PODGORICA, 12-16 February 2018 – In close cooperation with EU Delegation and with support of the Ministry of Justice, EURoL II project organised one-week expert mission with the aim to review the organisation and perform functional assessment of judicial cooperation and interdepartmental activities in the judiciary and the Ministry of Justice. The mission took place from 12-16 February, whereby two Italian experts, with great experience in international judicial cooperation and organisational issues of the ministries and state authorities, met representatives of all five directorates of the Ministry of Justice with whom they discussed topics related to the new internal organisation of the Ministry of Justice, inter-departmental communication and coordination of activities, obstacles in their everyday work, including lack of staff, financial resources and other issues.
The baseline for this expert mission was the functional assessment of the Ministry of Justice performed within the EURoL I project and recommendations given in this report. The Ministry of Justice adopted the Rulebook on Internal Organisation and Systematisation in August 2017, which foresaw the establishment of 5 separate Directorates, Cabinet of the Minister, Department for Internal Audit and the General Service. In this context, within the EURoL II, an additional assessment was conducted in order to get a clear overview of the current status of implementation of recommendations given with the assessment of the Ministry of Justice within the EURoL I project. EURoL II expert mission’s aim was also to assess capacities of the Directorate for International Judicial Cooperation and Projects with focus on reporting and communication with other Directorate and with external actors; to assess functioning of the LURIS system – Electronic system for management of cases of the judicial cooperation and mutual legal assistance as well as to assess the flow of information, communication and cooperation of separate Directorates within the Ministry of Justice.
The participants included the representatives of the EUROL II project team, Programme Manager of the EU Delegation to Montenegro, representative from the Montenegro Unit from Brussels (via Video Conference) and the representatives of all five Directorates of the Ministry of Justice, IT department of the Secretariat of the Judicial Councils and of the Supreme State Prosecutor.
Speakers at the event were Mr Stefano Opilio, Director Office II International cooperation – Ministry of Justice and Mr Carlo Alberto Giusti, Lecturer in Commercial law at the University of International Studies in Rome.