Council of Europe logoThe overall objective of the project is to strengthen capacities of the CARDS countries to develop and implement judicial co-operation against serious crime based on the European Union acquis and other European and international standards and practices by supporting the Prosecutors’ Network. 

In particular, the project’s focus is on strengthening the legislation and institutional capacities of General Prosecutors’ Offices of South-Eastern Europe in view of a more effective co-operation against serious crime. The implementation of the Project started in April 2008 and will end in July 2010; it covers the following areas: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" and Kosovo*.  

The Council of Europe (Department of Information Society and Action against Crime, Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs) is responsible for the overall management of the project which it runs in close co-operation with the Italian Ministry of Justice.


*All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

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Closing Conference and 5th Project Steering Committee meeting (5 July 2010, Rome, Italy)

4 July 2010 Strasbourg

The Contact Points for Prosecutors’ Network and Project contact persons are meeting in Rome in order to review the project implementation since April 2008 to date, in particular its achievements and setbacks, formulate methodological and practical recommendations for the implementation of...

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Internship for prosecutors in Germany (31 May – 4 June 2010, Berlin, Hanover and Celle)

28 May 2010 Strasbourg

This internship is organised in co-operation with the Federal Ministry of Justice of Germany and the Prosecutor’s Offices of Hanover and Celle (Lower Saxony). During this one-week internship a group of 21 prosecutors from all project areas will have an opportunity to get acquainted with the...

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Regional Thematic Conference on Witness Protection (8-9 June 2010, Montenegro)

28 May 2010 Strasbourg

This event will be dedicated to the review of progress in the field of witness protection made by the project areas since signature of the Regional Strategy on Tools Against Organised and Economic Crime in 2005 (Brijuni Strategy). It will also discuss models for regional and international...

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Contact Contact

Maria Oreshkina
Tel: +33 3 90 21 40 26
Fax: +33 3 90 21 56 50
Email: maria.oreshkina [at] coe.int