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01 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 24079)  

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Title Training Seminar for prosecutors on MLA in International Instruments 
Description Training Seminar for prosecutors, Belgrade 
Status Completed 
Date 18/09/2008 
Location Belgrade, Serbia
Countries CoE Members: Serbia
  Joint Programme Activity - PROSECO
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP PROSECO - Support to the prosecutors' network in South-East Europe    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2008/DGHL/JP/1797   Support to Prosecutors' Network in SEE -regional programme
Expected Result 1.2 - Human capacities of prosecution services strengthened in view of more effective cooperation, investigation and prosecution of serious crime cases
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 2008/DGHL/1429 Effective measures to fight economic crime and cybercrime
Expected Result 3 Capacities of member states strengthened against corruption and economic crime.

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Organisation of meetings - Seminar 
Directorate (Service) Human Rights and Legal Affairs (Cooperation - Economic Crime Division)
CoE Contact EFENDIC, Vesna   email
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Last Modified 09/10/2008 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 24079) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) To provide training to prosecutors from regional prosecutor's offices in Serbia regarding international instruments in the field of Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) in criminal matters, including instruments of the United Nations and European Union and also to cover issues of best practice for the drafting and execution of requests. 
Output/Results The training seminar provided Serbian prosecutors with an opportunity gain a better insight into how conventions in the field of MLA operate, to give practical examples and to highlight issues of best practice in this area. One issue that was raised at the beginning of the seminar was the fact that Prosecutors in Serbia have a much more passive role in criminal investigations generally (which includes MLA) than many of their European counterparts. Both experts had drafted their presentations under the assumption that Prosecutors had a much more active role in criminal investigations. That being said, the new Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) of Serbia which has been adopted by Parliament, but is not yet implemented, changes the system to one of Prosecutor-driven investigations, so that this seminar was more informative in letting them know about the operation of the instruments and alerting them to a number of practical issues that they will need to address once the CPC comes into operation.

The seminar was in Belgrade was chaired by the Deputy Prosecutor General of Serbia.Opening statements were delivered by the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the Deputy Prosecutor, Ministry of Justice and a representative from the European Delegation to the Republic of Serbia. The importance of project was mentioned by all speakers. One major issue that was highlighted was the lack of legislation for MLA. For prosecutors this means that they use informal channels to obtain MLA. The Ministry of Justice have a working group drafting the MLA law and this should be ready in the near future. Although the seminar was specifically geared towards dealing with MLA, other forms of international cooperation, notably Extradition were also covered.
Conclusions/Follow Up  
Participants Prosecutors from regional offices in: Sabac, Uzice, Novi Sad, Zrenjanin, Sremska Mitrovica, Jagodina, Pozarevac, Cacak, Subotica, Smederevo, Beograd, Valjevo, Kragujevac and Pancevo. 
Consultants/Experts Mr Simon Regis (UK)
Mr Erik Verbert (Belgium) 
CoE Secretariat  
Total No. Participants 50 
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