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Changes to the Law for More Efficient Enforcement

05 04 2018

Changes to the Law for More Efficient Enforcement

Law on Enforcement and Security has been in force since July 2016. During almost two years of implementation of the Law certain issues have been identified that warrant further harmonization of practices and updating of the existing framework in order to make enforcement proceedings more efficient, both within the courts and with the public enforcement officers.

The Ministry of Justice has thus decided to reopen the text of the Law and initiate the process of revision to find solutions that would improve enforcement in practice. The Ministry appointed a working group composed of the representatives of all relevant institutions and organizations included in enforcement in order to arrive at best solutions through an inclusive dialogue. The working group is composed of judges of the Supreme Court, the basic, higher, and commercial courts; public enforcement officers; law professors; and the representatives of the business community (Foreign Investor’s Council, 9the AmCham, etc.). The first meeting was held in Belgrade on April 5, 2018.  

The working group will build on proposals for amendments already identified on the basis of problems observed in practice by institutions such as the Supreme Court of Cassation, the Chamber of Public Enforcement Officers, the Chamber of Commerce, etc. Conclusions of round tables organized by the Supreme Court of Cassation during February and March this year, with support from the USAID Rule of Law Project and the EU-funded Judicial Efficiency Project, will be of particular importance for thee process of revisions. 

The USAID Rule of Law Project will provide expert and technical assistance to the process. One of the main goals of the Project is to improve and harmonize the practices, as well as the consistency and predictability of enforcement actions.

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