PODGORICA- 8-11 May 2018 –EURoL II in cooperation with the Centre for Training in Judiciary and State Prosecution, Ministry of Justice and Police Academy, organised the seminar on the topic Extradition, consisted of two workshops and aimed at further education of judges, prosecutors and police officers in the area of international judicial cooperation in criminal matters. The first two day workshop was held from 8-9 May at the Centre for Training in Judiciary and State Prosecution and there were 23 representatives of judiciary (9 judges, 13 state prosecutors and 1 advisor), who were welcomed by the President of the Steering Committee of the Centre, Mrs Senka Danilovic, Mr. Ognjen Mitrovic, head of the Department for International Judicial Cooperation in the Ministry of Justice and Judge Maria Grazia Benedetti, EURoL II Deputy Team Leader. The second workshop was held on 10 – 11 May at the Police Academy with 22 participants – police officers and at the beginning of the workshop they were welcomed by Deputy Director of the Police Academy, Mr. Mladen Bulatović, Mr. Ognjen Mitrovic, head of the Department for International Judicial Cooperation in the Ministry of Justice and Mr. Antonio Molinaro, EURoL II Team Leader The lecturers at both workshops were: international expert Mr. Giannicola Sinisi, deputy state prosecutor, Appellate Court of Bari and Mr Miroslav Basovic, judge of Hugh Court in Podgorica. Specific topics discussed and covered at the seminar were: International and EU legislative framework related to extradition issues, Extradition requirements, defining competent authorities, International Judicial Cooperation, Differences between the extradition and EAW; Presentation of practical cases from the experiences of the Republic of Italy; National legislative framework regulating extradition issues; procedure of extradition in line with national legislation and bilateral and international legislation signed by Montenegro; Presentation of practical cases, experience of Montenegrin judiciary.
The seminar on extradition is the first of four planned seminars for 2018 from the training programme in the area of international judicial cooperation which will contribute to the improvement of knowledge of judges, prosecutors and police officers in the implementation of EU instruments in the area of international judicial cooperation, which will be an obligation for Montenegro upon the accession into EU. This is concerning the activity envisaged by the interim benchmarks in Chapter 24 “Justice, Freedom and Security” – subtitle Judicial Cooperation. Plan for 2018 is a calendar of trainings for the first out of three years, envisaged by the project for improving the capacities of Montenegrin judiciary for international cooperation which the Ministry of Justice initiated together with EURoL II, Centre for Training in Judiciary and State Prosecution and the Police Academy taking into consideration the above mentioned interim benchmarks, then anticipating the closing benchmarks in this area and above all, led by the real need of the Montenegrin judiciary for this type of project.