Improving the International Judicial Cooperation

Podgorica, 16-26 January 2018 – In close coordination with the EU Delegation and with support of the Ministry of Justice, EURoL II organised the Expert Mission in order to support further improvement of the capacities of the Ministry of Justice, courts and state prosecution offices in the area of international judicial cooperation and assistance. It engaged an expert, with judicial background and extensive knowledge and expertise in international judicial cooperation, to conduct Training Needs Assessment among judges, state prosecutors and Ministry of Justice staff and thus to support the Ministry and the Judicial Training Centre in developing and implementing respective training programme. The mission was successfully organised within the Component 1 of the Project: Enhanced efficiency of the Judicial system.

Majority of meetings have been held in Podgorica, while during the second part of the engagement, three regional meetings have been held in Bijelo Polje – on 22 January, Budva – on 24 January and in Podgorica – on 25 January covering north, central and south part of Montenegro. All meetings have been organised and held in accordance with previously developed and agreed agenda with the Ministry of Justice. The purpose of the meetings was to inform representatives about the plans and future activities related to the improvement of the international judicial cooperation, which will be implemented through the EURoL II project and to collect as much as possible information about the current state, problems and potential needs for improvements in the area of judicial cooperation and mutual legal assistance.

The participants included the representatives of the EUROL II project team, Programme Manager of the EU Delegation to Montenegro, and the representatives of the Ministry of Justice/Directorate for International Judicial Cooperation and Projects, Judicial and Prosecutorial Councils, Courts and State Prosecutor Offices as well as with the representatives of the Centre for Trainings in Judiciary and State Prosecution.

Speaker at the event was Mr Gualtiero Michelini, judge of the Court of Appeal of Rome

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