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THE REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA
Academy for Training of
Judges and Public Prosecutors

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE:
THE ROLE OF JUDGES IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF COURT DECISIONS IN CIVIL, ADMINISTRATIVE AND CRIMINAL CASES

Within the framework of the Macedonian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the Ministry of Justice на Republic of Macedonia, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Macedonia, the Judicial Council of Republic of Macedonia, and the Academy for Training of Judges and Public Prosecutors of the Republic of Macedonia, together with the Consultative Council of European Judges at Council of Europe, organized an international conference on the topic of: „The Role Of Judges In The Enforcement Of Court Decisions In Civil, Administrative And Criminal Cases”. The conference was held on the 4 June, 2010 in the formal hall of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Macedonia.

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This international conference is the first international event of this kind organized by the Republic of Macedonia as part of the Macedonian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. It followed the two-day work session of the Working Group of the Consultative Council of European Judges that was held from the 1st to the 3rd of June, 2010 in Ohrid, dealing with the draft of Opinion no. 13 of the Council of Europe on the role of judges in the enforcement of court decisions in relation to other state offices.

At the international conference, the new system of enforcement of court decisions in Republic of Macedonia was presented. The participants also had the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the comparative experience of executing court decisions in criminal, civil and administrative cases in the continental and the common law systems, through the presentations of the members of the Working Group of the Consultative Council of European Judges.

The goal of this international conference was also to present the success achieved by the Republic of Macedonia in implementing the planned strategic reform processes aimed at approximation with modern European trends. And, in view of the fact that the conference also incorporated social aspects, it also proved that the Republic of Macedonia has the capacity to host an important international event of this kind.

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The International conference was opened by Judge Aneta Arnaudovska, Director of the Academy for Training of Judges and Public Prosecutors, Republic of Macedonia’s representative in the Consultative Council of European Judges and member of the working group of the Consultative Council of European Judges, who addressed the auditorium with her opening remarks.

Orlando Afonso, Justice of the Supreme Court of Portugal and President of the Consultative Council of European Judges also addressed the gathering and presented the members of the working group of CCJE.
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Mihajlo Manevski, Minister of Justice of the Macedonia, presented the results of the judicial reforms implemented in the Republic of Macedonia. He made note of the 2010 Report of European experts, where it is stated that the strategy of judicial reforms has been successfully implemented: all laws have been passed and impressive results have been achieved in enhancing the independence and impartiality of the judiciary. Minister Manevski emphasized that the newly adopted legislation is of great significance for improving the protection of human rights. The adoption of the new laws, in particular the amending of the Law on the Academy for Training of Judges and Public Prosecutors in Republic of Macedonia, will also help raise the bar in the selection of judges and Public Prosecutors.

State of Play and Direction of Development of the Judicial system in Republic of Macedonia was the presentation of Mr. Jovo Vangelovski, President of the Supreme Court of Republic of Macedonia, while Naser Hadzi Ahmetagik, Vice President of the Judicial council of the Republic of Macedonia spoke on the Role of the Judicial Council of Republic of Macedonia in Advancing the Independence of Judges.

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The Role of the Consultative Council of European Judges and Activities for the Preparation of Opinion no. 13 was presented by Mr. Orlando Afonso, Justice in the Supreme Court of Portugal and President of the CCJE, while the Activities of the Republic of Macedonia in Disseminating and Implementing the Opinions of the Consultative Council of European Judges in the Judiciary in the Republic of Macedonia were presented by judge Aneta Arnaudovska, Director of the Academy for Training of Judges and Public Prosecutors, Republic of Macedonia’s representative in the Consultative Council of European Judges and member of the working group of the Consultative Council of European Judges.

This international conference was divided in three working session: the first one dealing with civil matters, the second one with criminal matters, and the third one with administrative matters.

During the first working session of this international conference, The Comparative experience of criminal decisions in the members states of the Council of Europe- Portugal and Macedonia were presented by Orlando Afonso .Justice in the Supreme Court of Portugal and President of and Judge Angelina Poposka, President of the Unit for enforcement of criminal sanctions in Basic Court Skopje 1.

The second working session began with the presentation of Ms Nina Beteto, Justice in the Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia and a member of the working group of the CCJE, who spoke on the topic of: Comparative Experiences in the Enforcement of Civil Decisions in the member states of the Council of Europe, while the Experience from Implementation and Advantages of the New System of Enforcement of Civil Decisions in Macedonia was a topic discussed by Mr. Vladimir Babunski, Justice in the Supreme Court of the Republic of Macedonia and Mr. Antonio Kostanov, Enforcement Agent and и President of the Chamber of Enforcement Agents of the Republic of Macedonia.

On the third working session, the Comparative Experience of Common Law Countries Regarding the Role of Judges in the Enforcement of Judicial Decisions – Ireland, was presented by Mr. John MacMenamin, Justice in the High Court in Dublin, Ireland, while the Comparative Experience in the Enforcement of Administrative Decisions in Member States of the Council of Europe – FR Germany and the Republic of Macedonia, were presented by Dr. Otto Mallmann, Presiding Justice at the Federal Administrative Court of Germany and member of the CCJE working group, and Ms Rahilka Stojkovska, Judge in the Administrative Court of the Republic of Macedonia.

The members of the Consultative Council of European Judges at the Council of Europe emphasized that the Republic of Macedonia is a remarkable country that deserves its place in the family of European nations, which is also confirmed by the speed and quality of realization of the reforms in the judicial system.