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30 March 2020

Activity Details (ID# 18946)  

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Title Series of Assessment visits (Serbia and Montenegro) 
Description Visits aiming at assessing the needs and priorities concerning legal reform of the penitentiary systems of Montenegro and Serbia 
Status Completed 
Date 26/03/2007 - 28/03/2007 
Location Belgrade and Podgorica, South-East Europe
Countries CoE Members: Albania / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Croatia / Montenegro / Serbia / ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia''
Regions: South-East Europe
Others: Kosovo*
  Joint Programme Activity - SEE-PrisonRef
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP SEE-PrisonRef - CARDS - Development of a reliable and functioning Prison system respecting fundamental rights and standards and enhancing of regional co-operation in the Western Balkans    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 2 - 2007/DGHL/JP/1718   SEE-PrisonRef - Identify laws and regulations in need of harmonisation or reform
Expected Result 2.1 - Reviewing of national laws and regulations.
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Rule of Law
Line of Action ⇒ II.3 – Strengthening the security of European citizens
Programme ☆ II.3.2  European standards for crime control
Project 2007/DGHL/1134 Criminal law and penal sanctions - prison systems and alternatives to imprisonment
Expected Result 3 Revised European Prison Rules (EPR) and recommendation on remand in custody: standards are implemented

Working Method

Needs Assessment 
Directorate Human Rights and Legal Affairs 
CoE Contact ATAMAN, ZeynepPelin   email
Last Modified 02/12/2008 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 18946) (Hide Synopsis)

Output/Results Serbia: The Director General of the Prison Administration of the Ministry of Justice of Serbia indicated that the Serbian Ministry of Justice was ready to cooperate. However, the existence the current so-called “expert” Government, formed as a temporary solution, meant that legislative changes were unlikely to be taken forward and any work which did go ahead risked being abandoned once a political government was constituted.
Montenegro: The Law on enforcement of criminal sanctions, Law on amending and complementing the law on enforcement of criminal sanctions and Law on amending the Law on enforcements of penal sanction had been drafted recently. The authorities could not identify immediate needs for further legislative initiatives in the fields covered by the project. The CoE learnt of the cooperation of Montenegro with other International Organisations like OSCE and ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross).
Conclusions/Follow Up  
Participants Director General of the Prison Administration of the Ministry of Justice of Serbia;
Minister of Justice and Director General of the Prison Administration of the Ministry of Justice of Serbia 
CoE Secretariat  
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  * 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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