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5th Annual Conference of Public Enforcement Officers

01 04 2019

5th Annual Conference of Public Enforcement Officers

With the support of the USAID Rule of Law Project, the Chamber of Public Enforcement Officers has organized the 5th annual conference in Zlatibor, on March 29-30, 2019. The USAID Rule of Law Project Chief of Party, Marc Lassman, addressed the enforcement officers, judges, representatives of the National Bank of Serbia, and other institutions, at the beginning of the event and emphasized the continued assistance provided by the Project in improving the legislative and procedural framework which would make the enforcement procedure more efficient and decrease the costs for all parties.

Mr. Lassman has also stressed the need for the public enforcement officers to better self-regulate the profession and intensify efforts on carrying out regular supervision over the work of public enforcement officers and their offices. Constant supervision and correcting irregularities identified among their own ranks will allow the public enforcement officers’ profession to further grow and develop, as well as adequately respond to the calls heard among the public with increasing frequency to improve monitoring over their work.

During two days of the conference, 400 participants discussed about topics related to the selling of the real estate in the enforcement procedure, proposed amendments to the Law on Enforcement and Security, as well as the introduction of e-auction, electronic selling of movable and immovable property which should enable a more transparent and fair procedure.

The 5th annual PEO conference was officially opened by the President of the Chamber of Public Enforcement Officers, Aleksandra Trešnjev. Emphasizing the effects of the efficient enforcement system to date, which are primarily reflected in a considerable increase of voluntary debt payment and greater financial discipline, Ms. Trešnjev also stressed the importance of investing significant efforts in enhancing the citizens’ awareness of all aspects of enforcement, as well as explaining the implications of efficient enforcement of judgements for the full rule of law in Serbia.

The Minister of Justice, Nela Kuburović, also addressed the participants of the conference stating that the quality of the system of enforcement directly affects the whole business climate in Serbia as well as the country’s position on the World Bank Doing Business List. Without efficient enforcement, everything preceding it is rendered meaningless and the whole legal system of the country weakened. Precisely because of this, the Ministry initiated the process of amending the Law on Enforcement and Security in order to remedy all problems identified in practice. Public hearings on proposed amendments are expected to start at the end of April this year.  

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