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Fourth Steering Committee meeting of the action “Improved procedural safeguards in judicial proceedings in Montenegro”

Podgorica, Montenegro 7 October 2021
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Fourth Steering Committee meeting of the action “Improved procedural safeguards in judicial proceedings in Montenegro”

The fourth Steering Committee (SC) meeting of the action “Improved procedural safeguards in judicial proceedings in Montenegro” took place in Podgorica on 7 October 2021.

The relevance of the action in the context of the EU accession process and the European standards was highlighted by all the Steering Committee Members.

The discussion was led by the beneficiary institutions themselves, as the key actors for change, to identify possible ways forward within the action, to reach their common goal via respective means. Concrete and tangible results are achieved under the Action’s auspices, including but not limited to the ongoing revision of the criminal legislation, strengthening the capacities of the Victims’ Support Services, further harmonisation of the court practice, and improvement of the free legal aid services.

The discussion led to the approval of the proposed work plan by the Steering Committee, as amended. The Action has been extended until December 2022 to ensure the sustainability of the results and to build upon the achievements aimed at further improvement of legal certainty and protection of the rights of people involved in judicial proceedings in Montenegro.

The action "Improved procedural safeguards in judicial proceedings in Montenegro" is a part of the joint European Union/Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022”.