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4th Annual Conference of Public Enforcement Officers

25 03 2018

4th Annual Conference of Public Enforcement Officers

On March 24-25, 2018, in Kopaonik, with the support from the USAID Rule of Law Project and the Supreme Court of Cassation, the Chamber of Public Enforcement Officers organized the 4th Annual Conference of public enforcement officers. The two-day event, gathering over 350 participants from the ranks of public enforcement officers, judges, Ministry of Justice, National Bank of Serbia, commercial banks and the business community, was focused on enabling stakeholder dialogue on formulating joint recommendations for improving and harmonizing the enforcement procedure.

In her introductory address, the President of the Chamber of Enforcement Officers, Aleksandra Trešnjev, pointed out that the Chamber, with support from its partners from the judiciary, the Ministry of Justice, and USAID, has been working for the past almost six years on establishing a functional, consistent, and reliable enforcement procedure which is to contribute to enhancing the business environment in Serbia and reinforcing the overall rule of law.

The president of the Supreme Court of Cassation civil department, judge Predrag Trifunović, praised the ongoing coordination on harmonizing the practice related to enforcement procedure, as well as on identifying procedural and practical problems in the existing normative framework that have been translated into a proposal of amendments to the Law on Enforcement and Securities.

The State Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Mirko Čikiriz, pointed out an obvious improvement in the implementation of the enforcement procedure that the current Law has brought since coming into force in 2016, but also emphasized the need to further improve the normative framework by amending the Law. The amendments will be drafted by a working group to be appointed by the Ministry of Justice. These will be based on the proposals already identified by the Chamber of Public Enforcement Officers, the Chamber of Commerce, the Supreme Court of Cassation, the National Bank of Serbia, and other institutions.

Chief of Party of the USAID Rule of Law Project, David Greer, presented the planned Project activities on improving the system of enforcement of court decisions in Serbia that will run on three parallel tracks: support to quicker access to information of importance for efficient functioning of not only the public enforcement officers but courts as well, legal drafting support for changes to the Law on Enforcement and Securities, and improving the monitoring of the work of public enforcement officers by transferring best European practices.

The working part of the conference tackled issues of importance for efficient work of public enforcement officers related to their legal status and accountability, legal processes in enforcement procedure, and improving electronic communication between public enforcement officers and other institutions. On the second day of the conference, the Senior Specialist for Enforcement on the USAID Rule of Law Project, Aleksandar Zarić, participated in the working session on the topic of the legal status of public enforcement officers as one of the panelists. He presented the comparative international practice on the matter, primarily from the EU countries.

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