Risk Analysis: international experts visit Belgrade
(23-24 September, Belgrade, Serbia)
A team of international experts will visit Belgrade on 23-24 September to carry out the second stage of a large scale risk analysis on exposure to corruption for specific professions/posts within police. The experts, accompanied by the project team, will meet the counterparts at the Serbian Ministry of Interior and at the Anti-corruption Agency.
The first stage of the analysis was completed in early September and included the provision of the expert opinion on the Ministry of Interior’s Draft Rulebook on Risk Analysis. The overall activity is expected to be completed by the end of November 2015.
PACS manual on judicial ethics
(Belgrade, Serbia, July 2015)
Following the series of trainings for judges and prosecutors held in 2015, PACS manual on judicial ethics was released in July 2015. The manual presents relevant international standards, national legal framework, good practice and hypothetical cases which might be useful to judges and prosecutors once they face an ethical dilemma.
The manual will be distributed to courts and prosecutors’ offices throughout the country.
Trainings for civil servants on the implementation of the Law on Protection of Whistleblowers
(Kragujevac and Niš, Serbia, 30 June - 1 July 2015)
42 administrative and labour inspectors attended the first two trainings on the application of the Law on Protection of Whistleblowers organised in Kragujevac and Niš on 30 June and 1 July 2015, as support to the Ministry of Justice in the implementation of the recently adopted Law. Series of trainings will be subsequently held across the public sector and will include topics such as international standards, principles of the whistleblower protection system and basic concepts prescribed by the Law, as well as the European Court of Human Rights’ case law.
Serbian disciplinary commissions learn from French experience
(Paris, France, 15-17 June 2015)
Members of the Disciplinary Commissions of the Serbian High Judicial and State Prosecutorial Councils visited the French capital on 15-17 of June. The delegation met with representatives of the French Ministry of Justice, the State Council, the Superior Council of Magistrates and the General Inspectorate of Legal Services, with the aim to discuss and exchange experience on disciplinary responsibilities of judges and prosecutors. The visit was a final step in a series of activities that PACS project organised with the view to strengthen the capacities of the disciplinary commissions and disciplinary prosecutors of the two Councils.
Fifth Steering Committee Meeting
(Belgrade, Serbia, 1 June 2015)
Subsequent to the decision of the 4th Steering Committee meeting to approve the no-cost extension of the project, the Council of Europe and the European Union Delegation in Serbia signed the Addendum to the Contribution Agreement thus officially prolonging the project duration up to 31 January 2016.
The fifth Steering Committee meeting examined the achievements attained so far, as well as the workplan for the period 15 April – 31 January 2016. The stakeholders unanimously adopted the proposed plan of action, requesting to supplement it with a series of trainings for labour inspectorates on the whistleblowers law.
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.
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.
Training of trainers on CEPOL Curriculum
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.
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.
of 27 February 2015
of 6 March 2015
Expert opinion on police code of ethics
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.
Activities in the past:
- December 2014
- December 2013