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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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Presentation of the new Serbian Financial Investigation Strategy
(Belgrade, Serbia, 22 April 2015)  

A new Financial Investigation Strategy, prepared by the Ministry of Justice Working Group, was presented and debated in Belgrade on 22 April 2015. The draft policy document is expected to become a key instrument in introducing financial investigation component in criminal proceedings. The roundtable was addressed by high-level representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the EU Delegation in Serbia, the American Embassy and the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade. On the same occasion, the joint CoE-EU project PACS presented a new manual for law enforcement and judiciary on investigating and prosecuting corruption.

Agenda English / Serbian
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Participation in the EU-funded projects Fair
(Belgrade, Serbia, 17 March 2015)  

First EU-funded projects Fair, organised by EU Delegation to Serbia in cooperation with Serbian EU Integration Office and EU Info Centre, featured a selection of successful EU-funded projects implemented in Serbia since 2000. Given its results, PACS was invited to take part in the Fair and took this opportunity to promote and distribute its publications. The Fair was attended by media and the representatives of various ministries and civil society.

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Training of trainers on CEPOL Curriculum
(Belgrade, Serbia, 11-13 March 2015)  

First training of trainers on how to use the most recent CEPOL Curriculum was delivered to the senior police officers from the Criminal Police Departments of the Ministry of Interior. Three day training programme included in-depth discussions on theoretical background on ethics and integrity and specific case studies.

Agenda English / Serbian


Trainings for judges and prosecutors on ethics, integrity and prevention of conflict of interest
(Nis, Serbia,  27 February & 6 March2015)  

Subsequent to completion of the training of trainers programmes (November and December 2014) the first follow-up trainings for judges and prosecutors were held. PACS Training Curriculum (ECCU-PACS SERBIA-eng-TP14-2014) served as a basis for the programme which included relevant themes such as international and national legal frameworks, disciplinary proceedings and their challenges, recusal and conflict of interest.

Agenda of 27 February 2015
  English / Serbian
Agenda of 6 March 2015
  English / Serbian


Expert opinion on police code of ethics
(Belgrade, Serbia, January 2015)  

The project finalised the expert opinion on police code of ethics, detailing how this code should be amended as to fully comply with international standards and good practice. The opinion provides a set of recommendations indicating the most suitable roadmap for the forthcoming reform process.

Technical Paper English


Activities in the past:

January - December 2014
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
Publications

USEFUL LINKS

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

MAIN ACTIVITIES

January - October 2014
2013

PHOTO GALLERY

2013
2014
2015

CONTACTS

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