BUDVA – 17-18 December 2018 –EUROL II organised a round table with the objective of to exchange experiences and best practices in fighting against organized crime between Montenegrin Special Prosecutor’s Office and Italian prosecutors. The round table attended by 5 Special Prosecutors, and 14 members between advisers and professional associates covered the practical “peer-to-peer” assistance and share of information regarding investigations and prosecutions of major crime. Event was opened by Mr. Katnic, Special State Prosecutor, who said that Montenegrin criminal legislation is reformed in a way that is put in line with main EU and international standards, especially when it comes to the fight against organized crime and corruption. By adoption of the organizational law, Special State Prosecution office was established in 2015 and since then already achieved significant results. He also added that professional knowledge of special prosecutors but also of their assistants is necessary precondition for proper implementation of new legislation and such type of exchange of information, experiences and lessons learnt is the most appropriate way to contribute to continuous education of SPO staff. Judge Maria Grazia Benedetti welcomed all participants stating that EU appreciates exchange of experiences of practitioners of the same range, which is the reason this event was organized with the aim being to improve capacities of Montenegrin SPO and to enhance cooperation with Italian judiciary and prosecution services.
Mr Paolo Ielo, Deputy Head of the Prosecution Office in Rome and Mr Mario Palazzi, Anti-mafia District Prosecutor, both with extensive experience and background in investigating and prosecuting serious and organized crime cases, corruption and financial cases delivered presentations and case studies related to specific methods of investigating serious and organized crime cases including corruption and financial investigations, as well as to lessons learned, in order to support Montenegrin Special State Prosecutor’s Office in strengthening their efforts to fight organized crime and corruption in line with European standards and best practices.
Mr. Katnic, Head of the Special State Prosecution Office and Ms. Lidija Vukcevic, Special Prosecutor also presented two big cases from their competences and illustrated used investigation techniques, problems met during the investigation and ways for their overcoming. In the field of strengthening the professional capacity of the Special Prosecutor’s Office in their daily commitments to investigate and prosecute severe crimes, the round table contributed to further strengthening of institutional capacities regarding Country’s national reform priorities and other operational level required improvements that emanate from their enlargement agreement process.