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PACS-Serbia - Strengthening the capacities of law enforcement and judiciary in the fight against corruption in Serbia

 


In recent years, Serbian authorities undertook a number of important steps in the fight against corruption, including the ratification of key Council of Europe legal instruments in this field - Criminal and Civil Law Conventions against Corruption, as well as the Additional Protocol to the Criminal Law Convention. Despite the reforms undertaken, corruption remains a serious concern for the people of Serbia. The Serbian authorities have acknowledged that corruption is a priority issue that requires comprehensive and serious countermeasures. This includes adequate responses to various challenges in investigating, prosecuting and adjudicating corruption and white collar crime. With the above in mind, the Council of Europe and the European Union have launched, in December 2012, a joint project “Strengthening the Capacities of Law Enforcement and Judiciary in the Fight against Corruption in Serbia” (PACS). With duration of 28 months, the project will encompass specialised training designed for the judiciary, prosecution and law enforcement officers; introduce new IT tools to investigate corruption and white collar crime; and will conduct risk analyses and provide recommendations aimed at improving the efficiency of criminal investigations and proceedings.


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Coming up soon:

Follow-up Trainings on Investigation, Prosecution and Adjudication of Corruption/Economic Crime Cases
(Kragujevac, Nis, Novi Sad, July 2014)  


Activities in the past:

Trainings for journalists on investigative journalism and reporting on corruption
(Novi Sad and Nis, 30-31 May and 20-21 June 2014)

In cooperation with the Novi Sad School of Journalism, the project held two specialised trainings for journalists aimed at discussing good practices in investigative journalism and reporting on corruption. Specifically tailored training manual that, inter alia, includes ethical standards, definition and key components of the investigative journalism, practical examples/case studies and glossary of legal terminology, was presented and distributed to all trainees.

Training Manual Serbian


Conference “Corruption Risk Analysis and Strengthening Police Integrity”
(Belgrade, Serbia, 3 June 2014)

In late April 2014 the project finalised the risk analysis on corruption and poor conduct within police structures in Serbia. As a result of this analysis a comprehensive report which, inter alia, sets recommendations on how to develop and strengthen their anti-corruption mechanisms, has been prepared and delivered to the respective authorities. This report was publicly presented and discussed at the conference organised by the PACS project in cooperation with the A-COP group (Civil Society against Police Corruption)  held on 3 June 2014 in Metropol Palace Hotel in Belgrade.

Agenda Serbian / English


Follow-up Trainings on Investigation, Prosecution and Adjudication of Corruption/Economic Crime Cases
(Belgrade, Serbia, 23 May 2014)  

The project, in cooperation with the Judicial Academy, will hold four interactive trainings in the different regions in Serbia. These trainings will be conducted by the national trainers certified following the completion of the PACS training of trainers programme. The focus of the trainings will be on investigation, prosecution and adjudication of corruption/economic crime cases, financial investigations, evaluation of evidence, use of special investigative means and case law of the European Court of Human Rights. First training took place in Belgrade on 23 May 2014.

Agenda Serbian / English


Roundtable “Reporting on Corruption and Investigative Journalism“
(Belgrade, Serbia, 14 April 2014)  

As a part of its activities targeting journalists and civil servants, the project organised an awareness raising event that discussed good practices in investigative journalism and reporting on corruption. The roundtable, organised in cooperation with the Novi Sad School of Journalism, will be followed by three specialised trainings for the same audience.

Agenda Serbian / English


3rd Steering Committee Meeting
(Belgrade, Serbia, 8 April 2014)  

Following its first year of implementation, the project held the 3rd Steering Committee meeting and discussed its achievements and way ahead. The meeting also approved the project’s 1st Progress Report and agreed modalities for activities’ implementation scheduled for period April – September 2014.


Agenda Serbian / English
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Finalisation of the draft Law on Whistleblowers Protection (Serbia, 3-5 April 2014)  

Further to the expert opinion on the Draft Law on Whistleblowers Protection (provided in January 2014), the project continued to assists Serbian authorities in aligning this piece of legislation with the relevant Council of Europe standards. In view of that, the meeting of the Working Group, assigned to finalise the draft law, was attended by the Council of Europe/PACS expert who assisted in formulating the final version of the draft law.


Training of Trainers – Second Session
(Vienna, Austria, 19-21 March 2014)  

The second training of trainers session, gathering the same participants as the first one held in Vrdnik, was organised in Vienna from 19 to 21 March 2014. This session focused on investigation, prosecution and adjudication of corruption and economic crime cases with emphasis on models and functioning of the joint investigative teams, detection of corruption through audits reports and assessment of financial evidence by prosecutors and courts. In addition, the participants had an opportunity to meet and exchange their experience with the colleagues from the Austrian Federal Bureau for Anti-corruption.

Agenda Serbian / English
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Training of Trainers – First Session
(Vrdnik, Serbia 24-26 February 2014)  

PACS project has supported the Serbian Judicial Academy to develop training plans and materials to be used by prosecutors, judges and police officers in the preparation and delivery of training on investigation, prosecution and adjudication of corruption and economic crime. The first stage of the training of trainers programme took place in Vrdnik (Serbia) while the second session is scheduled to be held in Vienna, in March 2014. Once both sessions are completed, PACS will provide certificates to the future trainers who will then be engaged in follow up training of their peers in Belgrade, Nis, Kragujevac and Novi Sad.

Agenda Serbian / English
Photo Gallery


Provision of the Expert Opinion on the draft Law on Whistleblower Protection 
(Serbia, January 2014)

Upon request of the Serbian Ministry of Justice and Public Administration the project prepared the expert opinion/assessment on the compliance of the draft Law on Whistleblower Protection with the relevant international standards, particularly with the Council of Europe draft Recommendation on Whistleblower Protection. The opinion is expected to be used by the Working Group assigned to finalise the draft law, in its efforts to bring this piece of legislation in line with international standards and good practice.


Activities in the past:
January - December 2013


PROJECT DOCUMENTATION & DELIVERIES

Project Summary
  Serbian / English
Description of Action (DoA)
Workplan of Activities
  English / Serbian
Inception Report
  Serbian / English
Progress Report
Calendar of Activities
Steering Committee
Technical Papers/Deliverables

USEFUL LINKS

GRECO (Main Page)
MONEYVAL Reports on Serbia
Ministry of Justice of Serbia
EU Delegation to Serbia
CoE Office, Belgrade, Serbia

MAIN ACTIVITIES

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PHOTO GALLERY

2014
2013

CONTACTS

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